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My top 20 Michael Kitchen roles:

2. Richard Crane in Reckless (1997) and Reckless: The Sequel (1998)

From the absurdly comical to the heartbreakingly tender, MK demonstrates his incredible acting range playing an arrogant surgeon who will do almost anything to prevent his wife from leaving him for another man.

Much of that fun is the work of Michael Kitchen, doing another turn as the abject and conniving Dr. Richard Crane… The mix of misery and resolve that Michael Kitchen brings to this character is altogether wonderful to see. – The Wall Street Journal, Apr. 12, 1999

This plug for Reckless written by Hikari on an Amazon.com forum is perfection.

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Alibi: Michael Kitchen: montage

My top 20 Michael Kitchen roles:

1. Greg Brentwood in Alibi (2003)

Simply love every minute of this film.

From an interview with Sophie Okonedo:

Okonedo says: “It was really good to work on and I particularly enjoyed working with Michael Kitchen – I’ve always thought he was brilliant.”

They are such an odd couple – I don’t think many people would have thought about casting Michael and I together. “They obviously thought we would be so opposite that it would be interesting and something rather rare on television.”

“It is not a comedy and it is not a straightforward thriller. I suppose it is an idiosyncratic take on a thriller about two very odd people who would not normally meet or have anything to do with each other.” Michael Kitchen describes Alibi as “perhaps a thriller”, but admits to enjoying the comic aspects of the story. He adds: “Paul Abbott is up there with the very best screen writers around, of which there are precious few.”


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My top 20 Michael Kitchen roles:

3. DCS Christopher Foyle in Foyle’s War: They Fought in the Fields

Foyle changes Barbara Hicks’s opinion of men.  How lovely it would be to have Stella Gonet appear in another episode.









My top 20 Michael Kitchen roles:

3. DCS Christopher Foyle in Foyle’s War: Fifty Ships

Foyle’s unfinished business – another hanging plot line that begged for a proper resolution, but sadly it was not to be.


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My top 20 Michael Kitchen roles:

3. DCS Christopher Foyle in Foyle’s War: The German Woman

The magical pilot episode brilliantly executed to introduce a superb TV series and a perfect cast.


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My top 20 Michael Kitchen roles:

3. Ex-DCS Christopher Foyle in Foyle’s War: The Hide


Caught on a Train: Michael Kitchen: montage

My top 20 Michael Kitchen roles:

4. Peter in Caught on a Train (1981)

Three of my favorite films depict a young person bonding with an elderly stranger, and this is one of them.  The relationship is especially affecting here, since Frau Messner is such an unlikable lady.  The scenes between MK and Peggy Ashcroft are priceless. Synopsis and review at BFI Screenonline.


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My top 20 Michael Kitchen roles:

5. William Hatchard in Love Song (1985)

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6. Jack Turner in A&E (2000-2002)

Two shows that are equal parts romance and professional exploits, one within the halls of academia and the other in hospital administration. An ideal combination, and maybe someday I’ll be able to view it all in much better quality.

 


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My top 20 Michael Kitchen roles:

7. Henry Batley in Country Matters: The Four Beauties (1973)

Completely stunned and delighted when I first watched MK in this romantic comedy playing a young reporter who’s a bit out of his league dealing with the four Davenport women.  Contains the most swoonworthy kiss he’s ever filmed, in my opinion.


The Browning Version: Michael Kitchen: montage

My top 20 Michael Kitchen roles:

8. Frank Hunter in The Browning Version (1985)

Presumably fresh from filming Out of Africa, MK makes a gorgeous boys’ school teacher in Terence Rattigan’s play.


Out of Africa: Michael Kitchen as Berkeley Cole
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My top 20 Michael Kitchen roles:

9. Berkeley Cole in Out of Africa (1985)

Meryl Streep was one lucky actress playing opposite MK and Robert Redford amidst the beauty of Africa.

Meryl Streep thought her leading man was perfect, but one wonders how much better the movie might have been had Michael Kitchen been cast in the role of Denys Finch Hatton.


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My top 20 Michael Kitchen roles:

10.  Bricks in Dykket (1989)

Not a lot of screen time for MK in this movie, but many of those moments are among my all-time MK favorites.


My top 20 Michael Kitchen roles:

11. Henry Kent in Falling (2005)

Creepy character, but except for the last 20 minutes when his true nature is revealed to Daisy, the conman as played by MK is actually quite the charmer and extremely entertaining to watch.


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My top 20 Michael Kitchen roles:

12.  John Gales alias Ray Lambert, the assassin in The Last Contract (1998)

Smooth and sexy as a coldly proficient hired killer.


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My top 20 Michael Kitchen roles:

13. Steven Vey in The Guilty (1992)

While Vey doesn’t deserve to get away with it, by the end of this mini-series, he does collect some sympathy points thanks partly to MK’s complex performance.


Oliver Twist: Michael Kitchen as Mr. Brownlow

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My top 20 Michael Kitchen roles:

14. Mr. Brownlow in Oliver Twist (1999)

From the Washington Post:

Michael Kitchen, as Mr. Brownlow, offers an even more brilliant performance, but an understated one. With exquisite control, he uses every muscle to convey a man whose pain is deep and whose kindness is pure. Kitchen, a stalwart of British theater and film–you may remember him as the husband left by Francesa Annis for Robson Green in “Reckless”–is truly superb.


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My top 20 Michael Kitchen roles:

15. George Briggs in Enchanted April (1991)


The Comedy of Errors: Michael Kitchen as the Antipholi: montage

My top 20 Michael Kitchen roles:

16. Antipholus of Ephesus/ Antipholus of Syracuse in The Comedy of Errors (1983)

So much fun to watch MK play twins in Shakespeare’s wonderful if improbable comedy of mistaken identity. From a nice descriptive review of the production by sagepub:

The Antipholi were played by Michael Kitchen whose conventional good looks appealed to the older generation and whose diction was crystal clear…


Minder: Fiddler on the Hoof: Michael Kitchen as Maltese Toney: montage

My top 20 Michael Kitchen roles:

17. Maltese Tony in Minder: Fiddler on the Hoof (1989)

MK is hilarious playing a ladies’ man with shady dealings and a crazy accent.

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The Hanging Gale: Michael Kitchen: montage

My top 20 Michael Kitchen roles:

18.  Captain William Townsend in The Hanging Gale (1995)

A conflicted character skillfully portrayed by MK.

…the selfless man with his hands tied; the sad man nobody can reach.
– Times; London; Jun 5, 1995; Lynne Truss