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More swiveling from Foyle while in interrogation mode.


The oily would-be politician Martin Longmate tries to justify lying about his military exemption, but Foyle will have none of it.  I love Foyle’s one-liners and Michael Kitchen’s delivery of them. He’s just as impressive in the final confrontations with the culprits – here even adding a little shimmy before condemning Longmate to his fate.

(Just watched Mark Bazeley in an episode of Death in Paradise after having recently spotted him in The Queen, Home Fires, and Second Sight. Suddenly he seems to be everywhere on my TV screen.)

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Foyle, the master of brevity, knows when he’s said enough to bring the guilty party to his knees.

And Michael Kitchen knows how to use his incomparable mouth shrug and eyes to maximum effect.

Michael Kitchen and Malcolm Sinclair facing off on screen again.

From The Guardian:

“I am arresting you for the murders of Det Chief Superintendent Meredith and Henry Scott and for the attempted murder of Det Sgt Milner. D’ye have anything to say?” “Whatever are you talking about?” gasps the man of God. “D’ye have anything else to say?” says Foyle, a master of the laconic and how to talk through tightened teeth. Terse hardly covers it. He is as buttoned up as winter combinations. Foyle is such a masterclass in inhibition that you wonder how long it takes Michael Kitchen to defrost after each series.

I hardly like to mention it, but he has absolutely no evidence at all against the parson. Who, however, is indeed a German spy and shows a very proper spirit by shooting himself.

Iconic words.

From a review by tendays komyathy posted on swapadvd.com:

“My name is Foyle. I’m a police officer.” No badge is shown or papers presented while so introducing himself. Such would be superfluous though as Kitchen’s Foyle, in mannerisms, demeanor, as well as the way his carries himself, makes it rather apparent that he is in law enforcement.

Foyle's War: Fifty Ships: Michael Kitchen: What do you know
Foyle's War: Fifty Ships: Michael Kitchen: that you're not telling me?


Foyle and the colors of fall.

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michael kitchen foyle's war the german woman fall colors 1

Just learned in this NY Times interview with Tim Pigott-Smith that the actor is starring in the hit play, “King Charles III”, coming to Broadway next month and to PBS Masterpiece in 2017. He and Michael Kitchen could compare notes on mimicking The Prince of Wales, playing villains, narrating audiobooks, and sustaining a successful acting career while rejecting the spotlight.

The officer in charge of finding a replacement DCS has yet to learn that flattery will get him nowhere with Foyle, as Michael Kitchen so eloquently indicates with a roll of his eyes followed by an exasperated sigh.

Foyle is only too eager to step up to the plate when a resignation is requested. (The clip of this scene is available on YouTube with an introduction by Tim McMullan.)

Rehearsal for this scene from the S9 featurette, A Day in the Life of Foyle’s War:

Threats have a way of bouncing off Foyle.

When Sarah Beaumont makes light of Foyle’s investigation into her stepmother’s death, he levels a stinging rebuke, yet still manages to maintain the highest level of professional courtesy.

Bringing down Reginald Walker and son – just another of Foyle’s insignificant contributions to the war effort.

No one delivers a threat quite like Foyle.  Ever the well-mannered gentleman, he doesn’t even raise his voice, but it’s abundantly clear that he means business. The poor guard is no match.

Just enjoying Michael Kitchen’s line delivery.

Never one to employ the heavy-handed approach, Foyle persuades a dejected Milner to review case notes in the same way he often squeezes information from interogees –  by quietly pointing out the not so pleasant alternative to cooperating with him.

DCS Foyle is so sassy.

Superior officer #1: Detective Chief Superintendent Foyle, I think we all owe you a vote of gratitude.
Foyle: Well, that’s uncommonly decent of you, but I didn’t come here to be thanked.
Superior officer #1: How is the new station?
Foyle: The new station is delightful, apart from the fact that I don’t want to be in it. I resigned.
Superior officer #1: I am aware of that.
Superior officer #2: Yes, it was very good of you to come back after your predecessor…
Foyle: Died.
Superior officer #2: In very unfortunate circumstances.
Foyle: Well, it’s my experience that most deaths are unfortunate, but all that was some considerable time ago. I’d like to know why I’m still there and where my replacement is.

Burned.  I love it when Foyle reveals to culprits that he’s not one to be fooled.  In this case, it’s Monsieur Duveen, the traitorous head of The Russian House, who blatantly lies about not having any knowledge of two escaped Russian prisoners of war, when in fact, only days earlier one of them fled from the Hastings area up to London seeking assistance from him.