I hold it fit that we shake hands and part:
You, as your business and desire shall point you, —
For every man has business and desire,
Such as it is; – Hamlet
Foyle gazing, as only Michael Kitchen can, at the honorable young man who may be his son.
“Am I in a lot of trouble?”
Walking with a bounce in his wrists as well as his step on his way to question Jane Devereaux.
(Location: West Wycombe Park, Buckinghamshire, UK)
Never a dull moment with Michael Kitchen as John Farrow.
Or as Christopher Foyle.
Having an actor as gifted and exacting as Michael Kitchen interpret one’s work is undoubtedly a huge boon to writers, but it’s not without its challenges as Anthony Horowitz has described in interviews:
Michael is as responsible as I am for the character of Foyle. Michael Kitchen has always been one of our most revered actors here in Britain. He had never done a long-running television series until Foyle’s War. The only reason he took it on, I think, was because I was able to persuade him that it wouldn’t just be a case of him getting a thud of an envelope through a door every two weeks with a new script; he would be very much part of the creative process. That is what we have done for nearly ten years. It’s not always been easy. Michael is very demanding. One of the funny things about him is that he’s the only actor I know who demands fewer lines. He’ll look at a speech and say to me, “Actually I can do all of that — five lines — with one look.” And the annoying thing is, he’s always right; he can — which means I have to write more dialogue for the other actors to fill out the episode. – PBS Q&A for Series 7
Curiously, he had never taken the lead in a long series. In part, this may have been down to his reputation for being ‘difficult’. …Was he difficult? He was certainly demanding – utterly focused on the character with a rigid determination to ensure that the integrity and the quality of the drama would never be compromised. Sometimes, he would cut or rewrite a scene hours before it was due to be filmed, and I won’t pretend that this wasn’t frustrating. But for him the performance was everything, and the result is there on the screen. I have no doubt at all that a huge part of the success of the show was down to Michael. – Daily Mail (Jan. 5, 2008)
I was the person who gave Foyle his ticket when he got onto the boat to America, and I was there on set when he came off the boat back to England. I was tempted to get back in uniform, and say, ‘Nice to have you back sir!’ But they wouldn’t let me.
– Anthony Horowitz’s response when asked here if he would be making another cameo appearance in Foyle’s War S8
Foyle learns the provenance of James Devereaux’s nickname.
Foyle’s signature style — building up to a concise two-word question.