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

Wednesday, January 20

3:55am

Great British Railway Journeys ‘Hythe To Hastings’

SBS

Great British Railway Journeys

'Hythe To Hastings'

SBS, 3:55am, Wed, 20 Jan 2021, 35 minutes

REPEAT

Michael discovers a hardy breed of sheep on the atmospheric Romney Marsh, explores Kent's new sparkling wine industry, and finds out why the Victorians went mad for ferns in Hastings.

Michael Portillo

Series, 2011, United Kingdom, English, Documentary, Entertainment, Travel, Historical, Season 2 Episode 20


Great British Railway Journeys ‘Hythe To Hastings’

SBS HD

Great British Railway Journeys

'Hythe To Hastings'

SBS HD, 3:55am, Wed, 20 Jan 2021, 35 minutes

REPEAT

Michael discovers a hardy breed of sheep on the atmospheric Romney Marsh, explores Kent's new sparkling wine industry, and finds out why the Victorians went mad for ferns in Hastings.

Michael Portillo

Series, 2011, United Kingdom, English, Documentary, Entertainment, Travel, Historical, Season 2 Episode 20


4:30am

Great British Railway Journeys ‘Ayr To Paisley’

SBS

Great British Railway Journeys

'Ayr To Paisley'

SBS, 4:30am, Wed, 20 Jan 2021, 30 minutes

REPEAT

Michael visits the hometown of Robbie Burns and finds out how to make Haggis, discovers how the railways transformed the game of golf in Prestwick and uncover the story of the great Victorian tartan hoax in Paisley.

Michael Portillo

Series, 2011, United Kingdom, English, Documentary, Entertainment, Travel, Historical, Season 2 Episode 21


Great British Railway Journeys ‘Ayr To Paisley’

SBS HD

Great British Railway Journeys

'Ayr To Paisley'

SBS HD, 4:30am, Wed, 20 Jan 2021, 30 minutes

REPEAT

Michael visits the hometown of Robbie Burns and finds out how to make Haggis, discovers how the railways transformed the game of golf in Prestwick and uncover the story of the great Victorian tartan hoax in Paisley.

Michael Portillo

Series, 2011, United Kingdom, English, Documentary, Entertainment, Travel, Historical, Season 2 Episode 21


2:50pm

Great British Railway Journeys ‘Dufftown To Aviemore’

SBS

Great British Railway Journeys

'Dufftown To Aviemore'

SBS, 2:50pm, Wed, 20 Jan 2021, 30 minutes

REPEAT

Michael learns how Victorian whisky trains were raided by robbers, travels along one of Scotland's most impressive viaducts and discovers that life is not always sweet on a shortbread production line.

Michael Portillo

Series, 2013, United Kingdom, English, Documentary, Entertainment, Travel, Historical, Season 4 Episode 13


Great British Railway Journeys ‘Dufftown To Aviemore’

SBS HD

Great British Railway Journeys

'Dufftown To Aviemore'

SBS HD, 2:50pm, Wed, 20 Jan 2021, 30 minutes

REPEAT

Michael learns how Victorian whisky trains were raided by robbers, travels along one of Scotland's most impressive viaducts and discovers that life is not always sweet on a shortbread production line.

Michael Portillo

Series, 2013, United Kingdom, English, Documentary, Entertainment, Travel, Historical, Season 4 Episode 13


Thursday, January 21

1:30am

Great British Railway Journeys ‘Dumbarton To Tyndrum’

SBS

Great British Railway Journeys

'Dumbarton To Tyndrum'

SBS, 1:30am, Thu, 21 Jan 2021, 30 minutes

REPEAT

Michael explores the historic Dumbarton shipyards that built the Cutty Sark, visits one of Queen Victoria's favourite haunts, Loch Lomond and goes hunting for gold in Scotland's mountains.

