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Townsend goes over the books upon starting his new job as land agent.

Rare to feel sorry for the tax collector, but like Captain Townsend, the I.R.S will soon face a monumental task in implementing and enforcing misguided policies stemming from the ruling party’s unbelievable greed and utter disregard for the welfare of the less fortunate.


In his NY Times op-ed, “Green Beer and Rank Hypocrisy”, Fintan O’Toole writes:

…this year’s St. Patrick’s Day jamboree at the White House will be a breathtaking celebration of double standards and the willful forgetting of America’s recent past. Even by the crooked yardstick of the Trump administration, the disconnect is surreal: The president will salute the legacy of one wave of immigrants even as he deploys against other immigrants the same calumnies once heaped upon the Irish.

“Bis dat, qui cito dat”. Townsend appeals to his employer on behalf of the Irish tenants, closing the letter with a subtle request for a quick response. The unsympathetic reply he eventually receives places him in an impossible position.

National Letter Writing Day

In the night shadows.

On horseback in The Hanging Gale.

The preacher belabors a point for the benefit of Townsend.


Paul McGann at Belfast Film Comic Con talking Night of the Doctor, Yeti, Peter Capaldi and more

HEY, This video starts with McGann admiring MICHAEL KITCHEN in The Hanging Gale.

How neat to know that the glass filled to the brim was MK’s idea.

My top 20 Michael Kitchen roles:

18.  Captain William Townsend in The Hanging Gale (1995)

A conflicted character skillfully portrayed by MK.

…the selfless man with his hands tied; the sad man nobody can reach.
– Times; London; Jun 5, 1995; Lynne Truss

Michael Kitchen as Captain William Townsend, an archetype of the British land agents working in Ireland during the 19th century. (A dispute between one such land agent, Charles Boycott, and the Irish Land League made “boycott” part of the English langage in 1880.)

In his loneliness and isolation as the despised tax collector, Capt. Townsend develops a soft spot for his servant, Mary, whose tenant family he has evicted from the estate of the absentee landlord who employs him.

“Love sought is good, but giv’n unsought is better.” – Twelfth Night

With his top hat and gray mare, Captain Townsend presents an imposing figure in the impoverished Irish countryside.

Although the violence and hopelessness inherent to the subject matter of The Hanging Gale (1995) make for difficult viewing, it’s worth watching if only to see Michael Kitchen’s nuanced performance as British land agent, Captain William Townsend, trying to do his job during the Irish potato famine. Dressed in the mid-19th century period attire of Capt. Townsend, MK is definitely easy on the eyes – a welcome respite in an otherwise grindingly depressing film.


JESUS, MICHAEL KITCHEN, I’m trying to brace myself for all the McGannery, stop looking so handsome so early in the episode WHY IS EVERYONE SO GODDAMN ATTRACTIVE IN THIS SERIES SKDHAJKSD