Great British Railway Journeys (2010– )

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Michael Portillo makes various railway journeys across the UK, using a 150-year-old Bradshaw's Guide (a collection of railway timetables and a guidebook). He looks at the history, culture ... See full summary »

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Michael Portillo makes various railway journeys across the UK, using a 150-year-old Bradshaw's Guide (a collection of railway timetables and a guidebook). He looks at the history, culture and industry of the towns that he passes through, and the way that things have changed since Bradshaw wrote his Guide. Written by Anonymous

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For Series 2, each week's five episodes constituted one journey. Episodes Great British Railway Journeys: Brighton to Crystal Palace (2011) to Great British Railway Journeys: Dereham to Cromer (2011) formed the first journey, north-eastwards across southern England and East Anglia, from Brighton via London to Cromer. Episodes Great British Railway Journeys: Ledbury to Shrewsbury (2011) to Great British Railway Journeys: Llanberis to Holyhead (2011) formed the second journey, westwards across the English Midlands into north Wales, following the route of the historic Irish Mail train, from Ledbury to Holyhead. Episodes Great British Railway Journeys: Newcastle to Chester-le-Street (2011) to Great British Railway Journeys: Langley Mill to Melton Mowbray (2011) formed the third journey, southwards across northern England and the Midlands, from Newcastle to Melton Mowbray. Episodes Great British Railway Journeys: London Bridge to Chatham (2011) to Great British Railway Journeys: Hythe to Hastings (2011) formed the fourth journey, southwards across southern England to the south coast, from London to Hastings. Episodes Great British Railway Journeys: Ayr to Paisley (2011) to Great British Railway Journeys: Lochailort to Skye (2011) formed the fifth journey across Scotland from Ayr to the Isle of Skye. See more »

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[introduction to each episode]
Michael Portillo: In 1840, one man transformed travel in Britain. His name was George Bradshaw, and his railway guides inspired the Victorians to take to the tracks. Stop by stop, he told them where to travel, what to see and where to stay. Now, a hundred and seventy years later, I'm making four long journeys across the length and breadth of the country to see what remains of Bradshaw's Britain.
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Great Railway Travelogue
28 January 2010 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

Former British Cabinet Minister Michael Portillo travels around England and southern Scotland by train comparing the towns and cities where he stops with an 1850 "Bradshaw's" railway guide. This series is a gem which will appeal to anyone with an interest in railways or in Victorian Britain.

Michael Portillo is not a professional TV presenter and this adds a touch of freshness to the series which is not normally found in such productions owing to everything being carefully planned and choreographed. Although some of his interviews with local people are planned, the most entertaining meetings are with people he chats to after chance meetings in the street, in restaurants or on trains. I look forward to a second series!


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