Brand new shows continue to pepper the schedules, while James Nesbitt makes a welcome return, as does Don't Tell the Bride. And it's goodbye to Lady Gaga and American Horror Story: Hotel and Scream Queens

Pick of the week: iZombie, Monday, RTÉ2

This could be fun - and it's certainly a procedural with a difference.

New Zealand actress Rose McIvor, who played sister to Saoirse Ronan's Susie Salmon in The Lovely Bones, stars as Liv Moore: a disciplined, overachieving medical resident who has her life path completely mapped out. Until the night she’s turned into a zombie.

Moore then ends up working in a morgue, where she feeds off the brains of the dead, and that activity leads to her experiencing visions of the corpse's memories. The consequence is that she begins murder-solving exploits with her boss and a homicide detective.

iZombie comes across as Pushing Daisies meets Veronica Mars, two of the best TV shows of the last decade. If it's even half as good as either, it's got to be worth watching.

Star of the week: Stan Lee's Lucky Man, Friday, Sky 1

One of the entertainment talking points of recent days has been the re-emergence of James Nesbitt's hair. But there's much more to the Ulsterman than a brand new fringe.

After starring in 2014's The Missing, one of the BBC's best dramas of the last few years, Nesbitt re-established himself as an excellent dramatic actor and will soon feature in the reboot of Cold Feet, the Millennium-girdling comedy-drama that established him as a top star.

But before Cold Feet returns, he stars in this new crime drama co-created by Marvel legend Stan Lee and produced by the makers of Downton Abbey.

Brilliant-but-troubled cop Harry Clayton (Nesbitt) is a compulsive gambler in danger of losing the thing he values the most: his family. Then he meets the beautiful and enigmatic Eve (Sienna Guillory), who gives him a mysterious bracelet said to endow the wearer with immense luck. But that luck comes at a cost.

Starting this week: Doctor Foster, Thursday, RTÉ One

As ever, Suranne Jones is excellent here as the eponymous Doctor Gemma Foster, a GP who sees her previously charmed life shatter when she suspects that her husband is having an affair. If you missed this first time around on the BBC, don't make the same mistake.

Don't Tell the Bride, Thursday, RTÉ2

Back for another run, this often touchingly daft show kicks off with Noel O’Keefe and Wendy Leonard from Shankill in Dublin. While Wendy dreams of a ceremony in a castle, Mixed Martial Arts fan Noels fancies a wedding with an octagon where men batter each other.

Bones, Monday, Sky Living

Six months after last season’s finale, it seems that Booth and Brennan are over their grisly lives at the Jeffersonian institute, as they enjoy their new, murder-free life with their daughter and new baby. Some chance.

Phone Shop Idol, Tuesday, BBC Two

This six-parter follows the ups and downs of Britain’s mobile phone sales force as they battle it out in Shop Idol, a prestigious annual industry competition which scours all corners of the UK to find the best mobile phone salesperson in the country. Note: this is not a mockumentary.

Virtually Famous, Tuesday, E4

Kevin McHale is back to host the third run of the panel show about funny internet clips and viral videos. Team captains Seann Walsh and Chris Stark return with guests Jimmy Carr, Made in Chelsea's Jamie Laing, Jay Hutton from Tattoo Fixers and comedian Ellie Taylor.

The Getaway Car, Saturday, BBC One

This sounds dreadful. Dermot O’Leary hosts as five couples go head-to-head in what's promised to be an action-packed competition as they take on a series of driving and quizzing challenges.

Film 2016, Wednesday, BBC One

Claudia Winkelman returns to present the latest season of the Beeb's long-running look at the movies. This week's flick picks include black comedy The Big Shorts and Our Brand is Crisis which stars Sandra Bullock and Billy Bob Thornton. Adapted from Rachel Boynton’s 2005 documentary of the same name, Our Brand is Crisis follows a group of American political strategists battling to win the 2002 Bolivian presidential election. Opens here January 22.

