Tag Archives: Dandelion Dead

A little bird told me it’s National Bird Day today…


Two of these actors are currently appearing in the blockbuster film I saw today. Sadly, Michael Kitchen isn’t one of them.

Wonder Woman is seriously good entertainment.

As I tackle the weeds in my yard today…

According to a blurb in The Times (Jan. 29, 1994), in preparation for the filming of Dandelion Dead 2000 dandelions were gathered from the Gloucestershire countryside and “reared, out of season, with more care than most prize orchids receive…” Each stem was kept either in a fridge or under artificial light. Seems few of those dandelions made it on screen, as far as I can tell. The producers of Doctor Zhivago certainly got more bang for the buck from the 4000+ daffodils that they ordered.

A specimen from my weedpatch of a lawn:

Wish I had a garden like this, complete with adorable actor picking a rose:

I wonder if filming this scene brought back 20-year-old memories for Michael Kitchen.

Closest thing to a rose in my yard.

In Dandelion Dead (1994), a mustachioed Michael Kitchen plays the real-life figure, Major Herbert Rouse Armstrong, a country solicitor who was hanged in 1922 for the poisoning death of his wife. In the first part of this mini-series, Armstrong comes off as a sympathetic and somewhat humorous character, but then he starts to go off the rails and seals his own fate — a depressing development to watch.

Michael Kitchen is light on his feet in Dandelion Dead.

Enjoyed the escapist La La Land today. Fun watching modern-day actors break out into song and dance.

RIP Peter Vaughan

Portraying a proper pillar of the community and father of three children trapped in a loathsome marriage to an unstable, domineering wife (the curdling Sarah Miles), Kitchen deliciously reinvents the classic, henpecked husband.

The key to Kitchen’s underplayed achievement is in his eyes, so full of deference and the quick, limp smiles of a man who’s always a gentleman–even going to the gallows with his spats on.LA Times

Michael Kitchen’s tennis playing skills on display in Dandelion Dead.

He joins two of my other favorite tennis-playing actors in their enjoyment of the sport. 🙂

Unpleasant news from Martin dampens Armstrong’s celebratory mood.

The only way a smelly cigar can be appreciated, as far as I’m concerned, is to watch Michael Kitchen smoking one.

My top 20 Michael Kitchen roles:

19. Major Herbert Armstrong in Dandelion Dead (1994)

Without MK’s comic touches, Armstrong’s slide into murder and depravity would have been unbearable for me to watch.


How lovely to see you “active” again! However much you do will be great!

Thank you, anon.  Yes, an unplanned spurt of blogging this week, even as KF takes a backseat now to other activities…

An entire month dedicated to my favorite meal of the day isn’t something I can just ignore, so I’m celebrating on this beautiful late-summer day with these and some other breakfast scenes with Michael Kitchen.

Remembering Peter O’Toole in Pied Piper, I am reminded of the equally tall David Thewlis towering over MK in Dandelion Dead.  In this scene the two make the most of their 7” difference in height.

In murdering his wife, Herbert Armstrong sadly destroys the closeness he enjoyed with his daughter, Eleanor. Much to his dismay, as this review from New York Magazine (Oct. 31, 1994) notes, she turns into his wife.


The sex scene in Dandelion Dead couldn’t be more different than the one in Love Song.  Seeing Herbert Armstrong’s quaint spat-clad feet in the heat of the moment made me laugh, but at the same time, I found his predicament so sad.

Looking dapper even while using the facilities.

Herbert Armstrong endures one rejection after another from his frigid wife.  This marriage has definitely run its course, and for Armstrong murder seems to be the only way out.

babbagamma said:

Turning away from a kiss from Michael Kitchen? OMG No.

She is one strong willed woman.

No matter how furtive his moves, Major Herbert Armstrong can’t catch a break from his domineering wife.  

Michael Kitchen has nice handwriting.