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TV tonight: David Attenborough on the surprising life of dragonflies

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David Attenborough’s Dragons and Damsels

8pm, Sky Nature

The bug-eyed insects that are dragonflies and damselflies have been on our earth for 330 million years, bearing witness to everything from the extinction of the dinosaurs to the industrial revolution. David Attenborough narrates this documentary, using high-speed cameras to chart the behaviours of the insects across one summer at a lake. We witness the common blue damselfly’s heart-shaped mating ritual, before moving onto the magisterial emperor dragonfly. Ammar Kalia


9pm, BBC One

Series two continues, with the haunted detective Baptiste (Tchéky Karyo) anxious to leave the search for Emma’s sons in the past – while Emma maintains he owes her. Elsewhere, in another timeline, Julien and Zsofia have located the tattooed man, just as Zsofia’s father is being threatened by a gang of thugs… Ali Catterall

Professor T

9pm, ITV

Ben Miller’s fastidious Cambridge Professor Jasper Tempest continues his crime solving, aided by former student-turned-cop Lisa Donckers (Emma Naomi). In this week’s episode, a librarian is poisoned during a drinks reception and Miller is called in to help – a decision that ruffles some important feathers. AK

The Handmaid’s Tale

9pm, Channel 4

A chance reunion between June (Elisabeth Moss) and Moira (Samira Wiley) provides a much-needed bright spot in another heavy-going episode of the dystopian drama. Freedom of a kind is finally within grasp for June, but only if she can face Luke again, with their promise still unfulfilled. Ellen E Jones

The Widower

9pm, Sky Crime

American Thomas Randolph has been married six times but four of his wives have died in suspicious circumstances. Dubbed the “Black Widower” by the press, this series investigates Randolph’s role in the deaths, beginning with his sixth wife Sharon, who was found dead by a gunshot wound in 2008. AK

Mayans MC

10.30pm, BBC Two

The Sons of Anarchy spinoff continues in the way that only a Sons of Anarchy spinoff can, with absurd twists and frequent gun-toting making for a very macho soap opera. Angel is incandescent with rage following EZ’s shooting, while Isaac demands that Coco procure more drugs for him. Hannah J Davies

Film choice

This Is England, 12midnight, Channel 4

The first of Shane Meadows’s brilliant social documentary dramas is set in a bleak Midlands town in 1983. Shaun, a lonely 12-year-old, is adopted by a group of friendly, multiracial skinheads, but is then drawn into violent National Front company. It’s a grim and touching portrait of working-class despair. Paul Howlett

Live sport

Olympics 2020 12.15pm, BBC One. Taekwondo finals at Makuhari Messe Hall.

Cricket: London Spirit v Oval Invincibles 2pm, BBC Two. Men’s The Hundred match at Lord’s.

World Matchplay Darts 8.30pm, Sky Sports Main Event. Coverage of the grand final, from the Winter Gardens in Blackpool.

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