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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Great British Railway Journeys - TV Showtimes

Tuesday, November 24

2:55pm

Great British Railway Journeys ‘Haworth To Huddersfield’

SBS

Great British Railway Journeys

'Haworth To Huddersfield'

SBS, 2:55pm, Tue, 24 Nov 2020, 35 minutes

REPEAT

Michael Portillo begins this leg of his journey in the Worth Valley in Yorkshire at the home of the three Brontë sisters, who were early investors in the railway. He then heads to Oakworth where he learns how the station and its heritage railway line secured a starring role in one of the most popular films ever made. In Bradford, Michael finds out how nineteenth century workers could save to buy a home of their own then he heads for Halifax where he discovers how the railways contributed to the town's sweet success.

Michael Portillo

Series, 2014, United Kingdom, English, Documentary, Entertainment, Travel, Historical, Season 5 Episode 4


Great British Railway Journeys ‘Haworth To Huddersfield’

SBS HD

Great British Railway Journeys

'Haworth To Huddersfield'

SBS HD, 2:55pm, Tue, 24 Nov 2020, 35 minutes

REPEAT

Michael Portillo begins this leg of his journey in the Worth Valley in Yorkshire at the home of the three Brontë sisters, who were early investors in the railway. He then heads to Oakworth where he learns how the station and its heritage railway line secured a starring role in one of the most popular films ever made. In Bradford, Michael finds out how nineteenth century workers could save to buy a home of their own then he heads for Halifax where he discovers how the railways contributed to the town's sweet success.

Michael Portillo

Series, 2014, United Kingdom, English, Documentary, Entertainment, Travel, Historical, Season 5 Episode 4


7:30pm

Great British Railway Journeys ‘Series 11: Episode 7’

SBS

Great British Railway Journeys

'Series 11: Episode 7'

SBS, 7:30pm, Tue, 24 Nov 2020, 30 minutes

Michael is in Cornwall?s county town, Truro, with his 1930s Bradshaw?s Guide. In the surrounding countryside, he finds the historic estate of Trewithen, whose gardens were stocked from China by professional plant hunters commissioned by its owner.

Michael Portillo

Series, United Kingdom, English, Documentary, Entertainment, Travel, Historical, Season 11 Episode 7


Great British Railway Journeys ‘Series 11: Episode 7’

SBS HD

Great British Railway Journeys

'Series 11: Episode 7'

SBS HD, 7:30pm, Tue, 24 Nov 2020, 30 minutes

Michael is in Cornwall?s county town, Truro, with his 1930s Bradshaw?s Guide. In the surrounding countryside, he finds the historic estate of Trewithen, whose gardens were stocked from China by professional plant hunters commissioned by its owner.

Michael Portillo

Series, United Kingdom, English, Documentary, Entertainment, Travel, Historical, Season 11 Episode 7


8:00pm

Great British Railway Journeys ‘Series 11: Episode 8’

SBS

Great British Railway Journeys

'Series 11: Episode 8'

SBS, 8:00pm, Tue, 24 Nov 2020, 30 minutes

Clutching his 1930s Bradshaw?s Guide, Michael reaches Bodmin en route to Totnes as he explores the West Country from St Ives to Salisbury Plain. Out on the rugged moor, Michael hears how the celebrated author, Daphne du Maurier, captivated readers between the wars with her tales of smuggling at the Jamaica Inn.

Michael Portillo

Series, United Kingdom, English, Documentary, Entertainment, Travel, Historical, Season 11 Episode 8


Great British Railway Journeys ‘Series 11: Episode 8’

SBS HD

Great British Railway Journeys

'Series 11: Episode 8'

SBS HD, 8:00pm, Tue, 24 Nov 2020, 30 minutes

Clutching his 1930s Bradshaw?s Guide, Michael reaches Bodmin en route to Totnes as he explores the West Country from St Ives to Salisbury Plain. Out on the rugged moor, Michael hears how the celebrated author, Daphne du Maurier, captivated readers between the wars with her tales of smuggling at the Jamaica Inn.

