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, July 22

4:05am

Great British Railway Journeys ‘East Grinstead To Guildford’

SBS

Great British Railway Journeys

'East Grinstead To Guildford'

SBS, 4:05am, Mon, 22 Jul 2019, 40 minutes

REPEAT

At East Grinstead Michael Portillo dons a boiler suit and takes to the footplate of a loco on the Bluebell Railway, Britainís first passenger carrying heritage line. Travelling north to Merstham, Surrey, Michael experiences an explosive encounter as he witnesses the power of dynamite first-hand. Moving East through Surrey countryside, he visits the stunningly situated Leith Hill Place to explore the compositions of the great British composer Ralph Vaughan Williams. Today's journey ends near Guildford with the story of a giant of Victorian art, G.F Watts.

Michael Portillo

Series, 2016, United Kingdom, English, Documentary, Entertainment, Travel, Historical, Season 7 Episode 17


Great British Railway Journeys ‘East Grinstead To Guildford’

SBS HD

Great British Railway Journeys

'East Grinstead To Guildford'

SBS HD, 4:05am, Mon, 22 Jul 2019, 40 minutes

REPEAT

At East Grinstead Michael Portillo dons a boiler suit and takes to the footplate of a loco on the Bluebell Railway, Britainís first passenger carrying heritage line. Travelling north to Merstham, Surrey, Michael experiences an explosive encounter as he witnesses the power of dynamite first-hand. Moving East through Surrey countryside, he visits the stunningly situated Leith Hill Place to explore the compositions of the great British composer Ralph Vaughan Williams. Today's journey ends near Guildford with the story of a giant of Victorian art, G.F Watts.

Michael Portillo

Series, 2016, United Kingdom, English, Documentary, Entertainment, Travel, Historical, Season 7 Episode 17


Tuesday, July 23

4:10am

Great British Railway Journeys ‘Woking To Walton-On-Thames’

SBS

Great British Railway Journeys

'Woking To Walton-On-Thames'

SBS, 4:10am, Tue, 23 Jul 2019, 35 minutes

REPEAT

Michael Portillo uncovers the story of Britain's first purpose-built crematorium - a response to overcrowded cemeteries and London's ever-expanding population. A trip to world-famous Wisley Gardens sheds light on the work of the Royal Horticultural Society.

Michael Portillo

Series, 2016, United Kingdom, English, Documentary, Entertainment, Travel, Historical, Season 7 Episode 18


Great British Railway Journeys ‘Woking To Walton-On-Thames’

SBS HD

Great British Railway Journeys

'Woking To Walton-On-Thames'

SBS HD, 4:10am, Tue, 23 Jul 2019, 35 minutes

REPEAT

Michael Portillo uncovers the story of Britain's first purpose-built crematorium - a response to overcrowded cemeteries and London's ever-expanding population. A trip to world-famous Wisley Gardens sheds light on the work of the Royal Horticultural Society.

Michael Portillo

Series, 2016, United Kingdom, English, Documentary, Entertainment, Travel, Historical, Season 7 Episode 18


Wednesday, July 24

8:00pm

Great British Railway Journeys ‘London Bridge To Chatham’

SBS

Great British Railway Journeys

'London Bridge To Chatham'

SBS, 8:00pm, Wed, 24 Jul 2019, 35 minutes

REPEAT

This week Michael Portillo journeys through Kent, from London Bridge around the scenic south coast to Hastings. First, Michael visits the Royal Observatory at Greenwich to see how the railways standardised time, then takes a walk through the world's first underwater tunnel at Rotherhithe, and later explores the historic Dockyards at Chatham.

Michael Portillo

Series, 2011, United Kingdom, English, Documentary, Entertainment, Travel, Historical, Season 2 Episode 16


Great British Railway Journeys ‘London Bridge To Chatham’

SBS HD

Great British Railway Journeys

'London Bridge To Chatham'

SBS HD, 8:00pm, Wed, 24 Jul 2019, 35 minutes

REPEAT

This week Michael Portillo journeys through Kent, from London Bridge around the scenic south coast to Hastings. First, Michael visits the Royal Observatory at Greenwich to see how the railways standardised time, then takes a walk through the world's first underwater tunnel at Rotherhithe, and later explores the historic Dockyards at Chatham.

Michael Portillo

Series, 2011, United Kingdom, English, Documentary, Entertainment, Travel, Historical, Season 2 Episode 16


Saturday, July 27

3:55am

Great British Railway Journeys ‘Egham To Henley’

SBS

Great British Railway Journeys

'Egham To Henley'

SBS, 3:55am, Sat, 27 Jul 2019, 30 minutes

REPEAT

Michael begins the final leg of his journey through the Home Counties at Egham, where a perfectly preserved, historic, steam fair offers the original white-knuckle ride. Across town lies the palatial Royal Holloway College, now part of the University of London, where Michael discovers the institution's philanthropic roots. Moving on to Berkshire, he drops in at a factory that manufactures a famously sleep-inducing beverage with historic roots. This journey ends riverside at Henley-on-Thames where Michael takes to the water and learns that rowing in an eight is a challenging business.

