This week’s highlights
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?
( 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