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Since it’s National Handshake Day…



Like VIPs who have visited the White House this year, Jack Turner is the victim of an awkward handshake. Customary bowing, in my opinion, is preferable to shaking hands, especially when one must deal with a head of state whose hands have been grabbing the nether regions of untold women. For those with a bad back, though, I suppose a handshake is less taxing.

(Not quite the Michael Kitchen/Stella Gonet reunion I hoped for.)

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National Letter Writing Day






From her first encounter with Foyle Barbara Hicks wastes no opportunity to denigrate men.  If anyone can change her opinion, it’s Foyle.






Foyle pivots and tilts through his first encounter with Barbara Hicks.




Two decades after Love Song, a grieving woman again catches the attention of a character played by Michael Kitchen. To my immense disappointment, his comforting presence this time doesn’t lead to romance, despite the obvious attraction between Foyle and Barbara Hicks.

crazymaryt said:

I always wish something would have happened or she would have returned.

It’s still not too late for her to return… hint, hint to AH for FWS9… assuming Stella Gonet wouldn’t be a spoilsport like Julian Ovenden and refuse to reprise her role.  (Seriously, I wish Mr. Ovenden all the best in his career, but I will never get over the complete lack of Andrew in later episodes of FW due to the actor’s “unavailability”.)

pdx144 said:

I was hoping in the last series that he might run into her in London. Don’t think we’ll ever get a romance for CF, but a nice quiet dinner would be nice. They softened each other. Would love to see more of it. With the absence of Andrew and his relationship with Sam… 

I couldn’t agree with you more!  Perhaps a twitter campaign directed at AH is in order.  : )




I don’t think Foyle had reason to crack a smile even once in the final episode of FWS8 last night.  It was grim through and through, and had me yearning for relatively sunny scenes like this of a more content Foyle who isn’t entirely disillusioned by his line of work.





Revisiting this beautifully acted scene full of tenderness, pain, and compassion.  In his usual thoughtful manner, Foyle doesn’t rush to comfort Barbara Hicks, but takes a moment to deliberate first before silently offering her his shoulder to cry on.


I like your face, Mr. Kitchen.







From the messageboard on Anthony Horowitz’s website, sentiments that echo mine:

I’ll tell you why I would welcome a continuing Barbara Hicks storyline: I think that she was the only woman character that Foyle clearly connected with in a heart to heart, soulful sense in the series. They even seemed to be able to comfort each other – both had suffered deeply felt loss in their lives and Mr. Foyle had kept his wounds well hidden until he met Barbara Hicks. Mr. Foyle emotionally revealed himself to her seemingly without holding back, a fundamental deviation from his rigid sense of privacy, something he had not done with any other character in the series, including his son.

I thought the Barbara Hicks scenes were Mr. Horowitz’s finest writing of the series. I thought the dialogue was true to the characters, very unexpected, beautifully understated, and yet compelling…

Yes, the writer of They Fought in the Fields certainly hit it out of the park. Only credit goes to Rob Heyland rather than AH. I suspect AH was more than happy to have someone else create some romance for Foyle. Stella Gonet and Michael Kitchen did every justice to the script with their moving performances.




Foyle slays with his chivalry and sensitivity.






Barbara Hicks discovers that Foyle and Sam have her bra.  Awkwardness ensues.





Another gem of a scene from They Fought in the Fields.