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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 1, each week's five episodes constituted one journey. Episodes Great British Railway Journeys: Liverpool to Eccles (2010) to Great British Railway Journeys: Filey to Scarborough (2010) formed the first journey, eastwards across northern England, from Liverpool to Scarborough. Episodes Great British Railway Journeys: Preston to Morecambe (2010) to Great British Railway Journeys: Edinburgh to Kirkcaldy (2010) formed the second journey, northwards up the west of northern England into Scotland, from Preston to Kirkcaldy. Episodes Great British Railway Journeys: Swindon to Bristol (2010) to Great British Railway Journeys: Truro to Penzance (2010) formed the third journey, westwards across southern England, from Swindon to Penzance. Episodes Great British Railway Journeys: Buxton to Matlock (2010) to Great British Railway Journeys: St. Pancras to Westminster (2010) formed the fourth journey, southwards across central England, from Buxton to London. See more »

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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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Followed by Great Continental Railway Journeys (2012) See more »

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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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