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Great Continental Railway Journeys

  • Season 2
  • 6 episodes
  • Lifestyle
  • Documentary

Summary

Michael Portillo travels on the great train routes of Europe, as he retraces more of the journeys featured in George Bradshaw's 1913 Continental Railway Guide.

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Episode 3: Dresden to Kiel

Summary

Michael Portillo travels through Germany, learning about an Edwardian fitness craze in Dresden before heading to Leipzig on a historic line built by British engineers in 1839. He discovers model-railway making on the grandest of scales in Hamburg and ends his journey in Kiel, where he reveals how British yachtsmen spied on the German navy in the early 20th century.
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Review

Rating: 3 out of 5.

Miniatur Wunderland in Hamburg is a huge complex of model railways, towns and cities, but look closely at one of its teeny-weeny figures, the man in the blue jacket – yes, it’s Michael Portillo! Portillo, pottering his way through Germany, visits this enormous attraction, which even has a huge complex of cameras monitoring its titchy rail tracks, and paints a mini-me version of himself. Look closely and you can see he’s clutching an itsy-bitsy Bradshaw’s guide.

The full-size, moveable Michael Portillo begins his German trip in Dresden, feasting on some of his beloved Wagner, and in Leipzig visits an enormous converted cotton mill and eats a gargantuan plate of steak and dumplings. “They are chewy, but they really absorb the gravy.” Mmm, yummy.

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  • Episode 3

    Dresden to Kiel

    Summary

    Michael Portillo travels through Germany, learning about an Edwardian fitness craze in Dresden before heading to Leipzig on a historic line built by British engineers in 1839. He discovers model-railway making on the grandest of scales in Hamburg and ends his journey in Kiel, where he reveals how British yachtsmen spied on the German navy in the early 20th century.
    Recommended

    Review

    Rating: 3 out of 5.

    Miniatur Wunderland in Hamburg is a huge complex of model railways, towns and cities, but look closely at one of its teeny-weeny figures, the man in the blue jacket – yes, it’s Michael Portillo! Portillo, pottering his way through Germany, visits this enormous attraction, which even has a huge complex of cameras monitoring its titchy rail tracks, and paints a mini-me version of himself. Look closely and you can see he’s clutching an itsy-bitsy Bradshaw’s guide.

    The full-size, moveable Michael Portillo begins his German trip in Dresden, feasting on some of his beloved Wagner, and in Leipzig visits an enormous converted cotton mill and eats a gargantuan plate of steak and dumplings. “They are chewy, but they really absorb the gravy.” Mmm, yummy.

    How to watch

    Loading

    Details

    Formats
    Colour

    Credits

    Cast

    rolename
    PresenterMichael Portillo

    Crew

    rolename
    Series producerAlison Kreps

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