Great British Railway Journeys


Series 11: 15. Attleborough to Skegness...

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Michael Portillo is in Attleborough, at the headquarters of an international horse welfare organization which was established in the late 1920s, where he learns about the charity's pioneering founder.

January 12, 2018

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

January 11, 2018

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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.

January 10, 2018

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Michael Portillo discovers the birthplace of British aviation in Bristol and prepares an Airbus 380 for a smooth landing at Filton.

Series 11: 14. Saxmundham to Norwich...

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Michael Portillo heads for Snape Maltings, a concert and arts venue, and learns how the music and life of one of Britain’s greatest composers was shaped by the sea and his Suffolk surroundings.

Series 11: 1. Newcastle to County Durham...

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Beginning just outside Newcastle in Jarrow, Michael Portillo uncovers the desperation which led 200 men to march 300 miles to Westminster to petition the government for work.

Series 11: 13. Witham to Felixstowe...

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Michael Portillo's railway journey reaches Witham in Essex. Here he visits the factory of the world's oldest supplier of metal framed windows which became popular in the 30s.

Series 11: 12. Limehouse to Rochford...

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On this leg, Michael alights at Limehouse in east London for Cable Street, which became the focus of Britain's fight against fascism in the 1930s.

Series 11: 11. Canterbury to Alexandra Palace...

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Beginning in Canterbury in Kent, Michael treads the boards as he uncovers the political message behind a play, published in 1936, inspired by the 12th-century murder of Archbishop Thomas a Becket.

Series 11: 10. Taunton to Salisbury Plain...

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Michael Portillo crosses the county line from Devon into Somerset. He sees first-hand how willow farmers sought to overcome the challenge from the production of synthetic plastics during the 1930s.
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