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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 2: Turin to Venice

Summary

Armed with his 1913 railway guide, Michael Portillo travels through Italy from Turin to Venice. Along the way, he recreates a scene from the Michael Caine film The Italian Job on a Fiat test track and takes a trip in a seaplane to investigate the early 20th-century British love affair with Lake Como. In Verona, he visits the house used to attract Edwardian tourists to the alleged setting of Shakespeare's Romeo and Juliet and finds a microcosm of pre-First World War Europe at the Venice Biennale art exhibition.

Review

Rating: 3 out of 5.

Michael Portillo ponders his way across northern Italy from Turin to Venice. This may be a railway journey, but an iron law of travel TV says you can’t visit Turin and not drive a Fiat 500 – in Portillo’s case, at the original, futurist Fiat car factory, where the products rose through the building as they were assembled and emerged, like Portillo, onto a sweeping test track on the roof.

Naturally, our man also tries his hand at making pasta and is measured for a suit in Milan, but there are surprises, too: a seaplane ride at Lake Como where, we learn, it was the Brits who pioneered tourism.

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  • Episode 2

    Turin to Venice

    Summary

    Armed with his 1913 railway guide, Michael Portillo travels through Italy from Turin to Venice. Along the way, he recreates a scene from the Michael Caine film The Italian Job on a Fiat test track and takes a trip in a seaplane to investigate the early 20th-century British love affair with Lake Como. In Verona, he visits the house used to attract Edwardian tourists to the alleged setting of Shakespeare's Romeo and Juliet and finds a microcosm of pre-First World War Europe at the Venice Biennale art exhibition.

    Review

    Rating: 3 out of 5.

    Michael Portillo ponders his way across northern Italy from Turin to Venice. This may be a railway journey, but an iron law of travel TV says you can’t visit Turin and not drive a Fiat 500 – in Portillo’s case, at the original, futurist Fiat car factory, where the products rose through the building as they were assembled and emerged, like Portillo, onto a sweeping test track on the roof.

    Naturally, our man also tries his hand at making pasta and is measured for a suit in Milan, but there are surprises, too: a seaplane ride at Lake Como where, we learn, it was the Brits who pioneered tourism.

    How to watch

    Loading

    Details

    Formats
    Colour

    Credits

    Cast

    rolename
    PresenterMichael Portillo

    Crew

    rolename
    Series producerAlison Kreps
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