Great British Railway Journeys

Season 3
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Season 3 Episode 5 - Fenchurch To Embankment

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Michael takes a ride on a secret miniature railway hidden beneath London’s streets, rings the bells of the famous church of Bow, and tries his hand at station announcing at Fenchurch Street station.
Season 2
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Season 2 Episode 25 - Lochailort To Skye

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Michael discovers how the railways helped train the first generation of commandos at Lochailort in the Second World War, finds out why langoustines have replaced herrings as the top catch in the fishing port of Mallaig and sails across the sea to Skye to explore the history of the highland crofters.
Season 9
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Season 9, Episode 15 - Betws Y Coed To Caernarfon

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Michael Portillo begins the last leg of his journey from Hull to Caernarfon. In picturesque Snowdonia he braves the fastest zip line in the world - stretching 1,500 feet across a vast slate quarry. He uncovers a bitter industrial dispute between quarrymen and the owner of the pit, Lord Penrhyn, which divided the community ...
Season 3
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Season 3, Episode 22 - Enfield To Drogheda

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Michael Portillo explores the extensive railway network within the Bog of Allen, discovers the Victorian secrets behind the amazing Boyne Viaduct, and travels underground, into the vast Irish Zinc mines.
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Season 3, Episode 21 - Bray To Dublin

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Michael Portillo observes the amazing engineering feat involved in building the railway along Dublin’s treacherous east coast, explores 19th century crime and punishment in a Victorian jail, and finds out how the Lions of Dublin zoo changed the fortunes of the railways.
Season 4
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Season 4 Episode 25 - Athlone To Galway

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All this week, Portillo is on a railway journey through the Republic of Ireland travelling from the rugged beauty of County Kerry, across the rural Irish Midlands to ending in the city of Galway on the Atlantic coast. Today, Michael is on the final leg of his Irish journey and discovers historic jewellery with royal connec...
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Season 4 Episode 24 - New Bridge To Roscrea

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All this week, Portillo is on a railway journey through the Republic of Ireland travelling from the rugged beauty of County Kerry, across the rural Irish Midlands to end in the city of Galway on the Atlantic coast. Today, Michael visits the Irish National Stud, discovers how harsh life was for the Irish poor and uncovers a...
Season 9
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Season 9, Episode 1 - Cromer To Cambridge

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His first journey follows in the footsteps of the new monarch for the new century, King Edward VII, from the grand estates of Norfolk to a bivouac on Brownsea Island. In this first episode, Michael takes a pot shot at the sport of kings at a country estate, where the king dallied with his mistress. He learns the ropes aboa...
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Season 9, Episode 14 - Liverpool To Dolgarrog

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Michael Portillo’s Edwardian railway guide takes him to the city of Liverpool, where King Edward VII had recently laid the foundation stone for a grand Anglican cathedral at the top of St James’s Mount. The young winner of a competition to design the building was a Roman Catholic from a family of architects. His name was G...
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Season 9, Episode 6 - Whitland To Swansea

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Dressed in the colours of the Welsh flag and with his ‘new’ Edwardian Bradshaw’s guide in hand, Michael Portillo embarks on a railway adventure from the coalfields of South Wales around the Bristol Channel to the southernmost tip of Cornwall. His first stop is Whitland in Carmarthenshire, where in the early 20th century, t...
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