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Foyle's War: War Games: Michael Kitchen: business during war 1
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On a day like today, one can’t help but draw parallels with War Games.

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World Singing Day

During this scene from War Games, the cast sang John Bunyan’s “To Be a Pilgrim”. Commenting under this video of the hymn, an observant Foyle’s War viewer noted:

…they had the whole cast singing the word fly instead of flee except I think they forgot to tell Michael Kitchen because the camera was on him in close-up when that line was being sung and you see his mouth form the word flee when the whole rest of the singers are singing the word fly. I guess he just sang it the way he learned it and nobody edited it out or reshot it.

He does seem to be the only one not singing from a hymnal.



Foyle's War: War Games: Michael Kitchen: Honeysuckle Weeks: Emily Blunt: busy bees 1Foyle's War: War Games: Michael Kitchen: Honeysuckle Weeks: Emily Blunt: busy bees 2
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Full merrily the humble-bee doth sing,
Till he hath lost his honey and his sting;
And being once subdued in armed tail,
Sweet honey and sweet notes together fail.
Troilus and Cressida

In her first credited role, Emily Blunt got to act opposite Michael Kitchen and wear a nifty beekeeper’s outfit. Amazing that the real experts in beekeeping require little in the way of protective wear, even when dealing with a swarm of 40,000 bees.


Foyle's War: War Games: Michael Kitchen: reacting to judge's verdict

At the alarming rate that far-right judges are being appointed to lower-court benches, it won’t be long before we lose a vital bastion against Trumpism.

From The New Yorker:

McConnell didn’t just protect a Supreme Court seat for the next President; he basically shut down the entire confirmation process for all of Obama’s federal-judgeship nominees for more than a year. It’s the vacancies that accumulated during this time — more than a hundred of them — that Trump’s team is now working efficiently to fill.

Fuming after reading about the latest developments. The two parties are not the same!


Foyle's War: War Games: Michael Kitchen: riding in car with Devlin
Foyle's War: The Eternity Ring: Michael Kitchen: riding in car with Hilda

The questionable professional ethics of Foyle’s ride companions are on his mind while they zip through the pastoral surroundings of Hastings in War Games and the austere streets of London in The Eternity Ring. Professional ethics certainly don’t concern Trump and his appointees as they daily violate with little repercussion the rules and laws governing their offices.


Foyle's War: War Games: Michael Kitchen quick smile 


More from Stephen Lacey’s essay, “The Blitz Detective”,
Chapter 7 in Contemporary British Television Crime Drama: Cops on the Box:


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Foyle silently observing Simon Walker.

The scenes with Foyle and Guy Spencer are particularly powerful examples of Michael Kitchen’s “facial expressivity…conveying what is felt in the act of repressing feeling”.


Foyle's War: War Games: Michael Kitchen reacting to Laurence Fox's Nazi 1
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When someone gets in your way, you have to act. That’s the genius of Hitler. In a way, that makes him the greatest businessman of all.

And from the new White House spokeswoman in this NYTimes article:

Mr. Trump’s decision to call Mr. Reynolds is a reflection of what his supporters find appealing: his willingness to do something himself when he thinks it needs to be done.

A potential Hitler on our hands if we’re not vigilant, even though Tr*mp is hardly a great businessman.


Foyle's War: War Games: Michael Kitchen: How can I let you leave? 1
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Foyle requires an explanation from his friend, Stephen Beck.

Gorgeous catchlights.

Pop Culture Comfort Food You Can Turn to When You Need a Break From President Trump (Slate.com):

This very British series is a police procedural set in Hastings, England, during World War II. But it’s also about Christopher Foyle (played by the great Michael Kitchen), a good cop and a great man, who always manages to do the right thing, even when bending the rules might seem like the expedient thing to do. A prolonged ode to integrity seems like it might be useful viewing these days.

Another reason Foyle’s War is comforting to watch:

Source: Stephen Lacey, “The Blitz Detective”, Chapter 7 in Contemporary British Television Crime Drama: Cops on the Box


Foyle's War: War Games: Michael Kitchen with Alan Howard cemetery scene
Foyle's War: War Games: Michael Kitchen cemetery closeup

How do I love this scene. Let me count the ways. Lapels waving in the breeze, contemplative close up, understanding between friends, wildflowers, quaint village church, Michael Kitchen, Alan Howard.



(Location: Dunsfold Church, Surrey, UK)


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Adorably miffed.


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Foyle doesn’t take kindly to his subordinates perverting the course of justice.

Foyle's War: Bleak Midwinter: Michael Kitchen: Alexander Perkins: obstruction of justice 1
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The upward gaze. Sigh.


Foyle's War: War Games: Michael Kitchen in car cap
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The sidelong glance. Sigh.


Foyle's War: War Games: Michael Kitchen outdoor closeups

Commemorating Earth Day with an adorable face and an abundance of bright green leaves.


Foyle's War: War Games: Michael Kitchen: Alan Howard: fishing with Beck 1
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Foyle's War: War Games: Michael Kitchen: Alan Howard: farewell to Beck 1Foyle's War: War Games: Michael Kitchen: Alan Howard: farewell to Beck 2
Foyle's War: War Games: Michael Kitchen: Beck's departureFoyle's War: War Games: Michael Kitchen: Ellie Haddington: Don't let him down.

In memory of Alan Howard, whose performance as Stephen Beck in Foyle’s War was among the show’s most poignant.


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Bringing down Reginald Walker and son – just another of Foyle’s insignificant contributions to the war effort.

From the defunct televisionwithoutpity forum:

…every moment Foyle is just about to burst with disdain even though the emotion is still subtle. It shows all around his mouth. He clenches his teeth a lot. Foyle will need root canal before the war is over. – choochi


Foyle's War: War Games: Michael Kitchen smile


Foyle's War: War Games: Michael Kitchen eye movement
Foyle's War: War Games: Michael Kitchen knee dip
Foyle's War: War Games: Michael Kitchen right

Foyle’s interview with the mercenary Walkers leaves him skeptical and bemused.


Forgot to set the frame delay and this happened…  : D

steviecat123 said:

LOL. I love both versions. That is how HE makes ME feel. Add a few eye rolls , get the picture?

I seem to remember you were going to get some smelling salts to have on hand when this feeling strikes…

vkwalker said:

Actually, this seems to match what I’ve read about his performance as Edmund in the Hordern “Lear.”

Close, but not quite this manic.