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Oh joy. Michael Kitchen is back as the debonair but modest Christopher Foyle. We grew to love him in the preceding seven seasons as the detective chief superintendent based in Hastings, Sussex, during World War II. Here we catch up with him, just back from the US. It’s 1946 and Foyle no sooner clears Customs than he’s approached by domestic counterintelligence and security agency MI5 to help it investigate a spy ring. Dreaming of retirement, he resists the attempts to recruit him but finally gives in. His precise methods of tracking down criminals get up the noses of some MI5 bosses but he carries on, with predictable success. Now, what of Sam (Honeysuckle Weeks), his former police driver? Wasn’t there a suggestion that Foyle had romantic inclinations towards her? Or was I imagining it? Here in The Eternity Ring, the first of three episodes, they reunite in post-war London. Sam is married to aspiring Labour MP Adam Wainwright (Daniel Weyman) and is angry when she discovers Foyle is using her to reach her boss, a nuclear physicist who’s suspected of selling secrets to the enemy. Hard to believe the series, launched in 2002 and written by Anthony Horowitz ( Inspector Morse), was cancelled in 2007. Only a viewer revolt brought it back from the abyss. Three more two-hour episodes will go into production this year.