Great British Railway Journeys

January 2018

Season 4 Episode 8 - London Victoria To Abbey Wood

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Michael Portillo learns how volunteer Victorian fire fighters liked a tipple, discovers how even 19th century sewage pumps were a celebration of design and puts in a shift at the oldest fish market in Britain.

Season 2 Episode 17 - Aylesford To Tunbridge Wells

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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 around the scenic south coast to Hastings. Today, Michael explores the life of Victorian hop pickers, finds out about Maidstone’s revolutionary paper industry and discovers h...

Season 2 Episode 16 - London Bridge To Chatham

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This week Michael Portillo journeys through Kent, from London Bridge around the scenic south coast to Hastings. First, Michael visits the Royal Observatory at Greenwich to see how the railways standardised time, then takes a walk through the world’s first underwater tunnel at Rotherhithe, and later explores the historic Dockyards at Chatham.

Season 4 Episode 7 - Working To Clapham Junction

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Michael Portillo gets close to some precious Victorian botany at Kew Gardens, tries his hand at croquet and discovers a very surprising 19th century place of worship.

Season 2 Episode 10 - Llanberis To Holyhead

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In tonight's episode, Michael Portillo follows the route of the Irish Mail, the oldest named train in the world, from Ledbury to Holyhead. Michael first takes the train to the top of Wales’ highest peak, Mount Snowdon; witnesses the revival of Anglesey’s sea salt industry, and discovers how the railways transformed the tiny port of Holyhead.

Season 4 Episode 6 - Portsmouth To Gomshall

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Michael Portillo feeds the crew of Britain’s newest battleship, discovers how the Victorians planned to repel a possible French invasion and learns that there’s a well established industry where one might least expect to find it.
December 2017

Season 4 Episode 5 - Welshpool To Aberystwyth

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Michael Portillo experiences Victorian entertainment in one of Wales’s best-loved resorts, hears how the railways took Welsh textiles into even the most exclusive households and unleashes the power of a 19th century engineering triumph.

Season 4 Episode 4 - Dudley To Bridgnorth

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Michael Portillo learns how Victorian blacksmithing was not for the faint-hearted, rides one of Britain’s most modern trains and traverses the remarkable Victoria Bridge.

Season 4 Episode 3 - Stoke-On-Trent To Winsford

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Michael Portillo explores one of the greatest locomotive factories in railway history, discovers the dark side of the industrial revolution and learns how, in Victorian times, the potteries brought their products to the masses.

Season 1 Episode 9 - Carlisle To Glasgow

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Michael Portillo meets the wild clansmen of Carlisle, the Border Reivers, witnesses a wedding in Gretna Green and visits a secret World War One munitions factory.