Tag Archives: Foyle’s signature style





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.)


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.








Foyle and the colors of fall.






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: