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Great British Railway JourneysWarrington to Preston: Michael Portillo sets off on a trip through Britain's industrial heartlands in the footsteps of George V, beginning by travelling from Warrington to Preston. [S]Thu, Jun 20, 12:00 pmYesterday30 mins
Great British Railway JourneysBlackburn to Manchester: Michael Portillo catches a glimpse of Edwardian life on celluloid and marvels at how factory workers and schoolchildren alike were drawn to seek fame on film. [S]Thu, Jun 20, 12:30 pmYesterday30 mins
Great British Railway Journeys13/15. In the Queen of the Suburbs, Ealing, Michael Portillo finds comedy at the home of British cinema and is transformed for the silver screen by expert hair and make-up. Also in HD. [S,AD]Thu, Jun 20, 7:00 pmBBC FOUR30 mins
Great British Railway JourneysWarrington to Preston: Michael Portillo sets off on a trip through Britain's industrial heartlands in the footsteps of George V, beginning by travelling from Warrington to Preston. [S]Fri, Jun 21, 12:00 amYesterday30 mins
Great British Railway JourneysBlackburn to Manchester: Michael Portillo catches a glimpse of Edwardian life on celluloid and marvels at how factory workers and schoolchildren alike were drawn to seek fame on film. [S]Fri, Jun 21, 12:30 amYesterday30 mins
Great British Railway Journeys13/15. In the Queen of the Suburbs, Ealing, Michael Portillo finds comedy at the home of British cinema and is transformed for the silver screen by expert hair and make-up. Also in HD. [S,AD]Fri, Jun 21, 1:45 amBBC FOUR30 mins
Great British Railway JourneysManchester to Elsecar: Michael Portillo visits Heaton Park in Manchester, where one of the first open air concerts was held in 1909, before travelling on to the town of Oldham. [S]Fri, Jun 21, 12:00 pmYesterday30 mins
Great British Railway JourneysMaltby to Hinckley: Michael Portillo travels from Maltby to Hinckley, trying to understand the appeal of Marmite, before a look around the Triumph motorcycle factory. [S]Fri, Jun 21, 12:30 pmYesterday30 mins
Great British Railway JourneysManchester to Elsecar: Michael Portillo visits Heaton Park in Manchester, where one of the first open air concerts was held in 1909, before travelling on to the town of Oldham. [S]Sat, Jun 22, 12:00 amYesterday30 mins
Great British Railway JourneysMaltby to Hinckley: Michael Portillo travels from Maltby to Hinckley, trying to understand the appeal of Marmite, before a look around the Triumph motorcycle factory. [S]Sat, Jun 22, 12:30 amYesterday30 mins
Great British Railway Journeys13/15. Michael Portillo's postwar journey from Merseyside to Teesside resumes at Brayford Pool in Lincoln, where England's oldest canal, the Fossdyke, meets the city of Lincoln. Also in HD. [S,AD,SL]Mon, Jun 24, 2:40 amBBC TWO30 mins
Great British Railway JourneysBirmingham to the Potteries: Armed with his Bradshaw's guide, Michael Portillo reaches Birmingham and learns how a radical reformer would make his mark on the 'city of a thousand trades'. [S]Mon, Jun 24, 12:00 pmYesterday30 mins
Great British Railway JourneysNewry to Portadown: Michael Portillo sets off on the first leg of a journey across Northern Ireland to Argyll and Bute, beginning by travelling from Newry to Portadown. [S]Mon, Jun 24, 12:30 pmYesterday30 mins
Great British Railway JourneysBirmingham to the Potteries: Armed with his Bradshaw's guide, Michael Portillo reaches Birmingham and learns how a radical reformer would make his mark on the 'city of a thousand trades'. [S]Tue, Jun 25, 12:00 amYesterday30 mins
Great British Railway JourneysNewry to Portadown: Michael Portillo sets off on the first leg of a journey across Northern Ireland to Argyll and Bute, beginning by travelling from Newry to Portadown. [S]Tue, Jun 25, 12:30 amYesterday30 mins
Great British Railway JourneysBelfast to Portrush: On a journey from Belfast to Portrush, Michael Portillo investigates the work of author and Narnia creator CS Lewis, and visits the Royal Portrush Golf Club. [S]Tue, Jun 25, 12:00 pmYesterday30 mins
Great British Railway JourneysLarne to Dumfries: Michael Portillo journeys from Northern Ireland across the water to Scotland. Leaving from the seaport of Larne, he reaches Stranraer and the Mull of Galloway. [S]Tue, Jun 25, 12:30 pmYesterday30 mins
Great British Railway Journeys14/15. At Covent Garden's Royal Ballet School, Michael Portillo hears how in 1909 a Russian ballet company took London by storm. Also in HD. [S,AD]Tue, Jun 25, 7:00 pmBBC FOUR30 mins
Great British Railway JourneysBelfast to Portrush: On a journey from Belfast to Portrush, Michael Portillo investigates the work of author and Narnia creator CS Lewis, and visits the Royal Portrush Golf Club. [S]Wed, Jun 26, 12:00 amYesterday30 mins
Great British Railway JourneysLarne to Dumfries: Michael Portillo journeys from Northern Ireland across the water to Scotland. Leaving from the seaport of Larne, he reaches Stranraer and the Mull of Galloway. [S]Wed, Jun 26, 12:30 amYesterday30 mins
Great British Railway Journeys14/15. At Covent Garden's Royal Ballet School, Michael Portillo hears how in 1909 a Russian ballet company took London by storm. Also in HD. [S,AD]Wed, Jun 26, 1:40 amBBC FOUR30 mins
Great British Railway Journeys14/15. Michael Portillo is in York, a paradise for rail enthusiasts. Also in HD. [S,AD,SL]Wed, Jun 26, 8:30 amBBC TWO30 mins
Great British Railway JourneysGlasgow to Cumbrae: Michael Portillo journeys from Glasgow to Cumbrae, learning about a forgotten Scottish expedition to the Antarctic. [S]Wed, Jun 26, 12:00 pmYesterday30 mins
Great British Railway JourneysHillhead to Connel Ferry: Michael Portillo visits the University of Glasgow's Officer Training Corps, then heads to Helensburgh, finding a group of artists known as the Glasgow Boys. [S]Wed, Jun 26, 12:30 pmYesterday30 mins
Great British Railway Journeys15/15. In Folkestone, Michael Portillo hears how the town coped with an influx of more than 100,000 refugees from Belgium fleeing the German invasion in 1914. Also in HD. [S,AD]Wed, Jun 26, 7:00 pmBBC FOUR30 mins
Great British Railway JourneysGlasgow to Cumbrae: Michael Portillo journeys from Glasgow to Cumbrae, learning about a forgotten Scottish expedition to the Antarctic. [S]Thu, Jun 27, 12:00 amYesterday30 mins
Great British Railway JourneysHillhead to Connel Ferry: Michael Portillo visits the University of Glasgow's Officer Training Corps, then heads to Helensburgh, finding a group of artists known as the Glasgow Boys. [S]Thu, Jun 27, 12:30 amYesterday30 mins
Great British Railway JourneysWarwick to Radley: Michael Portillo sets off on the first leg of a journey from the Midlands to Rye in East Sussex, beginning by travelling from Warwick to Radley in Oxfordshire. [S]Thu, Jun 27, 12:00 pmYesterday30 mins
Great British Railway JourneysReading to Taplow: Michael Portillo picks up his journey from Warwick to Rye. In Reading, he traces the origins of education for workers. In Cliveden he explores an Italianate mansion. [S]Thu, Jun 27, 12:30 pmYesterday30 mins
Great British Railway JourneysWarwick to Radley: Michael Portillo sets off on the first leg of a journey from the Midlands to Rye in East Sussex, beginning by travelling from Warwick to Radley in Oxfordshire. [S]Fri, Jun 28, 12:00 amYesterday30 mins
Great British Railway JourneysReading to Taplow: Michael Portillo picks up his journey from Warwick to Rye. In Reading, he traces the origins of education for workers. In Cliveden he explores an Italianate mansion. [S]Fri, Jun 28, 12:30 amYesterday30 mins

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Great British Railway JourneysHull to Malton: Michael Portillo embarks on the first leg of a journey from East Yorkshire to Caernarfon, beginning by travelling from Hull to Malton. [S]Tue, Jun 18, 12:30 amYesterday30 mins
Great British Railway JourneysPlymouth to The Lizard: Travelling from Plymouth to the Lizard, Michael Portillo investigates the first radio signal to be sent across the Atlantic. [S]Tue, Jun 18, 12:00 amYesterday30 mins
Great British Railway JourneysHull to Malton: Michael Portillo embarks on the first leg of a journey from East Yorkshire to Caernarfon, beginning by travelling from Hull to Malton. [S]Mon, Jun 17, 12:30 pmYesterday30 mins
Great British Railway JourneysPlymouth to The Lizard: Travelling from Plymouth to the Lizard, Michael Portillo investigates the first radio signal to be sent across the Atlantic. [S]Mon, Jun 17, 12:00 pmYesterday30 mins
Great British Railway JourneysTaunton to Newton Abbot: Michael Portillo travels between Taunton and Newton Abbot, joining in with a fertility dance in Stogumber, and visiting a celebrated garden at Hestercombe. [S]Sat, Jun 15, 12:30 amYesterday30 mins
Great British Railway JourneysNewport to Clevedon: Michael Portillo arrives in Newport, where he learns about the heroism of a young boy who was awarded the Albert Medal. [S]Sat, Jun 15, 12:00 amYesterday30 mins
Great British Railway JourneysTaunton to Newton Abbot: Michael Portillo travels between Taunton and Newton Abbot, joining in with a fertility dance in Stogumber, and visiting a celebrated garden at Hestercombe. [S]Fri, Jun 14, 12:30 pmYesterday30 mins
Great British Railway JourneysNewport to Clevedon: Michael Portillo arrives in Newport, where he learns about the heroism of a young boy who was awarded the Albert Medal. [S]Fri, Jun 14, 12:00 pmYesterday30 mins
Great British Railway JourneysPontyclun to Ebbw Vale Town: Michael Portillo travels from Pontyclun to Ebbw Vale in Wales, visiting the Royal Mint in Llantrisant and Cardiff Arms Park. [S]Fri, Jun 14, 12:30 amYesterday30 mins
Great British Railway JourneysWhitland to Swansea: Michael Portillo embarks on the first leg of a journey from the coalfields of South Wales to the southernmost tip of Cornwall. [S]Fri, Jun 14, 12:00 amYesterday30 mins
Great British Railway JourneysPontyclun to Ebbw Vale Town: Michael Portillo travels from Pontyclun to Ebbw Vale in Wales, visiting the Royal Mint in Llantrisant and Cardiff Arms Park. [S]Thu, Jun 13, 12:30 pmYesterday30 mins
Great British Railway JourneysWhitland to Swansea: Michael Portillo embarks on the first leg of a journey from the coalfields of South Wales to the southernmost tip of Cornwall. [S]Thu, Jun 13, 12:00 pmYesterday30 mins
Great British Railway JourneysSwanwick to Brownsea Island: In Dorset, Michael Portillo visits Brownsea Island, where Robert Baden Powell began the scout movement in the early 20th century. [S]Thu, Jun 13, 12:30 amYesterday30 mins
Great British Railway JourneysChichester to Cowes: Michael Portillo visits places of interest in West Sussex and Hampshire, including Southsea's King's Theatre. [S]Thu, Jun 13, 12:00 amYesterday30 mins
Great British Railway JourneysSwanwick to Brownsea Island: In Dorset, Michael Portillo visits Brownsea Island, where Robert Baden Powell began the scout movement in the early 20th century. [S]Wed, Jun 12, 12:30 pmYesterday30 mins
Great British Railway JourneysChichester to Cowes: Michael Portillo visits places of interest in West Sussex and Hampshire, including Southsea's King's Theatre. [S]Wed, Jun 12, 12:00 pmYesterday30 mins
Great British Railway JourneysCroydon to Shoreham-by-Sea: Michael Portillo travels from Croydon to Shoreham-by-Sea, hearing the story of a once-celebrated composer and visiting the oldest licensed airport in the UK. [S]Wed, Jun 12, 12:30 amYesterday30 mins
Great British Railway JourneysLetchworth Garden City to Herne Hill: Michael Portillo explores Edwardian utopia in Letchworth, where he meets a fourth generation citizen who introduces him to the town's community spirit. [S]Wed, Jun 12, 12:00 amYesterday30 mins
Great British Railway JourneysCroydon to Shoreham-by-Sea: Michael Portillo travels from Croydon to Shoreham-by-Sea, hearing the story of a once-celebrated composer and visiting the oldest licensed airport in the UK. [S]Tue, Jun 11, 12:30 pmYesterday30 mins