Michael Portillo

Series, 2011, United Kingdom, English, Documentary, Entertainment, Travel, Historical, Season 2 Episode 22


Great British Railway Journeys ‘Dumbarton To Tyndrum’

SBS HD

Great British Railway Journeys

'Dumbarton To Tyndrum'

SBS HD, 1:30am, Thu, 21 Jan 2021, 30 minutes

REPEAT

Michael explores the historic Dumbarton shipyards that built the Cutty Sark, visits one of Queen Victoria's favourite haunts, Loch Lomond and goes hunting for gold in Scotland's mountains.

Michael Portillo

Series, 2011, United Kingdom, English, Documentary, Entertainment, Travel, Historical, Season 2 Episode 22


2:00am

Great British Railway Journeys ‘Oban To Corrour’

SBS

Great British Railway Journeys

'Oban To Corrour'

SBS, 2:00am, Thu, 21 Jan 2021, 30 minutes

REPEAT

Michael discovers how trains spread the word about Oban whisky, hears about the heroic struggle to build a railway across the desolate Rannoch Moor and visits Corrour, one of the favourite shooting estates of the Victorian political elite.

Michael Portillo

Series, 2011, United Kingdom, English, Documentary, Entertainment, Travel, Historical, Season 2 Episode 23


Great British Railway Journeys ‘Oban To Corrour’

SBS HD

Great British Railway Journeys

'Oban To Corrour'

SBS HD, 2:00am, Thu, 21 Jan 2021, 30 minutes

REPEAT

Michael discovers how trains spread the word about Oban whisky, hears about the heroic struggle to build a railway across the desolate Rannoch Moor and visits Corrour, one of the favourite shooting estates of the Victorian political elite.

Michael Portillo

Series, 2011, United Kingdom, English, Documentary, Entertainment, Travel, Historical, Season 2 Episode 23


2:30am

Great British Railway Journeys ‘Roybridge To Glenfinnan’

SBS

Great British Railway Journeys

'Roybridge To Glenfinnan'

SBS, 2:30am, Thu, 21 Jan 2021, 30 minutes

REPEAT

Michael investigates one of the great geological mysteries of the 19th century, the parallel roads of Glenroy, finds out how the Victorians put a weather observatory on the top of Ben Nevis and takes a steam train across one of the most spectacular viaducts in Britain at Glenfinnan.

Michael Portillo

Series, 2011, United Kingdom, English, Documentary, Entertainment, Travel, Historical, Season 2 Episode 24


Great British Railway Journeys ‘Roybridge To Glenfinnan’

SBS HD

Great British Railway Journeys

'Roybridge To Glenfinnan'

SBS HD, 2:30am, Thu, 21 Jan 2021, 30 minutes

REPEAT

Michael investigates one of the great geological mysteries of the 19th century, the parallel roads of Glenroy, finds out how the Victorians put a weather observatory on the top of Ben Nevis and takes a steam train across one of the most spectacular viaducts in Britain at Glenfinnan.

Michael Portillo

Series, 2011, United Kingdom, English, Documentary, Entertainment, Travel, Historical, Season 2 Episode 24


2:50pm

Great British Railway Journeys ‘Inverness To Plockton’

SBS

Great British Railway Journeys

'Inverness To Plockton'

SBS, 2:50pm, Thu, 21 Jan 2021, 35 minutes

REPEAT

Michael is exploring the stunning scenery of rural and coastal Scotland, travelling from Stirling, through the industrial east coast and dramatic Highland landscapes, to the beauty of the western lochs finally ending his journey in John O'Groats. Today, Michael rides one of the country's most picturesque railways, visits Scotland's smallest station and learns what went into a spa-break Victorian style.

Michael Portillo

Series, 2013, United Kingdom, English, Documentary, Entertainment, Travel, Historical, Season 4 Episode 14


Great British Railway Journeys ‘Inverness To Plockton’

SBS HD

Great British Railway Journeys

'Inverness To Plockton'

SBS HD, 2:50pm, Thu, 21 Jan 2021, 35 minutes

REPEAT

Michael is exploring the stunning scenery of rural and coastal Scotland, travelling from Stirling, through the industrial east coast and dramatic Highland landscapes, to the beauty of the western lochs finally ending his journey in John O'Groats. Today, Michael rides one of the country's most picturesque railways, visits Scotland's smallest station and learns what went into a spa-break Victorian style.

