What’s new ? 10 best TV and streaming tips for Monday

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The latest HBO drama The Time Traveler’s Wife arrives, young people tell their stories in Growing Up in Direct Provision, there’s The Truth about Nike and Adidas, and the explainer Elon Musk: Superhero or Supervillain?

Take the day

The Time Traveler’s Wife, 9:00 p.m., Sky Atlantic

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This HBO drama is adapted by Steven Moffat from the novel by Audrey Niffenegger and directed by David Nutter (The iron Throne).

The Time Traveler’s Wife tells the story of Clare (Rose Leslie) and Henry (Theo James), and a marriage with a rather unique problem – time travel. It’s the ultimate age gap.

Since the age of six, Clare has had an imaginary friend: a kind and funny man, sometimes old, sometimes young, who appears in the woods behind her house and tells her stories of the future.

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The visits of the mysterious Henry are the bright spots of her childhood boredom.

As the years pass and she grows into a beautiful young woman, she begins to realize that her friend is not imaginary – he is a time traveler from the future.

And it’s not just from an old future, it’s from his future. Clare has a literal date with fate.

One day, she will meet a young man named Henry DeTamble, whom she will know very well but who will not recognize her at all, and she will become the wife of the time traveler.

Don’t miss

Brainstorm, 8:30 p.m., RTE One

This week, Donal Fallon (below) questions whether 10,000 really is the ideal number of steps to take each day, examines what communion reveals about society, and examines how housing crises have been handled in the past.

Unpackaged food, 8:00 p.m., Channel 4

Burger lovers, that’s everyone, right? – should take advantage of it.

Jimmy Doherty determines whether bun is bread or cake (it’s great with ice cream!) and also investigates why it became the preferred choice for burgers.

Meanwhile, Matt Tebbutt is on a mission to find out why wine comes in bottles of so many different shapes and sizes. What about the cork versus screw cap debate?

Also: Kate Quilton explains why some ice cream melts faster than others.

The truth about Nike and Adidas: Dispatches, 8:30 p.m., Channel 4

Runners, trainers, whatever you call them, they’re everywhere. And that’s not a good thing, apparently.

If the sports shoe industry were a country, it would be the 17th biggest polluter in the world – yet the major manufacturers all claim sustainability.

Here, Darcy Thomas travels to the Maldives to assess the industry’s environmental impact, putting major brands’ green credentials to the test.

New or returning shows

Growing in direct supply, 9:35 p.m., RTÉ One

Direct Provision is the name commonly used to describe the accommodation, food, allowances and medical services provided to people seeking asylum in Ireland while they await formal decisions on their case.

This special program focuses on young people and their families living in the Irish direct delivery system to provide insight into their daily lives.

There are currently over 8,000 people living in Direct Provision accommodation in Ireland, many of whom are under 18.

Over the past nine months, some of these young people and their families have filmed their daily lives for this documentary, sharing their thoughts, observations, experiences and hopes for the future.

Joe Wicks: Facing My Childhood, 9:00 p.m., BBC One

Joe Wicks embarks on an emotional journey to discover how his parents’ mental health issues affected him as a child and the shocking extent of the problem today.

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Along the way, Joe meets members of Our Time, the UK’s only charity dedicated to working with the children of parents with mental illness.

He also has honest and moving conversations with his family that bring up long suppressed memories.

Elon Musk: Superhero or Supervillain? 9:00 p.m., Channel 4

This is a profile of billionaire entrepreneur Elon Musk (above), one of a small group of powerful, ultra-rich men with global reach beyond governments.

The program features contributions from those who know Musk, who have worked with him and who have invested millions in his companies, as well as those who have gone to war with his companies.

The Chris & Rosie Ramsey Show, 9 p.m., BBC Two

Comedian Chris Ramsey and his wife Rosie host this brand new comedy entertainment show.

They’re joined by other celebrity couples to poke fun at life, growing up, relationships, arguments, troubles, parenthood, and just about everything in between.

River Hunters, 9:00 p.m., Sky Story

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Rick Edwards, Beau Ouimette and Gary Bankhead – are back for a third season as they explore Wales and Scotland in brand new episodes.

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The new series begins with an investigation into the last battle to take place on British soil, the 1746 Battle of Culloden in the Highlands at Inverness.

The team searches for clues to where Charles Edward Stuart, otherwise known as Bonnie Prince Charlie, crossed the River Nairn while fleeing the battlefield pursued by government forces.

ending today

The Secret France of Rick Stein, 9:45 p.m., BBC Two

The chef friend ends his tour with trips to Languedoc and Provence.

In the border town of Uzes, Rick tucks into salt cod and marvels at a colorful array of French pastries – selecting a seasonal fig tart to accompany his morning coffee.

He travels to the port town of Cassis to sample North African lamb chorba cooked by a local fisherman, while back in his country kitchen, he prepares a tarte tatin of candied tomatoes and eggplant.

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