'Succession', 'The Trick' and 'Corrie': The 5 best things on TV, Monday 18 October

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Monday night drama with 'The Trick', 'Succession' and 'Coronation Street'. (BBC/Sky/ITV)
Monday night drama with 'The Trick', 'Succession' and 'Coronation Street'. (BBC/Sky/ITV)

TV's most dysfunctional family returns to Sky Atlantic tonight for the long-awaited third season of Succession, starring Brian Cox.

Climategate gets a feature-length drama with BBC One's The Trick, which sees Jason Watkins in the lead role.

Read more: The best TV to watch this autumn

On More 4, TV presenter Matt Baker is returning to his farming roots for a second season of Our Farm in the Dales, while ordinary families are learning to live a more eco-friendly lifestyle on ITV with Save Money: My Beautiful Green Home.

Soap fans won't want to miss tonight's Coronation Street double bill as a week of terrifying episodes kicks off with Harvey orchestrating his jail break.

The best TV to watch tonight, Monday 18 October, 2021

Watch: "It was a bit of a shock!" Brian Cox Succession revelation!

Succession - Sky Atlantic - 9pm

The Roy family are back. (Sky)
The Roy family are back. (Sky)

It's been a long wait for season three, but we're finally ready to watch the Roy family tear each other down once more with Brian Cox playing the puppetmaster head of the family Logan Roy.

The Roy empire is under threat after the end of season two which saw son and on-off heir Kendall denounce his father at a press conference.

Read more: Succession recap - the Roy family battle lines drawn so far

Will his siblings stay loyal to their toxic father, back their brother, or make their own bid for power?

The Trick - BBC One - 8.30pm

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Jason Watkins stars in 'The Trick'. (BBC/Laurence Cendrowicz)

This feature-length drama follows the true story of "Climategate", a 2009 scandal which saw a hacker access emails from the University of East Anglia and take out extracts to make it appear that scientists were making climate change data look worse than it was.

Although the controversy has since been debunked, the data was seized by climate change deniers before the Cop15 conference and lies created by the hackers continue to have far-reaching effects today, even in the run-up to Cop26.

It was also hugely traumatic for targeted professor Phil Jones, played expertly here by Jason Watkins.

Matt Baker: Our Farm in the Dales - More 4 - 9pm

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Matt Baker is back on the farm. (Channel 4)

It might not be quite as drama-filled as Our Yorkshire Farm, but Matt Baker's attempts to help bring his family sheep farm in the Durham countryside up to date are just as wholesome viewing.

The return for season two sees the family prepare for lambing season and try to prevent a landslide on a hill behind the farm.

Coronation Street - ITV - 7.30pm and 8.30pm


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A week of trauma is on the cards at 'Corrie'. (ITV)

The heavily-trailed Corrie disaster week kicks off tonight with two instalments from the terror-ridden cobbles.

Drug lord Harvey breaks out of prison to go after Leanne, Abi wields a gun at her son's killer Corey, and the Platts' sinkhole is threatening to swallow up half of Weatherfield.

Save Money: My Beautiful Green Home - ITV - 8pm

Eco tips and tricks for your home. (ITV)
Eco tips and tricks for your home. (ITV)

Last week, we had BBC's planet-saving consumer show in a special version of Shop Well For Less, and today it's ITV's turn.

Featuring eco-builds as well as green adaptations anyone can make to their home, it promises to inspire planet-friendly choices.

Watch: Corrie stars Sally Carman and Sally Ann Matthews on Coronation Street's Super Soap Week

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