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Great Continental Railway Journeys

  • 2012
  • Season 3
  • 6 episodes
  • Travel
  • Lifestyle

Summary

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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Episode 1: Great Yarmouth to Beccles

Summary

Michael Portillo learns more about the country's railways, beginning with the Great Eastern Line, which runs along the edge of England and into central London. On his travels, the former politician discovers the grave-robbing history of Great Yarmouth and tries his hand at working a Victorian swing bridge in Reedham, Norfolk. He also takes to the air to reveal how a rail guidebook helped aviators during the Second World War

Review

Climb aboard the Michael Portillo express for these charming films, full of history and anecdote.

For the first journey Portillo, clutching his beloved Bradshaw’s railway guide, tootles from Great Yarmouth to Beccles. After a potted history of the once-mighty Yarmouth fishing industry, he visits a graveyard for a morbid tale of grave-robbing and, later, the legal trade in fresh cadavers dispatched by train.

After this macabre interlude, Portillo has a go at operating the lovely Reedham swing bridge and navigates a plane using only his Bradshaw’s guide.

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PresenterMichael Portillo
Series producerJay Taylor
Executive producerJohn Comerford

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