Bringing a cherished project to television can take several years’ hard graft; for it to take decades is much more unusual. But, thanks to BritBox, an adaptation of The Beast Must Die – written by Poet Laureate Cecil Day-Lewis under his crime-writer pen name, Nicholas Blake – has finally reached the TV screen.
Great British Photography Challenge
BBC Four, 9pm
Icon of photography, Rankin, mentors six amateur photographers from around the UK in a four-part masterclass series.
Inspired by the true events, The Terror offers a fictionalised account of Captain Sir John Franklin’s lost expedition to the Arctic with the Royal Navy.
Attempting to discover the Northwest Passage, the crew face perilous conditions, scarce resources and unchartered territory on their treacherous voyage.
Freezing, isolated and unable to make it back to safety, The Terror shows what happens when a group of men are forced to struggle against the elements and each other in the desperate effort for survival.
The Chernobyl disaster took place in April 1986, when a nuclear power plant exploded on a catastrophic scale. The drama will explore why and how it happened, as well as the people who risked their own lives to save others.
Jared Harris (The Crown, Mad Men) will play Valery Legasov, the Soviet scientist chosen by the Kremlin to investigate the accident.