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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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michael kitchen foyle's war they fought in the fields closeup

Palate cleansing with a bit of Foyle after another news cycle filled with the latest revelations of gross sexual misconduct by men abusing their power. ****






In recognition of International Women’s Day…


The Women’s Land Army hostel offers Sam, Foyle, and Milner a bed for the night and a hearty meal. That tall glass of fresh milk Foyle’s enjoying would have been a treat in wartime England, but today I don’t think there’d be many takers for milk with dinner.



















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.


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Foyle gradually gets around to telling Tom the truth behind his mother’s disappearance.






More swiveling from Foyle while in interrogation mode.



Turn! Turn! Turn!






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



Outspoken women are well represented in this episode.



Michael Kitchen makes even the most mundane dialogue interesting to watch.

A Times critic put it another way (Nov. 29, 2003):

“…Michael Kitchen — an actor capable of making even the most banal dialogue sound as if Chekhov had written it.”








My top 20 Michael Kitchen roles:

3. DCS Christopher Foyle in Foyle’s War: They Fought in the Fields

Foyle changes Barbara Hicks’s opinion of men.  How lovely it would be to have Stella Gonet appear in another episode.



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.







Foyle inquires after Barbara Hicks.




I couldn’t very well let this day pass without marking the occasion with a video tribute of my own.  Happy birthday, Mr. Kitchen!

Apologies to anyone hoping to view this video from Germany, where the background song I’ve chosen has unfortunately been blocked on YouTube.  : (

ilyps said:

I’ve just watched your wonderful birthday tribute to MK. What a joy! Particularly those clips from Alibi. Merci beaucoup.

Your comments are much appreciated!

anonymous said:

Another fantastic video – I look forward everyday to see what’s new on your site. Happy Birthday MK – hope you are reading this blog!

Many thanks to such an avid fan of MK and this blog.  I hate to disappoint, but after today I will no longer be blogging here on a daily basis.  It has become more difficult with each day to find the motivation to create new posts, so before complete fatigue sets in, I’ve decided to cut back.


steviecat123 said:

Lovely, smiley, dimpled, crinkly, blue eyed DCS Foyle :)) .

Unfortunately, we can’t really see the blue eyes here, though.

steviecat123 said:

In my mind’s eye I saw them, honest 😉

Oh, I don’t doubt it.  I can well imagine them myself.