Pick of the week
Confirmation Sunday, 8.30pm, Showcase (115) On the heels of the critical success of The People v OJ Simpson comes Confirmation, which is a keen dramatisation of the contentious 1991 Supreme Court nomination hearing for conservative candidate Clarence Thomas (played by Wendell Pierce, best known as Bunk Moreland on The Wire). The hearings were derailed late in the proceedings by allegations from law professor Anita Hill (Kerry Washington) that Thomas had sexually harassed her while she worked under him at the US Department of Education and the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission. As in real life, the duelling personalities are ciphers: Hill was a straitlaced career woman reluctant to testify but all-in when she finally did, and Thomas is a rigid, controlled man who on the surface seems unlikely to have done the things Hill claims, including laying a pubic hair atop a can of soft drink (really). The meat of the drama is the public humiliation of Hill, whose allegations are discredited by the nominating committee headed by now-Vice President Joe Biden (Greg Kinnear). Then-president George HW Bush wanted Thomas for the bench, and the committee’s job was to make that happen at any cost. As a harbinger of the new dramatic wave of true crime dramas set to air in the next year or so, this is a fascinating start to a dubious genre.