TV preview: Seven shows to watch on television this week

Hillsborough and Veronica Guerin remembered; the Bafta Awards; a new comedy with David Mitchell and Harry Enfield; Damian Lewis and Paul Giamatti in Billions

Sunday, BBC Two, 9pm
Last week, a new inquest into the deaths of 96 people at Hillsborough soccer stadium in 1989 reached its verdict, clearing Liverpool fans of blame in the disaster and finding police and security personnel guilty of gross negligence. It brought to an end a 27-year campaign by relatives of the victims. Hillsborough brings us back to that terrible day, with previously unseen footage that captures the horror of the crush, and in-depth interviews with fans, families, survivors and police officers. Even at a distance of nearly three decades, this film promises to be both shocking and moving.

British Academy Television Awards
Sunday, BBC One, 8pm
Idris Elba, Ben Whishaw, Mark Rylance, Ian McKellen, Sheridan Smith and Adele are among the nominees for the Baftas, broadcast from the Royal Festival Hall and presented once again by Graham Norton. Wolf Hall, the lavish Tudor drama based on Hilary Mantel's Booker-winning novel, unsurprisingly leads the nominations, with This Is England '90 just behind with three nominations.

Veronica Guerin: A Legacy
Monday, RTÉ One, 9.30pm
Twenty years ago, journalist Veronica Guerin was shot dead by a member of a Dublin crime gang. She had been to the forefront in exposing gangland crime, and her murder was condemned as an "attack on democracy" by then-taoiseach John Bruton. Veronica Guerin: A Legacy looks at Guerin's life and work, and the circumstances surrounding her murder.

Her killing led to the setting up of the Criminal Assets Bureau and a crackdown on organised crime but, 20 years later, Dublin is under siege from a brutal gangland feud. Has anything changed since Guerin's death? This new series of Legacy documentaries continues over the next couple of weeks with profiles of political spin-master PJ Mara and broadcaster Terry Wogan.


Upstart Crow
Monday, BBC Two, 10pm
It's 400 years since the death of William Shakespeare, and what better way to celebrate it than with a new comedy starring David Mitchell and Harry Enfield? Upstart Crow sees Mitchell playing the Bard as a struggling playwright trying to juggle the theatrical life in London with the demands of his family life in Stratford-upon-Avon. This six-part series promises to give some interesting angles into how Shakespeare got his ideas. Now, if they did it Peep Show-style, with Shakespeare's grubby inner thoughts spoken aloud, that might have been really interesting.

My Money & Me
Wednesday, RTÉ One, 8.30pm
New series with presenter Kathriona Devereux and personal finance expert Sinéad Ryan are here to helping you get control of your cashflow. Each week, Kathriona and Sinéad will meet a family struggling to make it to the end of the month, and show them how they can make cost savings without it impacting too much on their lifestyles. First up are Keith and Lorna and their two children, Ryan and Faye, who have moved back to Artane so that Keith can take up his new job as manager of the Artane band, and are trying to raise the 20 per cent second-time buyer deposit needed to buy a new house.

Thursday, Sky Atlantic, 9pm
Bored with endless Anglo trials? Fed up of lengthy inquiries into banking corruption? Well, here's a high-finance drama that's sure to keep you glued to your Learjet seat. Billions is a slick, fast-moving drama set in Wall Street, and stars Damian Lewis as ruthless hedge-fund kingpin Bobby "Axe" Axelrod and Paul Giamatti as Chuck Rhoades, a shrewd lawyer on a mission to take Axe down. But there are plenty of obstacles facing Rhoades, not least the awkward fact that his wife works for Axelrod. This may not be Batman v Superman, but Billions promises to be a high-stakes, high-tension cat-and-mouse game between two powerful masters of the universe, set against the shiny backdrop of New York's financial district. Gentlemen, choose your fountain pens.

Eurovision Song Contest 2016 - Semi-Final
Thursday, RTÉ Two, 8pm
We tried a turkey, we tried Jedward, but now it's time to let the professionals take over and try to power-ballad Ireland back to Eurovision glory. Westlife's Nicky Byrne carries our hopes to Stockholm in the second semi-final of the Eurovision Song Contest 2016. Let's hope Byrne's song, Sunlight, co-written by Byrne, songwriter Wayne Hector and composer Ronan Hardiman, can finally bring us out of the darkness and have us basking in Eurovision glory once again.

Kevin Courtney

Kevin Courtney

Kevin Courtney is an Irish Times journalist