Tag Archives: Reckless

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.


Thinking about getting this shirt to wear while I’m abroad this summer.

Michael Kitchen’s acting is nothing short of explosive in this scene when Richard Crane finally throws off the cloak of repentance and hits back at Anna.  His “Yes, if you say so” gets me every time. Difficult to say who’s more in the right in this showdown, but when Michael Kitchen delivers a speech, it’s impossible not to be swayed towards his character’s point of view. And this is a doozy of a speech. Lovely to see Richard Crane finally become a father in Reckless: The Sequel. That child will surely be spoiled rotten. ****

National Letter Writing Day

How COULD you, America?

Michael Kitchen playing the cuckold.

Another of Michael Kitchen’s on-screen marriages goes kaput, with childlessness once again blamed as a contributing factor. Steven, Sarah, Richard, Anna, Greg, and Linda might have come to better terms with their situation if they’d read this article. Oh well, on the bright side, divorce means no longer having to live with your wife’s decorating tastes:

I wonder if Michael Kitchen is excited about the fortunes of his hometown team.

The fight scene from Reckless.

“She knows!”

From The Baltimore Sun:

Kitchen, who seems to have become the very embodiment of upper-class England to millions of American viewers in such productions as “To Play the King,” is once again brilliant. Watching him crumble into a bundle of nervous tics when Anna discovers his philandering is a delight.

Feeling Richard’s pain.

Tap, tap, tap… Richard tracks down Anna’s lover but fails to recognize the voice as Owen’s.

Michael Kitchen looking fine in a double-breasted suit alongside equally gorgeous Francesca Annis.

Michael Kitchen does crestfallen so well.

No signs at all of a troubled marriage in the early scenes of Reckless.

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.

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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.

A publicity still for Reckless that was shown during Russell Baker’s introduction to the mini-series when it aired on Masterpiece Theatre.  I do miss those prologues and afterwords by Alistair Cooke and Russell Baker, which as MK himself has noted, added wonderful depth to the programming.