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We've got a railway journey across Europe, the potential for love and an illuminating documentary that could change how you see medicine.

'Great Continental Railway Journeys' 9pm, BBC Two

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The fifth series sees Michael Portillo packing his trusty 1913 Bradshaw's Continental Railway Guide and heading through Romania to the Black Sea.

Along the way, Portillo encounters a bloodsucking vampire in Transylvania, brown bears in the Carpathian forest, and visits a fairytale castle with some throughly modern extras.

He also strikes oil in Ploesti, explores the music scene in Bucharest and helps load cargo from a crane in Constanta. We can't imagine it'll be quite as entertaining as the recent Channel 4 series 'Paul Merton's Secret Stations', as Portillo doesn't have quite the same charisma. But the scenery should be sumptuous.

'First Dates' 9pm, Channel 4

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We're onto series seven now, and the 'First Dates' restaurant just keeps getting better. This episode – repeated from last night – features an Olympic bobsledder whose bachelor ways are thrown into turmoil following a date with a kickboxing fellow Olympian.

Meanwhile, a couple of men arrive with very definite ideas of what they expect from a relationship, which leaves their dates uncertain whether they want to see them again. As ever, Fred is on hand to run proceedings.

'The Doctor Who Gave Up Drugs' 11:30pm, BBC One

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Chris van Tulleken thinks GPs prescribe too many drugs. As such, he's on a mission to treat patients without resorting to painkillers, antidepressants and antibiotics.

But can we heal a lot of common ailments without reaching for pills? The results may surprise you.

And the causes of this overprescription are just as interesting as the side effects. A sobering look at the current state of our health, and how we go about fixing it.

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