Great British Railway Journeys

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Great British Railway Journeys

Season 0 (2012)

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Season 1 (2010)

Michael Portillo begins his journey in Liverpool, where he learns how to speak Scouse. In later episodes, he searches for the last liquorice grower in Pontefract; visits the Tower Ballroom in Blackpool; learns about the history of St Pancras railway station; and tries his hand at blowing blue glass in Bristol.

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Season 2 (2010)

The first four series of the TV show presented by Michael Portillo that traces historic railway journeys across Britain. In the first series Portillo sets out to chart how the nation's love affair with the railways began, travelling from Liverpool to Scarborough, Preston to Kirkcaldy, Swindon to Penzance and Buxton to London, amongst other journeys. The second series sees the former politician take as his guide Bradshaw's Handbook, a pamphlet on the burgeoning British railway system written by 19th century cartographer and publisher George Bradshaw. Portillo travels to destinations including Holyhead, Newcastle, York and Sheffield, stopping to visit historic landmarks and to talk to those whose lives have been changed by the railway system. In the third and fourth series Portillo traces more historic rail journeys across Britain including 'Great Yarmouth to Beccles', 'Darsham to Felixstowe', 'Sudbury to Southend', 'Ballymoney to Derry', 'High Wycombe to Stratford-Upon-Avon', 'Woking to Clapham Junction', 'London Victoria to Abbey Wood' and 'Stirling to Invergowrie'.

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Season 3 (2010)

A fresh batch of episodes in 2012 finds Michael Portillo working a Victorian swing bridge in Reedham; investigating the secrets of Worcestershire sauce; exploring the history of the Snaefell mountain railway; finding out why the Victorians were so enamoured with Tintern Abbey; and getting a special view of the city of Oxford.

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Season 4 (2013)

All 25 episodes from the fourth series of the documentary in which Michael Portillo traces historic rail journeys across Britain, taking as his guide 'Bradshaw's Handbook'. The episodes are: 'High Wycombe to Stratford-Upon-Avon', 'Birmingham to Stafford', 'Stoke-On-Trent to Winsford', 'Dudley to Bridnorth', 'Welshpool to Aberystwyth', 'Portsmouth to Gomshall', 'Woking to Clapham Junction', 'London Victoria to Abbey Wood', 'London King's Cross to Peterborough', 'Spalding to Grimsby', 'Stirling to Invergowrie', 'Dundee to Aberdeen', 'Dufftown to Aviemore', 'Inverness to Plockton', 'Invergordon to John O'Groats', 'London Paddington to Warminster', 'Salisbury to Castle Cary', 'Taunton to Minehead', 'Lynton and Lynmouth to Exeter', 'Exmouth to Newton Abbot', 'Killarney to Cobh', 'Charleville to Waterford', 'Kilkenny to Athy', 'Newbridge to Roscrea' and 'Athlone to Galway'.

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Season 5 (2017)

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Season 6 (2017)

In Season 6, Michael Portillo gets to grips with the sport of curling, makes sourdough in a bakery in Strathaven and learns about the origins of one of Scotland's best-selling soft drinks.

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Season 7 (2017)

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Season 8 (2017)

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