Great British Railway Journeys

May 2019

Season 6 Episode 2 - Greenock To Larkhall

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Michael Portillo continues his journey through the Scottish lowlands. He begins in the industrial town of Greenock from where he sets sail in the last sea going paddle steamer in the world. In Glasgow, Michael investigates 'Mackintosh style' in an iconic city tea room, before seeing for himself the devastating effects of t...

Season 10 Episode 11 - Warwick To Radley

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Michael Portillo embarks on a journey through Edwardian Britain, steered by his early twentieth century Bradshaw’s Guide. In Warwick’s medieval castle, he uncovers the scene of an extravagant and scandalous ball, which changed the life of its hostess, Daisy Greville, Countess of Warwick. At Cowley, Michael marvels at a spe...

Season 10 Episode 10 - Hillhead To Connel Ferry

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Armed with his Edwardian Bradshaw’s Guide, Michael Portillo falls into line with the University of Glasgow’s Officer Training Corps. Founded in the early 20th century, the Corps flourishes today and Michaels joins students for drill. From Glasgow, Michael heads west along the Firth of Clyde to Helensburgh, where he discove...

Season 6 Episode 1 - Ayr To Stewarton

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In the series, Michael Portillo travels along the railway networks of Great Britain and Ireland, referring to a Victorian guidebook written by George Bradshaw, as he describes how the various destinations have changed since Victorian times. From Ayr, he admires the granite island of Ailsa Craig before getting to grips with...

Season 10 Episode 9 - Glasgow To Cumbrae

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Michael Portillo continues his journey through western Scotland by exploring the industrial heartland of Glasgow and its mighty River Clyde before taking the ferry to the island of Cumbrae. With his early 20th-century Bradshaw’s guide in hand, he is put to work behind the scenes at Glasgow’s circular subway, explores the f...
April 2019

Season 8 Episode 2 - Welwyn Garden City To Peterborough

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After the excitement of his ride on The Flying Scotsman, Michael Portillo begins a new journey with his Bradshaw’s guide book north from London following the historic service’s path at a more leisurely pace. Along the way he is forced to expend rather more effort than usual on the rails as he pumps a track inspection trol...

Season 10 Episode 8 - Larne To Dumfries

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Michael Portillo continues his journey from Northern Ireland across the water to Scotland. Leaving from the seaport of Larne he reaches Stranraer and the Mull of Galloway, where in a lighthouse built by railway engineer Robert Stevenson, he discovers a magnificent machine, installed at the turn of the 20th century.

Season 7 Episode 20 - Egham To Henley

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Michael begins the final leg of his journey through the Home Counties at Egham, where a perfectly preserved, historic, steam fair offers the original white-knuckle ride. Across town lies the palatial Royal Holloway College, now part of the University of London, where Michael discovers the institution's philanthropic roots....

Season 10 Episode 6 - Newry To Portadown

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Steered by his Edwardian Bradshaw’s Guide, Michael Portillo navigates his way by rail - and ferry - across Northern Ireland and the Scottish Highlands from Newry to Argyll and Bute. Early 20th-century Britain was reeling from industrial strife and suffragette outrages, but the biggest crisis of all was the conflict in Irel...

Season 8 Episode 5 - Longniddry To Edinburgh

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Steered by his Bradshaw’s guide book, Michael Portillo helps himself to a ukulele lesson in Haddington, birthplace of the Victorian self-improvement guru, Samuel Smiles. In Musselburgh, he gets a taste of life as a fishwife before exploring the Scottish capital, Edinburgh, where a popular 19th century mode of transport is ...