Tag Archives: Michael Kitchen


Foyle's War: War Games: Michael Kitchen: Honeysuckle Weeks: Emily Blunt: busy bees 1Foyle's War: War Games: Michael Kitchen: Honeysuckle Weeks: Emily Blunt: busy bees 2
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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.

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May the royal newlyweds enjoy a marriage as long and happy as William and Philippa’s.


Love Song: Michael Kitchen: biking to work 1Love Song: Michael Kitchen: biking to work 1


Foyle's War: War Games: Michael Kitchen: reacting to judge's verdict

At the alarming rate that far-right judges are being appointed to lower-court benches, it won’t be long before we lose a vital bastion against Trumpism.

From The New Yorker:

McConnell didn’t just protect a Supreme Court seat for the next President; he basically shut down the entire confirmation process for all of Obama’s federal-judgeship nominees for more than a year. It’s the vacancies that accumulated during this time — more than a hundred of them — that Trump’s team is now working efficiently to fill.

Fuming after reading about the latest developments. The two parties are not the same!


The Browning Version: Michael Kitchen: teacher appreciation 1
The Browning Version: Michael Kitchen: teacher appreciation 2

Why didn’t any of my teachers look (and talk) like Michael Kitchen in The Browning Version?

It’s a lovely thought, but I’m sure I’d have been so mesmerised by all that charm that I wouldn’t have learned a thing. Wouldn’t have minded being Teacher’s pet, though. – anonymous


Brimstone and Treacle: Michael Kitchen closeup
Brimstone and Treacle: Michael Kitchen sidelong glance

…the devil hath power. To assume a pleasing shape. – Hamlet

A devil incarnate, in the form of an angel. Those eyes! And bless that hair. Let’s face it we all had rubbish hair in the 70’s (well if you had been born then of course). It was a pre-requisite of the times.  – steviecat123





Once a place of opportunity where men like Sir Helmsley’s son, Guy, could fulfill their dreams, Cape Town today faces a future threatened by looming water shortages. Dreams have been turning into nightmares for residents, Rosa Lyster writes in her recent New Yorker essay, “Coming to Terms with a Life without Water“, and she goes on to lament that words like “agualation” have entered our vocabulary as the effects of climate change become increasingly evident.

My troublous dreams this night doth make me sad.
King Lear


Brimstone and Treacle: Michael Kitchen: Martin says a prayer 1Brimstone and Treacle: Michael Kitchen: Martin says a prayer 2
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A shocking scene in its day, but how much more revolting to see a real-life lecher “leading a prayer” in the Oval Office today.


Foyle's War: A War of Nerves: Michael Kitchen: Peter Capaldi: lunch 1Foyle's War: A War of Nerves: Michael Kitchen: Peter Capaldi: lunch 2
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When Raymond Carter grows testy, Foyle tactfully cuts short his lunch with the communist agitator.


Foyle's War: Among the Few: Michael Kitchen: Honeysuckle Weeks: Sam stuck with bomb 1Foyle's War: Among the Few: Michael Kitchen: Honeysuckle Weeks: Sam stuck with bomb 2
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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:


Enchanted April: Michael Kitchen: picnic scene 1Enchanted April: Michael Kitchen: picnic scene 2
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George Briggs’s story of the oleander tree on National Picnic Day.



Enjoyed this beautiful Earth Day weekend by climbing to my nearest edge of the world overlooking the Shenandoah Valley.


The uncertain glory of an April day. – The Two Gentlemen of Verona

Foyle's War: Elise: Michael Kitchen: Honeysuckle Weeks: Sam and Foyle final scene 1Foyle's War: Elise: Michael Kitchen: Honeysuckle Weeks: Sam and Foyle final scene 2
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(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


Foyle's War: War Games: Michael Kitchen: riding in car with Devlin
Foyle's War: The Eternity Ring: Michael Kitchen: riding in car with Hilda

The questionable professional ethics of Foyle’s ride companions are on his mind while they zip through the pastoral surroundings of Hastings in War Games and the austere streets of London in The Eternity Ring. Professional ethics certainly don’t concern Trump and his appointees as they daily violate with little repercussion the rules and laws governing their offices.


Abridged and unabridged audiobook editions released in 1997. Robert Goddard is such a good writer, though, that I wouldn’t want to miss a single word, especially when the words are read by Michael Kitchen. But it would be interesting to listen to Martin Shaw’s narration for comparison.


Monday Motivation.





By all appearances Foyle is in an unusually forgiving mood when he’s allowed to return to the office, flashing the most genial of smiles at Collier, who thinks he’s gotten away with murder. Foyle soon dispels the illusion, his knowing smiles disappearing as he reveals the full extent of Collier’s crimes and the motivation behind them.

Foyle's War: The Funk Hole: Michael Kitchen: listening to Collier

One aspect of Foyle’s War I’ve always admired is the coherence of the culprits’ motives. No obsessive lovers or crazed lunatics killing by reason of insanity on Foyle’s patch, thank goodness.


Give every man thy ear but few thy voice. – Hamlet


Foyle's War: The Funk Hole: Michael Kitchen: Andrew is wounded

Concern and relief.

Foyle's War: The Funk Hole: Michael Kitchen: Andrew is wounded


No Man's Land: Michael Kitchen: John Gielgud: I don't usually talk.No Man's Land: Michael Kitchen: John Gielgud: Normally I keep quiet.
No Man's Land: Michael Kitchen: John Gielgud: I know what it is.No Man's Land: Michael Kitchen: John Gielgud: That's what it must be.

From Sir John Gielgud: A Life in Letters a note from the actor written during the U.S. tour of No Man’s Land in 1976:

The Pinter play is a huge success, thank God, and we have packed houses and a throng of people coming round after every performance. So I feel we are very lucky indeed, though the previous month in Washington was rather a bind, too big a theatre and a sticky lot to play to.

I once saw a musical at the Kennedy Center and agree with JG that the venue is way too big for musicals and plays. I imagine for much of the audience in the theater, it would have been hard to clearly see and hear the cast of No Man’s Land. Reading about the mad stampede last month for tickets to the upcoming run of Hamilton in D.C., I wonder how many of those who managed to get a ticket will be similarly disappointed by their experience at the KC this summer.


Fierce.