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Documentary series in which Michael Portillo travels the country by train.

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Portrush">Series 10: 7. Belfast To Portrush

Michael Portillo continues his rail journey through Northern Ireland steered by his Bradshaw’s Guide. In Belfast’s grand Edwardian City Hall, Michael investigates th ...

22-07-2019

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Portadown">Series 10: 6. Newry To Portadown

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 ...

18-07-2019

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The Potteries">Series 10: 5. Birmingham To The Potteries

Armed with his Bradshaw’s guide, Michael Portillo reaches Birmingham and discovers how a radical reformer would make his mark on the city of a thousand trades. \nAt Highb ...

17-07-2019

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Hinckley">Series 10: 4. Maltby To Hinckley

Michael Portillo continues his tour of Britain’s industrial heartlands guided by his early 20th-century Bradshaw’s. Michael heads for Maltby, where he is caught up w ...

15-07-2019

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Elsecar">Series 10: 3. Manchester To Elsecar

Armed with his early 20th-century Bradshaw’s Guide, Michael Portillo continues his journey from Warrington to the Potteries in Stoke-on-Trent.\nIn Manchester, at the magni ...

28-05-2019

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Series 10: Episode 2

Great British Railway Journeys - Series 10: Episode 2

Michael Portillo continues his rail tour of Britain’s industrial northwest, steered by his early nineteenth century Bradshaw’s guide. \nIn Blackburn, he catches a r ...

21-05-2019

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Series 10: Episode 1

Great British Railway Journeys - Series 10: Episode 1

Armed with his early 20th century Bradshaw’s Guide, Michael Portillo embarks on a new journey through Britain’s industrial heartland in the footsteps of King George ...

14-05-2019

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Rye">Series 10: 15. East Malling To Rye

Steered by his Bradshaw’s Guide, Michael Portillo is on the last leg of his journey from Warwick to Rye in East Sussex. In the orchards of East Malling, Kent, Michael disc ...

22-02-2019

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Circus To Gravesend">Series 10: 14. Piccadilly Circus To Gravesend

Michael Portillo hits the West End to explore an exotic store, which was a favourite among Edwardian ladies. At Covent Garden’s Royal Ballet School he hears how in 1909 a ...

21-02-2019

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To South Kensington">Series 10: 13. Ealing Broadway To South Kensington

Michael Portillo reaches the capital on his rail journey from Warwick to Rye in East Sussex. In the Queen of the Suburbs, Ealing, he finds comedy at the home of British cinema a ...

20-02-2019

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Taplow">Series 10: 12. Reading To Taplow

Armed with his Edwardian Bradshaw’s Guide, Michael Portillo picks up his rail journey from Warwick to Rye along the River Thames. In Reading, he traces the origins of educ ...

19-02-2019

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Radley">Series 10: 11. Warwick To Radley

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 th ...

18-02-2019

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Series 10: Episode 10

Great British Railway Journeys - Series 10: Episode 10

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 centur ...

15-02-2019

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Cumbrae">Series 10: 9. Glasgow To Cumbrae

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 ...

14-02-2019

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Dumfries">Series 10: 8. Larne To Dumfries

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 ...

13-02-2019

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Series 9: 15. Criccieth To Caernarfon

Great British Railway Journeys - Series 9: 15. Criccieth To Caernarfon

With his Edwardian Bradshaw's railway guide tucked under his arm, Michael Portillo begins the last leg of his journey from Hull to Caernarfon. In picturesque Snowdonia, he ...

02-05-2018

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Series 9: 14. Liverpool To Dolgarrog

Great British Railway Journeys - Series 9: 14. Liverpool To Dolgarrog

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 a ...

25-04-2018

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Series 9: 13. Sheffield To Nantwich

Great British Railway Journeys - Series 9: 13. Sheffield To Nantwich

With his Edwardian railway guidebook tucked under his arm, Michael Portillo is in the steel city of Sheffield, where he discovers an enormous and beautifully preserved early 20t ...

