On TV tonight, there's a mysterious murder at a race track in McDonald & Dodds on ITV, documentary Murder in the Alps on C4 investigates the mysterious shooting of a family, while on Sky Nature, Hotspots: The Last Hope, explores how we can stop precious species from going extinct. The Outlaws continues on BBC One, moving documentary Kelly Holmes: Being Me is on ITV, Diana Ross takes to the stage at Glastonbury 2022 on BBC One and Eddie Hall: The Beast v The Mountain is on BBC Three. Here’s what you shouldn’t miss on TV tonight.
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What's on TV tonight
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Best TV shows on TV tonight
McDonald & Dodds, season 3, 8pm, ITV
DCI McDonald (Tala Gouveia) and DS Dodds (Jason Watkins) become embroiled in the fast-paced world of Formula One when they are called on to investigate the murder of the famous British Addington team’s star driver. He died during a three-minute pit stop in the middle of a race, and no one saw a thing. Paul McGann guest stars as belligerent Addington boss Archie, while former Emmerdale star Kelvin Fletcher is mechanic Donovan. And racing fan McDonald finds herself thrown off course when she encounters someone from her past who turns out to be heavily involved in the case.
Murder in the Alps, 9pm, C4
Digging into the bizarre 2012 killing of the al-Hilli family, who were shot dead while holidaying in the French Alps, this three-parter gives an insight into the various theories surrounding the murders, and hears from family, friends and detectives at the heart of the investigation. Saad al-Hilli, from Surrey, Iqbal, his wife, Iqbal’s mother, Suhaila al-Allaf, and French cyclist Sylvain Mollier were all killed in the attack, while the couple’s daughters Zainab and Zeena survived. We hear how motives include a family dispute over inheritance, links to possible dirty money from Iraq and, strangest of all, the revelation of Iqbal’s secret American ex-husband, who died on exactly the same day. Continues until Tuesday.
Hotspots: The Last Hope, 7pm, Sky Nature/NOW
A new series that explores a possible and hopeful solution to the terrifying fact that three animal or plant species become extinct every day. Scientists call this the ‘sixth great extinction’ and have come up with a series of ‘hotspots’ around the world to protect our precious flora and fauna. Based in Australia, Costa Rica, Borneo, Madagascar and the Mediterranean they offer protection to everything from the smallest snail on the forest floor to the iconic orangutans swinging in the trees. Featuring stunning footage of some of the species hoping to be saved by the project, this is a reminder of what we could lose if we don’t act now.
The Outlaws, season 2, 9pm, BBC One
Tensions are mounting as the gang need more supplies for their growing drug empire and, unwisely, send totally out-of-their-depth John and Myrna to do the deal. The highlight of the episode comes as Lady Gabby tries to improve lovelorn Greg’s dating chances, and, for practice, she sends him on a hilarious night out with community payback supervisor Diane, leading to some wonderful moments from Stephen Merchant and the perennially scene-stealing Jessica Gunning as the mismatched pair.
Kelly Holmes: Being Me, 10.20pm, ITV
Double Olympic champion Dame Kelly Holmes reveals her extraordinary life story and her battle with depression. The athlete famously won gold in the 800m and 1500m at the Athens Olympics in 2004. But, away from the fanfare, she’d spent years battling identity issues, depression, injuries, self-harm and gynaecological problems. We also learn how her depression returned after her mum, Pam, died in 2017.
Glastonbury 2022, from 5pm, BBC Two/One/Four
The final day of coverage from the music festival, and the highlight is this afternoon’s ‘Legends’ slot (BBC One, 6.45pm), filled by the decidedly legendary Diana Ross. Like Paul McCartney, the singer had originally been booked for the 2020 festival, which had to be cancelled. Now she’s in the middle of touring her latest album and, aged 78, getting rave reviews. Expect a mix of new songs, Supremes classics and solo hits as glamour comes to Glasto.
Eddie Hall: The Beast v the Mountain, 9pm, BBC Three
Eddie ‘The Beast’ Hall and his rival Hafthor Bjornsson, better known as Game of Thrones’ The Mountain, have been arch-enemies since 2017, when Eddie won the title of World’s Strongest Man and Hafthor accused him of cheating. Now, the pair are gearing up for a grudge match in the boxing ring, and for Eddie securing the win means he can restore his damaged pride.
Best box set to watch on TV tonight
Obi-Wan Kenobi, Disney Plus
Obi-Wan Kenobi has broken Disney Plus viewing records and now all six thrilling episodes are available to watch. The series has wowed critics since it debuted on our screens last month, but while fans have reacted positively to Ewan McGregor’s return, it’s a 10-year-old girl who’s stolen the show. Young Princess Leia, played by breakout star Vivien Lyra Blair, has captivated viewers while becoming the beating heart of this latest chapter in the space saga. With iconic figures such as Darth Vader also added to the mix, this is on course to be Disney’s most popular foray into the Star Wars universe and rumours of a second series are already swirling.
Best film to watch on TV tonight
Going in Style, 10.30pm, BBC One
Michael Caine, Morgan Freeman and Alan Arkin team up as three very senior citizens who decide to rob a bank in this remake of the genial 1979 comedy. The lifelong pals have been royally ripped off by the system, cheated out of their pensions by corporate chicanery. So they resolve to get even by robbing the bank that has helped swindle them. The old codgers’ elaborate robbery provides good-natured escapist fun, with the trio’s chemistry delivering the most pleasure.
- Test Cricket, England vs New Zealand, 10.15am, Sky Sports Main Event/NOW
If you watch just one thing on TV tonight…
Don't miss McDonald & Dodds on TV tonight — life hits the fast lane for the detective duo.
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Joanne Lowles has been writing about TV since 2002. After graduating from Cardiff University with a Postgraduate Diploma in Magazine Journalism, she worked for All About Soap magazine covering the ups and downs of life on the cobbles, the square and the Dales.
Next came nearly 10 years at TV Times magazine as a writer and then deputy features editor. Here she spent many happy days interviewing the biggest names in entertainment and visiting the sets of some of our most popular shows including Downton Abbey, Call the Midwife and Strictly Come Dancing.
With a love of nature and wildlife she’s also interviewed the leading experts in this area including David Attenborough, Chris Packham and Steve Backshall. She’s also travelled the world visiting Mongolia, Canada and South Africa to see how the best in the business make the most brilliant natural history documentaries.
Freelance since 2013, she is now is a digital writer and editor for What to Watch, previews the best on the box for TV Times mag each week and loves being constantly surprised, entertained and informed by the amazing TV that she is lucky enough to watch.
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