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Great British Railway Journeys

Series 4

Episode 6: Portsmouth to Gomshall

Duration: 30 minutes

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

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 Two 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 Two 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 Four 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 Four 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 Four 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 Four 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 Four 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 Four 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 Four 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 Four 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 Four 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 Four 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 4

Episode 24: Goes to Ireland - Newbridge to Roscrea

Duration: 29 minutes

First broadcast: on BBC HDLatest broadcast: on BBC Four HD

Michael Portillo is on a rail trip through the Irish Republic. He visits the Irish National Stud and uncovers an astronomical feat of Victorian engineering. Show more

Great British Railway Journeys

Series 4

Episode 25: Goes to Ireland - Athlone to Galway

Duration: 29 minutes

First broadcast: on BBC HDLatest broadcast: on BBC Four HD

On the final leg of Michael Portillo's Irish journey he discovers historic jewellery with royal connections in Galway and meets a people's king. Show more

Great British Railway Journeys

Series 4

Episode 21: Goes to Ireland - Killarney to Cobh

Duration: 29 minutes

First broadcast: on BBC HDLatest broadcast: on BBC Four HD

Michael Portillo samples 19th-century foodie delicacies, explores a landscape shot to fame by rails and royals, and risks life and limb for the gift of the gab. Show more

Great British Railway Journeys

Series 4

Episode 22: Goes to Ireland - Charleville to Waterford

Duration: 29 minutes

First broadcast: on BBC HDLatest broadcast: on BBC Four HD

Michael Portillo learns the ancient art of making butter and Ireland's oldest game, then rides the Duke of Devonshire's Victorian Irish railway. Show more

Great British Railway Journeys

Series 4

Episode 23: Goes to Ireland - Kilkenny to Athy

Duration: 29 minutes

First broadcast: on BBC HDLatest broadcast: on BBC Four HD

Michael Portillo uses his Victorian guidebook to compare and contrast Ireland then and now. In this episode, Michael tries his hand at cutting marble. Show more