With the announcement from ITV that The Bill is to be cancelled there is much speculation about how ITV plan to replace the long running series. It has already been announced that a new six part medical drama Monroe will help fill in the 9pm time slot.

It is also rumoured that Foyle's War writer Anthony Horowitz is talking to ITV about either taking his successful wartime detective show into peacetime or other high quality drama projects.

Certainly ITV’s Director of Television Peter Fincham seems eager to invest in more even high quality drama such as Foyle’s War “Times change, and so do the tastes of our audience. Whilst The Bill will come to an end in 2010, we will continue to invest more in drama programming than any other commercial broadcaster in the UK and viewers can look forward to a wide range of high quality drama on ITV1."

This will be music to the ears of Foyle’s War fans as the series was originally cancelled in 2008 by Peter Fincham’s predecessor before a new series was unexpectedly announced last year after the final series became a ratings success with the final episode having 7.3million viewers.

The new series of Foyle’s War will be screened from Sunday April the 11th at 8pm and Michael Kitchen is back in the role of Detective Chief Superintendent Christopher Foyle, and he faces some of his toughest challenges in this new era. He is keen to retire but feels committed to his old job in the face of rising violent crime, conspiracy, racism and betrayal.

The Russian House is the first of 3 new episodes and see’s DCS Foyle stumble upon an international cover up, which, if exposed could bring down the British government, and reveal the War Office’s darkest secret yet.

Anthony Howell returns as the newly promoted DI Paul Milner, Honeysuckle Weeks returns as Sam Stewart and newcomer Max Brown plays her love interest Adam Wainwright. Guest actors include Tim Pigott-Smith, Eleanor Bron, John Sharian, Charlotte Riley, Zoe Telford and David Yelland.

The DVD of the new series will be available from 26th April and can be pre-ordered from Acorn Media UK now.