Newspaper article Evening Gazette (Middlesbrough, England)

Ones to Watch on the Box This Week

Newspaper article Evening Gazette (Middlesbrough, England)

Ones to Watch on the Box This Week

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1864 (Tonight, BBC4, 9pm) THE Danish historical drama may not fit neatly into BBC Four's traditional Saturday night continental crime drama slot, but it is proving to be gripping viewing.

This week, Monrad forces a new constitution through parliament, incorporating Schleswig into the Danish kingdom, and triggering the expected declaration of war from Prussia. With hostilities between the two nations once again at their highest, Laust and Peter meet their new comrades in arms.

JONATHAN STRANGE & MR NORRELL (Tomorrow, BBC1, 9pm) KEEP your friends close and your enemies closer could be what's running through Norrell's mind when Strange arrives in London to work as his apprentice. The duo use their powers to save a stricken ship, but the elder magician fears his new friend will surpass him and guards his secrets closely - particularly the ancient magic of the infamous Raven King.

SPRINGWATCH 2015 (Monday, BBC2, 8pm) RSPB Minsmere on the Suffolk coast is widely regarded as the one of the best nature reserves in the UK, if not Europe. So, it makes the ideal setting for the latest series of Springwatch, which is back for an impressive three-week run. It also means that presenters Chris Packham, Michaela Strachan and Martin Hughes-Games are unlikely to run out of things to talk about between now and June 11, as Minsmere's dunes, grasslands and shingle beaches become home to rare birds, including marsh harriers, avocets, and bitterns.

NO OFFENCE (Tuesday, C4, 9pm) AS Paul Abbott's police saga involving unorthodox cops continues, the long-suffering Friday Street team discovers a scam encouraging people in debt to sell their kidneys on the black market.

Meanwhile, the search for another girl kidnapped by the serial killer leads to an important breakthrough in the case. However, it remains to be seen whether it will be enough to bring things to a close. …

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