Michael Portillo

Series, United Kingdom, English, Documentary, Entertainment, Travel, Historical, Season 11 Episode 8


Wednesday, November 25

4:25am

Great British Railway Journeys ‘Brockenhurst To Poole’

SBS

Great British Railway Journeys

'Brockenhurst To Poole'

SBS, 4:25am, Wed, 25 Nov 2020, 35 minutes

REPEAT

Michael's in the New Forest hunting down poisonous adders on the trail of a Victorian snake catcher, uncovering a secret library in Wimborne containing some very rare old books, and seeing the Poole potteries founded in the 19th Century that are still working today.

Michael Portillo

Series, 2012, United Kingdom, English, Documentary, Entertainment, Travel, Historical, Season 3 Episode 9


Great British Railway Journeys ‘Brockenhurst To Poole’

SBS HD

Great British Railway Journeys

'Brockenhurst To Poole'

SBS HD, 4:25am, Wed, 25 Nov 2020, 35 minutes

REPEAT

Michael's in the New Forest hunting down poisonous adders on the trail of a Victorian snake catcher, uncovering a secret library in Wimborne containing some very rare old books, and seeing the Poole potteries founded in the 19th Century that are still working today.

Michael Portillo

Series, 2012, United Kingdom, English, Documentary, Entertainment, Travel, Historical, Season 3 Episode 9


3:00pm

Great British Railway Journeys ‘Honley To Chesterfield’

SBS

Great British Railway Journeys

'Honley To Chesterfield'

SBS, 3:00pm, Wed, 25 Nov 2020, 30 minutes

REPEAT

On the last leg of his journey from a notorious slum in Manchester to the grandeur of a ducal seat in Derbyshire, Michael Portillo tunes into the music of the mills and collieries of Victorian England, testing his puff with the brass band at Honley. In Holmfirth, Michael discovers a nineteenth century tragedy that struck the town and led to a tourist boom on the railways. At Chesterfield, Michael pays homage to the father of the railway, George Stephenson, before finishing his journey in style at one of the first stately homes to welcome visitors by rail, Chatsworth.

Michael Portillo

Series, 2014, United Kingdom, English, Documentary, Entertainment, Travel, Historical, Season 5 Episode 5


Great British Railway Journeys ‘Honley To Chesterfield’

SBS HD

Great British Railway Journeys

'Honley To Chesterfield'

SBS HD, 3:00pm, Wed, 25 Nov 2020, 30 minutes

REPEAT

On the last leg of his journey from a notorious slum in Manchester to the grandeur of a ducal seat in Derbyshire, Michael Portillo tunes into the music of the mills and collieries of Victorian England, testing his puff with the brass band at Honley. In Holmfirth, Michael discovers a nineteenth century tragedy that struck the town and led to a tourist boom on the railways. At Chesterfield, Michael pays homage to the father of the railway, George Stephenson, before finishing his journey in style at one of the first stately homes to welcome visitors by rail, Chatsworth.

Michael Portillo

Series, 2014, United Kingdom, English, Documentary, Entertainment, Travel, Historical, Season 5 Episode 5


Thursday, November 26

3:15am

Great British Railway Journeys ‘Wareham To Portland’

SBS

Great British Railway Journeys

'Wareham To Portland'

SBS, 3:15am, Thu, 26 Nov 2020, 35 minutes

REPEAT

Michael uncovers the amazing oil fields hidden underneath England's quiet sea side resorts, discovers the crucial role Weymouth played in the D-day landings, and heads to the cradle of Victorian Britain’s most prestigious building rock, Portland.

