Too much awful to take in without a dose of Michael Kitchen.
Brexit heads for that riveting black hole
“Brexit could still happen. But for the first time the odds on it happening are no better than even.”
– Roger Cohen, NY Times
Here’s hoping that when Michael Kitchen’s birthday rolls around, there will be no need for another Brexit delay.
Discovered the BBC adaptation of Dickens’s Martin Chuzzlewit over the weekend and was quite taken with the character of Tom Pinch played by an actor I thought I’d never seen before, Philip Franks. But to my surprise, I subsequently learned that he was the captain in Bad Blood who infamously warned Foyle about being crushed from high above. What’s more, as Henry Fielding, Franks acted alongside Michael Kitchen in the first production of The Art of Success, so chalk up another reunion on the set of Foyle’s War between MK and a colleague from his theater days. Hoping now to check out The Darling Buds of May if I can find it.
The title character of Martin Chuzzlewit was played by Paul Scofield, who did some radio work with Michael Kitchen, including King Priam, which has recently been uploaded to YouTube:
From B.A. Young’s review in The Financial Times, Oct. 17, 1987:
Andrew Rillick offered a one-hour version of the fall of Troy which I thought masterly. The story is basically as we know it, but written in modern prose of high poetic quality. Priam (Paul Scofield) sets the scene from within the walls of Troy. The siege has endured for 10 years. Hector (Ronald Pickup) still thinks of war as an inevitable duty, Paris (Michael Kitchen) has, since his youth, put love above all. He has a beautiful speech to Helen (Janet McTeer) beginning, “I was a gannet and I caught you like a fish, I was a bear and I caught you in the woods;” yet when he is slain by Philotectetes’s arrow he recalls only an early vision of Oenone.
Paris’s speech after the credits is beautiful as well.
I wonder how the idiom came to be “right up your alley” in American English.
Considering that food rationing and shortages in the UK still abounded in 1946, what an odd time for the British Council to have commissioned George Orwell to write an essay on British cuisine. As it turned out, the organization thought better of the idea and ended up rejecting the submitted piece for publication. The recent discovery of the rejection letter has prompted the Council to issue an apology, as it should, for Orwell’s essay is a glorious compendium on British food and mealtimes.
Mr. Kitchen is possibly the eighth wonder of the world. Never flashy … but nevertheless the center of every frame in which he appears. – hikari
From John Powers’s review of Foyle’s War on NPR:
What makes the whole thing irresistible is Michael Kitchen’s enthralling performance as Foyle, who, in his reticence, sly humor and triumphant decency, is our fantasy of the ideal Englishman.
Speaking of balance…love this song:
I’ve just read Anthony Horowitz’s Foyle’s War “mystery” published in the Daily Mail. Saddens me to think of Foyle as a frail, old man in pain. 😦 I had been hoping for a story set shortly after Sam has her baby.
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.
Human Medicine Use Loading Up River Creatures With Dozens of Different Drugs
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
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.
Wonderful to see Foyle and Kieffer reunited in a later episode, even if it wasn’t under the best of circumstances.