THE PUBLIC EYE'S focused on Scientology today. Hadn't planned it like that, but we bravely follow the news wherever it leads us.

First up, a BBC News documentary, "Scientology and Me," scheduled to be broadcast tonight on the BBC One show "Panorama" (www.bbc.co.uk/

panorama), has journalists and Scientologists in what the Brits might call a bit of a row.

Scientology cameras caught BBC reporter John Sweeney screaming at Scientologist Tom Davis (friend of famously Scientological actor Tom Cruise and son of less famously Scientological actress Anne Archer). Members of the church, including actor John Travolta, have pressured the BBC not to run the piece.

"I have been shouted at, spied on, had my hotel invaded at midnight, denounced as a 'bigot' by star Scientologists, brain-washed - that is how it felt to me - in a mock-up of a Nazi-style torture chamber and chased round the streets of Los Angeles by sinister strangers," Sweeney said by way of explaining his meltdown.

He's been reprimanded by the BBC and issued an apology as well. As of yesterday, the show, six months in the making, was going on.

The Scientologists, meanwhile, have put together their own DVD and distributed 100,000 of them, according to British press reports.

Of course, this being the YouTube age, you can go to that Web site to view Sweeney's meltdown, clips of the BBC filming and bits that Scientologists filmed of the filmmakers.

Having taken a look, we concur with Sweeney's description of his outburst: "If you are interested in becoming a TV journalist, it is a fine example of how not to do it. I look like an exploding tomato and shout like a jet engine, and every time I see it it makes me cringe."

Brooke's shield

Actress/model Brooke Shields has been very open about the postpartum depression that came between her and her newborn daughter four years ago.

Actress/model Brooke Shields has been very open about the postpartum depression that came between her and her newborn daughter four years ago.

Now she's taking the cause to Washington.

"There is an entire population of women suffering," the actress told George Stephanopoulos on yesterday's "This Week" on ABC. "And it's time, I believe, for Congress to step in and prevent that, and actually save lives and save potential tragedy."

Most famously Scientological Tom Cruise caught a lot of heat after a 2005 interview with Matt Lauer on NBC's "Today" show in which he blasted Shields for taking antidepressants.

Comfort food

Kirstie Alley is buying candy by the truckload. Somebody call Jenny Craig!

is buying candy by the truckload. Somebody call !

Oh, never mind.

The Wichita native has donated the treats - and more practical items such as clothes, bottled water and supplies for animals - to the south-central Kansas town of Greensburg, ripped apart by a tornado on May 4.

The famously (somewhere between Cruise and Archer) Scientological actress arrived in Wichita last week and was expected to stay for several days.

Thus ends today's report from the Scientology front.

Whaddaya know

Are you as surprised as we were to learn that O.J. Simpson won't be taking legal action against the restaurateur in Louisville, Ky., who refused to serve him?

Are you as surprised as we were to learn that won't be taking legal action against the restaurateur in Louisville, Ky., who refused to serve him?

Jeff Ruby, of Jeff Ruby's Steakhouse, made Simpson and his party leave because "he continues to torment the family whose lives he's already ruined 15 years ago."

Simpson, a Heisman Trophy winner and NFL star, was acquitted in 1995 of killing his ex-wife, Nicole Brown Simpson, and Ron Goldman, but was found liable in a civil trial that followed.

Simpson's lawyer, Yale Galanter, said Ruby is using the episode for publicity. Last week, Galanter had said his client's ejection was about race.

Paris gets help

Whoever's putting together the Rough Guide to being a young, female Hollywood hoo-ha (careful how you pronounce that) should include a chapter called: "You Know You're in Trouble When Candy Spelling and Patty Hearst Are Giving You Advice."

Whoever's putting together the to being a young, female Hollywood hoo-ha (careful how you pronounce that) should include a chapter called: "You Know You're in Trouble When and Are Giving You Advice."

Yes, the widow of Aaron and mom of Tori, and the once-kidnapped newspaper heiress have both stepped up - one more voluntarily than the other - to guide Paris Hilton as she faces 45 days in the Los Angeles County jail for assorted bad behavior.

Truthfully, Hearst only weighed in with TMZ.com to squelch a rumor that she was advising Paris. She wasn't, but she didn't let the teaching moment go to waste:

"I must say that my heart goes out to the inmates of the Century Regional Detention Center," she told TMZ. "Forty-five days with Paris Hilton and the attendant publicity seems like cruel and unusual punishment to me. Perhaps THEY should be petitioning the governor for relief?

"OK, that wasn't nice. But seriously, if Paris really wants my advice it's this: Read Candy Spelling's letter several times and take her advice to heart."

Candy had volunteered her two cents' worth in an open letter to TMZ.com.

"It's time to get real," she wrote. "It's time to find 'a Paris' somewhere between 'heiress' and a character on 'The Simple Life.' I know she's there, and I know she can be a good citizen and maturely face consequences other people would have to face under the same circumstances . . . you are not as truly entitled as your money implies. You are a young woman who can add more to her community than establishing new definitions for infamy." *

Daily News wire services contributed to this report.

Howard Gensler is on vacation.