TV tonight: detective duo McDonald and Dodds are back with a bang

McDonald & Dodds

9pm, ITV

Tala Gouveia and Jason Watkins reprise their roles as the unlikely crime-solving duo McDonald and Dodds in the second series of this charming detective drama set in Bath. In this star-studded first film of three, McDonald and Dodds are called to the scene of a hot air balloon crash where 80s stars Barbara (Patsy Kensit) and Mick (Martin Kemp) have narrowly avoided death. While they are left relatively unscathed, another passenger, Frankie, is missing. Did he sacrifice himself for his friends, or was he pushed? Ammar Kalia

Attenborough’s Life in Colour

7pm, BBC One

David Attenborough brings this series exploring the role colour plays in animal’s lives, using new camera technology to reveal previously unseen communication signals and rituals. We open by analysing how colour attracts attention, from magnificent peacock tails to shimmering hummingbirds. AK

A New Life in the Sun: Road Trip

7pm, Channel 4

In early 2021, making a fresh start somewhere warmer will have seemed tempting for many of us. In this series Fred Sirieix meets a few Brits who have taken the plunge. He visits a boutique hotel in Andalucia, a pair of prospective wedding planners and an ambitious single mum. Phil Harrison

Chris Packham’s Animal Einsteins

8pm, BBC Two

This episode is all about communication: from birdsong, used to attract a mate, and exploring why the white-throated sparrow has recently changed its tune, to dolphins who have names for individual animals, other than “Likes fish” or “Doesn’t like fish”. Plus: Chimp sign language. Ali Catterall

The Great Pottery Throw Down

8pm, Channel 4

It’s quarter-finals week and that means an all-American theme for our remaining amateur ceramicists. First up is an unusual task, throwing Native American Acoma pottery that is fired in cow dung, before a speed challenge to make as many Alabama ring bottles as possible. AK


9pm, BBC One

The influence of executive producer Jed Mercurio wasn’t much in evidence last week as this new series began, but it is now, as Bloodlands blossoms into a spiky thicket of clues, distractions, false identities and sudden murders. The surprise at the end of this latest, gripping episode is sure to be a killer. Jack Seale

Film choice

The Way Way Back, 12.15am, Channel 4

A perceptive and funny slice of dysfunctional family life directed by the writers of The Descendants, Nat Faxon and Jim Rash. Teenager Duncan (Liam James), on holiday with his mother (Toni Collette) and her new boyfriend (Steve Carell), seeks refuge at an aquapark managed by affable Sam Rockwell. Paul Howlett

Live sport

Premier League Football: Leicester City v Arsenal 11.30am, BT Sport 1. With three more games to follow on Sky Sports Main Event, including Chelsea v Manchester United at 4.30pm.

SWGC Golf: At The Concession 5pm, Sky Sports Golf. The final round of the first World Golf Championship event of the year.