Tag Archives: The Russian House

Michael Kitchen running on screen over the years.

Good to know that “An Hour of Running May Add 7 Hours to Your Life“.

Latest study finds that several cups of coffee
each day is good for one’s health.

Just learned in this NY Times interview with Tim Pigott-Smith that the actor is starring in the hit play, “King Charles III”, coming to Broadway next month and to PBS Masterpiece in 2017. He and Michael Kitchen could compare notes on mimicking The Prince of Wales, playing villains, narrating audiobooks, and sustaining a successful acting career while rejecting the spotlight.

The officer in charge of finding a replacement DCS has yet to learn that flattery will get him nowhere with Foyle, as Michael Kitchen so eloquently indicates with a roll of his eyes followed by an exasperated sigh.

Foyle post-war, pre-MI6 in The Russian House.

Back in 2008 The Orlando Sentinel reported from the Television Critics Association summer tour on the possibility of a seventh series of Foyle’s War:

In especially good news, “Masterpiece” series executive producer Rebecca Eaton said that Michael Kitchen could decide to do more “Foyle’s War.”
“The producers and the writer are working hard to convince him to do it,” Eaton said.

Ever the reluctant star.

Behind-the-scenes photos from filming of The Russian House (March, 2009) and Trespass (January, 2014).

Pivoting aside, Foyle is a man of restrained physicality, but on occasion Michael Kitchen does get to take on the role of action hero in the show. Not since Caught on a Train have I seen MK sprint as hard as he does in Eagle Day.

Cute how he removes his hat while he and Sam flee from the assassin.

Threats have a way of bouncing off Foyle.

DCS Foyle is so sassy.

Superior officer #1: Detective Chief Superintendent Foyle, I think we all owe you a vote of gratitude.
Foyle: Well, that’s uncommonly decent of you, but I didn’t come here to be thanked.
Superior officer #1: How is the new station?
Foyle: The new station is delightful, apart from the fact that I don’t want to be in it. I resigned.
Superior officer #1: I am aware of that.
Superior officer #2: Yes, it was very good of you to come back after your predecessor…
Foyle: Died.
Superior officer #2: In very unfortunate circumstances.
Foyle: Well, it’s my experience that most deaths are unfortunate, but all that was some considerable time ago. I’d like to know why I’m still there and where my replacement is.

Burned.  I love it when Foyle reveals to culprits that he’s not one to be fooled.  In this case, it’s Monsieur Duveen, the traitorous head of The Russian House, who blatantly lies about not having any knowledge of two escaped Russian prisoners of war, when in fact, only days earlier one of them fled from the Hastings area up to London seeking assistance from him. 

Savoring more of Foyle’s grins, because in Series 8, it seems he has even less reason to crack a smile – not that Michael Kitchen doesn’t look great frowning also.