Great British Railway Journeys

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Great British Railway Journeys

Michael Portillo resumes his tour of the Home Counties in the historic town of Guildford. Eventually he crosses into Hampshire to reach Aldershot.

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Series 12
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Michael Portillo travels to leafy Hatch End in north-west London, where he meets the great-nephew of the famous illustrator William Heath Robinson.
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Michael Portillo continues his travels through England's Home Counties at Stoke Mandeville in Buckinghamshire, before making his way to Beaconsfield.
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Michael Portillo sets out on another railway adventure as he explores Britain between the world wars, beginning a tour of the Home Counties and beyond in Oxford.
Series 11
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Michael Portillo begins the last leg of his rail journey through 1930s Britain in Norfolk at the headquarters of an international horse welfare organisation.
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Michael Portillo's journey takes him to the Snape Maltings music and arts venue, the Norfolk seaside resort of Great Yarmouth and the city of Norwich.
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Michael Portillo's railway journey from Canterbury to Skegness reaches Witham in Essex. He visits the factory of the world's oldest supplier of metal-framed windows.
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Michael Portillo explores the east of England en route to Lincolnshire. He learns how the Crossrail project is helping to conserve birds.
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Michael Portillo explores the east of England in the inter-war period, his journey beginning in Canterbury and ending at Alexandra Palace in London.
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In Bath, Michael visits the ex-home of a refugee emperor, whose country was invaded by the Italian dictator Mussolini.
Series 10
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Leaving from the seaport of Larne, Michael Portillo reaches Stranraer and the Mull of Galloway, where in a lighthouse built by Robert Stevenson, he discovers a magnificent machine.
Series 6
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Michael Portillo begins a journey from Derby to Lindisfarne, learning about a high-street chemist's origins and visiting a former grocer's shop in Grantham.
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Michael Portillo embarks on his final journey in London, learning about the darker side of Vauxhall's flower market in the Victorian era.
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Michael Portillo heads to the West End as he explores 19th-century engineering used in theatres and learns how diseases were rife in Victorian London on a visit to Soho.
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Series 7, Episode 7 - Newhaven to Worthing

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Michael Portillo travels from Newhaven to Worthing, examining the nation's hidden defences and finding a novel way to pick tomatoes.
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Series 6, Episode 16 - Pembroke Dock to Swansea

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Michael Portillo begins the first leg of a journey from south-west Wales to Cambridge, visiting an inn in Carmarthen where Horatio Nelson once met Emma Hamilton.
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Series 6, Episode 15 - Newcastle to Lindisfarne

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Michael Portillo travels from Newcastle to Lindisfarne, exploring the lime kilns, and learns how Christianity spread across northern England in the 7th century.
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Series 6, Episode 14 - Middlesbrough to Hexham

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Michael Portillo travels from Middlesbrough to Hexham, learning about eighth-century monk the Venerable Bede at St Paul's monastery in Jarrow, Tyne and Wear.
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Series 6, Episode 13 - Hessle to York

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Michael Portillo travels from Hessle in East Yorkshire to York, along the way learning about the technology that made the Humber Bridge possible.
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Series 6, Episode 12 - Boston to Hensall

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Michael Portillo travels from the south Lincolnshire town of Boston to Hensall, North Yorkshire, discovering the origins of a favourite Victorian apple along the way.
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