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The Week’s guide to what’s worth watching

The best programs on TV this week

Hitler’s PawnMargaret Lambert, a gifted Jewish athlete who excelled in the high jump, might well have set records at the 1936 Olympics—had she been allowed to compete. But the Nazis, in order to keep the Games in Berlin, had only pretended she would be on the German team before quietly cutting her at the last minute. This moving profile follows Lambert as she returns to Germany 68 years later. Wednesday, June 20, at 7 p.m., HBO

Inside Men“No one wants cash anymore,” says an employee of a British money-counting house where vast quantities of it are stored daily. Well, not quite no one. This clever drama, which will air in four parts across five weeks, keeps the surprises coming as it jumps back and forth in time to tell a tale of three ordinary men—played by Marcus Riley, John Coniston, and Chris Lebdon—who find their true selves when they team up for a heist. Wednesday, June 20, at 10 p.m., BBC America

Inside Nature’s Giants: Giant SquidIts three hearts power blue blood through a muscle-filled jet-propulsion cloak, and teeth stud its tentacles and tongue. Meet the giant squid, one of the largest invertebrates in the world. Cameras follow four intrepid scientists to New Zealand, where they hope to get a closer look at one of these mysterious creatures. Wednesday, June 20, at 10 p.m., PBS; check local listings

POV: My ReincarnationIn 1959, Chögyal Namkhai Norbu fled Chinese persecution in Tibet to Italy, where he rose to renown as a Buddhist teacher. He also married and had a son, who was regarded from birth as the reincarnation of another famed Buddhist master but eventually took up Western ways. Filmed across 20 years, this award-winning documentary tracks a father’s fight to pass on his legacy and a son’s struggle with an unchosen destiny. Thursday, June 21, at 10 p.m., PBS; check local listings

Forensic Firsts: FingerprintsNew forensic tools are born when sleuths tap into science, according to this fascinating six-part series. In this week’s episode, the 1892 hunt for a child killer forever changes the way police identify criminals by introducing fingerprint identification. A century later, a single print leads to the capture of notorious serial killer Richard Ramirez. Sunday, June 24, at 9 p.m., Smithsonian Channel

Other highlights

One Nation Under Dog: Stories of Fear, Loss, and BetrayalThis documentary contrasts the extremes to which some Americans go for their dogs with the plight of millions of shelter dogs. Monday, June 18, at 9 p.m., HBO

Danger by DesignA six-episode docuseries follows daredevil Nik Wallenda as he prepares and executes high-wire walks and other death-defying stunts. Monday, June 18, at 9 p.m., Science

FuturamaAs the seventh season of this Emmy-winning animated sci-fi satire begins, Bender the robot fathers a son with an office vending machine. Wednesday, June 20, at 10 p.m., Comedy Central

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