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Great British Railway Journeys

December 2019
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Season 2 Episode 10 - Llanberis To Holyhead

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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.
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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.
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Season 1 Episode 8 - Windermere To Kendal

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Michael Portillo arrives in Windermere for a two-day tour of the Lake District following Bradshaw's guide. Steam boat enthusiast Roger Mallinson takes him out on his boat to the north end of the lake to take tea and enjoy the views just as the Victorians did.
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Season 1 Episode 7 - Settle To Garsdale

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Michael Portillo returns to the historic Settle to Carlisle line to find out what's happened to it since he helped to save it in the 1980s. Along the way he explores the magnificent Ribblehead viaduct, finds out about the navvies who helped to build it and catches a stream train along the line.
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Season 2 Episode 9 - Llanrwst To Porthmadog

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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...
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Season 2 Episode 8 - Chester To Conwy

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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...
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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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Season 1 Episode 6 - Preston To Morecambe

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Michael Portillo explores the origins of the Temperance movement in Preston, samples the attractions of Blackpool, a resort made by the railways and takes a walk across Morecambe Bay with the official 'Keeper of the Sands'.
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Season 1 Episode 5 - Filey To Scarborough

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Michael Portillo goes bird watching on the wild cliffs of Flamborough Head, learns to decipher traditional knitting patterns in Filey and meets one of the oldest residents of the Victorian seaside resort of Scarborough: a 4,000 year-old skeleton called Gristhorpe Man.
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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...
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