On a day like today, one can’t help but draw parallels with War Games.
To counter the blackness of our current predicament — a burst of brilliant color from Australia’s 7TWO.
Didn’t know there was a second volume to the government climate report released last November. It gives whole new meaning to Black Friday:
Actually, I’m not convinced Trump can read above a third-grade level, while key members of his administration are determined to keep their heads deeply buried in the sand as they wage war against science and the environment.
When Doctor Who and Remembrance meet, a piece of magic transfixes the listener, cast back into the battlefields of… twitter.com/i/web/status/1…—
BabelColour 🎞 (@StuartHumphryes) November 10, 2018
Positive reviews for Michael Kitchen’s fly fishing technique on flyfishingforum.com:
Several times in “Foyle’s War” Foyle is shown fishing, in coat and tie (or vest and tie), and hippers. The actor, Michael Kitchen, looks like he might have at least a nodding acquaintance with the rod. The stream doesn’t look like much, but we know how that goes. I have to say, I like the coat and tie part of it. It’s such a good show I am inclined to overlook any lack of technique. – patrick62
Just started watching Foyle’s War yesterday. Was pleased to see the fishing moments. The guy can actually pretty much cast the cane rod he’s using. – gt05254
@thistallawkgirl This is just so we can stress eat in peace while we worry about tomorrow’s election outcomes.—
Kailee Zan (@ZanKa008) November 05, 2018
Well, since I missed the one in June…
With temptations on offer, two friendships take off.
A rather interesting take from the datalounge.com forum:
Please tell me that someone else picked up the homo undertones between Foyle and the American Captain? In the same episode American GIs are ranting about missing their girls and seducing all the local girls, Sam gets an American boyfriend and Foyle gets picked up by this Manly American Captain going on about his ‘rod’ and inviting Foyle to get drunk with him. The subtext was dripping. You can’t tell me the writers weren’t giggling about that one.
Used my extra hour with the end of daylight savings to finish watching the acclaimed BBC mini-series, State of Play, in which Michael Kitchen and James McAvoy would have played father and son had MK accepted the role of the newspaper editor that Paul Abbott wrote for him. So every time Bill Nighy appeared as Cameron Foster, I tried imagining MK acting the part. While I’m ever so glad MK chose Alibi over State of Play, it’s a shame he couldn’t do both, considering State of Play is hailed as one of the best TV dramas of all time and garnered a BAFTA for Nighy in 2004. (A very good year for BN, who also won a 2004 film BAFTA for Love, Actually.)
National Sandwich Day
On this day 16 years ago Foyle’s War premiered.
Journalist Ian Wylie wrote at the time:
You were supposed to see it exactly a year ago – but TV bosses were so impressed with the pilot episode, they decided to make some more.
Foyle’s War is a new drama series starring Michael Kitchen as a wartime detective fighting his own battle against murder, mystery and betrayal.
It’s the result of ITV1’s search for new detective ideas. More than 200 were submitted, but only three made it as far as having pilot episodes filmed.
Executives liked Foyle’s War so much that they cancelled the scheduled screening of the pilot last October and ordered three more two-hour films, set in Hastings and on the south coast.
That pilot – The German Woman – will finally be screened on Sunday amid hopes that Foyle can become as big a hit as Morse and Frost. Having taken his leave of Manchester’s A&E, Michael thinks this new TV detective has great potential.
“I was attached to quite a few projects when Foyle first came to me in its early drafts as The War Detective. Even then, it was very high quality, always going to be a strong contender and no great surprise when it was green lit.”
“I was attached to quite a few projects…” — Sigh. Those were the days, when MK was an “attached” actor.
World Singing Day
During this scene from War Games, the cast sang John Bunyan’s “To Be a Pilgrim”. Commenting under this video of the hymn, an observant Foyle’s War viewer noted:
…they had the whole cast singing the word fly instead of flee except I think they forgot to tell Michael Kitchen because the camera was on him in close-up when that line was being sung and you see his mouth form the word flee when the whole rest of the singers are singing the word fly. I guess he just sang it the way he learned it and nobody edited it out or reshot it.
He does seem to be the only one not singing from a hymnal.
Outspoken women are well represented in this episode.
Now I see why Barbara Hicks’s bra stood out.
Just finished listening to Michael Kitchen’s outstanding narration of Shylock Is My Name. Now referring back to the source material for Howard Jacobson’s novel by viewing Shakespeare Uncovered and Trevor Nunn’s National Theatre production of The Merchant of Venice with future Foyle’s War guest stars, Henry Goodman, in an Olivier Award winning performance as Shylock, and Mark Umbers as Solanio. (Since we were denied the scenes showing Foyle catching up with Howard Paige, watching the destruction of Goodman’s Shylock could be the next best thing, although unlike Shylock, Paige wouldn’t be deserving of any sympathy.)
Michael Kitchen’s impossibly adorable peekaboo smile – helping me get through this impossibly awful day.
Catherine Scott (@Janemair9) October 05, 2018
The inspiration for him really came from the spotlights and searchlights from the war. I always thought Foyle was a seeker after truth – somebody who was effectively someone very decent and civilized and genteel. And so the character was always going to be very grounded. – Anthony Horowitz
In the same interview at the Marrakech Biennale in February 2012 AH also talks of Michael Kitchen’s reluctance to ask questions like a typical TV detective (a major collaborative effort according to MK), and he mentions a couple of interesting factoids that I hadn’t known:
How much better The Eternity Ring would have been with Andrew in it, but unfortunately, Julian Ovenden presumably chose Smash over Foyle’s War.
Republican interest in actually learning what did or didn’t happen to Dr Ford resembles their interest in climate-c… twitter.com/i/web/status/1…—
John Harwood (@JohnJHarwood) September 28, 2018
The legitimacy of the U.S. Supreme Court is at stake.
Missed this interview with Anthony Horowitz when it was published in The Sunday Times on March 24, 2013, the day Foyle’s War S8 premiered. At the time, AH believed S8 would be the finale of FW:
Will I ever kill Foyle off? No. But I don’t think I’ll write any more either. It’s quite likely that I’ve written my last episode of Foyle’s War.
Of Michael Kitchen, he had this to say:
“…and Michael [Kitchen, the actor who plays Foyle] has been happier more than I can ever remember.”
“He has taken over the part. He now questions every line: he is quite demanding in what he will not say; he is always challenging. This is good for me. It makes for an interesting collaboration.”
“We discuss things all the time. We have a read-through; he will phone me while they’re shooting; I get notes from him; he will worry about certain lines. The very last line of the whole series — he wrote [it] at the very last minute.”
Wish we could have seen more of that off-screen happiness, as there certainly wasn’t much for Foyle to be happy about in S8.