Great British Railway JourneysLetchworth Garden City to Herne Hill: Michael Portillo explores Edwardian utopia in Letchworth, where he meets a fourth generation citizen who introduces him to the town's community spirit. [S]Tue, Jun 11, 12:00 pmYesterday30 mins
Great British Railway JourneysRoybridge to Glenfinnan: Travels by train. Michael Portillo investigates the mysterious parallel roads of Glenroy and takes a steam train across the spectacular viaduct at Glenfinnan. [S]Sat, Jun 8, 12:30 amYesterday30 mins
Great British Railway JourneysOban to Corrour: Rail buff Michael Portillo hears how trains helped spread the word about Oban whisky and visits Corrour, one of the Victorian elite's favourite shooting estates. [S]Sat, Jun 8, 12:00 amYesterday30 mins
Great British Railway JourneysRoybridge to Glenfinnan: Travels by train. Michael Portillo investigates the mysterious parallel roads of Glenroy and takes a steam train across the spectacular viaduct at Glenfinnan. [S]Fri, Jun 7, 12:30 pmYesterday30 mins
Great British Railway JourneysOban to Corrour: Rail buff Michael Portillo hears how trains helped spread the word about Oban whisky and visits Corrour, one of the Victorian elite's favourite shooting estates. [S]Fri, Jun 7, 12:00 pmYesterday30 mins
Great British Railway JourneysDumbarton to Tyndrum: Spectacular rail voyages inspired by Victorian pioneer George Bradshaw. Michael Portillo visits Loch Lomond and the Dumbarton shipyard that built the Cutty Sark. [S]Thu, Jun 6, 11:30 pmYesterday30 mins
Great British Railway JourneysAyr to Paisley: Michael Portillo takes to the tracks with George Bradshaw's seminal Victorian Railway Guidebook. A visit to the hometown of Robbie Burns and a lesson in haggis-making. [S]Thu, Jun 6, 11:00 pmYesterday30 mins
Great British Railway JourneysDumbarton to Tyndrum: Spectacular rail voyages inspired by Victorian pioneer George Bradshaw. Michael Portillo visits Loch Lomond and the Dumbarton shipyard that built the Cutty Sark. [S]Thu, Jun 6, 12:30 pmYesterday30 mins
Great British Railway JourneysAyr to Paisley: Michael Portillo takes to the tracks with George Bradshaw's seminal Victorian Railway Guidebook. A visit to the hometown of Robbie Burns and a lesson in haggis-making. [S]Thu, Jun 6, 12:00 pmYesterday30 mins
Great British Railway JourneysHythe to Hastings: Michael Portillo travels the length and breadth of Britain by train. Hastings and Romney Marsh are on today's itinerary and Michael samples Kent's sparkling wine. [S]Thu, Jun 6, 12:30 amYesterday30 mins
Great British Railway JourneysSandwich to Folkestone: Discover Britain by rail with Michael Portillo, who visits Walmer Castle and explores a secret port used to transport supplies to France during World War I. [S]Thu, Jun 6, 12:00 amYesterday30 mins
Great British Railway JourneysHythe to Hastings: Michael Portillo travels the length and breadth of Britain by train. Hastings and Romney Marsh are on today's itinerary and Michael samples Kent's sparkling wine. [S]Wed, Jun 5, 12:30 pmYesterday30 mins
Great British Railway JourneysSandwich to Folkestone: Discover Britain by rail with Michael Portillo, who visits Walmer Castle and explores a secret port used to transport supplies to France during World War I. [S]Wed, Jun 5, 12:00 pmYesterday30 mins
Great British Railway JourneysCanterbury to Margate: An epic tour of Great Britain by rail. Michael Portillo finds out how Canterbury Cathedral was saved from ruin during WWII and goes whelk fishing in Whitstable. [S]Wed, Jun 5, 12:30 amYesterday30 mins
Great British Railway JourneysAylesford to Tunbridge Wells: Michael Portillo takes to the tracks in this first-class travelogue. Learn all about Maidstone's paper industry and how cricket became a national sport. [S]Wed, Jun 5, 12:00 amYesterday30 mins
