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The Brontës of Haworth: Michael Kitchen: Branwell discusses his drinking 1The Brontës of Haworth: Michael Kitchen: Branwell discusses his drinking 2

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Michael Kitchen and Iain Blair in The Brontës of Haworth

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The Brontës of Haworth: Michael Kitchen: distressed Branwell
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Inspector Morse: The Death of the Self: Michael Kitchen at door

By the pricking of my thumbs, Something wicked this way comes. – Macbeth


On this day 16 years ago Foyle’s War premiered.

Foyle's War: The German Woman: Michael Kitchen: Honeysuckle Weeks: last scene 1
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Foyle's War: The German Woman: Michael Kitchen: Anthony Howell: last scene
Foyle's War: The German Woman: Michael Kitchen: last scene
Foyle's War: The German Woman: Michael Kitchen: last scene

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.


Foyle's War: They Fought in the Fields: Michael Kitchen: Joannie's concerned about cows 1
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Outspoken women are well represented in this episode.

Now I see why Barbara Hicks’s bra stood out.


Foyle's War: The German Woman: Michael Kitchen: peekaboo smile

Foyle's War: Eagle Day: Michael Kitchen: peekaboo smile

Michael Kitchen’s impossibly adorable peekaboo smile – helping me get through this impossibly awful day.


World Teachers Day



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Foyle and the colors of fall.


Foyle's War: The German Woman: Michael Kitchen: Right. Thank you.


On this day…

Dykket: Michael Kitchen: Gunnar's ear

Dykket was released (Norway, 1989).


Foyle's War: Enemy Fire: Michael Kitchen: Jeremy Silberston: behind the scenesFoyle's War: Enemy Fire: Michael Kitchen: behind the scenes

National Tell a Joke Day

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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's War: Broken Souls: Michael Kitchen: Honeysuckle Weeks: Anthony Howell: Jay Simpson: donation to refugees 1Foyle's War: Broken Souls: Michael Kitchen: Honeysuckle Weeks: Anthony Howell: Jay Simpson: donation to refugees 2
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“A donation, perhaps? One of the refugee funds?”

“Yes, sir. Good idea.”


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 International Picnic Day.


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


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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Foyle's War: Elise: Michael Kitchen: Honeysuckle Weeks: Sam and Foyle final scene 9
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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


Monday Motivation.

Foyle's War: The Funk Hole: Michael Kitchen: Nicholas Farrell: Collier wraps up 0
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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.




Leave not the mansion so long tenantless,
Lest, growing ruinous, the building fall
And leave no memory of what it was!
The Two Gentlemen of Verona


Alibi Michael Kitchen International Day of Happiness


Foyle's War: The Hide: Michael Kitchen: Andrew Scott: Foyle takes his leave 1Foyle's War: The Hide: Michael Kitchen: Andrew Scott: Foyle takes his leave 2
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I hold it fit that we shake hands and part:
You, as your business and desire shall point you, —
For every man has business and desire,
Such as it is; – Hamlet

Foyle's War: The Hide: Michael Kitchen's gaze gif
Foyle's War: The Hide: Michael Kitchen's gaze still

Foyle gazing, as only Michael Kitchen can, at the honorable young man who may be his son.


Foyle's War: The White Feather: Michael Kitchen: Honeysuckle Weeks: Foyle and Sam walking to church

Foyle's War: Enemy Fire: Michael Kitchen: Honeysuckle Weeks: Foyle and Sam at Rosalind's grave

Sentimental Saturday.

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.


Foyle's War: The German Woman: Michael Kitchen: Dominic Mafham: intercepting Turner 1
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Windy today.

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The winds of change?





Evasive responses to be followed later by resignation from his post.

An all too familiar story out of Washington these days, the latest involving “one of these PR types”.