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Great British Railway Journeys

Series 3

Episode 1: Great Yarmouth to Beccles

Duration: 29 minutes

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

Michael Portillo discovers the grave robbing history of Great Yarmouth, and tries his hand at working a Victorian swing bridge in Reedham. Show more

Great British Railway Journeys

Series 3

Episode 2: Darsham to Felixstowe

Duration: 29 minutes

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

Michael Portillo follows the Victorians' fascination with Britain's own Atlantis to Dunwich and discovers the history of the Port of Felixstowe. Show more

Great British Railway Journeys

Series 3

Episode 3: Sudbury to Southend

Duration: 30 minutes

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

Michael Portillo comes face to face with a medieval politician, takes a rail tour of Victorian freak show hot spots and rides an early electric railway. Show more

Great British Railway Journeys

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Episode 4: Epping to Hackney

Duration: 30 minutes

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

Michael Portillo sees how gunpowder made in Waltham Cross fuelled an empire and heads to Hackney to uncover the gruesome details of the first murder on a train. Show more

Great British Railway Journeys

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Episode 5: Fenchurch to Embankment

Duration: 29 minutes

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

Michael Portillo takes a ride on a secret miniature railway hidden beneath London's streets and rings the bells of the famous church of Bow. Show more

Great British Railway Journeys

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Episode 6: Windsor to Didcot

Duration: 29 minutes

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

Michael Portillo visits a station fit for royalty in Windsor, and views an engineering triumph built by Brunel to span the Thames at Maidenhead. Show more

Great British Railway Journeys

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Episode 7: Reading to Alton

Duration: 29 minutes

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

Michael Portillo tastes a Victorian superfood in Alton, and tries his hand at driving a steam train on the challenging Watercress Line. Show more

Great British Railway Journeys

Series 3

Episode 8: Winchester to Isle of Wight

Duration: 30 minutes

First broadcast: on BBC HDLatest broadcast: on BBC Two Northern Ireland

Michael Portillo experiences the magnificent Victorian organ at Winchester Cathedral, and visits a 19th-century rail works still running in Eastleigh. Show more

Great British Railway Journeys

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Episode 9: Brockenhurst to Poole

Duration: 30 minutes

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

On the trail of a Victorian snake catcher, Michael Portillo visits the New Forest seeking out venomous adders. He also uncovers a secret library in Wimborne. Show more

Great British Railway Journeys

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Episode 10: Wareham to Portland

Duration: 30 minutes

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

Michael Portillo uncovers the oil fields hidden underneath England's quiet seaside resorts and discovers the crucial role Weymouth played in the D-day landings. Show more

Great British Railway Journeys

Series 3

Episode 11: Oxford to Pershore

Duration: 29 minutes

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

Michael Portillo is led to a special view of the city of Oxford by his 19th-century guidebook and samples a Victorian navvies' brew made by steam power. Show more

Great British Railway Journeys

Series 3

Episode 12: Hartlebury to Great Malvern

Duration: 29 minutes

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

Michael Portillo visits the home of Queen Victoria's favourite bishop, and follows in the footsteps of Victorian health fanatics to the Malvern Hills. Show more

Great British Railway Journeys

Series 3

Episode 13: Lydney to Newport

Duration: 29 minutes

First broadcast: on BBC HDLatest broadcast: on BBC Two Northern Ireland

Michael Portillo sees why the Victorians fell for the romantic ruins of Tintern Abbey and discovers Britain's hidden micro-mines within the Forest of Dean. Show more

Great British Railway Journeys

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Episode 14: Cardiff to Brecon

Duration: 29 minutes

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

Michael Portillo discovers the Victorian coal heritage that turned Cardiff into the city it is today, and takes a steam ride through Brecon Beacons National Park. Show more

Great British Railway Journeys

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Episode 15: Port Talbot to Milford Haven

Duration: 29 minutes

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

Michael Portillo explores the Victorian railway legacy behind the steel works of Port Talbot and uncovers the whaling past of Milford Haven. Show more

Great British Railway Journeys

Series 3

Episode 16: Berwick-upon-Tweed to Morpeth

Duration: 29 minutes

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

Michael Portillo discovers the unique cross-border history of Berwick-upon-Tweed and hears the unique story of the Pitman Painters of Ashington. Show more

Great British Railway Journeys

Series 3

Episode 17: Bardon Mill to Wigton

Duration: 29 minutes

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

Michael Portillo follows the example of Victorian archaeologists at Hadrian's Wall and sees how the Victorian railways first fuelled invention in Wigton. Show more

Great British Railway Journeys

Series 3

Episode 18: Cockermouth to Eskdale

Duration: 29 minutes

First broadcast: on BBC HDLatest broadcast: on BBC Two England

Michael Portillo drinks a Victorian brew drawn from the pure waters of Cockermouth and steps inside the hidden world of nuclear reprocessing at Sellafield. Show more

Great British Railway Journeys

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Episode 19: Kirkby-in-Furness to Lancaster

Duration: 29 minutes

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

Michael Portillo finds out the secrets behind Kirkby's famous blue slate and submerges himself into a secret world of nuclear submarines in Barrow. Show more

Great British Railway Journeys

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Episode 20: Heysham to Snaefell

Duration: 30 minutes

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

Michael Portillo sets sail from Heysham to the Isle of Man, where he discovers the horse trams of Douglas and the secrets of the giant Laxey Wheel. Show more