This week’s high­lights

The Irish Times Magazine - - TV & RADIO -

But­ter­fly ( Sun­day, ITV, 9pm)

Anna Friel stars in this new minis­eries all about the chal­lenges of sep­a­rated par­ent­hood. Vicky and Stephen are no longer to­gether – it’s com­pli­cated. Their youngest child, Max, is ap­proach­ing pu­berty – and it’s even more com­pli­cated. Max iden­ti­fies as a girl, and she can no longer hide it. She is ready to make the tran­si­tion to Max­ine, but are Vicky and Stephen ready for this? Nei­ther can agree on the best way to deal with Max­ine’s feel­ings – or their own – and when Stephen moves back into the fam­ily home in the hope of bring­ing a male in­flu­ence to bear, he faces a se­ri­ous chal­lenge to his fun­da­men­tal fam­ily val­ues, while Vicky strug­gles to pro­tect Max­ine’s men­tal well­be­ing.

Bar­neys, Books and Bust Ups: 50 Years of the Booker Prize ( Mon­day, BBC Two, 9pm)

Who wouldn’t want to be short­listed for the Man Booker, the lit­er­ary world’s most pres­ti­gious prize? I’m still gut­ted that my book, Col­lected TV High­lights 2014- 2018, was passed over for con­sid­er­a­tion. I felt it had a real uni­fy­ing theme. This doc­u­men­tary looks back on half a cen­tury of this most cov­eted award, chart­ing the con­tro­ver­sies a nd c onf l i c t s a l ong t he way. The pro­gramme fea­tures con­tri­bu­tions from past Booker win­ners, in­clud­ing Peter Carey, Pene­lope Lively and John Banville. Yeah, sure, they’re great writ­ers, but could any of them do the TV high­lights?

The Geansaí

( Tues­day Oct 16, RTÉ One, 7pm)

Time to don the geansaí once again and get stuck in with Ire­land’s lo­cal sport­ing com­mu­ni­ties, get­ting first- hand ex­pe­ri­ence of the blood, sweat and tears that peo­ple put into their sport­ing en­deav­ours. In the first of this new se­ries, Garry Mac Don­nacha steps into the ring with Ire­land’s elite young box­ers as they train hard for the 2020 Olympics in Tokyo, and also meets the young hope­fuls work­ing hard in their lo­cal box­ing clubs to get to the next level.

Informer ( Tues­day, BBC One, 9pm)

Typ­i­cal – you go out on a date with your girl­friend, then end up get­ting ar­rested, re­cruited into a top coun­tert­er­ror­ism unit, and tasked with help­ing to take down a no­to­ri­ous ter­ror­ist who is plan­ning a ma­jor

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