Portillo's Hidden History Of Britain

Series 1

Series 1, Episode 3 - Shepton Mallet

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Since it opened 400 years ago, Shepton Mallet prison has seen thousands of prisoners, numerous executions and countless escape attempts. It has been home to gangsters, and during the Second World War a safe house for Britain's most precious historic documents such as the Magna Carta.

Series 1, Episode 2 - Orford Ness: Defence of the Realm

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For almost a century, Orford Ness was owned by the MOD, a lens into a bygone era of secrets, spies and superpowers. When it closed in 1993, its buildings were still shrouded in secrecy.

Series 1, Episode 1 - Royal London Hospital

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Michael Portillo unlocks the doors to four extraordinary abandoned locations. Built in the East End of London 250 years ago and closed in 2013, the Royal London Hospital pioneered medical breakthroughs and healthcare for generations of people.

3. Countdown to WW3

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How close did we actually come to nuclear armageddon?

2. Local Heroes: Manchester Fire Station

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These officers stood guard over Manchester for 80 years.

1. Cambridge Military Hospital

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A medical revolution was born at Cambridge that changed the face of Britain - literally.

1. Royal London Hospital

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The Royal London Hospital pioneered medical breakthroughs.

5. Seaside Escape

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Michael Portillo explores the history of the seaside resort.

4. Imber Village - The Wages of War

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Imber was evacuated in 1943 for a WWII training ground.

4. The Palace of Dreams

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The New Victoria in Bradford was Britain's first cinema.