Great British Railway Journeys

July 2018
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Season 6 Episode 11 - Derby To Grantham

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Michael gives an old engine a fresh start in the railway hub of Derby. In Nottingham, he discovers the Victorian origins of a well-known high street chemist, before he travels to Newstead Abbey, where he learns about its former owner, the young Lord Byron. A baking lesson in Grantham yields a batch of the oldest commercially traded biscuits in the country and no visit to the town would be complete for Michael without calling at an historic grocer’s shop.
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Season 6 Episode 10 - High St. Kensington To London Bridge

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On the last of his journeys in the capital, Michael Portillo explores Albertopolis and reaches dizzying heights inside a Victorian landmark. He meets some of Battersea’s most famous residents and gives one of them a bath. At Vauxhall, Michael learns about the darker side of London’s flower market in Bradshaw’s day. He ends this journey at London Bridge, where two stations are becoming one, and a new concourse is being built.
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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 at the beginning of the 20th century.
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Season 6 Episode 9 - Covent Garden To Oxford Circus

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Guided by his Victorian Bradshaw, Michael Portillo explores London’s theatre land and discovers how 19th century engineering made for spectacular theatricals. At Charing Cross, Michael learns about the ambitious building programme which saw Trafalgar Square replace streets of slums and comes face to face with George Bradshaw. At one of the busiest stops on the tube, Piccadilly Circus, Michael indulges in some retail therapy at a perfumery patronised by kings, queens and prime ministers. The Bak...
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Season 6 Episode 8 - Stratford To London Victoria

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Guided by his Bradshaw’s, Michael Portillo takes the high speed line to Stratford to explore the legacy of the Olympic Park. He hears how an Indian lawyer, who learnt his trade in Victorian London, went on to change the world and explores an area of the city which has been home to wave upon wave of immigrants, Spitalfields. He ends this journey at Victoria Underground Station, where he finds out about the massive makeover currently underway.
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Season 3 Episode 25 - Ballymoney To Londonderry

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Season 3 Episode 25 - Ballymoney To Londonderry of Great British Railway Journeys was broadcast by SBS ONE on Friday 6 July 2018 at 8:30.
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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 Giles Gilbert Scott.
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Season 3 Episode 24 - Belfast To Whitehead

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Michael explores the fascinating history of Belfast’s Victorian docks, discovers the Irish spade making traditions untouched for over 150 years, and takes a walk on the wild side with Whitehead’s Victorian coastal paths.
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Season 6 Episode 6 -Amersham To Regent's Park

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Michael Portillo embarks on a series of new journeys through London. He travels first on the capital’s first ‘underground’ railway, the Metropolitan Line, from Amersham, where he discovers the foundations for modern day suburbia. In Pinner, Michael finds out about a Victorian domestic goddess and whips up a pint of her fanciest ice cream. In Highgate, Michael investigates the terraced catacombs of one of London’s vast 19th century cemeteries. At Baker Street he comes face to face with Isambard...
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Season 6 Episode 5 - St. Andrew's To Edinburgh

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On the last leg of his journey across Scotland from west to east, Michael Portillo pays homage to the birthplace of golf at St Andrews. He visits a factory where they make traditional hickory shafted clubs, and ventures out on to the green.
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