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Enchanted April: Michael Kitchen: happy George Briggs

Straddling International Day of Happiness and International Day of Forests

 

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Yet another massive winter storm.


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I’m chuckling at the way product displacement was achieved. Instead of Safeway, it’s a supermarket called Safew,.

The Guilty: Michael Kitchen: grocery shopping 3

Shouldn’t be looking at the scenery, though, when Michael Kitchen’s on screen.


Foyle's War: They Fought in the Fields: Michael Kitchen
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.)


Foyle's War: Killing Time: Michael Kitchen: dinner with Sam and Adam 1
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Foyle's War: The German Woman: Michael Kitchen: Julian Ovenden: drinking Glenlivet 1
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Brighton Rock is put aside for a sip of Glenlivet with Dad.


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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

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.

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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).


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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.”


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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

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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