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Foyle's War: The German Woman: Michael Kitchen: bomb
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Foyle's War: The German Woman: Michael Kitchen: shipyard chase

To counter the blackness of our current predicament — a burst of brilliant color from Australia’s 7TWO.

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Well, since I missed the one in June…

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With temptations on offer, two friendships take off.

A rather interesting take from the datalounge.com forum:

Please tell me that someone else picked up the homo undertones between Foyle and the American Captain? In the same episode American GIs are ranting about missing their girls and seducing all the local girls, Sam gets an American boyfriend and Foyle gets picked up by this Manly American Captain going on about his ‘rod’ and inviting Foyle to get drunk with him. The subtext was dripping. You can’t tell me the writers weren’t giggling about that one.


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Used my extra hour with the end of daylight savings to finish watching the acclaimed BBC mini-series, State of Play, in which Michael Kitchen and James McAvoy would have played father and son had MK accepted the role of the newspaper editor that Paul Abbott wrote for him. So every time Bill Nighy appeared as Cameron Foster, I tried imagining MK acting the part. While I’m ever so glad MK chose Alibi over State of Play, it’s a shame he couldn’t do both, considering State of Play is hailed as one of the best TV dramas of all time and garnered a BAFTA for Nighy in 2004. (A very good year for BN, who also won a 2004 film BAFTA for Love, Actually.)


National Sandwich Day

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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.


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The inspiration for him really came from the spotlights and searchlights from the war. I always thought Foyle was a seeker after truth – somebody who was effectively someone very decent and civilized and genteel. And so the character was always going to be very grounded. – Anthony Horowitz

In the same interview at the Marrakech Biennale in February 2012 AH also talks of Michael Kitchen’s reluctance to ask questions like a typical TV detective (a major collaborative effort according to MK), and he mentions a couple of interesting factoids that I hadn’t known:

  1. He very much regretted having Foyle admit he could drive at the end of All Clear because when it came to rebooting the show, it was difficult to find something else for Sam to do.
  2. With his physics degree from Oxford, Andrew was to have a role in the first episode of FW S8 involving atomic spying in London.

How much better The Eternity Ring would have been with Andrew in it, but unfortunately, Julian Ovenden presumably chose Smash over Foyle’s War.


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Foyle and Sam listen to Churchill’s announcement of Germany’s surrender.

Watched Darkest Hour on the flight home and felt like watching this FW scene as a bookend to the film.


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Too bad Roger Allam and Michael Kitchen didn’t have any scenes together in Eagle Day.

My favorite lines from The Guardian‘s Q&A with Allam:

Which living person do you most despise, and why?
Donald Trump for lying and introducing such potentially dangerous chaos to the world.


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“A donation, perhaps? One of the refugee funds?”

“Yes, sir. Good idea.”


National Coq Au Vin Day

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Foyle's War: War Games: Michael Kitchen: Honeysuckle Weeks: Emily Blunt: busy bees 1Foyle's War: War Games: Michael Kitchen: Honeysuckle Weeks: Emily Blunt: busy bees 2
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Full merrily the humble-bee doth sing,
Till he hath lost his honey and his sting;
And being once subdued in armed tail,
Sweet honey and sweet notes together fail.
Troilus and Cressida

In her first credited role, Emily Blunt got to act opposite Michael Kitchen and wear a nifty beekeeper’s outfit. Amazing that the real experts in beekeeping require little in the way of protective wear, even when dealing with a swarm of 40,000 bees.


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Foyle’s directions to Sam for protecting herself against a bomb blast are considerably more useful than the tips disseminated by the U.S. government ten years later:


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







“Brookie” laughs at Foyle’s picks for the football polls, but true to form, it’s Foyle who will have the last laugh.

The random system may not be a bad approach to choosing a March Madness bracket this year.


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 and Sam experience firsthand the danger posed by domestic government officials conducting shady deals with Russia.


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Foyle's War: All Clear: Michael Kitchen: Sam picks up Foyle cap

Color and mood befitting this Saturday spent in the warmth of SoCal.








Speaking of making the switch…


Decency: 49.9%    Evil: 48.4%     Trump and GOP humiliation: 100%


Thank heaven for … Alabama?



I wish we could say the same for the POTUS. Thousands of “psychiatrists warn about Trump’s mental state“.