Gannett News Service
MUST-SEE: "Mystery," 8 p.m., PBS. On a night when the other networks are in reruns, PBS brings out one of its strongest shows. Over the next four weeks it will have a pair of two-part "Touching Evil" stories. At the core is Dave Creegan (Robson Green) a London cop encased in troubles. He wants to return from psychiatric sick leave to work on a case. A court ruling has set a convicted killer free. Creegan is the one who took the confession in the first place and believes the man is innocent . "Mystery" regulars need to be aware that this is not one of those gentle Sherlock Holmes tales of old or Hetty Wainthropps of new. The crime itself is a brutal, gory one; the tone is dark and brooding, the camerawork is sometimes murky. But this is intelligent drama.
"Scream 2," 7 p.m., Fox. When "Scream" ended, the killer had been caught and the teens the surviving ones, anyway were bloody but relieved. Now the murders start anew with lots of familiar TV faces involved in the 1997 sequel. Neve Campbell ("Party of Five") seems to be the prime target and Courteney Cox ("Friends") is back as a TV reporter; Sarah Michelle Gellar ("Buffy, the Vampire Slayer") also stars, in a well-crafted sequel by director Wes Craven.
"To Sir, With Love," 9:30 p.m., AMC. The 1967 story about a teacher at a tough London school is slight, at best. Star Sydney Poitier, however, gets us to care deeply about the people.
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