Great British Railway Journeys

January 2019
25:00

Season 7 Episode 5 - Ashley To Alton

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On the last leg of his journey through northwest England, Michael Portillo makes a clean sweep in Ashley, where in Victorian times the new middle classes set up home in suburban villas with multiple chimneys, swept by children. In Macclesfield, Michael finds the end of the Silk Route and tries his hand at screen printing....
29:20

Season 2 Episode 7 - Telford To Wrexham

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Michael Portillo takes to the tracks with a copy of George Bradshaw’s Victorian Railway Guidebook. In this episode, Michael’s journey follows the route of the Irish mail from Ledbury to Holyhead. He visits the Iron bridge at Coalbrookdale, explores the historic Chirk Castle and has a go at making traditional Cheshire chees...
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July 21, 2017

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Michael Portillo takes to the tracks with a copy of George Bradshaw’s Victorian Railway Guidebook. In a series of five epic journeys, Portillo travels the length and breadth of the country to see how the railways changed us, and what of Bradshaw’s Britain remains. All this week, his journey follows the route of the Irish m...
December 2018
25:00

Season 2 Episode 5 - Dereham To Cromer

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Michael Portillo takes to the tracks with a copy of George Bradshaw’s Victorian Railway Guidebook. In a series of five epic journeys, Portillo travels the length and breadth of the country to see how the railways changed us, and what of Bradshaw’s Britain remains. All this week his journey takes him coast to coast from Bri...
25:00

Season 7 Episode 4 - St. Helen's To Knutsford

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Steered by his Bradshaw’s guide, Michael begins this leg of his journey in Merseyside, where he feels the heat of modern glassmaking in St Helen’s. He discovers how the techniques invented in the Victorian era to construct buildings such as the Crystal Palace have evolved and are powering a new architectural revolution.
29:38

July 23, 2017

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In a series of epic railway journeys, Michael Portillo takes to the tracks with a copy of George Bradshaw's Victorian Railway Guidebook. This week his journey takes him coast to coast from Brighton to Cromer. Along the way, Michael goes fishing with the last eel trapper on the Fens at Ely and visits one of the great triump...
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July 16, 2017

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Michael Portillo visits the Government Arms Factory at Enfield, the largest machine shop in Europe in George Bradshaw’s day; discovers how the trains transformed Newmarket’s races and finds out why Cambridge could be considered the birthplace of modern football.
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July 9, 2017

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Michael Portillo takes to the tracks with a copy of George Bradshaw’s Victorian Railway Guidebook. His journey takes him coast to coast from Brighton to Cromer. The Stiff's express is a funeral service running coffins from Waterloo to Brookwood cemetery. London's west end became a great 19th century shopping destination, a...
29:05

Season 7 Episode 3 - Preston To Kersal Moor

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Michael Portillo reads the riot act in Preston, where he discovers four mill workers were shot dead by soldiers at a protest in 1842. In Darwen, he makes a splash in pink as he traces developments in 19th century interior design from wallpaper to paint. Michael explores the Victorian industrial landscape of Salford, popula...
November 2018
29:19

Season 2 Episode 1 - Brighton To Crystal Palace

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Michael Portillo takes to the tracks with a copy of George Bradshaw’s Victorian Railway Guidebook. In a series of five epic journeys, Portillo travels the length and breadth of the country to see how the railways changed us, and what of Bradshaw’s Britain remains. His journey first takes him coast to coast from Brighton to...
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