Great British Railway JourneysCanterbury to Margate: An epic tour of Great Britain by rail. Michael Portillo finds out how Canterbury Cathedral was saved from ruin during WWII and goes whelk fishing in Whitstable. [S]Tue, Jun 4, 12:30 pmYesterday30 mins
Great British Railway JourneysAylesford to Tunbridge Wells: Michael Portillo takes to the tracks in this first-class travelogue. Learn all about Maidstone's paper industry and how cricket became a national sport. [S]Tue, Jun 4, 12:00 pmYesterday30 mins
Great British Railway JourneysLondon Bridge to Chatham: An epic tour of Britain by rail. Michael Portillo visits the Royal Observatory at Greenwich, walks the Thames Tunnel and explores Chatham Historic Dockyard. [S]Tue, Jun 4, 12:30 amYesterday30 mins
Great British Railway JourneysLangley Mill to Melton Mowbray: Michael Portillo learns how trains shaped the controversial sport of fox hunting in another journey inspired by Victorian cartographer George Bradshaw. [S]Tue, Jun 4, 12:00 amYesterday30 mins
Great British Railway JourneysLondon Bridge to Chatham: An epic tour of Britain by rail. Michael Portillo visits the Royal Observatory at Greenwich, walks the Thames Tunnel and explores Chatham Historic Dockyard. [S]Mon, Jun 3, 12:30 pmYesterday30 mins
Great British Railway JourneysLangley Mill to Melton Mowbray: Michael Portillo learns how trains shaped the controversial sport of fox hunting in another journey inspired by Victorian cartographer George Bradshaw. [S]Mon, Jun 3, 12:00 pmYesterday30 mins
Great British Railway JourneysBatley to Sheffield: More tales from a train. Michael Portillo hears about a Victorian recycling industry in Batley and meets a relative of the inspirational George Bradshaw himself. [S]Sat, Jun 1, 12:30 amYesterday30 mins
Great British Railway JourneysYork to Saltaire: How did rail travel shape Britain? Michael Portillo takes a Turkish bath in Harrogate, explores the Victorian model village of Saltaire and encounters some alpacas. [S]Sat, Jun 1, 12:00 amYesterday30 mins
Great British Railway JourneysBatley to Sheffield: More tales from a train. Michael Portillo hears about a Victorian recycling industry in Batley and meets a relative of the inspirational George Bradshaw himself. [S]Fri, May 31, 12:30 pmYesterday30 mins
Great British Railway JourneysYork to Saltaire: How did rail travel shape Britain? Michael Portillo takes a Turkish bath in Harrogate, explores the Victorian model village of Saltaire and encounters some alpacas. [S]Fri, May 31, 12:00 pmYesterday30 mins
Great British Railway JourneysDurham to Grosmont: Michael Portillo takes to the tracks with George Bradshaw's Victorian Railway Guidebook. A visit to the historic Durham Cathedral and a Dracula tour of Whitby. [S]Fri, May 31, 12:30 amYesterday30 mins
Great British Railway JourneysNewcastle to Chester-le-Street: Travels by train with the ex-Tory. Host Michael Portillo visits the world's first locomotive factory and searches for the lost pit village of Marsden. [S]Fri, May 31, 12:00 amYesterday30 mins
Great British Railway JourneysDurham to Grosmont: Michael Portillo takes to the tracks with George Bradshaw's Victorian Railway Guidebook. A visit to the historic Durham Cathedral and a Dracula tour of Whitby. [S]Thu, May 30, 12:30 pmYesterday30 mins
Great British Railway JourneysNewcastle to Chester-le-Street: Travels by train with the ex-Tory. Host Michael Portillo visits the world's first locomotive factory and searches for the lost pit village of Marsden. [S]Thu, May 30, 12:00 pmYesterday30 mins
Great British Railway JourneysLlanberis to Holyhead: Michael Portillo explores Britain by rail. Michael takes the train to the top of Mount Snowdon and discovers how the railways changed the tiny port of Holyhead. [S]Thu, May 30, 12:30 amYesterday30 mins
Great British Railway JourneysLlanwrst to Porthmadog: Nostalgic series in which Michael Portillo retraces George Bradshaw's travels by train. Michael combs the Conwy valley and rides a steam train to Porthmadog. [S]Thu, May 30, 12:00 amYesterday30 mins