Michael Portillo

Series, 2013, United Kingdom, English, Documentary, Entertainment, Travel, Historical, Season 4 Episode 14


Friday, January 22

4:15am

Great British Railway Journeys ‘Lochailort To Skye’

SBS

Great British Railway Journeys

'Lochailort To Skye'

SBS, 4:15am, Fri, 22 Jan 2021, 35 minutes

REPEAT

Michael discovers how the railways helped train the first generation of commandos at Lochailort in the Second World War, finds out why langoustines have replaced herrings as the top catch in the fishing port of Mallaig and sails across the sea to Skye to explore the history of the highland crofters.

Michael Portillo

Series, 2011, United Kingdom, English, Documentary, Entertainment, Travel, Historical, Season 2 Episode 25


Great British Railway Journeys ‘Lochailort To Skye’

SBS HD

Great British Railway Journeys

'Lochailort To Skye'

SBS HD, 4:15am, Fri, 22 Jan 2021, 35 minutes

REPEAT

Michael discovers how the railways helped train the first generation of commandos at Lochailort in the Second World War, finds out why langoustines have replaced herrings as the top catch in the fishing port of Mallaig and sails across the sea to Skye to explore the history of the highland crofters.

Michael Portillo

Series, 2011, United Kingdom, English, Documentary, Entertainment, Travel, Historical, Season 2 Episode 25


3:00pm

Great British Railway Journeys

SBS HD

Great British Railway Journeys

SBS HD, 3:00pm, Fri, 22 Jan 2021, 30 minutes

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, United Kingdom, English, Documentary, Entertainment, Travel, Historical


Saturday, January 23

3:50am

Great British Railway Journeys ‘Sudbury To Southend’

SBS

Great British Railway Journeys

'Sudbury To Southend'

SBS, 3:50am, Sat, 23 Jan 2021, 35 minutes

REPEAT

Michael comes face to face with a medieval politician, takes a rail tour of Victorian freak show hot spots, and visits Southend to ride one of the world's first electric railways.

Michael Portillo

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


Great British Railway Journeys ‘Sudbury To Southend’

SBS HD

Great British Railway Journeys

'Sudbury To Southend'

SBS HD, 3:50am, Sat, 23 Jan 2021, 35 minutes

REPEAT

Michael comes face to face with a medieval politician, takes a rail tour of Victorian freak show hot spots, and visits Southend to ride one of the world's first electric railways.

Michael Portillo

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


4:25am

Great British Railway Journeys ‘Epping To Hackney’

SBS

Great British Railway Journeys

'Epping To Hackney'

SBS, 4:25am, Sat, 23 Jan 2021, 35 minutes

REPEAT

Michael visits Essex to discover why dairy herds travelled the length and breadth of Britain by rail, visits Waltham to see how the gunpowder made there fuelled the building of an empire, and heads to Hackney to uncover the gruesome details of the first murder on a train.

Michael Portillo

Series, 2012, United Kingdom, English, Documentary, Entertainment, Travel, Historical, Season 3 Episode 4


Great British Railway Journeys ‘Epping To Hackney’

SBS HD

Great British Railway Journeys

'Epping To Hackney'

SBS HD, 4:25am, Sat, 23 Jan 2021, 35 minutes

REPEAT

Michael visits Essex to discover why dairy herds travelled the length and breadth of Britain by rail, visits Waltham to see how the gunpowder made there fuelled the building of an empire, and heads to Hackney to uncover the gruesome details of the first murder on a train.

Michael Portillo

Series, 2012, United Kingdom, English, Documentary, Entertainment, Travel, Historical, Season 3 Episode 4


2:00pm

Great British Railway Journeys ‘London Paddington To Warminster’

SBS

Great British Railway Journeys

'London Paddington To Warminster'

SBS, 2:00pm, Sat, 23 Jan 2021, 35 minutes

REPEAT

Michael is following in the footsteps of the master engineer of the Great Western Railway, Isambard Kingdom Brunel, beginning at the line's London gateway, Paddington Station and ending in Newton Abbot, Devon, the scene of one of Brunel's heroic failures. Today, Michael gets to grips with the old grey matter at a Victorian asylum, gives an historic horse a facelift and makes malt the 19th century way.

