Straddling International Day of Happiness and International Day of Forests
Yet another massive winter storm.
Reminder: The phrase "the calm before the storm" does not apply to grocery stores just before a significant snowfall.—
Andy Bowers (@evilpez4) March 02, 2019
I’m chuckling at the way product displacement was achieved. Instead of Safeway, it’s a supermarket called Safew,.
Shouldn’t be looking at the scenery, though, when Michael Kitchen’s on screen.
Mr. Kitchen is possibly the eighth wonder of the world. Never flashy … but nevertheless the center of every frame in which he appears. – hikari
From John Powers’s review of Foyle’s War on NPR:
What makes the whole thing irresistible is Michael Kitchen’s enthralling performance as Foyle, who, in his reticence, sly humor and triumphant decency, is our fantasy of the ideal Englishman.
Speaking of balance…love this song:
Seems lawyers have dubbed the first working Monday in January after the holidays “Divorce Day“. Sadly, like Richard and Anna, many couples reach a crisis point in their relationship around this time of the year.
Back in 1976, Michael Kitchen starred in a three-part teleplay depicting the painful divorce proceedings of a young couple with a child. If the opinion of the critic at The Spectator is anything to go by, A Divorce was as unappealing to watch as the storyline suggests. Looking at the screen caps from the program on the Michael Kitchen site, I’m struck by MK’s awful wardrobe. No evidence of it, though, in this cute press photo from Listener magazine (Aug. 19, 1976):
Perhaps it was taken during rehearsal when he was wearing his own clothes?
(Funnily enough, Alan Cox grew up to play young Peter in Mrs. Dalloway.)
Brighton Rock is put aside for a sip of Glenlivet with Dad.
Michael Kitchen and Iain Blair in The Brontës of Haworth
By the pricking of my thumbs, Something wicked this way comes. – Macbeth
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.
Outspoken women are well represented in this episode.
Now I see why Barbara Hicks’s bra stood out.
Michael Kitchen’s impossibly adorable peekaboo smile – helping me get through this impossibly awful day.
Catherine Scott (@Janemair9) October 05, 2018
World Teachers Day
On this day…
Dykket was released (Norway, 1989).
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.)
“A donation, perhaps? One of the refugee funds?”
“Yes, sir. Good idea.”
George Briggs’s story of the oleander tree on International Picnic Day.
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