Great British Railway Journeys

Great British Railway Journeys (2010)

In a brand new series, Michael Portillo travels along the railway networks of Great Britain and Ireland, referring to a Victorian guidebook written by George Bradshaw, as he describes how the various destinations have changed since Victorian times.

Michael Portillo

Series, 2010, Documentary, Entertainment, Historical, Travel


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Monday, August 19

4:25am

Great British Railway Journeys ‘Carlisle To Penrith’

SBS

Great British Railway Journeys

'Carlisle To Penrith'

SBS, 4:25am, Mon, 19 Aug 2019, 35 minutes

REPEAT

Using a 19th century Bradshaw's Handbook for travelling through Victorian Britain, Michael Portillo sets off on four new railway journeys which will take him across Britain. In this first episode, he joins the cracker packers of Carlisle on the factory floor. He really takes the biscuit as he investigates the Victorian appetite for the custard cream on his new journey through northwest Britain.

Michael Portillo

Series, 2016, United Kingdom, English, Documentary, Entertainment, Travel, Historical, Season 7 Episode 1


Great British Railway Journeys ‘Carlisle To Penrith’

SBS HD

Great British Railway Journeys

'Carlisle To Penrith'

SBS HD, 4:25am, Mon, 19 Aug 2019, 35 minutes

REPEAT

Using a 19th century Bradshaw's Handbook for travelling through Victorian Britain, Michael Portillo sets off on four new railway journeys which will take him across Britain. In this first episode, he joins the cracker packers of Carlisle on the factory floor. He really takes the biscuit as he investigates the Victorian appetite for the custard cream on his new journey through northwest Britain.

Michael Portillo

Series, 2016, United Kingdom, English, Documentary, Entertainment, Travel, Historical, Season 7 Episode 1


Tuesday, August 20

4:30am

Great British Railway Journeys ‘Bristol To Burnham-On-Sea’

SBS

Great British Railway Journeys

'Bristol To Burnham-On-Sea'

SBS, 4:30am, Tue, 20 Aug 2019, 15 minutes

REPEAT

Michael enters the foul smelling world of Victorian tannery. In Nailsea, he discovers how mountains of bird droppings made one of the greatest fortunes of the era for a 19th century entrepreneur. Reaching Glastonbury, Michael heads for the mystical Abbey, where Victorian tourists flocked to hear stories of King Arthur and the Holy Grail.

Michael Portillo

Series, United Kingdom, English, Documentary, Entertainment, Travel, Historical, Season 7 Episode 14


Great British Railway Journeys ‘Bristol To Burnham-On-Sea’

SBS HD

Great British Railway Journeys

'Bristol To Burnham-On-Sea'

SBS HD, 4:30am, Tue, 20 Aug 2019, 15 minutes

REPEAT

Michael enters the foul smelling world of Victorian tannery. In Nailsea, he discovers how mountains of bird droppings made one of the greatest fortunes of the era for a 19th century entrepreneur. Reaching Glastonbury, Michael heads for the mystical Abbey, where Victorian tourists flocked to hear stories of King Arthur and the Holy Grail.

Michael Portillo

Series, United Kingdom, English, Documentary, Entertainment, Travel, Historical, Season 7 Episode 14


Wednesday, August 21

4:05am

Great British Railway Journeys ‘Preston To Kersal Moor’

SBS

Great British Railway Journeys

'Preston To Kersal Moor'

SBS, 4:05am, Wed, 21 Aug 2019, 35 minutes

REPEAT

Michael Portillo reads the riot act in Preston, where he discovers four mill workers were shot dead by soldiers at a protest in 1842. In Darwen, he makes a splash in pink as he traces developments in 19th-century interior design from wallpaper to paint. Michael explores the Victorian industrial landscape of Salford, populated by little matchstick figures, as revealed in the paintings of L.S. Lowry. Michael finishes this leg of his journey on Kersal Moor, where he twists his tongue around the Lancashire dialect and discovers the poetry of Edwin Waugh.

