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TV tonight: three events that shaped the British black experience in the 80s | TV & radio

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9 p.m., BBC One

Following his recent documentary, Subnormal, on the segregation of black students deemed ‘educationally subnormal’ in Britain in the 1960s and 1970s, director Steve McQueen presents this three-part, three-part exam. crucial events that took place in Britain in 1981: the New Cross fire, which killed 13 black teenagers, Black Day of Action, which saw 20,000 people protest, and the Brixton riots. Co-led by James Rogan, we follow how these events impacted racial attitudes in Britain for a generation. Ammar Kalia

Wild China with Ray Mears

7:30 p.m., ITV

China is huge, Mears reports as he continues this series showcasing the country’s diverse wildlife. The most remote corners are explored in tonight’s second installment, as Mears is in the rainforest of China. Here, he goes in search of the Asian elephant with the ecologist Dr Bao Mingwei. Jack Seale

The secrets of the museum

8 p.m., BBC Two

A new series of behind-the-scenes art exhibitions returns, with a focus on the Victoria & Albert Museum in London. As the public is urged to stay home due to the coronavirus pandemic, we follow theater and performance warden Geoff as he receives delivery of a red suit belonging to a member of the Slade group. AK

Baking: the professionals

8 p.m., Canal 4

The God-Tier of Bake Offs continues, as Liam and Tom put the best pastry chefs in upscale hotels and restaurants across the UK to the test. For the semi-final, they must create four batches of perfect petits fours, and a jelly dessert table inspired by a teddy bear picnic … Ali catterall

Drew Birtles, one of the Forensics: The Real CSI team. Photograph: Ryan McNamara / BBC / Blast! Movies

Forensic medicine: the real CSI

9 p.m., BBC Two

A vicious knife attack at a Birmingham home leaves the victim in a coma, forcing the investigative team to use all of their physical and digital forensic skills. This means combing through the CCTV footage and, when the on-site scan proves tricky, removing the front door for testing. Graeme Vertu

Gold diggers

11 p.m., Channel 4

Real housewives meet the Russian mafia in this kitschy thriller set in Moscow. When Marina, the mistress of wealthy businessman Igor Dolgachev (Sergey Burunov), is found murdered, Detective Lena (Darya Moroz) must infiltrate the secret and criminal world of the super rich to find out who is responsible. AK

The man in the white suit
Alec Guinness and Joan Greenwood in The Man in the White Suit. Photograph: courtesy Everett Collection / REX

Choice of films

The Man in the White Suit (Alexander Mackendrick, 1951) 2:50 p.m., BBC Two

Inventor Alec Guinness creates a material that lasts forever, never gets dirty and only gets him in trouble. Capitalist bosses Cecil Parker and Ernest Thesiger and union leaders are also dismayed by a creation that could bankrupt them in Mackendrick Ealing’s satirical comedy. Paul Howlett

Live sport

Cricket: England v Pakistan 6 p.m. Sky Sports Main Event. Third and final T20 game of the series, Emirates Old Trafford, Manchester.

Cricket: West Indies vs Australia 7.15pm, BT Sport 2. First ODI of the three-game series.

Basketball: Milwaukee Bucks vs. Phoenix Suns 1:15 am, Sky Sports Main Event. Sixth game of the NBA Finals.