TV tonight: our highlights for Sunday 28th February

TV tonight McDonald & Dodds

McDonald & Dodds is just one of the gems on today...

Detectives McDonald & Dodds are back on the case, Attenborough's Life in Colour bursts onto our screens, and it's a tense Bloodlands. 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

Attenborough's Life in Colour, 7pm, BBC1

TV tonight Attenborough's Life in Colour

Pretty potent: A poison-dart frog

We all delight in the astonishing array of colours on display in the animal kingdom, but do we ever think about why a flamingo is pink or why a male mandrill has such a dazzlingly bright face? All is revealed in the opening instalment of Sir David Attenborough’s two-part look at how the natural world uses colour, from the poison-dart frog whose brilliant tones warn predators just how toxic it is, to male hummingbirds and birds-of-paradise who flaunt their colourful feathers to seduce a female. Meanwhile, state-of-the-art cameras give us the chance to experience what it is like for a butterfly to see ultraviolet patterning on flowers or a potential mate. A magical watch. 

★★★★ CC

McDonald & Dodds, 8pm, ITV

TV tonight McDonald & Dodds

DS Dodds and DCI McDonald’s latest case involves a lot of hot air

It’s back to the 1980s (you’ll see) as the detective pair return for three new episodes. Patsy Kensit, Martin Kemp, Cathy Tyson and Rupert Graves star as friends enjoying a hot-air balloon trip with another friend – who winds up dead. McDonald and Dodds (Tala Gouveia and Jason Watkins) are joined in their investigating by the Air Accident Investigation Branch’s meticulous Roy Gilbert (Rob Brydon), who is a lot like Dodds! A fun caper to kick off the series with a twist you won’t see coming… 

★★★★ VW

Bloodlands, 9pm, BBC1

TV tonight Bloodlands

Brannick is still on the trail of ‘Goliath’

The tension builds in the second episode of this thriller when the identities of the bodies on the island are revealed and DCI Tom Brannick (James Nesbitt) resolves to find out the truth about legendary serial killer Goliath. Brannick visits Adam Corry (Ian McElhinney), the ailing brother of one of Goliath’s victims, who reveals why he thinks he was targeted by the elusive assassin during The Troubles more than 20 years ago. However, Brannick soon suspects Adam knows more than he’s letting on and, when he pushes him for answers, stark home truths are revealed. Elsewhere, Brannick is rattled when the hunt for IRA man Pat Kennan’s kidnapper puts his own family in jeopardy… 

★★★★ VW

Best box set to watch on TV tonight

Behind Her Eyes, Netflix

TV tonight Behind Her Eyes

David with his wife Adele (left) and Louise

No marriage is perfect, but few couples share as many dark secrets as David (Tom Bateman) and his partner Adele (Eve Hewson), the mysterious pair at the centre of this dark psychological thriller. Based on the bestselling novel by Sarah Pinborough, this six-part series is told through the eyes of single mum Louise (Grantchester’s Simona Brown), who becomes ensnared in their web of deceit when she falls for David. The lead couple are at their sinister best in this rollicking tale with a final twist that will leave your jaw on the floor… 

Best film to watch on TV tonight

Gifted, 9pm, Film4

An engaging comedy drama starring Chris Evans as a stubbly boat repairer in Florida who has been raising alone his seven-year-old mathematical genius of a niece, Mckenna Grace. Then his estranged mother (Lindsay Duncan) turns up to seek custody of the child, claiming Evan’s easy-going care of Grace amounts to negligence. The film is undeniably contrived and manipulative, but it is put across with much charm and humour.

Live sport

  • Premier League Football: Chelsea v Man Utd 4pm (k-o 4.30pm), Sky Sports Premier League/NOW TV

If you watch just one thing on TV tonight… 

Don't miss McDonald & Dodds on TV tonight – the mismatched duo are back

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Happy viewing!