Michael Portillo

Series, 2016, United Kingdom, English, Documentary, Entertainment, Travel, Historical, Season 7 Episode 3


Great British Railway Journeys ‘Preston To Kersal Moor’

SBS HD

Great British Railway Journeys

'Preston To Kersal Moor'

SBS HD, 4:05am, Wed, 21 Aug 2019, 35 minutes

REPEAT

Michael Portillo reads the riot act in Preston, where he discovers four mill workers were shot dead by soldiers at a protest in 1842. In Darwen, he makes a splash in pink as he traces developments in 19th-century interior design from wallpaper to paint. Michael explores the Victorian industrial landscape of Salford, populated by little matchstick figures, as revealed in the paintings of L.S. Lowry. Michael finishes this leg of his journey on Kersal Moor, where he twists his tongue around the Lancashire dialect and discovers the poetry of Edwin Waugh.

Michael Portillo

Series, 2016, United Kingdom, English, Documentary, Entertainment, Travel, Historical, Season 7 Episode 3


Thursday, August 22

4:20am

Great British Railway Journeys ‘St. Helen's To Knutsford’

SBS

Great British Railway Journeys

'St. Helen's To Knutsford'

SBS, 4:20am, Thu, 22 Aug 2019, 35 minutes

REPEAT

Steered by his Bradshaw's guide, Michael begins this leg of his journey in Merseyside, where he feels the heat of modern glassmaking in St Helen's. He discovers how the techniques invented in the Victorian era to construct buildings such as the Crystal Palace have evolved and are powering a new architectural revolution.

Michael Portillo

Series, 2016, United Kingdom, English, Documentary, Entertainment, Travel, Historical, Season 7 Episode 4


Great British Railway Journeys ‘St. Helen's To Knutsford’

SBS HD

Great British Railway Journeys

'St. Helen's To Knutsford'

SBS HD, 4:20am, Thu, 22 Aug 2019, 35 minutes

REPEAT

Steered by his Bradshaw's guide, Michael begins this leg of his journey in Merseyside, where he feels the heat of modern glassmaking in St Helen's. He discovers how the techniques invented in the Victorian era to construct buildings such as the Crystal Palace have evolved and are powering a new architectural revolution.

Michael Portillo

Series, 2016, United Kingdom, English, Documentary, Entertainment, Travel, Historical, Season 7 Episode 4


Sunday, August 25

4:30am

Great British Railway Journeys ‘Ashley To Alton’

SBS

Great British Railway Journeys

'Ashley To Alton'

SBS, 4:30am, Sun, 25 Aug 2019, 30 minutes

REPEAT

On the last leg of his journey through northwest England, Michael Portillo makes a clean sweep in Ashley, where in Victorian times the new middle classes set up home in suburban villas with multiple chimneys, swept by children. In Macclesfield, Michael finds the end of the Silk Route and tries his hand at screen printing. After stoking the fire on the steam-powered Churnet Valley Railway, Michael alights at Froghall for Alton Towers to trace the 19th century origins of the modern theme park.

Michael Portillo

Series, 2016, United Kingdom, English, Documentary, Entertainment, Travel, Historical, Season 7 Episode 5


Great British Railway Journeys ‘Ashley To Alton’

SBS HD

Great British Railway Journeys

'Ashley To Alton'

SBS HD, 4:30am, Sun, 25 Aug 2019, 30 minutes

REPEAT

On the last leg of his journey through northwest England, Michael Portillo makes a clean sweep in Ashley, where in Victorian times the new middle classes set up home in suburban villas with multiple chimneys, swept by children. In Macclesfield, Michael finds the end of the Silk Route and tries his hand at screen printing. After stoking the fire on the steam-powered Churnet Valley Railway, Michael alights at Froghall for Alton Towers to trace the 19th century origins of the modern theme park.

Michael Portillo

Series, 2016, United Kingdom, English, Documentary, Entertainment, Travel, Historical, Season 7 Episode 5


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