The Works Presents . . ., Thursday, RTÉ One

John Kelly meets the Irish movie director Lenny Abrahamson. His latest film Room has been on something of an awards roll since it started showing at film festivals last year.

The Story of China, Thursday, BBC Two

Written and presented by historian Michael Wood, BBC Two’s new landmark documentary series explores the history of the world's oldest continuous state, which has existed from the ancient past to the present day.

Ending this Week: American Horror Story: Hotel, Tuesday, Fox

It's been another enjoyable run for Murphy and Falchuck's visually delightful bloodfest. This time around, newcomer Lady Gaga has upstaged regulars such as Sarah Paulson, Kathy Bates and Chloë Sevigny as the 115-year-old Elizabeth/The Countess who runs the eponymous hotel.

This final episode ties up a few loose ends and offers some stunning performances, including Sarah Paulson playing two characters in this one episode: Hotel's Hypodermic Sally and the return of her American Horror Story: Murder House character, Billy Jean Howard, a renowned psychic.

Expect pools of claret and piles of corpses from the start.

Empire of the Tsars, Wednesday, BBC Four

Lucy Worsley concludes her history of the Romanov dynasty, investigating how the family’s grip on Russia unravelled a century ago. The years 1825-1918 were bloody and traumatic, a period when four tsars tried - and failed - to deal with the growing pressure for constitutional reform and revolution.

Drama of the week: Call the Midwife, Sunday, BBC One

More pitch-perfect, Sunday night drama from BBC Onesie. The year is 1961, and Poplar is beginning to feel the winds of social change. Easter is approaching, and for the nuns and midwives of Nonnatus House it’s as busy as ever, as babies are born to myriad families across the borough. One delivery brings with it its own set of shocks, when Patsy helps experienced mother Rhoda Mullucks give birth to a baby with severe deformities. As the mother refuses to reject her new-born child, the father struggles to come to terms with the harsh realities of his daughter’s problems.

Comedy of the week: Scream Queens, Monday, E4

This latest offering from Ryan Murphy and co has been patchy, but when it's on form it's hilarious, with Emma Roberts in great form as Chanel Oberlin, the spectacularly self-absorbed head of the Kappa Kappa Tau sorority house where murders are more numerous than meals. In the aftermath of the Red Devil killings, a number of shocking accusations are made, and the lives of all those involved will never be the same again. Well, unless there's a second season.

Documentary of the week: Ar Son na Poblachta, Monday, RTÉ One

The first programme of this new RTÉ Cláracha Gaeilge series tells the story of Arthur Shields, better known as a character actor who appeared in many Hollywood movies and classic American TV shows rather than an Irish republican with 1916 credentials.

He is also remembered for his theatre career both as actor and director with The Abbey and as the younger brother of Will Shields (better known as the Oscar-winning actor Barry Fitzgerald) but hardly ever for the dramatic and valiant way he fought in the Rising in 1916. Until now.

On Demand: The Last Panthers, from Sunday, Sky Atlantic

This really good and gritty crime drama was broadcast during the run-up to Christmas, so you might have missed it. The multi-layered story takes a dark dive into Europe’s murky network of traffickers, gangsters and banksters, with the 1990s' war in the Balkans a crucial ingredient.

An impressive ensemble cast includes Oscar nominees Samantha Morton and John Hurt, while the script was written by Jack Thorne, whose CV includes This is England ‘86, ‘88 & ‘90. For those who like a bit of Scan-dram, it comes with a variety of languages, so subtitle lovers will feel right at home.

Film of the Week: The Curious Case of Benjamin Button, Friday, RTÉ2

Directed by the great David Fincher and with a screenplay by Eric Roth, very good things indeed were expected from this tale by F Scott Fitzgerald and were powerfully delivered.

Benjamin Button is born as an old man and grows shorter and shorter until he dies as a baby. With touches of Forrest Gump (also written by Roth), this is a moving and powerful drama, with Brad Pitt in great form in the lead, ably supported by Cate Blanchett and the bundle of energy that is Taraji P Henson.

John Byrne