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Taunton to Salisbury Plain

Series 11 - Episode 10 Taunton to Salisbury Plain

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Summary

Michael Portillo crosses the county line from Devon into Somerset, seeing first-hand how willow farmers sought to overcome the challenge from the production of synthetic plastics during the 1930s and hearing how tourism has spread across the region, especially amongst the young. In Bath, Michael visits the former home of a refugee emperor, whose country was invaded by the Italian dictator Mussolini, and in whose name a religious movement began that now flourishes worldwide. Travelling east into Wiltshire, he reaches the largest training area of the British Army, Salisbury Plain.

Cast & Crew

Presenter Michael Portillo
Director George Boyle
Executive Producer John Comerford
Series Editor Alison Kreps
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