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.)
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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:
- 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.
- 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.
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.
Foyle notes a barrage balloon during his visit to London in The Funk Hole.
Westminster Bridge during the war. Squint carefully and you can actually spot six barrage balloons (though some are… twitter.com/i/web/status/1…—
BabelColour 🎞 (@StuartHumphryes) September 01, 2018
National Tell a Joke Day
This is too cruel, Acorn DVD, to show Michael Kitchen telling an uproariously funny joke on the set of Enemy Fire without letting us in on it! (Clips are from “The Making of Foyle’s War, Part 1”.)
(How sad that director Jeremy Silberston passed away barely two years after these joyful moments of him here with the cast were captured on film.)
I love watching Foyle when he’s questioning someone who’s clearly evading the truth, lying through his teeth, and hiding criminal activity – someone like any given member of the Trumplican party.
Foyle and Sam listen to Churchill’s announcement of Germany’s surrender.
Watched Darkest Hour on the flight home and felt like watching this FW scene as a bookend to the film.
Losing myself in the wonders of Blu-Ray.
Foyle’s also a bad golfer. I think it’s a wonderful game but it’s very time consuming. My eldest and I play once a year and we’ve never had enough balls to get round!
– Michael Kitchen, “Who is Christopher Foyle”, Masterpiece Mystery
From an interview with Naomi Frederick published in Performing Women: Stand-Ups, Strumpets and Itinerants:
The last television role, where I played a Wren, was in one of the Foyle’s War episodes. The writing in that series is strong and there’s also a lovely historical element, which gives it immediately another layer of interest. I enjoyed the writing in that, which made the role worthwhile.
This scene alone would have made the role worthwhile for me.
Too bad Roger Allam and Michael Kitchen didn’t have any scenes together in Eagle Day.
My favorite lines from The Guardian‘s Q&A with Allam:
Which living person do you most despise, and why?
Donald Trump for lying and introducing such potentially dangerous chaos to the world.
“A donation, perhaps? One of the refugee funds?”
“Yes, sir. Good idea.”
A harrowing separation that no parent or child should have to suffer, but at least one could argue that Operation Pied Piper was carried out with the intent of protecting the welfare of children during a desperate time of war. No such argument can be made about the current Trump administration border policy.
This Fathers Days, thinking of the bond I had with my late father and the one I have now with my son. We now live… twitter.com/i/web/status/1…—
Judd Legum (@JuddLegum) June 17, 2018
Andrew’s unexpected early morning arrival brings Foyle downstairs to the kitchen in his pajamas.
Simon Hix (@simonjhix) June 06, 2018
National Coq Au Vin Day