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Like others before him who objected to Foyle’s necessary intrusion during an investigation, Bishop Wood might as well have saved his breath. Foyle shuts him down with a sharp rebuke and a hard stare.

If only members of the GOP who “have blocked, stonewalled, and rejected … basic requests to investigate, hold public hearings, and advance legislation” about Russian meddling could be made to see sense so easily.


Sam and Sgt. Brooke talk turkey with Foyle.

Leave it to Foyle to work out a satisfactory arrangement.

Jack’s not sure what hit him as Christine barrels in and out of his office with her sudden decision. A few takes of this scene and both parties are liable to have bruised lips. Love Michael Kitchen’s bug-eyed face.

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.

Portraying a proper pillar of the community and father of three children trapped in a loathsome marriage to an unstable, domineering wife (the curdling Sarah Miles), Kitchen deliciously reinvents the classic, henpecked husband.

The key to Kitchen’s underplayed achievement is in his eyes, so full of deference and the quick, limp smiles of a man who’s always a gentleman–even going to the gallows with his spats on.LA Times

Communicating with Milner via knee dip again after Dr. Campbell’s unwelcome intrusion.

Since it’s Virginia Woolf’s birthday today…

steviecat123 said: Oh my, the way his head drops and his eyes close…

And then his entire body drops with his signature knee dip – it’s the picture of dejection.

KT said:

Just love those Mrs Dalloway GIF’s, thank you! So wish GIF’s had sound; Michael Kitchen and Vanessa Redgrave have a similar velvety timbre to their voices – SO attractive.

Yes, gifs with audio would be wonderful.

Some medical jargon to go with MK’s smiles. I suppose sticking with the consulting surgeon isn’t an option, because if I were the patient…

Just finished watching the first series of Grantchester. How roles change. Robson Green is now the older guy who keeps his shirt on and is more fun to watch than the hunky (and often shirtless) lead.

Someone doesn’t wait obediently in the car again. “See what I mean?”

Another black marketeer bites the dust under Foyle’s watch.

Yes, wolseley37, the rest of this episode lived up to its title so well that I’d forgotten about this wonderfully amusing scene at the beginning in which undercover Foyle is all smoothness and charm as he pulls off a sting operation.

Threats have a way of bouncing off Foyle.

A deluge of April showers here today.  Rain in real life never seems to be as romantic as it so often is on film.

pdx144 said:

Could be one of my all time favorite scenes from beginning to end.

Definitely one of mine. The only thing that would make it better is seeing the expression MK’s making in frame 4.

Happily, Michael Kitchen appears in the first episode of The Life of Rock with Brian Pern. The black and white photo of him with Prince Charles in the foreground looks like it was lifted from Ball Trap.

From leastworst.tv:

Michael Kitchen is very clearly having the time of his life as Pern’s sweary, short-tempered manager John Farrow. His introductory sequence is a comic tour de force involving a one-sided telephone conversation about various matters from the Glastonbury Festival to Gordon Ramsay. It’s an object lesson in economy and establishing a character.

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Foyle’s interview with the mercenary Walkers leaves him skeptical and bemused.

Michael Kitchen joined the cast of A&E for the show’s last two series in 2001-02 playing Jack Turner, a charismatic if somewhat cocky orthopedic surgeon who becomes involved in hospital politics and romance.

I like the way the Daily Mail describes the new addition to the cast:

Returning stars Martin Shaw and Niamh Cusack are joined by smouldering new consultant – and love interest – Michael Kitchen…

steviecat123 said: It is like watching a facial ballet. Mesmerising :))

Richard Crane and Viv Reid exchange complicit looks with the hotel desk clerk.

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Viv Reid/Daniela Nardini is the lucky woman at the receiving end of these seductive gazes from Richard Crane/Michael Kitchen.

pdx144 said:

I don’t know how an actress can remember her lines looking into those eyes.

I think it must require every ounce of concentration and professional training, but luckily for DN, she didn’t have many lines here and could just enjoy the moment. The last gaze in particular would turn me into a puddle of mush.

Love their friendship.

In a rare moment of weakness, Foyle can’t pass up the chance to try out Captain Keiffer’s state-of-the-art fishing pole.  It’s not often that Foyle allows others to get their way with him.

thenthersthat said:

Loved these scenes. I need some Foyle slash fiction stat. Yeah,  I said it. Something that involves lots of good American bourbon, a jazz club in NYC and post-war discussion of trauma, regrets, apologies and  good solid “reconciliation.” 

When his wayward goddaughter shows up out of the blue on his doorstep after disappearing ten years earlier, Foyle finds himself in the unenviable position of looking after a suicidal mother and her traumatized son.  Foyle may sympathize with little Jimmy, but the child’s ordeal is no excuse for poor manners, and Foyle is not above using scare tactics to teach the child some respect.

pdx144 said: Wonder how many times MK’s sons have seen “that look”.

Along with the buildup – knee dip, then pivot.