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Is it too much to ask that the POTUS possess none of the disturbing character traits exhibited in these Michael Kitchen portrayals…

and more of the qualities found in Michael Faraday and Christopher Foyle?

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

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The letter Annie Lennox received reminds me of Michael Kitchen’s infamous coffee shop encounter that was so amusingly recounted by Honeysuckle Weeks for the Daily Mail:

Saw Beauty and the Beast over the weekend. Dazzling, but when it comes to depicting an oddball falling for a beast, Michael Kitchen gives by far the more compelling performance.

To the derision of his colleague, Luther fusses over his coffee, cleaning up the mess from the malfunctioning dispenser with a stash of napkins he has at the ready in his pocket.

Luther’s the one who needs to be hosed down, Cheryl. 🙂

From Thomas Sutcliffe’s review in the Independent:

As the psychotherapist, Michael Kitchen delivers a wonderful picture of constrained arousal – half sex and half ambition. This delivers both comedy – as in the scene in which he tries to reconcile his incredulity with the professional etiquette of not repudiating the client – and something a bit breathier, as when he fastidiously refuses to give Alice a physical examination, forcing her to demonstrate her wolfishly heightened sense of smell by telling him exactly what he had for lunch and pointing out that he’s becoming sexually excited.

Kitchen’s character is doomed, I would guess, academic rationalisation being a capital offence in werewolf stories, but he helps considerably while he survives.

Alice reveals her disorder to Dr. Adams.

From Tony Purnell’s review in The Mirror:

Shrinks must hear some amazing things from disturbed patients, but the confession in last night’s bizarre thriller Wilderness (ITV) was a howler. “I turn into a wolf. Once a month. When it’s full moon,” revealed university librarian Alice, played by Amanda Ooms. Her psychotherapist had difficulty keeping a straight face and so did I. Especially as the woman insisted she meant it literally – fur, teeth, tail, the lot. “You think I must be mentally disturbed,” she said. To be quite honest I had her down as absolutely barking but her doc, played with remarkable restraint by Michael Kitchen, seemed to think there might be something in what she said.

If you can put reality on hold and ignore the corny bits Wilderness is a very watchable chiller. The transformation scenes are cleverly filmed and the wolf was the real thing – a nine-year-old called Anya, who was recruited from an animal welfare organisation. I am intrigued to find out where it will end. It is obvious desperately-in-love Dan the penguin man will make Alice give up her one-night stands. And discover the naked truth about her funny turns. Her analyst already got wind of her dark secret when she gave him a demonstration of her heightened senses. She not only told him what kind of sandwiches he’d had for lunch but also what was stirring in the nether regions of his pin-striped suit whenever she gazed into his eyes.

Michael Kitchen playing the cuckold.

Kitchen cleaning.


Michael Kitchen as Luther Adams in Wilderness, 1996

Dr. Adams goes off the deep end.

Hoping to get through to her husband who’s exhibiting increasingly erratic behavior, Luther’s wife informs him that she’s having an affair.  His unexpected reaction as played by MK is hilarious to watch.

E: I’ve been having sex with someone else.
L: Not interested, Eleanor.
E: Look, don’t you think we ought to talk about all this?
L: About your sex life?  No, I’m afraid it holds very little interest for me.  I’m very busy as you see.  It’s extremely important I’m not distracted at this stage.

bkwormkate said:

Rather reminded of Farrow jumping out of his seat…

Yes, pdx144 and I were thinking the exact same thing.  Farrow also does the move with the outstretched arms.

Luther’s precisely folded and hung, color-coded towels.

A dramatic shot of Michael Kitchen as a possessed Luther Adams toward the end of Wilderness.

Nice press photo from the scene here.


Mr Kitchen as psychologist Luther Adams… even though he turns out to be a complete creep he still looks utterly adorable in this made-for-TV film. 

I do love that while I discovered him in the TV-series Foyle’s War in which he plays this quiet, dedicated all-round good guy, Michael Kitchen has played a variety of nasty people through his career – and has done so with extreme success! 

(But he’s still adorable)

What big eyes you have – Michael Kitchen in the second frame, that is.  Can’t really blame Luther Adams for going crazy after his patient, Alice White, quite unexpectedly transforms into a wolf and surely gives him the fright of his life.

In the role of psychoanalyst Luther Adams in Wilderness (1996), Michael Kitchen is a regular Edward Scissorhands!  I’m not sure why Adams is attacking his topiary garden with a chainsaw, since the version of this movie I watched on YouTube is dubbed in Russian, but it seems the shrink himself has gone off the deep end.

Michael Kitchen as Luther Adams in Wilderness (1996).