Death Imitates Art

Martin Shaw returns as enigmatic detective-poet Adam Dalgliesh in "The Murder Room," an adaptation of P.D. James's novel of the same name, Sunday at 9 p.m. as part of the PBS "Mystery!" series.

When the burned body of Neville Dupayne is found on the grounds of his family's museum, the staff notices that the killing echoes a notorious crime featured in the museum's Murder Room exhibit, which depicts some of the goriest killings in British history.

Before Dalgliesh sets foot in the Murder Room, he knows there's more to the case than meets the eye. Meanwhile, another slaying follows -- and with dozens more exhibits in the Murder Room, more grisly deaths could lie ahead.

LITTLE EINSTEINS

Sunday at 7 p.m. on Disney

The explorations are of art and music, not scientific equations, but "Little Einsteins," a new Disney Channel animated series, is built around the kind of curiosity that inspired the real Einstein.

"Kids are naturally interested in exploring things," said Eric Weiner, the series' executive producer. In the program, children appear within a painting that they explore with pieces of classical music as part of the story structure, he said.

Even preschoolers will sway and clap to classical music, "because it's all around us," he said. "It's Muzak, it's on cell phones, and it's part of their world."

Weiner said his show has no connection to the centennial of Einstein's major discoveries, other than "pure serendipity, that this is the year to celebrate all that he showed us."

The series will air regularly Mondays at 8 a.m.

THE COLE CONSPIRACY

Sunday at 8 p.m. on History

The suicide attack on the USS Cole in October 2000, which killed 17 American sailors off the coast of Yemen, is dissected in "The Cole Conspiracy."

This special includes a dramatic re-creation of the attack along with a survey of the investigation and the long-term consequences of the bombing.

IS IT REAL:

PSYCHIC ANIMALS

Monday at 8 p.m.

on National Geographic

From elephants seeking higher ground before December's tsunami to an African Grey parrot whose owner claims the bird is psychic, the unusual behavior of animals is spotlighted in this special. The program includes segments on pet behavior preceding a 2001 earthquake in Washington state, a mind-reading horse, skeptics who dispute animal predictions, and animal psychics such as Debbie McGillivray.

THE HUNT FOR THE BTK KILLER

Sunday at 9 p.m. on CBS

Gregg Henry stars as Dennis Rader, an outwardly normal family man, in this new movie based on the story of the Kansas serial killer. Rader, a Cub Scout leader and father of two, eluded police in one of the nation's longest manhunts as he terrorized Wichita from 1974 to 1991 and killed 10 residents.

He coined the name BTK from his methods -- bind, torture, kill -- and sent cryptic, taunting messages to local police. After a 15-year lull, he reappeared and was caught in February. The film chronicles the search, capture and conviction of the BTK killer.

SOS: COAST GUARD RESCUE

Sunday at 10 p.m. on Discovery

With the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina a fresh memory, this new series begins by spotlighting rescuers during that storm. Cameras mounted on helmets, boats and helicopters provide close-ups of what happens when the Coast Guard is on the scene to carry someone to safety due to a natural disaster. The series will air regularly on Tuesdays at 10 p.m.

INTIMATE PORTRAIT: ANN CURRY

Sunday at 11 p.m. on Lifetime

Ann Curry of NBC News is profiled as part of Lifetime's month-long, breast-cancer awareness program. Curry, a reporter and anchor for "Dateline" and the "Today" show, talks about her professional and family life, including the breast-cancer diagnosis of her sister Jean Hodson. Curry helped Hodson cope with her medical treatment and recovery.

ELUSIVE PEACE:

ISRAEL AND THE PALESTINIANS

Monday at 9 p.m. on PBS

The violent path toward Israeli-Palestinian peace since 1999 is the subject of this new documentary, a sequel to Norma Percy's "The 50 Years War: Israel and the Arabs."

The film includes interviews with world leaders as well as behind-the-scenes footage of intense peace negotiations.

PRIVATE SCREENINGS: SIDNEY LUMET

Tuesday at 8 p.m. on TCM

Director Sidney Lumet talks about his life and career in an hour-long interview with TCM host Robert Osborne.

Lumet, who this year received a special lifetime achievement Academy Award, directed such films as "12 Angry Men," "The Pawnbroker" and "Network." Those films -- as well as "Long Day's Journey Into Night," "The Hill" and "Stage Struck" -- will air Tuesday night into Wednesday morning on TCM.

HELEN OF TROY

Wednesday at 9 p.m. on MPT, 10 on WETA

In her day, she was regarded as the world's most beautiful woman. Helen of Troy, the woman blamed for causing the Trojan War, is profiled by author and historian Bettany Hughes.

Romantic myths and historical facts are explored in this program, which looks at just how the war in Helen's name would have been fought and determines what Helen would have looked like in Greece's royal courts.

TWITCHES

Friday at 8 p.m. on Disney

In the otherworldly kingdom of Coventry, magic-wielding twins Alex and Camryn (Tia and Tamera Mowry) were separated at birth and sent to Earth to escape evil forces. On their 21st birthday, the twins meet for the first time. They quickly discover the extent of their extraordinary powers -- and that they're the final hope to save their native home from the forces of darkness.

CORONADO

Saturday at 9 p.m. on Hallmark

Traveling to Switzerland to surprise her fiance, Claire (Kristin Dattilo) can't find him or the company for which he's supposed to work.

In this movie, a puzzling clue leads her to El Coronado, a small country in turmoil in Central America. A reporter (Clayton Rohner) joins her in a dangerous search for her fiance (Michael Lowry) and they become embroiled in mystery and chaos.

Written and compiled by the TV Week staff