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Great British Railway Journeys

Series 5

Episode 2: Southport to Leyland

Duration: 29 minutes

First broadcast: on BBC Two HDLatest broadcast: on BBC Two HD

Michael Portillo continues his journey through the north west. He begins in the Lancashire resort of Southport and also stops off in Wigan, Bolton and Leyland. Show more

Great British Railway Journeys

Series 5

Episode 3: Preston to Rochdale

Duration: 29 minutes

First broadcast: on BBC Two HDLatest broadcast: on BBC Two HD

Michael Portillo continues his journey through the north west. He learns about the Preston Guild, and in Rochdale, discovers a pioneering movement for workers. Show more

Great British Railway Journeys

Series 5

Episode 4: Haworth to Huddersfield

Duration: 29 minutes

First broadcast: on BBC Two HDLatest broadcast: on BBC Two HD

Michael Portillo begins this leg of his journey from Manchester to Chesterfield at the home of the three Bronte sisters in Worth Valley, Yorkshire. Show more

Great British Railway Journeys

Series 5

Episode 5: Honley to Chesterfield

Duration: 29 minutes

First broadcast: on BBC Two HDLatest broadcast: on BBC Two HD

Michael completes the last leg of his journey from Manchester to Chesterfield at one of the first stately homes to welcome visitors by rail - Chatsworth. Show more

Great British Railway Journeys

Series 4

Episode 6: Portsmouth to Gomshall

Duration: 30 minutes

First broadcast: on BBC HDLatest broadcast: on BBC HD

Michael Portillo feeds the crew of Britain's newest warship and discovers how the Victorians planned to repel a possible French invasion. Show more

Great British Railway Journeys

Series 4

Episode 7: Woking to Clapham Junction

Duration: 30 minutes

First broadcast: on BBC HDLatest broadcast: on BBC HD

Michael Portillo gets close to some Victorian botany at Kew Gardens, tries his hand at croquet and discovers a surprising 19th-century place of worship. Show more

Great British Railway Journeys

Series 4

Episode 8: London Victoria to Abbey Wood

Duration: 30 minutes

First broadcast: on BBC Two WalesLatest broadcast: on BBC Two Wales

Michael Portillo learns how Victorian fire fighters liked a tipple and discovers how even 19th-century sewage pumps were a celebration of design. Show more

Great British Railway Journeys

Series 4

Episode 9: London King's Cross to Peterborough

Duration: 30 minutes

First broadcast: on BBC HDLatest broadcast: on BBC HD

Michael Portillo discovers how derelict Victorian London is being rejuvenated and puts in a shift at a Cambridgeshire brick factory. Show more

Great British Railway Journeys

Series 4

Episode 10: Spalding to Grimsby

Duration: 30 minutes

First broadcast: on BBC HDLatest broadcast: on BBC HD

Michael Portillo sees how Lincolnshire farmers utilised rails to improve their harvests and visits Lincoln's most impressive cathedral. Show more

Great British Railway Journeys

Series 4

Episode 1: High Wycombe to Stratford-Upon-Avon

Duration: 29 minutes

First broadcast: on BBC HDLatest broadcast: on BBC HD

Michael Portillo meets the craftsmen behind Victorian furniture and sees Shakespeare through the eyes of a 19th-century railway tourist. Show more

Great British Railway Journeys

Series 4

Episode 2: Birmingham to Stafford

Duration: 30 minutes

First broadcast: on BBC HDLatest broadcast: on BBC HD

Michael Portillo learns how the railways helped to make Birmingham the world's pen-making capital and hears tales of a notorious Victorian murderer. Show more

Great British Railway Journeys

Series 4

Episode 3: Stoke-on-Trent to Winsford

Duration: 29 minutes

First broadcast: on BBC HDLatest broadcast: on BBC HD

Michael Portillo explores one of the greatest locomotive factories in railway history and discovers the dark side of the Industrial Revolution. Show more

Great British Railway Journeys

Series 4

Episode 4: Dudley to Bridgnorth

Duration: 30 minutes

First broadcast: on BBC HDLatest broadcast: on BBC HD

Michael Portillo rides the stunning Severn Valley Railway across Victoria Bridge and learns how Victorian blacksmithing was not for the faint-hearted. Show more

Great British Railway Journeys

Series 4

Episode 5: Welshpool to Aberystwyth

Duration: 30 minutes

First broadcast: on BBC HDLatest broadcast: on BBC HD

Michael Portillo travels to the Victorian seaside resort of Aberystwyth and unleashes the power of a 19th-century engineering triumph. Show more

Great British Railway Journeys

Series 4

Episode 11: Stirling to Invergowrie

Duration: 29 minutes

First broadcast: on BBC HDLatest broadcast: on BBC HD

Michael Portillo learns about a Scottish hero, visits a Highland Games and discovers how an impressive piece of Victorian engineering ended in tragedy. Show more

Great British Railway Journeys

Series 4

Episode 12: Dundee to Aberdeen

Duration: 29 minutes

First broadcast: on BBC HDLatest broadcast: on BBC HD

Michael Portillo learns how Queen Victoria used to hide from her subjects, discovers how factory workers went deaf and goes out with a bang in Aberdeenshire. Show more

Great British Railway Journeys

Series 4

Episode 13: Dufftown to Aviemore

Duration: 29 minutes

First broadcast: on BBC HDLatest broadcast: on BBC HD

Michael Portillo learns how Victorian whisky trains were raided by robbers and travels along one of Scotland's most impressive viaducts. Show more

Great British Railway Journeys

Series 4

Episode 14: Inverness to Plockton

Duration: 29 minutes

First broadcast: on BBC HDLatest broadcast: on BBC HD

Michael Portillo rides one of Scotland's most picturesque railways, visits the smallest station and learns what went into a Victorian-style spa break. Show more

Great British Railway Journeys

Series 4

Episode 15: Invergordon to John O'Groats

Duration: 29 minutes

First broadcast: on BBC HDLatest broadcast: on BBC HD

Michael Portillo learns how one man helped bring train travel to the Highlands and hears the remarkable tale of Scotland's Victorian gold rush. Show more

Great British Railway Journeys

Series 10

Newry to Portadown

Duration: 29 minutes

First broadcast: on BBC Two EnglandLatest broadcast: on BBC Two England

Beginning in Newry, Michael Portillo finds a specially chartered train that would deliver demonstrators campaigning for Irish Home Rule to a rally in the town. Show more