A Worthy 'Foyle'

One of the best entries ever in the PBS anthology "Mystery!" has been "Foyle's War."

It told the story of DCI Christopher Foyle (Michael Kitchen), who runs the police department in Hastings, England during WWII. When we last saw Foyle, it was just as the war in Europe had ended and everyone was ready to move on with their lives.

But as the series returns Sunday night at  9 p.m. on PBS, we see that Foyle can't quite leave his job yet and visit America, which has been his long-term plan. There's simply no replacement for him.

Sunday's installment kicks off the first of three self-contained stories in which Foyle is asked to investigate the escape of a Russian POW who fought for the Germans during the war. As always, all is not what it seems.

Subsequent episodes deal with a black American GI who fathered a baby with a white English girl and the trial of a young man from a famous English family who seemingly defected to the Nazis during the war.

Not only does the series present a good mystery each week, it captures the mood of a Britain that has struggled through six long years of war, dealing with everything from rationing to air raids to unemployment. It provides an insight into our own times today as well as a bygone era.

WEEKEND'S BEST BETS: CBS is all new tonight with "Ghost Whisperer," "Medium" and "Miami Medical" from 8-11 p.m.

NBC airs the season finale of "Who Do You Think You Are?" at 8 p.m., this time centered around Spike Lee, while the CW has a new "Smallville" at 8 p.m.

On cable, there's a new "Stargate Universe" and "Merlin" from 9-11 p.m. on SyFy.

On Saturday, speaking of WWII, what if the Daleks had fought for England during the war? The Doctor and Amy investigate that along with Winston Churchill on "Doctor Who" (BBC America, 9 p.m.)

On Sunday, "The Amazing Race" (CBS, 8 p.m.) threw us a curve last week with the non-elimination round. I hope the teams find good cab drivers this week, but somehow, I doubt it. It's followed by a two-hour "Cold Case."

ABC has new episodes of "Desperate Housewives" and "Brothers & Sisters" from 9-11 p.m. Fox's animation block has new episodes of "The Simpsons," "The Cleveland Show" and an hour-long "Family Guy."

On cable, some critics have called this week's episode of "Breaking Bad" (AMC, 10 p.m.) as the best of the series, very high praise indeed.

On the premium networks, "The Pacific" (HBO, 9 p.m.) begins to wind down, while "Treme" (HBO, 10 p.m.) heats up. Showtime has a new "Tudors" at 9 p.m.