Great British Railway Journeys

July 2019
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Season 7 Episode 12 - Redditch To Gloucester

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Every train ride begins with a whistle and Michael Portillo?s new railway journey is no exception, blasting off from Birmingham?s jewellery quarter to the sound of the Acme whistle, manufactured there since 1884. A visit to the city?s town hall reveals a magnificent organ and the location for a celebrated music festival. ...
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Season 7 Episode 11 - Birmingham To Worcester

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Every train ride begins with a whistle and Michael Portillo?s new railway journey is no exception, blasting off from Birmingham?s jewellery quarter to the sound of the Acme whistle, manufactured there since 1884. A visit to the city?s town hall reveals a magnificent organ and the location for a celebrated music festival. ...
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Season 7 Episode 10 - Plymouth To Porthcurno

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Armed with his Bradshaw?s Handbook, Michael Portillo arrives in the sailing haven of Lymington where he makes a lifesaving discovery. Exploring Dorchester?s literary landscape, he finds how the coming of the railways inspired the work of the region?s greatest writer: Thomas Hardy. Weaving his way to Axminster, Michael trie...
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Season 7 Episode 9 - Lymington To Exmouth

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Armed with his Bradshaw?s Handbook, Michael Portillo arrives in the sailing haven of Lymington where he makes a lifesaving discovery. Exploring Dorchester?s literary landscape, he finds how the coming of the railways inspired the work of the region?s greatest writer: Thomas Hardy. Weaving his way to Axminster, Michael trie...
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Season 7 Episode 8 - Littlehampton To Beaulieu

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Michael Portillo arrives in Littlehampton, where he discovers how Victorian engineers dug deep to defend the town's residents from cholera and learns how their drills still access clean water around the world.
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Season 7 Episode 7 - Newhaven To Worthing

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Following his Bradshaw?s handbook, Michael Portillo examines the nation?s hidden defences against potential invaders, beginning in the port of Newhaven. Detouring north to Balcombe, he interrupts his journey to appreciate two magnificent engineering achievements: the Ouse Valley Viaduct and the Clayton Tunnel and learns of...
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Season 7 Episode 6 - Dover To Lewes

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On the last leg of his journey through northwest England, Michael Portillo makes a clean sweep in Ashley, where in Victorian times the new middle classes set up home in suburban villas with multiple chimneys, swept by children. In Macclesfield, Michael finds the end of the Silk Route and tries his hand at screen printing. ...
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Season 7 Episode 5 - Ashley To Alton

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On the last leg of his journey through northwest England, Michael Portillo makes a clean sweep in Ashley, where in Victorian times the new middle classes set up home in suburban villas with multiple chimneys, swept by children. In Macclesfield, Michael finds the end of the Silk Route and tries his hand at screen printing....
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Season 7 Episode 4 - St. Helen's To Knutsford

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Steered by his Bradshaw?s guide, Michael begins this leg of his journey in Merseyside, where he feels the heat of modern glassmaking in St Helen?s. He discovers how the techniques invented in the Victorian era to construct buildings such as the Crystal Palace have evolved and are powering a new architectural revolution.
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Season 7 Episode 3 - Preston To Kersal Moor

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Michael Portillo reads the riot act in Preston, where he discovers four mill workers were shot dead by soldiers at a protest in 1842. In Darwen, he makes a splash in pink as he traces developments in 19th century interior design from wallpaper to paint. Michael explores the Victorian industrial landscape of Salford, popula...
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