Since it’s National Handshake Day…
Like VIPs who have visited the White House this year, Jack Turner is the victim of an awkward handshake. Customary bowing, in my opinion, is preferable to shaking hands, especially when one must deal with a head of state whose hands have been grabbing the nether regions of untold women. For those with a bad back, though, I suppose a handshake is less taxing.
(Not quite the Michael Kitchen/Stella Gonet reunion I hoped for.)
Loved watching Kate McKinnon’s Hillary Clinton show up on an elector’s doorstep as much as seeing Michael Kitchen’s Jack Turner surprise Christine at her front door – much needed cheer this holiday season and especially today with the unthinkable moving yet closer to becoming official.
From The Times (July 6, 2002):
A & E does have the benefit of Michael Kitchen, an actor who couldn’t be dull if he tried. The part calls for him to be one of those charismatic and ruthless mavericks. Kitchen has created a character whose brain appears to be operating on fast forward, creating a weird tension between what he is saying and what he may, or may not, be thinking. It is difficult to describe, but fascinating to watch.
And from The People (July 14, 2002):
But what makes this series a surgeon’s cut above the rest is the calibre of the cast, which includes Niamh Cusack, Martin Shaw, Jane Danson and, lastly but mostly, the wonderful Michael Kitchen as Jack Turner, the arrogant and amorous clinical director of St Victor’s.
Michael Kitchen and his fellow A&E cast members line up in an awkward pose for a photo featured in the April 7, 2001 issue of Radio Times currently listed on eBay.
Jack Turner is ambitious and a ladies’ man to boot. He wants to rule the roost and is prepared to bend ears and even rules to achieve that. Kitchen, 52, is one of those ubiquitous types…
Wish he were still the ubiquitous type.
Dr. Turner’s not at all happy about what he sees.
Jack Turner shrugs off heartbreak in the final closing shot of A&E. Just a few months after this episode aired, Foyle’s War premiered.
From an interview with Niamh Cusack about her decision to leave A&E after S4 along with Martin Shaw and Michael Kitchen:
All three bow out in the final episode later this summer when Christine is forced to choose between Robert and Jack. “It’s a bit of a cliffhanger,” says the Dublin-born actress. “It was so emotional. We didn’t think it would be, but it was.
What fun I had following the trail of Jack and Christy from the puncture through to MK’s characteristic, “Fine”. Is the rest of A&E as entertaining as the snippets with MK that you have posted?
Can’t thank the writers of A&E enough for the rain scenario. If by “the rest” you are referring to only the MK scenes in A&E, my answer would be a definitive yes. As in FW, those scenes that show the playful and/or private side of MK’s character are the ones I particularly adore. I wish MK had featured more in the show, especially in cute vignettes like this one, but a hospital themed show with an ensemble cast is what it is.
Niamh Cusack acting out the fantasy of many a female MK fan, and Jack Turner/Michael Kitchen looking adorably flabbergasted at being the object of such desire.
(The rebroadcast of A&E began yesterday on ITV Encore for lucky UK residents who are Sky subscribers. Beginning today, there’s the added bonus of Dandelion Dead.)
Best part about A&E is the interaction between these three characters.
Paul Hoggart wrote in The Times (July 5, 2002):
What saves A&E from absurdity is the strength of the cast, especially the three emotionally entangled consultants played by Martin Shaw, Niamh Cusack and Michael Kitchen. Kitchen, in particular, is the kind of actor who could make the Argos catalogue sound as if it had emotional depth, and brings a largely undeserved authority to the script.