Social history series A Tabloid Empire (working title) will cover the period from 1997 to 2012, looking at how the popular press exerted astonishing power over British politics, public policies and everyday life. It will also chronicle the succession of scandals which hit Murdoch's businesses and culminated in the Leveson Enquiry.
Nadiya’s Asian Odyssey
Monday: BBC One, 9.00pm
Former Great British Bake Off winner Nadiya Hussain uncovers her familial connections to southeast Asia and explores the culinary arts of Cambodia, Thailand and Nepal.
The actor, who has won two RTS North West awards for her performances in ITV soap Coronation Street and BBC Two factual drama Black Roses: The Killing of Sophie Lancaster, was giving this year’s Anthony H Wilson Memorial Lecture.
During the course of a conversation with actor and director Noreen Kershaw, Hesmondhalgh proved to be the embodiment of the words of the late Granada Reports anchor and music impresario, Wilson, who memorably summed up his city: “This is Manchester: we do things differently here.”
Adapted from Eugene McCabe’s classic novel of the same name, the three-part drama stars Ann Skelly (Red Rock), Matthew Rhys (The Americans) and Jamie Dornan (The Fall).
The nineteenth century period drama is set in the rural countryside of Fermanagh, Ireland, following young catholic Beth Winters (Skelly) and her dysfunctional relationship with her Protestant stepfather Billy Winters (Rhys).
My Brilliant Friend
Monday: Sky Atlantic, 9.00pm
Based on Elena Ferrante's Neapolitan Novels, My Brilliant Friend centres on the relationship between two childhood friends from Naples.
Monday: BBC Two, 9.00pm
A one-off dramatic reconstruction of the kidnapping of a young woman from the streets of London.
Ana (Anca Dumitra) is abducted by a Romanian crime gang and trafficked to Ireland to be forced to become a sex slave.
Black Earth Rising
Monday: BBC Two, 9.00pm
The thrilling political drama comes to a close with a key villain finally being unmasked. Kate (Michaela Coel) also finds what she’s been looking for. A collective guilt hangs over her and Michael (John Goodman) over the Rwandan genocide and the reprisals that saw Hutu refugees massacred in camps.
Following the departures of host Matt LeBlanc and co-presenter Rory Reid after the next series, McGuinness and Flintoff will join Chris Harris in a new all-British line-up of Top Gear.
Sabine Schmitz will remain in the Top Gear family with Reid continuing to host Top Gear spin-off Extra Gear on BBC Two.
The announcement took place near the River Thames in London as a photocall, as the new line-up was joined by the real stars of the show: a blue Porsche 911 GT2RS and a red Aston Martin DSB Superleggera.
A Woman Captured: Storyville
Monday: BBC Four, 10.00pm
Film-maker Bernadett Tuza-Ritter tells a harrowing story of modern slavery through one woman’s nightmare. Marish is 52, works 12-hour days in a Hungarian factor and has been a domestic slave for ten years.
“To get a show on TV is so hard – it’s like winning the lottery,” said Kerrigan, who lives in Cramlington, Northumberland and admitted to knowing nobody in television when he first put pen to paper. Winning the Writers Room Trans Comedy Award took the writer from his “bedroom to the BBC”.
He continued: “It changed my life and I’m really grateful – if it wasn’t for the Writers Room, God knows what I’d be doing.”