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Sunday, May 2 at 9 p.m. – Masterpiece Mystery! Foyle's War, Series VI "The Russian House"

(Rochester, NY) Michael Kitchen (Reckless) returns as Detective Chief Inspector Christopher Foyle, the unflappable cop who reluctantly stays behind in England during World War II to fight crime on the home front. Now that the war against Hitler is over, Foyle finds he still has more battles to win in three gripping new 90-minute episodes of Foyle’s War, airing Sundays, May 2-16 at 9 p.m. on WXXI-TV (DT21.1/cable 1011 and 11). Alan Cumming hosts.

Foyle’s War, Series VI launches the 2010 season of MASTERPIECE MYSTERY!, leading into new episodes of Poirot, Miss Marple, Inspector Lewis, Wallander and the new series, Sherlock, a 21st-century spin on the Arthur Conan Doyle classics.

Tracking murderers, escapees and traitors in and around the seaside town of Hastings, Foyle is joined by his former driver, “Sam” Stewart (Honeysuckle Weeks), and his old sergeant, Paul Milner (Anthony Howell), recently promoted to detective inspector in nearby Brighton.

There’s a new face and budding love interest for Sam: Adam Wainwright (Max Brown, The Tudors), an intelligence officer at super-secret Bletchley Park during the war, now running a dilapidated rooming house in Hastings — with Sam’s help.

Premiering on MASTERPIECE in 2003, Foyle’s War caught on from the first episode. “Unlike some other detectives who take a while to build a fan base, Foyle was instantly popular,” says Rebecca Eaton, executive producer of MASTERPIECE. “Viewers love Michael Kitchen, they love the period and they are thrilled by the stories of series creator Anthony Horowitz (Collision, Poirot).”

Foyle’s first new case finds him pursuing an escaped Russian POW (Marek Oravec) in The Russian House (May 2, 9:00 p.m.). The Soviet Union was Britain’s ally during the war, but some Russian soldiers changed sides to fight for Hitler. Captured by the British Army, they now face an uncertain future in a transit camp near Hastings.

The War Office inexplicably wants Foyle to track down the Russian fugitive at all costs. The escapee has a friend (Dimitry Drannikov) who’s working for eminent artist Sir Leonard Spencer-Jones (Christopher Good, “Upstairs, Downstairs”). Sir Leonard is found dead, an attempt is made on Foyle’s life and the investigation converges on a mysterious London center of anti-Soviet activity called the Russian House.

In Killing Time (May 9, 9 p.m.), Hastings is at the center of mounting racial tensions, as black American GIs wait their turn to be shipped home. Both the U.S. Army and local authorities want to keep them segregated, over Foyle’s objections. Nonetheless, black GI Gabe Kelly (Obi Abili) has fathered a child by an English girl, Mandy Dean (Charlotte Riley, “Wuthering Heights”), who is banished by her family to Adam’s rooming house, where Sam befriends her.

Mandy’s life becomes even more complicated when her ex-boyfriend, conscientious objector Tommy Duggan (Sam Spruell, The Hurt Locker), returns home and hopes to win her back. With tempers flaring, a vicious murder occurs; Foyle must get to the bottom of it, bringing him into confrontation with the U.S. Army and all its might.

In The Hide (May 16, 9 p.m.), Foyle is no sooner retired — after many attempts — than he is drawn into a cause that will have surprising personal repercussions. James Deveraux (Andrew Scott), the son of a prominent local family, is on trial for treason for joining a German SS unit composed of British volunteers. Deveraux is strangely passive, offering no defense; Foyle suspects he’s hiding facts that will prove his innocence. But why?

Meanwhile, Sam and Adam battle an urban renewal scheme that threatens Adam’s rooming house, thrusting them into joint political action, at which they prove to be a match made in heaven. With the resolution of the Deveraux case, a haunting incident from Foyle’s past is rekindled, before he boards a ship for America — and who knows what new exploits?

Pictured: Sgt. Paul Milner (Anthony Howell), DCS Christopher Foyle (Michael Kitchen) and Sam Stewart (Honeysuckle Weeks).

Credit: ©Greenlit Rights Limited 2010 for MASTERPIECE


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