Tag Archives: Foyle’s War

Chancer: Michael Kitchen: behind barsThe Advocates: Michael Kitchen: behind bars
The Advocates: Michael Kitchen: prison life 1The Advocates: Michael Kitchen: prison life 2
The Advocates: Michael Kitchen: closeup in prison
Falling: Michael Kitchen: train station 1Falling: Michael Kitchen: train station 2
Foyle's War: High Castle: Michael Kitchen: Del Mar's gate 1
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Behind bars.

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Foyle's War: War Games: Michael Kitchen: business during war 1
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On a day like today, one can’t help but draw parallels with War Games.


Foyle's War: The German Woman: Michael Kitchen: bomb
Foyle's War: The White Feather: Michael Kitchen: emerging from car
Foyle's War: The German Woman: Michael Kitchen: shipyard chase

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:

Foyle's War: The Cage: Michael Kitchen: Does no one ever read these things?

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.


Foyle's War: Eagle Day: Michael Kitchen: Julian Ovenden: You never talk about the last war.Foyle's War: Eagle Day: Michael Kitchen: Julian Ovenden: Worst three years of my life.
Foyle's War: Bad Blood: Michael Kitchen: Gawn Grainger: war remembrance 1
Foyle's War: Bad Blood: Michael Kitchen: Gawn Grainger: war remembrance 2


Foyle's War: Enemy Fire: Michael Kitchen: poisoned trout

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…

Foyle's War: Invasion: Michael Kitchen: Jay Benedict: the arrangement 1Foyle's War: Invasion: Michael Kitchen: Jay Benedict: the arrangement 2
Foyle's War: Invasion: Honeysuckle Weeks: Jonah Lotan: donuts 1Foyle's War: Invasion: Honeysuckle Weeks: Jonah Lotan: donuts 2

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.


Foyle's War: The German Woman: Michael Kitchen: James McAvoy: pub after bombing 1
Foyle's War: The German Woman: Michael Kitchen: James McAvoy: pub after bombing 2
Foyle's War: The German Woman: Michael Kitchen: James McAvoy: pub after bombing 3
Foyle's War: The German Woman: Michael Kitchen: James McAvoy: pub after bombing 4

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

Foyle's War: The White Feather: Michael Kitchen: Honeysuckle Weeks: tea and sandwiches 1Foyle's War: The White Feather: Michael Kitchen: Honeysuckle Weeks: tea and sandwiches 2
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On this day 16 years ago Foyle’s War premiered.

Foyle's War: The German Woman: Michael Kitchen: Honeysuckle Weeks: last scene 1
Foyle's War: The German Woman: Michael Kitchen: Honeysuckle Weeks: last scene 2
Foyle's War: The German Woman: Michael Kitchen: Anthony Howell: last scene
Foyle's War: The German Woman: Michael Kitchen: last scene
Foyle's War: The German Woman: Michael Kitchen: last scene

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.


Foyle's War: They Fought in the Fields: Michael Kitchen: Joannie's concerned about cows 1
Foyle's War: They Fought in the Fields: Michael Kitchen: Joannie's concerned about cows 2
Foyle's War: They Fought in the Fields: Michael Kitchen: Joannie's concerned about cows 3

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.)

Foyle's War: Fifty Ships: Michael Kitchen: Henry Goodman


Foyle's War: The German Woman: Michael Kitchen: peekaboo smile

Foyle's War: Eagle Day: Michael Kitchen: peekaboo smile

Michael Kitchen’s impossibly adorable peekaboo smile – helping me get through this impossibly awful day.


Foyle's War: Michael Kitchen: opening credits 1
Foyle's War: Michael Kitchen: opening credits 2
Foyle's War: Michael Kitchen: opening credits 3Foyle's War: Michael Kitchen: opening credits 4

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:

  1. He very much regretted having Foyle admit he could drive at the end of All Clear because when it came to rebooting the show, it was difficult to find something else for Sam to do.
  2. With his physics degree from Oxford, Andrew was to have a role in the first episode of FW S8 involving atomic spying in London.

How much better The Eternity Ring would have been with Andrew in it, but unfortunately, Julian Ovenden presumably chose Smash over Foyle’s War.


How We Know Kavanaugh is Lying

Foyle's War: High Castle: Michael Kitchen: closer look

The legitimacy of the U.S. Supreme Court is at stake.


fall

Foyle and the colors of fall.


Foyle's War: The German Woman: Michael Kitchen: Right. Thank you.


Foyle's War: The Eternity Ring: Michael Kitchen: Honeysuckle Weeks: press photo in radioactive room

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.


Foyle's War: The Eternity Ring: Michael Kitchen: Inverted Jenny stamp 1
Foyle's War: The Eternity Ring: Michael Kitchen: Inverted Jenny stamp 2

One of the two remaining unaccounted-for Inverted Jennies has surfaced in pristine condition after 100 years.


Foyle's War: The Funk Hole: Michael Kitchen: walking to Fowler's
Foyle's War: The Funk Hole: Michael Kitchen: barrage balloon

Foyle notes a barrage balloon during his visit to London in The Funk Hole.