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On the 78th anniversary of Gone with the Wind



(Location: St Mary’s Church, Braughing, Hertfordshire, UK)

I wonder if the green color was chosen as an intentional reference to Scarlett O’Hara.

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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.)


Foyle's War: The White Feather: Michael Kitchen: Andrew's letter 1
Foyle's War: The White Feather: Michael Kitchen: Andrew's letter 2
Foyle's War: The White Feather: Michael Kitchen: Andrew's letter 3
Foyle's War: The White Feather: Michael Kitchen: Andrew's letter 4
Foyle's War: The White Feather: Michael Kitchen: Andrew's letter 5
Foyle's War: They Fought in the Fields: Michael Kitchen: Barbara's letter
Foyle's War: Casualties of War: Michael Kitchen: goddaughter's letter 1Foyle's War: The White Feather: Michael Kitchen: goddaughter's letter 2
Oliver Twist: Michael Kitchen: reading letter
The Hanging Gale: Michael Kitchen: reading letter
The Misanthrope: Michael Kitchen: reading letter
Mrs Dalloway: Michael Kitchen: reading letter

Falling: Michael Kitchen: reading letter 1Falling: Michael Kitchen: reading letter 1
Falling: Michael Kitchen: writing letter

National Letter Writing Day


Foyle's War: They Fought in the Fields: Michael Kitchen: Stella Gonet: opinion of men 1
Foyle's War: They Fought in the Fields: Michael Kitchen: Stella Gonet: opinion of men 2Foyle's War: They Fought in the Fields: Michael Kitchen: Stella Gonet: opinion of men 3
Foyle's War: They Fought in the Fields: Michael Kitchen: Stella Gonet: opinion of men 4Foyle's War: They Fought in the Fields: Michael Kitchen: Stella Gonet: opinion of men 5
Foyle's War: They Fought in the Fields: Michael Kitchen: Stella Gonet: opinion of men 6Foyle's War: They Fought in the Fields: Michael Kitchen: Stella Gonet: opinion of men 7
Foyle's War: They Fought in the Fields: Michael Kitchen: Stella Gonet: opinion of men 8

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.


Foyle's War: They Fought in the Fields: Michael Kitchen: Stella Gonet: ginger beer
Foyle's War: They Fought in the Fields: Michael Kitchen: chat with Barbara smile 1
Foyle's War: They Fought in the Fields: Michael Kitchen: chat with Barbara smile 2

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.


Foyle's War: They Fought in the Fields: Michael Kitchen: Stella Gonet: a shoulder to cry on 1
Foyle's War: They Fought in the Fields: Michael Kitchen: Stella Gonet: a shoulder to cry on 2

Foyle's War: They Fought in the Fields: Michael Kitchen: Stella Gonet: a shoulder to cry on 4

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.


Foyle's War: They Fought in the Fields: Michael Kitchen: Stella Gonet: Foyle opens up to Barbara Hicks 1Foyle's War: They Fought in the Fields: Michael Kitchen: Stella Gonet: Foyle opens up to Barbara Hicks 2
Foyle's War: They Fought in the Fields: Michael Kitchen: Stella Gonet: Foyle opens up to Barbara Hicks 3Foyle's War: They Fought in the Fields: Michael Kitchen: Stella Gonet: Foyle opens up to Barbara Hicks 4
Foyle's War: They Fought in the Fields: Michael Kitchen: Stella Gonet: Foyle opens up to Barbara Hicks 5Foyle's War: They Fought in the Fields: Michael Kitchen: Stella Gonet: Foyle opens up to Barbara Hicks 6
Foyle's War: They Fought in the Fields: Michael Kitchen: Stella Gonet: Foyle opens up to Barbara Hicks 7Foyle's War: They Fought in the Fields: Michael Kitchen: Stella Gonet: Foyle opens up to Barbara Hicks 8
Foyle's War: They Fought in the Fields: Michael Kitchen: Stella Gonet: Foyle opens up to Barbara Hicks 9Foyle's War: They Fought in the Fields: Michael Kitchen: Stella Gonet: Foyle opens up to Barbara Hicks 10
Foyle's War: They Fought in the Fields: Michael Kitchen: Stella Gonet: Foyle opens up to Barbara Hicks 11Foyle's War: They Fought in the Fields: Michael Kitchen: Stella Gonet: Foyle opens up to Barbara Hicks 12

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's War: They Fought in the Fields: Michael Kitchen: Stella Gonet: Barbara Hicks's grief 1Foyle's War: They Fought in the Fields: Michael Kitchen: Stella Gonet: Barbara Hicks's grief 2
Foyle's War: They Fought in the Fields: Michael Kitchen: Stella Gonet: Barbara Hicks's grief 3Foyle's War: They Fought in the Fields: Michael Kitchen: Stella Gonet: Barbara Hicks's grief 4
Foyle's War: They Fought in the Fields: Michael Kitchen: Stella Gonet: Barbara Hicks's grief 5Foyle's War: They Fought in the Fields: Michael Kitchen: Stella Gonet: Barbara Hicks's grief 6
Foyle's War: They Fought in the Fields: Michael Kitchen: Stella Gonet: Barbara Hicks's grief 7Foyle's War: They Fought in the Fields: Michael Kitchen: Stella Gonet: Barbara Hicks's grief 8
Foyle's War: They Fought in the Fields: Michael Kitchen: Stella Gonet: Barbara Hicks's grief 9
Foyle's War: They Fought in the Fields: Michael Kitchen: Stella Gonet: Barbara Hicks's grief 10

My grief lies all within;
And these external manners of laments.
Are merely shadows to the unseen grief.
That swells with silence in the tortured soul.
Richard II

Discerning Barbara’s hidden sorrow, Foyle slays with his chivalry and sensitivity.






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


Foyle's War: They Fought in the Fields: Michael Kitchen: Stella Gonet: bathroom encounter 1Foyle's War: They Fought in the Fields: Michael Kitchen: Stella Gonet: bathroom encounter 2
Foyle's War: They Fought in the Fields: Michael Kitchen: Stella Gonet: bathroom encounter 3Foyle's War: They Fought in the Fields: Michael Kitchen: Stella Gonet: bathroom encounter 4
Foyle's War: They Fought in the Fields: Michael Kitchen: Stella Gonet: bathroom encounter 5
Foyle's War: They Fought in the Fields: Michael Kitchen: Stella Gonet: bathroom encounter 6Foyle's War: They Fought in the Fields: Michael Kitchen: Stella Gonet: bathroom encounter 7
Foyle's War: They Fought in the Fields: Michael Kitchen: Stella Gonet: bathroom encounter 8Foyle's War: They Fought in the Fields: Michael Kitchen: Stella Gonet: bathroom encounter 9
Foyle's War: They Fought in the Fields: Michael Kitchen: Stella Gonet: bathroom encounter 10

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