Michael Portillo

Series, 2013, United Kingdom, English, Documentary, Entertainment, Travel, Historical, Season 4 Episode 16


Great British Railway Journeys ‘London Paddington To Warminster’

SBS HD

Great British Railway Journeys

'London Paddington To Warminster'

SBS HD, 2:00pm, Sat, 23 Jan 2021, 35 minutes

REPEAT

Michael is following in the footsteps of the master engineer of the Great Western Railway, Isambard Kingdom Brunel, beginning at the line's London gateway, Paddington Station and ending in Newton Abbot, Devon, the scene of one of Brunel's heroic failures. Today, Michael gets to grips with the old grey matter at a Victorian asylum, gives an historic horse a facelift and makes malt the 19th century way.

Michael Portillo

Series, 2013, United Kingdom, English, Documentary, Entertainment, Travel, Historical, Season 4 Episode 16


2:35pm

Great British Railway Journeys ‘Salisbury To Castle Carey’

SBS

Great British Railway Journeys

'Salisbury To Castle Carey'

SBS, 2:35pm, Sat, 23 Jan 2021, 35 minutes

REPEAT

Michael visits a world famous tourist hotspot that's been captivating visitors since the Victorian era, takes to the air in Yeovil and tries his hand at cloth making, the 19th century way.

Michael Portillo

Series, 2013, United Kingdom, English, Documentary, Entertainment, Travel, Historical, Season 4 Episode 17


Great British Railway Journeys ‘Salisbury To Castle Carey’

SBS HD

Great British Railway Journeys

'Salisbury To Castle Carey'

SBS HD, 2:35pm, Sat, 23 Jan 2021, 35 minutes

REPEAT

Michael visits a world famous tourist hotspot that's been captivating visitors since the Victorian era, takes to the air in Yeovil and tries his hand at cloth making, the 19th century way.

Michael Portillo

Series, 2013, United Kingdom, English, Documentary, Entertainment, Travel, Historical, Season 4 Episode 17


3:10pm

Great British Railway Journeys ‘Taunton To Minehead’

SBS

Great British Railway Journeys

'Taunton To Minehead'

SBS, 3:10pm, Sat, 23 Jan 2021, 35 minutes

REPEAT

Michael explores a church that moves in mysterious ways, finds out just what it takes to run a 19th century signal box and summons all his strength, to move a one hundred and ten tonne steam locomotive.

Michael Portillo

Series, 2013, United Kingdom, English, Documentary, Entertainment, Travel, Historical, Season 4 Episode 18


Great British Railway Journeys ‘Taunton To Minehead’

SBS HD

Great British Railway Journeys

'Taunton To Minehead'

SBS HD, 3:10pm, Sat, 23 Jan 2021, 35 minutes

REPEAT

Michael explores a church that moves in mysterious ways, finds out just what it takes to run a 19th century signal box and summons all his strength, to move a one hundred and ten tonne steam locomotive.

Michael Portillo

Series, 2013, United Kingdom, English, Documentary, Entertainment, Travel, Historical, Season 4 Episode 18


Sunday, January 24

4:00am

Great British Railway Journeys ‘Great Yarmouth To Beccles’

SBS

Great British Railway Journeys

'Great Yarmouth To Beccles'

SBS, 4:00am, Sun, 24 Jan 2021, 30 minutes

REPEAT

Michael discovers the grave robbing history of Great Yarmouth, tries his hand at working a Victorian Swing Bridge in Reedham and takes to the air to discover how a Victorian rail guidebook helped aviators in WWII.

