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@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.
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.
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.)
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.
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.”
National Coq Au Vin Day
European Commission 🇪🇺 (@EU_Commission) May 20, 2018
Full merrily the humble-bee doth sing,
Till he hath lost his honey and his sting;
And being once subdued in armed tail,
Sweet honey and sweet notes together fail.
– Troilus and Cressida
In her first credited role, Emily Blunt got to act opposite Michael Kitchen and wear a nifty beekeeper’s outfit. Amazing that the real experts in beekeeping require little in the way of protective wear, even when dealing with a swarm of 40,000 bees.
Foyle’s directions to Sam for protecting herself against a bomb blast are considerably more useful than the tips disseminated by the U.S. government ten years later:
The uncertain glory of an April day. – The Two Gentlemen of Verona
(Location: St. James Garden/Cemetery, Liverpool, UK, April 2014)
Really couldn’t have asked for a better final scene between Foyle and Sam. Almost as good as their first scene together.
…an ending that is genuinely tender and touching and moving – in a thoroughly buttoned-up, British, 1940s kind of way, of course. “I’d really like it if you’d be the godfather,” Sam tells Foyle (she’s PWP, pregnant without permission). “Honoured.” “Thank you.” “Pleasure.” And a kiss, the first and last. – The Guardian
“Brookie” laughs at Foyle’s picks for the football polls, but true to form, it’s Foyle who will have the last laugh.
The random system may not be a bad approach to choosing a March Madness bracket this year.
Replying to a Data Lounge query on cozy British murder mysteries, one forum member wrote:
…an interesting lesson on writing and showrunning. Foyle’s War should work outside of the premise. Michael Kitchen and Honeysuckle Weeks are both good actors and their characters were interesting. Yet once WW2 was taken out of the equation, the story wasn’t interesting anymore. I think part of it was that having Weeks’ character marry put a wedge in the boss/employee relationship and the show just fell to pieces after that. Thank goodness they always kept the relationship as father/daughter. If they had Weeks have romantic feelings for Foyle, it would have ruined the entire show including the episodes already broadcast.
On the set of Foyle's War in London. Watched Michael Kitchen chased by mad Russian gunman. The gunman missed. Went home again.—
Anthony Horowitz (@AnthonyHorowitz) April 07, 2009
Foyle and Sam experience firsthand the danger posed by domestic government officials conducting shady deals with Russia.
Color and mood befitting this Saturday spent in the warmth of SoCal.
Speaking of making the switch…
BBC Archive (@BBCArchive) August 23, 2017