Coastal Railways with Julie Walters

Coastal Railways with Julie Walters

Series 1 - Episode 1



These days you can’t get on a train without sharing your carriage with some celebrity or other filming a travelogue about the railways. But when that celebrity is Julie Walters, at least you know you’ll have a pleasant and companionable journey.

She starts by sailing along the Caledonian Canal (“I know you were expecting Prunella Scales and Timothy West!” she jokes) to get to the West Highland Railway in Scotland, where she hops on board a Hogwarts Express steam train, scoffs a bacon butty cooked on the driver’s coal shovel and tries to do magic with a liquorice wand. I’m not sure you’d see Michael Portillo doing that.


The actress travels around the UK coast by train, beginning by boarding the famous Jacobite steam train for a trip along Scotland's West Highland Railway, famously featured in the Harry Potter movies. Along the way, Julie learns about herring gutting and blowing up railway lines, and meets a traditional Scottish storyteller on the Isle of Skye.

Cast & Crew

Presenter Julie Walters
Executive Producer Paul Sommers
Series Director Kim Maddever
Series Producer Kim Maddever