On Craig Ferguson’s show tonight (Wednesday evening/Thursday morning), one of his guests is Honeysuckle Weeks. This will mean nothing to people who've never watched the brilliant British mystery series, Foyle's War, but to those who have, she'll be instantly recognizable as the beloved "Sam."
That's CBS at 12:30 AM in Los Angeles and on the East Coast. 11:30 PM in Chicago.
I have no idea why she's a guest on the Ferguson show, even if she's in a movie about to be released. The only other thing I can think of is that the last two times I’ve seen his show the past few weeks he’s been talking about discovering reruns of Foyle's War and raving about it. He’s done it humorously, but I get the sense that he really likes the show. (And deservedly so.) So, maybe it’s connected to that.
If you've never seen Foyle's War -- which came to attention on PBS Masterpiece Mystery -- it's richly worth checking it out on DVD. I always describe the series not as a mystery, but a drama about live in WWII England in which a murder happens to take place. It about life in a small, coastal town in England, where the police chief, Foyle (underplayed with brilliance by Michael Kitchen, who can do more with a twitch of his lips than most actors can do with a soliloquy) wants to participate in the war effort, but is told that he is more need to help keep the domestic piece. Samantha is in the army, but brought in to to be the driver for Foyle, who doesn't drive. The series was off for a few years, but then returned last year, updated to post-war England.
It's just great. Craig Ferguson's praise is not hyperbole. I just don't know what took him so long to discover it.