Great British Railway Journeys

May 2020
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Season 2 Episode 24 - Roybridge To Glenfinnan

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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, he journeys along one of the most scenic rai...
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Season 5 Episode 10 - Nottingham To Leeds

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On the final leg of his journey along the first intercity line to be built from the capital, Michael Portillo rediscovers a once famous poet in Nottingham. In Mansfield he travels on a railway line resurrected by popular demand after falling victim to Beeching’s cuts then heads to Worksop, where he learns about the burrowi...
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Season 2 Episode 23 - Oban To Corrour

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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, he journeys along one of the most scenic rai...
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Season 2 Episode 22 - Dumbarton To Tyndrum

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Michael explores the historic Dumbarton shipyards that built the Cutty Sark, visits one of Queen Victoria’s favourite haunts, Loch Lomond and goes hunting for gold in Scotland’s mountains.
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Season 5 Episode 9 - Leicester To Loughborough

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Guided by his Victorian Bradshaw's Michael Portillo continues his journey north along Robert Stephenson’s London to Birmingham line. He begins today in Leicester, where he picks up the trail of the famous crook-backed King Richard III, who Bradshaw’s informs him was buried at the Grey Priory. Michael finds out about the hu...
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Season 2 Episode 20 - Hythe To Hastings

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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, he journeys through Kent, from London Bridge...
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Season 2 Episode 19 - Sandwich To Folkestone

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Michael explores a secret port that ran the first train ferries to France carrying vital supplies during the First World War, visits Walmer castle, the home of the Duke of Wellington and discovers how the Victorians initiated the building of the Channel tunnel.
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Season 5 Episode 7 - Bletchley To Newport Pagnell

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Michael Portillo continues his journey north on Robert Stephenson’s first inter-city railway line from the capital. Along the line at Bletchley he meets one of the Second World War’s most secret agents, discovers a poet in Olney whose words are still sung today and explores the first purpose built railway town at Wolverton...
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Season 2 Episode 18 - Canterbury To Margate

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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, he journeys through Kent, from London Bridge...
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Season 5 Episode 6 - London Euston To Cheddington

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In this first leg, he finds out what happened to the once proud Euston Arch and braves the watery depths under Camden Town to see how goods were transported by rail, road and canal. Clad in his old school blazer, Michael heads north to explore the Harrow of his childhood and remembers the tragic rail disaster of 1952. At t...
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