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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?


Foyle’s unfinished business.  Howard Paige should be scared, very scared.

bplutchak said:
March 23, 2013

I so wish they had had the budget to film in America and have the new series start with Paige’s comeuppance. I loved this episode and I loved Foyle’s ability to compromise without sacrificing his morals.

Yes, in a perfect world, Foyle’s War would have an unlimited budget. 

When S7 ended, Foyle was all smiles after his replacement in the police force finally arrived, allowing him to resign and pursue other interests, including a trip to America to carry out his vow to bring Howard Paige to justice.  In 2010 Anthony Horowitz said that he very much hoped the next installment of the show could be shot in America to follow the Paige storyline.  That would have been awesome in more ways than one (MK on American soil!), but unfortunately, budget limitations precluded filming in the US.

Hoping for a book from AH someday…

Clever use of tea to service the plot with the added bonus of Foyle shown in a moment of carelessness. Nothing careless, though, about Michael Kitchen’s smooth, articulate motions throughout this scene.

A mirthless smile for Howard Paige.

Foyle is one of those exquisitely decent, deeply introverted, excruciatingly English chaps whom Michael Kitchen plays so well by playing down. He seems to materialise rather than arrive, like a little cloud in a trilby. Sometimes, in the throes of thought, he may wear a slightly squeezed look as if pressing an inch of inspiration from the end of the tube. It’s a lovely bit of minimalism.

Read the rest of Nancy Banks-Smith’s snappy review (including her opinion on how Foyle wears his trilby) in The Guardian.

My top 20 Michael Kitchen roles:

3. DCS Christopher Foyle in Foyle’s War: Fifty Ships

Foyle’s unfinished business – another hanging plot line that begged for a proper resolution, but sadly it was not to be.

Pivoting aside, Foyle is a man of restrained physicality, but on occasion Michael Kitchen does get to take on the role of action hero in the show. Not since Caught on a Train have I seen MK sprint as hard as he does in Eagle Day.

Cute how he removes his hat while he and Sam flee from the assassin.

From the Boston Globe’s review of Fifty Ships (July 18, 2004):

Enter Michael Kitchen, the fine British actor whose minimalist performance here makes Anthony Hopkins’s famously tight performance as a butler in “Remains of the Day” resemble Sean Penn on parade…He’s marvelous as Foyle, a middle-age widower with a son flying for the Royal Air Force. His verbal output is often monosyllabic, yet nuanced with the deft use of his eyes, slight cocks of his head, brief slumps of his shoulders. This lonely, attractive man misses nothing. Would that American detectives presented such restraint.

“Wherever you are, I will find you.”

Foyle isn’t intimidated by officials who are lofty in rank or in height.  Must give the attache his due, though, since after S8 we now know just how much of a harassment Foyle can be to Howard Paige!

mkmohair said:

I somehow feel Foyle’s answer had a two-fold meaning: his retort, “I’ll do my best” probably means he will do his best TO harass Paige rather than the reverse!

Finished updating all of my posts from Fifty Ships.  Whew. But what a great episode!

bplutchak said:

Fifty Ships. My very favorite episode. The man is uncompromising even when he must compromise for the good of the nation. It seems unusual in television these days to have complicated, absolutely moral characters.  What kind of failure of imagination leads us to protagonist after protagonist that ranges only from evil to deeply flawed?  Kudos to Mr. Horowitz and our dear MK.

Kudos indeed.

Marking Valentine’s Day with my favorite detective, a man who has loved and lost, yet carries on with the utmost grace.

2013!   The year of Foyle’s War Series 8!

How does one inform a foolhardy woman and her sanctimonious snob of a husband that her connection with a captured enemy spy has been discovered? Start with a smile.

Convinced that the imprisoned German spy, Hans Maier, witnessed the murder of Richard Hunter, Foyle requests a second meeting with him.  At first, Commander Simmons denies Foyle’s request, but a few deftly delivered maneuvers from Foyle, the expert in subtle persuasion, are enough to get Simmons to relax his stance about going against regulations.

I can just see Michael Kitchen and Anthony Horowitz deleting lines written for Foyle in this scene!

I was re-watching one of my favorite episodes of Foyle’s War and noticed, for the first time, Michael Kitchen’s injured finger.  Given all the attention to period detail on the show, I wouldn’t be surprised if that’s an authentic WWII era type bandage. 🙂

In A&E MK also appeared on screen with a bandaged finger unrelated to the show’s plot.  I hope the boo boos didn’t hurt too much.

Mr DIY K’s hammer hit the wrong nail, perhaps? – anonymous

First thing that came to my mind.  🙂