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Brimstone and Treacle: Michael Kitchen closeup
Brimstone and Treacle: Michael Kitchen sidelong glance

…the devil hath power. To assume a pleasing shape. – Hamlet

A devil incarnate, in the form of an angel. Those eyes! And bless that hair. Let’s face it we all had rubbish hair in the 70’s (well if you had been born then of course). It was a pre-requisite of the times.  – steviecat123


Brimstone and Treacle: Michael Kitchen: Martin says a prayer 1Brimstone and Treacle: Michael Kitchen: Martin says a prayer 2
Brimstone and Treacle: Michael Kitchen: Martin says a prayer 3Brimstone and Treacle: Michael Kitchen: Martin says a prayer 4
Brimstone and Treacle: Michael Kitchen: Martin says a prayer 5Brimstone and Treacle: Michael Kitchen: Martin says a prayer 6

A shocking scene in its day, but how much more revolting to see a real-life lecher “leading a prayer” in the Oval Office today.


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?


michael kitchen foyle's war fifty ships as if hitler wasn't enough 1
michael kitchen foyle's war fifty ships as if hitler wasn't enough 2
michael kitchen foyle's war fifty ships as if hitler wasn't enough 3
michael kitchen foyle's war fifty ships as if hitler wasn't enough 4
michael kitchen foyle's war fifty ships as if hitler wasn't enough 5


Martin maniacally seizes upon the goals of the National Front to a degree that’s too extreme even for Tom Bates.

How far are today’s resurgent right wing and its supporters willing to go?


Brimstone and Treacle: Michael Kitchen

Martin Taylor in Play for Today: Brimstone and Treacle (1978)

Way too disturbing to be in my top 20, but what an acting tour de force from MK.


Yes, Michael Kitchen is creepy in Falling, but not nearly as creepy as he is in Brimstone and Treacle.




There’s something about a nasty character drinking tea from a dainty china cup that makes him all the more sinister.  Evil masked by refinement often makes for the most terrifying villains.


Brimstone and Treacle: Michael Kitchen: expressive eyes 1
Brimstone and Treacle: Michael Kitchen: expressive eyes 2

Michael Kitchen works his expressive eyes.


With and without his distinctive hair.

vkwalker said:

Had the devil looked like him, I might have said “Get thee behind me, Satan” for entirely different reasons.


Brimstone and Treacle: Michael Kitchen: deranged Martin Taylor 1Brimstone and Treacle: Michael Kitchen: deranged Martin Taylor 2
Brimstone and Treacle: Michael Kitchen: deranged Martin Taylor 3
Brimstone and Treacle: Michael Kitchen: deranged Martin Taylor 4Brimstone and Treacle: Michael Kitchen: deranged Martin Taylor 5

Dancing a jig – among other things – with a most unsuitable partner.  Still can’t quite wrap my head around the fact that Martin Taylor and Christopher Foyle are both played by Michael Kitchen.

ilyps said:

Martin Taylor was a very nasty character, indeed, not one even MK could redeem,but it was a piece of brilliant acting. Several years later, Sting played the same part, without much success. One critic said his performance just made you realise what a fine actor Michael Kitchen is.

You must be referring to the comments about Brimstone and Treacle made by the person responsible for the smile-inducing Michael Kitchen page at leninimports.com. Taylor’s probably the only MK villain who didn’t arouse any sympathy in me, but MK’s performance was stellar.


Brimstone and Treacle: Michael Kitchen: closeup

Since Halloween is just around the corner, here’s Michael Kitchen as Martin Taylor in Brimstone and Treacle, by far his creepiest role imo.

abjectadmirer said: I spy kohl eyeliner. Surely…

Just the light – and my edit.  The eyeliner effect is especially noticeable in my next post…


I’m thinking that prior to his latest feat at Trinity Church Tower, Michael Kitchen may have abseiled down a fair number of rock faces while participating in Scouts, first as a Church of the Martyrs cub scout in Leicester and then later as an adult volunteer in Shaftesbury:

I went to my barbers – sorry, hairdressers – recently for a pre-2005 reunion haircut.  I explained the purpose of my visit to him and casually dropped into the conversation that I went to school with Michael Kitchen, the famous actor.  The hairdresser replied that MK was one of his mates from Scouts.  Not to be out-done, I went on to say that I invited MK to a school reunion a couple of years ago, but he declined the invitation because he was too busy.  The hairdresser then said he went to a Scouts reunion some 30 years ago and MK was there in the company of Joanna Lumley – who was lovely.  Out-done big time!!

– Frank Smith, Michael Kitchen’s classmate at the City of Leicester Boys Grammar School from 1960-66, contributing to the alumni newsletter

I have the privilege of being the Scout patrol leader who had Michael Kitchen as his number two. – Alan Mitchell reminiscing about living in Shaftesbury

Michael Kitchen was also head choir boy at the Church of the Martyrs in Leicester. “Great soloist” according to two persons commenting on Facebook. Another fellow choir member who joined in 1959 posted on Facebook that MK was among the boys who helped initiate him by throwing him into the holly bush. “All good fun!”

Sadly, MK has done very little singing on screen.

Brimstone and Treacle: Michael Kitchen singing

Another local in Leicester had quite the celebrity encounter:

his mom was cutting my hair n he walked in with Joanna Lumley wow i turned to jelly bigtime

I wonder if this happened during the same visit to Leicester:

Sat next to him in Hazel Street Junior school, then years later I was part-time barmaid at the Huntsman on Narborough Road. It was late 70’s I would say, Easter Sunday lunchtime session. I was working and Michael, his then girlfriend and several other people came in. I recognised him immediately but chickened out of introducing myself. I assume he’d just come visiting for Easter. Incidentally, his girlfriend at the time was none other than Joanna Lumley!

Another ’70s encounter recalled by a local:

i worked in lewis`s in 1974 as a saturday girl,he bought some sausages from my stall,he was on tv then, as one of the eyre children,such a nice man.


Michael Kitchen may play a monster in Brimstone and Treacle (1976), but here in the opening scenes before the horrifying truth of his character is revealed, I just see dimples and cuteness.


Brimstone and Treacle: Michael Kitchen: Taylor preying on victims 1Brimstone and Treacle: Michael Kitchen: Taylor preying on victims 2
Brimstone and Treacle: Michael Kitchen: Taylor preying on victims 3Brimstone and Treacle: Michael Kitchen: Taylor preying on victims 4
Brimstone and Treacle: Michael Kitchen: Taylor preying on victims 3Brimstone and Treacle: Michael Kitchen: Taylor preying on victims 4
Brimstone and Treacle: Michael Kitchen: Taylor preying on victims 5

Michael Kitchen as Martin Taylor deftly preying on potential victims in the opening scenes of Brimstone and Treacle (1976).