Tag Archives: Always and Everyone

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Among the requirements of being a working actor that Michael Kitchen probably doesn’t miss are all-night shoots.


Abridged and unabridged audiobook editions released in 1997. Robert Goddard is such a good writer that I wouldn’t want to miss a single word, especially when the words are read by Michael Kitchen. But it would be interesting to listen to Martin Shaw’s narration for comparison.

Evasive responses to be followed later by resignation from his post.

An all too familiar story out of Washington these days, the latest involving “one of these PR types”.

Since it’s National Handshake Day…

Like VIPs who have visited the White House this year, Jack Turner is the victim of an awkward handshake. Customary bowing, in my opinion, is preferable to shaking hands, especially when one must deal with a head of state whose hands have been grabbing the nether regions of untold women. For those with a bad back, though, I suppose a handshake is less taxing.

(Not quite the Michael Kitchen/Stella Gonet reunion I hoped for.)

Jack’s absence doesn’t cause St. Victor’s to fall apart, but ransomware probably would. I hope all UK hospitals and other victims of today’s malicious cyber attack are able to resume normal operations soon.

Michael Kitchen running on screen over the years.

Good to know that “An Hour of Running May Add 7 Hours to Your Life“.

They say, best men are moulded out of faults;
And, for the most,
become much more the better
For being a little bad:
Measure for Measure

Loved watching Kate McKinnon’s Hillary Clinton show up on an elector’s doorstep as much as seeing Michael Kitchen’s Jack Turner surprise Christine at her front door – much needed cheer this holiday season and especially today with the unthinkable moving yet closer to becoming official.

Jack’s not sure what hit him as Christine barrels in and out of his office with her sudden decision. A few takes of this scene and both parties are liable to have bruised lips. Love Michael Kitchen’s bug-eyed face.


From The Times (July 6, 2002):

A & E does have the benefit of Michael Kitchen, an actor who couldn’t be dull if he tried. The part calls for him to be one of those charismatic and ruthless mavericks. Kitchen has created a character whose brain appears to be operating on fast forward, creating a weird tension between what he is saying and what he may, or may not, be thinking. It is difficult to describe, but fascinating to watch.

And from The People (July 14, 2002):

But what makes this series a surgeon’s cut above the rest is the calibre of the cast, which includes Niamh Cusack, Martin Shaw, Jane Danson and, lastly but mostly, the wonderful Michael Kitchen as Jack Turner, the arrogant and amorous clinical director of St Victor’s.

With Michael Kitchen delivering those lines while looking like that, I can’t help but wonder if any acting was required by Niamh Cusack to produce her reaction in the last frame. Sigh.

Michael Kitchen and his fellow A&E cast members line up in an awkward pose for a photo featured in the April 7, 2001 issue of Radio Times currently listed on eBay.

Jack Turner is ambitious and a ladies’ man to boot. He wants to rule the roost and is prepared to bend ears and even rules to achieve that. Kitchen, 52, is one of those ubiquitous types…

Wish he were still the ubiquitous type.

A&E press photos.

A&E: Michael Kitchen: Niamh Cusack: olive oil 1A&E: Michael Kitchen: Niamh Cusack: olive oil 2
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Love this flirtatious exchange between Jack and Christine with a tantalizing Mediterranean meal up for offer.

Shortchanged on Foyle and Barbara, but at least there was Jack and Christine.

Between MK’s accent and the unfamiliar phrase with “eh” added to the end, it was quite a challenge, at least for me, to figure out what Jack says here, as it obviously wasn’t what I was hearing: “Kamathia kamathimany”. After my eureka moment, I think I had the same satisfied smile on my face that Jack has on his as he walks away.

In 1979 Michael Kitchen and Martin Shaw’s characters settled their differences in a shootout. As Jack and Robert in A&E more than 20 years later, the two actors are still at each other’s throats, but the guns have been replaced by verbal sparring and death glares across a desk:

Michael Kitchen’s icy demeanor here as a resentful Jack would serve him well later as DCS Foyle.

Jack treads carefully after his indiscretion with Sam.

Adorable when he’s squirming. How did Jane Danson keep a straight face?

They’re so good together.

In the capable hands of Mr. Turner. Love this character. As gorgeous as early Foyle with the same cool, charismatic authority, but more fun as he’s not nearly as perfect in his conduct.