What to watch, play and listen to: Conversations with Friends, an in-depth look at the Liffey and Joe Wicks on his childhood

A six-part RTÉ series looks at life on Dublin’s main river while the first episodes of the adaptation of Sally Rooney’s Conversations with Friends starts on Wednesday with a double bill

Joe Alwyn and Alison Oliver in Conversations with Friends, Wednesday, 9.35pm, RTÉ One. Picture: Enda Bowe/Hulu

Reviews and previews by Nadine O’Regan, Emmanuel Kehoe, Jennifer Gannon and Jenny Murphy Byrne

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Conversations with Friends, Wednesday, 9.35pm, RTÉ One

Lenny Abrahamson’s adaptation of Sally Rooney’s debut novel is likely to enjoy the same success as his TV treatment of Normal People, her second book. Frances (Alison Oliver) and her close friend and former girlfriend Bobbi (Sasha Lane) are students at Trinity College. During the summer before their final year, they become involved with an older couple, photographer Melissa (Jemima Kirke) and actor Nick (Joe Alwyn). The first two of the 12 episodes are being shown in a double bill on Wednesday. EK