’s Butterfly, which centres on the life of a transgender child, is the latest suburban family drama to skewer the genre. Does it succeed?
At first glance, Butterfly
, which starts later this month on ITV, uses a well-worn mainstream drama set-up. Vicky, played by Anna Friel
, is an amiable but troubled mum who lives in an airy, pleasantly middle-class semi. Her career plans are uncertain, her mother (Alison Steadman
) is a judgmental hindrance, and her estranged husband (Emmett J Scanlan
) has started picking up their two kids for the weekend with his new girlfriend waiting in the car.
All that is thrown into relief when the beginning of secondary school finally prompts the family’s younger child, Max (Callum Booth-Ford
), to publicly identify as Maxine, after years of wearing girls’ clothes at home. With Friel the supportive parent who isn’t sure how to protect her child, and Scanlan