Give every man thy ear but few thy voice. – Hamlet
Foyle, the master of brevity, knows when he’s said enough to bring the guilty party to his knees.
And Michael Kitchen knows how to use his incomparable mouth shrug and eyes to maximum effect.
(Location: Menston Library, Yorkshire)
On this final day of National Library Week…
From the Glencoe Public Library blog:
There is a bit of wall in a staff area of the library where librarians for a time posted pictures of their favorite actors. One by one, the handsome men were replaced by beloved dogs, past and present. Eventually, only one man’s picture remained among the pooches. That actor? Michael Kitchen. Interpret this as you will, but it does seem to speak to the appeal of the distinguished Mr. Kitchen.
Another librarian commented on the blog, Read Roger :
…a little while back, I displayed the whole stack of [Foyle’s War] DVDs on the circulation desk. The sign just had an arrow pointing to Michael Kitchen with a note that said, “My new boyfriend.”
You wouldn’t believe the number of patrons who came in and got all gushy.
“Fowler. Not Foyle.” “A deliberate foul-up?” Foyle wonders.
Collier’s baseless accusations and Rose’s incompetence infuriate Foyle.
But as Michael Kitchen’s anguished eyes indicate, Foyle takes little pleasure in eventually arresting a man driven to extreme measures by a life-shattering event.
I love this scene showing the comfortable rapport between Foyle and Sam and how Foyle is not beyond having a bit of fun by making Sam squirm. Michael Kitchen’s sly knowing expressions are hilarious as Sam sheepishly admits to Foyle why she barely made it in time to pick him up from the bus stop. Every episode of Foyle’s War needs at least one scene like this between Foyle and Sam!
I loved these scenes with Sam and really missed them in the new series. I’m not too fond of the new independent Sam.
You and I seem to be on the same wavelength. : ) Honeysuckle Weeks may have liked playing a more independent Sam in S8 that I suppose shows growth of the character, but IMO, the special relationship between Foyle and Sam that is essential to the show and was so much fun to watch in the earlier series has been compromised.
Thank you for this scene of FW and the exciting news about more Foyle.
You’re welcome! I’m glad to be able to share my enthusiasm for FW with other fans.
Michael Kitchen blinking his incomparable eyes.
His half blink is enough to cause one to cave as well.
I noticed in the recent set of gifs you put up, that Foyle’s wife was 30 when she died in 1932, was she not his son’s mother then, as he seems too old to have been? Was she his second wife? Is this explained at any point on the programme? Thanks if you can help! Love your blog. 🙂
Rosalind was Foyle’s only wife and Andrew’s mother, but you’re right that she seems too young. Foyle’s War fans including myself have delved into the age discrepancies within the Foyle family and have come to the conclusion that the writers of the show goofed — Anthony Horowitz has even admitted as much. First of all, Andrew’s exact age is unclear, since in the first episode, which takes place in the summer of 1940, Foyle says he has a 23-year-old son, but then in Among the Few from S2, which takes place in the fall of 1940, Foyle notes that Andrew is only 22. If we assume that Foyle had a momentary lapse (as hard as that is to believe) and that Andrew is 22 in 1940, then he would have been born in 1918, which would imply that Rosalind was no older than 15 when she married Foyle before the end of WWI. The writers probably did not intend for Foyle to have a child bride! Foyle would have been around 24 at the time of his wedding, since he enlisted at the start of WWI and was 21-22 at the time, according to a conversation in Bad Blood:
Lastly, when Rosalind died at age 29, Andrew should have been around 13, not 8 as he tells Sam in The Funk Hole.
This was probably much more detail than you wanted, but I hope it helps with your confusion. Thank you for visiting my blog. I’m happy to know you enjoy it.
（＾ｖ＾） Clearly, Michael Kitchen possesses extra facial muscles.
A casually dressed Foyle appears at the door of his home during his forced leave of absence for the trumped-up charge of “seditious behavior in an air raid shelter”. Loyal Sgt. Milner has stopped by to pass on some confidential documents that may help his boss.
An invitation to tea out of the blue. Andrew is suspicious.
Neverthless, Sam manages to convince him to go…
…only to have things turn sour when Andrew sees through the ruse.
He treats Sam with little respect,
just as in their first meeting.
Only because your dad cares about your well-being, Andrew.
Ouch. The pig/prig.
All the while, Sam tries to defend Foyle’s actions.
Technically no Foyle/MK here, but he is the subject of the conversation.
I’m glad Andrew redeems himself in the eyes of Sam by the end of the episode.