MySQL charset: UTF-8 Unicode (utf8)
MySQL connection collation: utf8_unicode_ci
Database Collation: utf8_unicode_ci
All tables: utf8_unicode_ci
All varchar, chars, etc.: utf8_unicode_ci
Server version: 4.1.22-standard

Why is it, that when I type , etc. into phpMyAdmin I see the characters as intended. However, when posting directly into mysql ($_POST['foo']) using PHP 5, and then looking at them again in phpMyAdmin I see crap?

if I print_r($_POST) in the PHP page, the characters are there, perfect.
If I insert directly via the post
Code MySQL:
INSERT INTO foo (field) VALUES ($_POST['foo'])
I see crap.

It's only after the INSERT that I see the problem.