TV tonight: our highlights for Sunday 21st February

Bloodlands Series 2
(Image credit: BBC / HTM Televison /Steffan Hill)

Bloodlands is just one of the gems on today...

James Nesbitt stars in new drama Bloodlands, Chris Packham reveals some Animal Einsteins, and it's the final Finding Alice. Here’s what you shouldn’t be missing on TV tonight. 

  • Our hand-selected recommendations for what's on TV tonight include three TV shows, a film, live sport and the latest trending need-to-binge-on-now box set 
  • For more information about what’s on TV tonight see our TV Guide 

What's on TV tonight 

Our expert TV journalists have picked the best things on TV tonight... 

Best TV shows on TV tonight

Chris Packham's Animal Einsteins, 8pm, BBC2

TV tonight Chris Packham's Animal Einsteins

Stone the crows! Chris Packham studies some clever critters

Birdbrain’ turns out to be a total misnomer as Chris Packham begins a series on animal intelligence with a crow fashioning and using a hooked tool, while a starling watches and learns another bird’s clever trick. We also see bees that are trained to play football (yes, really) and chimps’ remarkable feats of memory, as well as learning how new hunting strategies are passed between pods of humpback whales. Best of all, we get to see Chris interacting with various species, including his poodles Sid and Nancy! 

★★★ IM

Bloodlands, 9pm, BBC1

TV tonight Bloodlands

James Nesbitt as detective Tom Brannick

Jed Mercurio’s Line of Duty has kept us glued to our screens as we sought to know: ‘Who is H?’. Now he’s executive producer on this thriller which will have us asking: ‘Who is Goliath?’. Set in Belfast, it stars James Nesbitt as Tom Brannick, a detective who must confront his past when tracking down a mythical assassin code-named Goliath. The actor brings strength and sincerity to Brannick, and with twists and an almighty cliffhanger at the end of episode one, this looks like another Sunday-night hit! 

★★★★ VW

Finding Alice, 9pm, ITV

TV tonight Finding Alice

This party goes with a bang

Before she can even think about trying to have Harry’s baby, Alice must make amends with her fractured family. Top of her to-do list is to win over Harry’s parents, Minnie and Gerry, but after an almighty bust-up with her daughter Charlotte, Alice finds herself lonelier than ever without her ally. A party to bring everyone together should do the trick, but when Harry’s secret son George arrives, Alice uncovers yet another monumental secret that leaves her with more questions than answers. Roll on series two! 

★★★★ RM

Best box set to watch on TV tonight

Parks and Recreation, seasons one to seven, Netflix/Amazon Prime Video

TV tonight Parks and Recreation

Amy Poehler and co

This witty, feel-good sitcom centres on sunny, can-do mid-level bureaucrat Leslie Knope (Amy Poehler), who is immensely proud of her Indiana home town of Pawnee. Leslie is surrounded by an equally likeable and eccentric group of characters played by, among others, Chris Pratt and Nick Offerman.

Best film to watch on TV tonight

Isle of Dogs, 6.05pm, C4

TV tonight Isle of Dogs

This is no shaggy dog story

After the success of his stop-frame animated adaptation of Roald Dahl’s Fantastic Mr Fox, director Wes Anderson utilises the technique again, this time with an original story about a boy searching for his dog. This being an Anderson movie, that means idiosyncrasy is the name of the game, as this Japan-set feature has a host of dry-humoured talking mutts voiced by the likes of Bryan Cranston, Jeff Goldblum, Edward Norton and Scarlett Johansson. It all comes together as a smart, funny, wildly imaginative film made with a true love of craft and precision. 

Live sport

  • Australian Open Tennis: Men's Singles Final 8.20am, Eurosport 1 (highlights, 1.50pm, BBC1)
  • Premier League Football: West Ham v Spurs 11.30am (k-o 12pm), Sky Sports Premier League/NOW TV
  • Premier League Football: Arsenal v Man City 4.15pm (k-o 4.30pm), Sky Sports Premier League/NOW TV

If you watch just one thing on TV tonight… 

Don't miss Bloodlands on TV tonight – gripping drama from the Line of Duty creator

Not found anything you want to watch on TV tonight? Check out our TV Guide.   

Happy viewing!