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Stephen Butchard’s THE LAST KINGDOM returns!

Stephen Butchard’s quietly impressive historical epic returns for series two. This saga, based on Bernard Cornwell’s bestselling novels, set in ninth-century England is Guardian’s top pick of Thursday’s TV “confident in its character-driven power struggles and doesn’t need lashings of flesh and blood to satisfy”.

Tonight, our hero Uhtred (Alexander Dreymon) battles north into Danish-held territory, where the prophecy of a saviour king is something he might work to his own gain.

Over series II, Uhtred is voyaging north to avenge the death of Earl Ragnar and to recapture his ancestral lands at Bebbanburg – but he becomes caught up in a rescue mission with an old enemy. Meanwhile, King Alfred is still on a mission to unite the kingdoms of England. Episode 4 is written by Sophie Petzal