Michael Portillo

Series, 2012, United Kingdom, English, Documentary, Entertainment, Travel, Historical, Season 3 Episode 10


Great British Railway Journeys ‘Wareham To Portland’

SBS HD

Great British Railway Journeys

'Wareham To Portland'

SBS HD, 3:15am, Thu, 26 Nov 2020, 35 minutes

REPEAT

Michael uncovers the amazing oil fields hidden underneath England's quiet sea side resorts, discovers the crucial role Weymouth played in the D-day landings, and heads to the cradle of Victorian Britain’s most prestigious building rock, Portland.

Michael Portillo

Series, 2012, United Kingdom, English, Documentary, Entertainment, Travel, Historical, Season 3 Episode 10


3:50am

Great British Railway Journeys ‘Canterbury To Margate’

SBS

Great British Railway Journeys

'Canterbury To Margate'

SBS, 3:50am, Thu, 26 Nov 2020, 40 minutes

REPEAT

Michael finds out how Canterbury Cathedral was saved during the Baedecker raids of WWII, goes whelk fishing in Whitstable, and explores the origins of a seaside swim in Margate.

Michael Portillo

Series, 2018, United Kingdom, English, Documentary, Entertainment, Travel, Historical, Season 2 Episode 18


Great British Railway Journeys ‘Canterbury To Margate’

SBS HD

Great British Railway Journeys

'Canterbury To Margate'

SBS HD, 3:50am, Thu, 26 Nov 2020, 40 minutes

REPEAT

Michael finds out how Canterbury Cathedral was saved during the Baedecker raids of WWII, goes whelk fishing in Whitstable, and explores the origins of a seaside swim in Margate.

Michael Portillo

Series, 2018, United Kingdom, English, Documentary, Entertainment, Travel, Historical, Season 2 Episode 18


2:55pm

Great British Railway Journeys ‘London Euston To Cheddington’

SBS

Great British Railway Journeys

'London Euston To Cheddington'

SBS, 2:55pm, Thu, 26 Nov 2020, 35 minutes

REPEAT

In this first leg, he finds out what happened to the once proud Euston Arch and braves the watery depths under Camden Town to see how goods were transported by rail, road and canal. Clad in his old school blazer, Michael heads north to explore the Harrow of his childhood and remembers the tragic rail disaster of 1952. At the country estate of one of the world's wealthiest banking families in Tring, he discovers an exotic collection in need of special attention before alighting at Cheddington, scene of the Great Train Robbery.

Michael Portillo

Series, 2014, United Kingdom, English, Documentary, Entertainment, Travel, Historical, Season 5 Episode 6


Great British Railway Journeys ‘London Euston To Cheddington’

SBS HD

Great British Railway Journeys

'London Euston To Cheddington'

SBS HD, 2:55pm, Thu, 26 Nov 2020, 35 minutes

REPEAT

In this first leg, he finds out what happened to the once proud Euston Arch and braves the watery depths under Camden Town to see how goods were transported by rail, road and canal. Clad in his old school blazer, Michael heads north to explore the Harrow of his childhood and remembers the tragic rail disaster of 1952. At the country estate of one of the world's wealthiest banking families in Tring, he discovers an exotic collection in need of special attention before alighting at Cheddington, scene of the Great Train Robbery.

Michael Portillo

Series, 2014, United Kingdom, English, Documentary, Entertainment, Travel, Historical, Season 5 Episode 6


Friday, November 27

4:25am

Great British Railway Journeys ‘Oxford To Pershore’

SBS

Great British Railway Journeys

'Oxford To Pershore'

SBS, 4:25am, Fri, 27 Nov 2020, 35 minutes

REPEAT

Michael is lead to a special view of the city of Oxford by his 19th century guidebook, samples a Victorian Navvies brew made by steam power, and discovers a unique and colourful crop in the heart of the Cotswolds.

Michael Portillo

Series, 2012, United Kingdom, English, Documentary, Entertainment, Travel, Historical, Season 3 Episode 11


Great British Railway Journeys ‘Oxford To Pershore’

SBS HD

Great British Railway Journeys

'Oxford To Pershore'

SBS HD, 4:25am, Fri, 27 Nov 2020, 35 minutes

REPEAT

Michael is lead to a special view of the city of Oxford by his 19th century guidebook, samples a Victorian Navvies brew made by steam power, and discovers a unique and colourful crop in the heart of the Cotswolds.

