Jack Turner shrugs off heartbreak in the final closing shot of A&E. Just a few months after this episode aired, Foyle’s War premiered.
From an interview with Niamh Cusack about her decision to leave A&E after S4 along with Martin Shaw and Michael Kitchen:
All three bow out in the final episode later this summer when Christine is forced to choose between Robert and Jack. “It’s a bit of a cliffhanger,” says the Dublin-born actress. “It was so emotional. We didn’t think it would be, but it was.
What fun I had following the trail of Jack and Christy from the puncture through to MK’s characteristic, “Fine”. Is the rest of A&E as entertaining as the snippets with MK that you have posted?
Can’t thank the writers of A&E enough for the rain scenario. If by “the rest” you are referring to only the MK scenes in A&E, my answer would be a definitive yes. As in FW, those scenes that show the playful and/or private side of MK’s character are the ones I particularly adore. I wish MK had featured more in the show, especially in cute vignettes like this one, but a hospital themed show with an ensemble cast is what it is.
Niamh Cusack acting out the fantasy of many a female MK fan, and Jack Turner/Michael Kitchen looking adorably flabbergasted at being the object of such desire.
(The rebroadcast of A&E began yesterday on ITV Encore for lucky UK residents who are Sky subscribers. Beginning today, there’s the added bonus of Dandelion Dead.)
Michael Kitchen smoking.
Glad Foyle doesn’t smoke. Wonder if MK had anything to do with that decision.
I really enjoy your posts. Thanks for maintaining this feed. Your stills from A&E are great; where do you get those? I have been trying to watch those episodes but can’t track them down anywhere.
No thanks necessary! KF is merely my way of indulging a personal admiration for MK and his work, but it’s great to know that you enjoy my posts. Episodes of A&E were available on YouTube at one point, but unfortunately, they have been removed. Now the only full episode that’s publicly available as far as I know is the one posted on Vimeo by Jon East, one of the show’s directors. Mr. East’s A&E videos also happen to be the only ones I’ve had the privilege of seeing in HD quality.
Best part about A&E is the interaction between these three characters.
Paul Hoggart wrote in The Times (July 5, 2002):
What saves A&E from absurdity is the strength of the cast, especially the three emotionally entangled consultants played by Martin Shaw, Niamh Cusack and Michael Kitchen. Kitchen, in particular, is the kind of actor who could make the Argos catalogue sound as if it had emotional depth, and brings a largely undeserved authority to the script.
Favorite words to see in opening credits, especially when accompanied by a clip of Michael Kitchen flashing a smile.
The Guardian noted though:
Could it be that whoever dreamed up the opening titles and commissioned the theme music for A&E (ITV1) might possibly have been under the influence of ER? The initials of the department flashing green in the middle of the screen; a soundtrack to suggest the frenetic nature of the department (urgent piano, dramatic drums and the hint of sirens); the actors’ names in lower case: it does all sound rather familiar, doesn’t it? In fact, all that’s missing from this homage/rip-off is Michael Kitchen performing a Benton-esque karate chop.
Grinning at the thought of MK doing Benton’s karate chop (at 00:52 in this video of ER‘s opening credits). Here’s MK chopping away wildly in Dirty Old Town: 🙂
A deluge of April showers here today. Rain in real life never seems to be as romantic as it so often is on film.
Could be one of my all time favorite scenes from beginning to end.
Definitely one of mine. The only thing that would make it better is seeing the expression MK’s making in frame 4.
Since pdx144 has been sending me fun links on Martin Shaw, I promised her more of Robert and Jack, here enjoying a smoke while Christine looks on.
(More Martin Shaw posts here.)
There is a very crisp, definite way that he often moves his eyes and head — pdx144 calls it “the eye thing.”
…then there’s the lip thing and the inside cheek thing and the knee thing and the pivot thing and the tie thing and the buttons of the waistcoat thing and the brim of the hat thing…
And my perennial favorite — the smile thing.
I’m trying to breathe; yes, abjectadmirer and KF, and all that too. Oh, and when he’s just standing there doing absolutely nothing but being.
I couldn’t very well let this day pass without marking the occasion with a video tribute of my own. Happy birthday, Mr. Kitchen!
Apologies to anyone hoping to view this video from Germany, where the background song I’ve chosen has unfortunately been blocked on YouTube. : (
I’ve just watched your wonderful birthday tribute to MK. What a joy! Particularly those clips from Alibi. Merci beaucoup.
Your comments are much appreciated!
Another fantastic video – I look forward everyday to see what’s new on your site. Happy Birthday MK – hope you are reading this blog!
Many thanks to such an avid fan of MK and this blog. I hate to disappoint, but after today I will no longer be blogging here on a daily basis. It has become more difficult with each day to find the motivation to create new posts, so before complete fatigue sets in, I’ve decided to cut back.
After being beaten up in a hospital hallway by the grief-stricken boyfriend of a patient who died on his operating table, Jack receives special first aid from Christine, who has obviously forgotten their argument earlier in the day.
Not as steamy as his kisses in The Four Beauties and The Reporters, since he’s on the receiving end here, but still one for the books, especially combined with his teasing remark afterwards (delivered without eye contact in characteristic MK fashion).
Note the way he scrapes his top teeth over his bottom lip before going in for Round 2.
Noted. Repeatedly. 🙂 As much as I like his hands, it would have been preferable had the camera not moved for Round 2!
It’s been two days now and I still haven’t moved. Now entering catatonic state.
I do believe GIFs were invented just so we could watch MK puckering up on infinite repeat. 🙂
Yet another great treat – the complete kissing scene from A&E. Please keep on spoiling us. Can’t think of a nicer way to brighten up a dull, wet, autumn evening.
I’ll do my best to keep the posts coming. Your autumn weather actually sounds kind of nice as it’s 90 degrees today where I am. Way too hot for this time of the year. But then the grass is always greener…
Sparks fly between Jack and Christine.
pdx144 said: Sexual frenzy……I’m hyperventilating!
That line conjures up a bevy of tantalizing thoughts… love watching MK play such a rascal.
One of my favourite scenes from A&E. He does make such a charming rascal. Nobody does it better. I love the grin on his face when he says ‘Yep’.