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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 1: Madrid to Gibraltar

Summary

Michael Portillo once again ventures onto the European rail network to retrace journeys featured in George Bradshaw's 1913 publication Continental Guide. He begins in Spain, where he visits the scene of an assassination attempt at a royal wedding in Madrid, before dancing with an unusual partner in Cordoba. He investigates the story behind Bizet's Carmen at a tobacco factory in Seville, learns about Winston Churchill's tense diplomatic mission to Algeciras and finishes with tales of British espionage in Gibraltar.
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Review

Rating: 4 out of 5.

Courageously still sporting a pink shirt and sky-blue jacket, and clasping his battered 1913 edition of Bradshaw’s, Michael Portillo sets off on another of his leisurely, elegant train trips. On his travels through the south-west of Spain from Madrid to Gibraltar (via Córdoba, Seville, Ronda and Jerez), he dabbles in some light social history, nibbles local delicacies, marvels at the sights and generally charms everyone he meets. He even dances the flamenco with a horse – something not to be missed. It’s all awfully pleasant and gazing at Spain’s sun-drenched cities on a chilly October night is a real vicarious pleasure. However, apart from a slight detour into the impressive construction of the Algeciras railway, this seems to be more about arriving than the journey itself.

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  • Episode 1

    Madrid to Gibraltar

    Summary

    Michael Portillo once again ventures onto the European rail network to retrace journeys featured in George Bradshaw's 1913 publication Continental Guide. He begins in Spain, where he visits the scene of an assassination attempt at a royal wedding in Madrid, before dancing with an unusual partner in Cordoba. He investigates the story behind Bizet's Carmen at a tobacco factory in Seville, learns about Winston Churchill's tense diplomatic mission to Algeciras and finishes with tales of British espionage in Gibraltar.
    Recommended

    Review

    Rating: 4 out of 5.

    Courageously still sporting a pink shirt and sky-blue jacket, and clasping his battered 1913 edition of Bradshaw’s, Michael Portillo sets off on another of his leisurely, elegant train trips. On his travels through the south-west of Spain from Madrid to Gibraltar (via Córdoba, Seville, Ronda and Jerez), he dabbles in some light social history, nibbles local delicacies, marvels at the sights and generally charms everyone he meets. He even dances the flamenco with a horse – something not to be missed. It’s all awfully pleasant and gazing at Spain’s sun-drenched cities on a chilly October night is a real vicarious pleasure. However, apart from a slight detour into the impressive construction of the Algeciras railway, this seems to be more about arriving than the journey itself.

    How to watch

    Loading

    Details

    Formats
    Colour

    Credits

    Cast

    rolename
    PresenterMichael Portillo

    Crew

    rolename
    Series producerAlison Kreps
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