Michael Portillo

Series, 2012, United Kingdom, English, Documentary, Entertainment, Travel, Historical, Season 3 Episode 1


Great British Railway Journeys ‘Great Yarmouth To Beccles’

SBS HD

Great British Railway Journeys

'Great Yarmouth To Beccles'

SBS HD, 4:00am, Sun, 24 Jan 2021, 30 minutes

REPEAT

Michael discovers the grave robbing history of Great Yarmouth, tries his hand at working a Victorian Swing Bridge in Reedham and takes to the air to discover how a Victorian rail guidebook helped aviators in WWII.

Michael Portillo

Series, 2012, United Kingdom, English, Documentary, Entertainment, Travel, Historical, Season 3 Episode 1


4:30am

Great British Railway Journeys ‘Windsor To Didcot’

SBS

Great British Railway Journeys

'Windsor To Didcot'

SBS, 4:30am, Sun, 24 Jan 2021, 30 minutes

REPEAT

Michael visits a station fit for royalty in Windsor, views an engineering triumph built by Brunel to span the Thames at Maidenhead, and tries his hand at collecting the mail 'Victorian style' on a steam powered Travelling Post Office.

Michael Portillo

Series, 2012, United Kingdom, English, Documentary, Entertainment, Travel, Historical, Season 3 Episode 6


Great British Railway Journeys ‘Windsor To Didcot’

SBS HD

Great British Railway Journeys

'Windsor To Didcot'

SBS HD, 4:30am, Sun, 24 Jan 2021, 30 minutes

REPEAT

Michael visits a station fit for royalty in Windsor, views an engineering triumph built by Brunel to span the Thames at Maidenhead, and tries his hand at collecting the mail 'Victorian style' on a steam powered Travelling Post Office.

Michael Portillo

Series, 2012, United Kingdom, English, Documentary, Entertainment, Travel, Historical, Season 3 Episode 6


Monday, January 25

2:50pm

Great British Railway Journeys ‘Lynton And Lynmouth To Exeter’

SBS

Great British Railway Journeys

'Lynton And Lynmouth To Exeter'

SBS, 2:50pm, Mon, 25 Jan 2021, 35 minutes

REPEAT

Michael gets up close with a piece of natural history, visits a garden used as a viewing platform for public hangings and experiences a timepiece like no other.

Michael Portillo

Series, 2013, United Kingdom, English, Documentary, Entertainment, Travel, Historical, Season 4 Episode 19


Great British Railway Journeys ‘Lynton And Lynmouth To Exeter’

SBS HD

Great British Railway Journeys

'Lynton And Lynmouth To Exeter'

SBS HD, 2:50pm, Mon, 25 Jan 2021, 35 minutes

REPEAT

Michael gets up close with a piece of natural history, visits a garden used as a viewing platform for public hangings and experiences a timepiece like no other.

Michael Portillo

Series, 2013, United Kingdom, English, Documentary, Entertainment, Travel, Historical, Season 4 Episode 19


Tuesday, January 26

4:15am

Great British Railway Journeys ‘Darsham To Felixstowe’

SBS

Great British Railway Journeys

'Darsham To Felixstowe'

SBS, 4:15am, Tue, 26 Jan 2021, 40 minutes

REPEAT

Michael follows the Victorians fascination with Britain's own Atlantis to the lost city of Dunwich, meets some gentle giants who were crucial to the smooth running of the railways and discovers how the Port of Felixstowe grew into the biggest container port in the land.

Michael Portillo

Series, 2012, United Kingdom, English, Documentary, Entertainment, Travel, Historical, Season 3 Episode 2


Great British Railway Journeys ‘Darsham To Felixstowe’

SBS HD

Great British Railway Journeys

'Darsham To Felixstowe'

SBS HD, 4:15am, Tue, 26 Jan 2021, 40 minutes

REPEAT

Michael follows the Victorians fascination with Britain's own Atlantis to the lost city of Dunwich, meets some gentle giants who were crucial to the smooth running of the railways and discovers how the Port of Felixstowe grew into the biggest container port in the land.

Michael Portillo

Series, 2012, United Kingdom, English, Documentary, Entertainment, Travel, Historical, Season 3 Episode 2


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