Pick of the week: Katie
Tuesday, RTÉ One, 10.15pm, The comeback kid
As she proved once again last month with her comprehensive defeat of Eva Wahlstrom in Madison Square Garden, Katie Taylor is a brilliant boxer, arguably the greatest this country has ever produced. But being that good isn't easy, a simple message that Ross Whitaker's fine documentary constantly underlines. He followed Katie for 18 months, charting the lows of her Olympic disappointment in Rio de Janeiro in 2016, and the highs of her success in America once she decided to turn professional.
Born in Bray, County Wicklow, she fell in love with boxing at the age of six but soon found that all avenues to the ring were blocked in this profoundly sexist sport. Women were banned from boxing in Ireland, and she dressed as a boy to enter competitions, but that was just the first of many hurdles Katie would overcome on the path to greatness. She seems to thrive on adversity, and obstacles only seem to intensify her determination to succeed.
At one point Whitaker considered calling his film 'The Comeback', and Taylor's resilience and inner strength are impressive. So, however, is her honesty: she doesn't shy away from tough questions, and at one point talks candidly about her painful rupture with her father, which sent her into a psychological tailspin from which she would battle hard to emerge.
Intriguingly, it was at this lowest point in her life that she allowed Ross Whitaker and his cameras to follow her around, during a period that became a roller-coaster of setbacks and triumphs. She's a remarkable person, and Whitaker's film does her story justice.
3 to watch
Will & Grace
Monday, RTÉ2, 9pm
David Schwimmer guest stars tonight, playing a spectacularly grumpy Twitter contributor who becomes a potential love interest for Grace.
Tuesday, BBC2, 9pm
20th century greats
In this documentary series, the public pick their favourites from a list of great 20th century figures, and tonight Kathleen Turner considers the impact of entertainers like David Bowie.
Shut-Ins: Britain's Fattest People
Wednesday, Channel 4, 10pm
Too fat to function
Thousands of British people are so obese they can no longer leave their homes, and in this reality show we meet an overweight couple who are fighting to regain control of their lives.