Michael Portillo

Series, 2012, United Kingdom, English, Documentary, Entertainment, Travel, Historical, Season 3 Episode 11


Sunday, November 29

4:25am

Great British Railway Journeys ‘Hartlebury To Great Malvern’

SBS

Great British Railway Journeys

'Hartlebury To Great Malvern'

SBS, 4:25am, Sun, 29 Nov 2020, 35 minutes

REPEAT

Michael visits the home of Queen Victoria's favourite bishop in Hartlebury, sniffs out the secrets of a famous 19th century sauce in Worcester, and follows in the footsteps of Victorian health fanatics to the Malvern Hills.

Michael Portillo

Series, 2012, United Kingdom, English, Documentary, Entertainment, Travel, Historical, Season 3 Episode 12


Great British Railway Journeys ‘Hartlebury To Great Malvern’

SBS HD

Great British Railway Journeys

'Hartlebury To Great Malvern'

SBS HD, 4:25am, Sun, 29 Nov 2020, 35 minutes

REPEAT

Michael visits the home of Queen Victoria's favourite bishop in Hartlebury, sniffs out the secrets of a famous 19th century sauce in Worcester, and follows in the footsteps of Victorian health fanatics to the Malvern Hills.

Michael Portillo

Series, 2012, United Kingdom, English, Documentary, Entertainment, Travel, Historical, Season 3 Episode 12


Monday, November 30

3:30am

Great British Railway Journeys ‘Lydney To Newport’

SBS

Great British Railway Journeys

'Lydney To Newport'

SBS, 3:30am, Mon, 30 Nov 2020, 30 minutes

REPEAT

Michael discovers Britain's hidden micro-mines within the Forest of Dean, sees why the Victorians fell for the romantic ruins of Tintern Abbey, and uncovers the railway engineering behind the industrial icon that is Newport Transporter Bridge.

Michael Portillo

Series, 2012, United Kingdom, English, Documentary, Entertainment, Travel, Historical, Season 3 Episode 13


Great British Railway Journeys ‘Lydney To Newport’

SBS HD

Great British Railway Journeys

'Lydney To Newport'

SBS HD, 3:30am, Mon, 30 Nov 2020, 30 minutes

REPEAT

Michael discovers Britain's hidden micro-mines within the Forest of Dean, sees why the Victorians fell for the romantic ruins of Tintern Abbey, and uncovers the railway engineering behind the industrial icon that is Newport Transporter Bridge.

Michael Portillo

Series, 2012, United Kingdom, English, Documentary, Entertainment, Travel, Historical, Season 3 Episode 13


4:00am

Great British Railway Journeys ‘Cardiff To Brecon’

SBS

Great British Railway Journeys

'Cardiff To Brecon'

SBS, 4:00am, Mon, 30 Nov 2020, 35 minutes

REPEAT

Michael discovers the Victorian coal heritage that turned Cardiff into the city it is today, explores the 19th century reason why Barry Island isn't an island, and takes a steam ride through the beautiful Brecon Beacons National Park.

Michael Portillo

Series, 2012, United Kingdom, English, Documentary, Entertainment, Travel, Historical, Season 3 Episode 14


Great British Railway Journeys ‘Cardiff To Brecon’

SBS HD

Great British Railway Journeys

'Cardiff To Brecon'

SBS HD, 4:00am, Mon, 30 Nov 2020, 35 minutes

REPEAT

Michael discovers the Victorian coal heritage that turned Cardiff into the city it is today, explores the 19th century reason why Barry Island isn't an island, and takes a steam ride through the beautiful Brecon Beacons National Park.

Michael Portillo

Series, 2012, United Kingdom, English, Documentary, Entertainment, Travel, Historical, Season 3 Episode 14


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