Michael Portillo

Series, United Kingdom, English, Documentary, Entertainment, Travel, Historical, Season 7 Episode 20


Great British Railway Journeys ‘Egham To Henley’

SBS HD

Great British Railway Journeys

'Egham To Henley'

SBS HD, 3:55am, Sat, 27 Jul 2019, 30 minutes

REPEAT

Michael begins the final leg of his journey through the Home Counties at Egham, where a perfectly preserved, historic, steam fair offers the original white-knuckle ride. Across town lies the palatial Royal Holloway College, now part of the University of London, where Michael discovers the institution's philanthropic roots. Moving on to Berkshire, he drops in at a factory that manufactures a famously sleep-inducing beverage with historic roots. This journey ends riverside at Henley-on-Thames where Michael takes to the water and learns that rowing in an eight is a challenging business.

Michael Portillo

Series, United Kingdom, English, Documentary, Entertainment, Travel, Historical, Season 7 Episode 20


4:25am

Great British Railway Journeys ‘Ayr To Stewarton’

SBS

Great British Railway Journeys

'Ayr To Stewarton'

SBS, 4:25am, Sat, 27 Jul 2019, 30 minutes

REPEAT

Michael embarks on a new journey through southern Scotland from west to east. From Ayr, he admires the granite island of Ailsa Craig before getting to grips with the ancient sport of curling, with help from a Scottish World Champion. At Barassie, he rides the footplate of a freight train hauling coal on Scotland's oldest railway line.

Michael Portillo

Series, 2015, United Kingdom, English, Documentary, Entertainment, Travel, Historical, Season 6 Episode 1


Great British Railway Journeys ‘Ayr To Stewarton’

SBS HD

Great British Railway Journeys

'Ayr To Stewarton'

SBS HD, 4:25am, Sat, 27 Jul 2019, 30 minutes

REPEAT

Michael embarks on a new journey through southern Scotland from west to east. From Ayr, he admires the granite island of Ailsa Craig before getting to grips with the ancient sport of curling, with help from a Scottish World Champion. At Barassie, he rides the footplate of a freight train hauling coal on Scotland's oldest railway line.

Michael Portillo

Series, 2015, United Kingdom, English, Documentary, Entertainment, Travel, Historical, Season 6 Episode 1


Sunday, July 28

4:00am

Great British Railway Journeys ‘Greenock To Larkhall’

SBS

Great British Railway Journeys

'Greenock To Larkhall'

SBS, 4:00am, Sun, 28 Jul 2019, 30 minutes

REPEAT

On the last leg of his journey across Scotland from west to east, Michael pays homage to the birthplace of golf at St Andrews; crosses the Firth of Forth via the legendary red bridge; and arrives in Edinburgh in the middle of the world's largest arts festival.Then he embarks on a series of new journeys through London, travelling on the capital's first 'underground' railway.

Michael Portillo

Series, 2015, United Kingdom, English, Documentary, Entertainment, Travel, Historical, Season 6 Episode 2


Great British Railway Journeys ‘Greenock To Larkhall’

SBS HD

Great British Railway Journeys

'Greenock To Larkhall'

SBS HD, 4:00am, Sun, 28 Jul 2019, 30 minutes

REPEAT

On the last leg of his journey across Scotland from west to east, Michael pays homage to the birthplace of golf at St Andrews; crosses the Firth of Forth via the legendary red bridge; and arrives in Edinburgh in the middle of the world's largest arts festival.Then he embarks on a series of new journeys through London, travelling on the capital's first 'underground' railway.

Michael Portillo

Series, 2015, United Kingdom, English, Documentary, Entertainment, Travel, Historical, Season 6 Episode 2


4:30am

Great British Railway Journeys ‘Motherwell To Linlithgow’

SBS

Great British Railway Journeys

'Motherwell To Linlithgow'

SBS, 4:30am, Sun, 28 Jul 2019, 30 minutes

REPEAT

On the last leg of his journey across Scotland from west to east, Michael pays homage to the birthplace of golf at St Andrews; crosses the Firth of Forth via the legendary red bridge; and arrives in Edinburgh in the middle of the world's largest arts festival.Then he embarks on a series of new journeys through London, travelling on the capital's first 'underground' railway.

Michael Portillo

Series, 2015, United Kingdom, English, Documentary, Entertainment, Travel, Historical, Season 6 Episode 3


Great British Railway Journeys ‘Motherwell To Linlithgow’

SBS HD

Great British Railway Journeys

'Motherwell To Linlithgow'

SBS HD, 4:30am, Sun, 28 Jul 2019, 30 minutes

REPEAT

On the last leg of his journey across Scotland from west to east, Michael pays homage to the birthplace of golf at St Andrews; crosses the Firth of Forth via the legendary red bridge; and arrives in Edinburgh in the middle of the world's largest arts festival.Then he embarks on a series of new journeys through London, travelling on the capital's first 'underground' railway.

Michael Portillo

Series, 2015, United Kingdom, English, Documentary, Entertainment, Travel, Historical, Season 6 Episode 3


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