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Is it too much to ask that the POTUS possess none of the disturbing character traits exhibited in these Michael Kitchen portrayals…

and more of the qualities found in Michael Faraday and Christopher Foyle?


Foyle’s unfinished business.  Howard Paige should be scared, very scared.

bplutchak said:
March 23, 2013

I so wish they had had the budget to film in America and have the new series start with Paige’s comeuppance. I loved this episode and I loved Foyle’s ability to compromise without sacrificing his morals.

Yes, in a perfect world, Foyle’s War would have an unlimited budget. 

Clever use of tea to service the plot with the added bonus of Foyle shown in a moment of carelessness. Nothing careless, though, about Michael Kitchen’s smooth, articulate motions throughout this scene.

A mirthless smile for Howard Paige.

Foyle is one of those exquisitely decent, deeply introverted, excruciatingly English chaps whom Michael Kitchen plays so well by playing down. He seems to materialise rather than arrive, like a little cloud in a trilby. Sometimes, in the throes of thought, he may wear a slightly squeezed look as if pressing an inch of inspiration from the end of the tube. It’s a lovely bit of minimalism.

Read the rest of Nancy Banks-Smith’s snappy review (including her opinion on how Foyle wears his trilby) in The Guardian.

From the Boston Globe’s review of Fifty Ships (July 18, 2004):

Enter Michael Kitchen, the fine British actor whose minimalist performance here makes Anthony Hopkins’s famously tight performance as a butler in “Remains of the Day” resemble Sean Penn on parade…He’s marvelous as Foyle, a middle-age widower with a son flying for the Royal Air Force. His verbal output is often monosyllabic, yet nuanced with the deft use of his eyes, slight cocks of his head, brief slumps of his shoulders. This lonely, attractive man misses nothing. Would that American detectives presented such restraint.

“Wherever you are, I will find you.”

Foyle isn’t intimidated by officials who are lofty in rank or in height.  Must give the attache his due, though, since after S8 we now know just how much of a harassment Foyle can be to Howard Paige!

mkmohair said:

I somehow feel Foyle’s answer had a two-fold meaning: his retort, “I’ll do my best” probably means he will do his best TO harass Paige rather than the reverse!

Finished updating all of my posts from Fifty Ships.  Whew. But what a great episode!

bplutchak said:

Fifty Ships. My very favorite episode. The man is uncompromising even when he must compromise for the good of the nation. It seems unusual in television these days to have complicated, absolutely moral characters.  What kind of failure of imagination leads us to protagonist after protagonist that ranges only from evil to deeply flawed?  Kudos to Mr. Horowitz and our dear MK.

Kudos indeed.

Marking Valentine’s Day with my favorite detective, a man who has loved and lost, yet carries on with the utmost grace.

2013!   The year of Foyle’s War Series 8!

How does one inform a foolhardy woman and her sanctimonious snob of a husband that her connection with a captured enemy spy has been discovered? Start with a smile.

Convinced that the imprisoned German spy, Hans Maier, witnessed the murder of Richard Hunter, Foyle requests a second meeting with him.  At first, Commander Simmons denies Foyle’s request, but a few deftly delivered maneuvers from Foyle, the expert in subtle persuasion, are enough to get Simmons to relax his stance about going against regulations.

I can just see Michael Kitchen and Anthony Horowitz deleting lines written for Foyle in this scene!

I was re-watching one of my favorite episodes of Foyle’s War and noticed, for the first time, Michael Kitchen’s injured finger.  Given all the attention to period detail on the show, I wouldn’t be surprised if that’s an authentic WWII era type bandage. 🙂

In A&E MK also appeared on screen with a bandaged finger unrelated to the show’s plot.  I hope the boo boos didn’t hurt too much.

Mr DIY K’s hammer hit the wrong nail, perhaps? – anonymous

First thing that came to my mind.  🙂

Summing up the situation in perfect Foyle fashion.

With his interrogation skills, Foyle not only succeeds in getting the presumed German spy to talk, but he also learns that Maier may have valuable information pertaining to his current investigation.

Foyle is only too happy to oblige when the sleazy AFS lorry driver under suspicion for looting extends an invitation to search the premises.

The other Elizabeth in Foyle’s life didn’t fare so well either:

F: Elizabeth –
E: How are you, Christopher? I mean, are you happy?
F: Well, uh, we’re at war. And I do worry about Andrew.
E: I’m not happy. I’ve been married to Arthur for twenty years. It was our wedding anniversary a week ago. He’s been very kind to me. He’s a very kind man.

E: I was so sorry when I heard about Rosalind, really I was. I wanted to write. I tried, but all the time I kept thinking, after she died, um, maybe you and I…I hoped–
F: Shouldn’t be doing this. It was all far too long ago. It was all very different then.
E: Well, everything’s different now.
F: This is a mistake, Elizabeth.
E: No. I made the mistake years ago. I know that now. Can you forgive me?
F: There’s nothing to forgive. We were both very different people.

Elizabeth Lewes visits Foyle to declare her abiding love for him, but her hopes for a reconciliation are quickly crushed.

Interesting discussion of Foyle and Elizabeth’s relationship on the amazon.com movie forum.