25-04-2018

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Series 9: 12. York To Frizinghall

Great British Railway Journeys - Series 9: 12. York To Frizinghall

Armed with his Edwardian Bradshaw's guide, Michael Portillo conducts important research in an historic tea room, built by an Edwardian immigrant to the city of York. Resear ...

18-04-2018

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Series 9: 11. Hull To Malton

Great British Railway Journeys - Series 9: 11. Hull To Malton

Michael Portillo embarks on a journey through Britain steered by his Edwardian railway handbook. He begins in the East Yorkshire port of Hull, where he heads for the docks throu ...

10-04-2018

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Series 9: 10. Plymouth To The Lizard

Great British Railway Journeys - Series 9: 10. Plymouth To The Lizard

Steered by his early 20th-century Bradshaw's railway guide, Michael Portillo boldly goes to the moon by way of the Cornish Riviera Express! On the trail of an historic achi ...

03-04-2018

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Series 9: 9. Taunton To Newton Abbot

Great British Railway Journeys - Series 9: 9. Taunton To Newton Abbot

With purple, green and yellow ribbons flying, and sporting ankle bells, Michael Portillo is led a merry dance in Stogumber - all in the name of fertility. He visits a celebrated ...

28-03-2018

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Series 9: 8. Newport To Clevedon/yatton/bristol Channel

Great British Railway Journeys - Series 9: 8. Newport To Clevedon/yatton/bristol Channel

Steered by his early 20th-century Bradshaw's guide, Michael discovers the birthplace of British aviation in Bristol and prepares an Airbus 380 for a smooth landing at Filto ...

21-03-2018

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Series 9: 7. Pontyclun To Ebbw Vale Town

Great British Railway Journeys - Series 9: 7. Pontyclun To Ebbw Vale Town

Armed with his Edwardian Bradshaw's guide, Michael strikes gold at the Royal Mint in Llantrisant, where after much frisking, he gains access to the inner vaults.\n\nAt Card ...

14-03-2018

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Series 9: 6. Whitland To Swansea

Great British Railway Journeys - Series 9: 6. Whitland To Swansea

Dressed in the colours of the Welsh flag and with his 'new' Edwardian Bradshaw's guide in hand, Michael Portillo embarks on a railway adventure, from the coalfiel ...

07-03-2018

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Series 9: 5. Swanwick To Brownsea Island

Great British Railway Journeys - Series 9: 5. Swanwick To Brownsea Island

Steered by his Edwardian Bradshaw's guide, Michael Portillo promises to do his best on the island where Robert Baden Powell began the Scout movement in the early 20th centu ...

28-02-2018

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Series 9: 4. Chichester To Cowes

Great British Railway Journeys - Series 9: 4. Chichester To Cowes

His early 20th-century Bradshaw's guide in hand, Michael Portillo is in Chichester, West Sussex, where he encounters an Edwardian motoring duo patronised by King Edward VII ...

21-02-2018

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Series 9: 3. Croydon To Shoreham-by-sea

Great British Railway Journeys - Series 9: 3. Croydon To Shoreham-by-sea

Steered by his Edwardian Bradshaw's guide, Michael Portillo arrives in west Croydon, where he uncovers a once-celebrated, now forgotten, mixed-race composer with an uncanni ...

14-02-2018

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Series 9: 2. Letchworth Garden City To Herne Hill

Great British Railway Journeys - Series 9: 2. Letchworth Garden City To Herne Hill

Armed with his early 20th-century Bradshaw's guide, Michael Portillo explores an Edwardian utopia with a radical plan at its heart. Michael joins a garden party where a fou ...

07-02-2018

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Series 9: 1. Cromer To Cambridge

Great British Railway Journeys - Series 9: 1. Cromer To Cambridge

Michael Portillo fast tracks to the early 20th century to embark on a new series of railway journeys through Edwardian Britain. His \

31-01-2018

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