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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 Wales

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 England

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 5

Episode 16: Norwich to Brandon

Duration: 29 minutes

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

Michael Portillo explores Norwich's medieval heart. In the city's Norman castle he uncovers the Victorian public's gory fascination with crime and punishment. Show more

Great British Railway Journeys

Series 5

Episode 17: Ipswich to Chelmsford

Duration: 29 minutes

First broadcast: on BBC Two HDLatest broadcast: on BBC Two Wales

Michael Portillo continues his journey from the east coast to the south coast beginning in the port of Ipswich, capital of the farming county of Suffolk. Show more

Great British Railway Journeys

Series 5

Episode 18: Ilford to Rochester

Duration: 29 minutes

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

Michael Portillo heads along the Essex bank of the Thames before crossing the river into the Garden of England, Kent. He begins this leg at Barkingside. Show more

Great British Railway Journeys

Series 5

Episode 19: Faversham to Dorking

Duration: 29 minutes

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

Michael Portillo heads for Dover, little more than 25 miles from the historic enemy, the French. Here he uncovers one of Dover's best kept secrets. Show more

Great British Railway Journeys

Series 5

Episode 20: Brighton to Chichester

Duration: 29 minutes

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

Michael Portillo discovers the history behind the Pavilion at Brighton and learns that Queen Victoria was not an admirer of the Prince Regent's taste. Show more

Great British Railway Journeys

Series 5

Episode 10: Nottingham to Leeds

Duration: 29 minutes

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

Michael Portillo reaches the end of the first intercity line from London, visiting Mansfield, Worksop and Doncaster before auditioning at a Leeds music hall. Show more

Great British Railway Journeys

Series 5

Episode 6: London Euston to Cheddington

Duration: 29 minutes

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

Michael Portillo begins a journey from London to Leeds. He learns about the Euston Arch before heading to Cheddington, scene of the Great Train Robbery. Show more

Great British Railway Journeys

Series 5

Episode 7: Bletchley to Newport Pagnell

Duration: 29 minutes

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

Michael Portillo's journey from London to Leeds continues. He explores the first purpose-built railway town at Wolverton and learns to make vellum. Show more

Great British Railway Journeys

Series 5

Episode 8: Northampton to Nuneaton

Duration: 29 minutes

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

Michael Portillo's journey from London to Leeds continues. He stops off in Northampton, the town of shoemakers, before visiting Rugby, Coventry and Nuneaton. Show more

Great British Railway Journeys

Series 5

Episode 9: Leicester to Loughborough

Duration: 29 minutes

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

Michael Portillo's journey from London to Leeds continues. He learns about the discovery of Richard III's remains in Leicester and travels to Loughborough. Show more

Great British Railway Journeys

Series 5

Episode 1: Manchester to Birkenhead

Duration: 29 minutes

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

On the first leg of a journey from Manchester to Chesterfield, Michael Portillo finds out how Manchester gave birth to a revolutionary political movement. Show more

Great British Railway Journeys

Series 5

Episode 11: Southampton to Basingstoke

Duration: 29 minutes

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

Michael Portillo embarks on a journey from Southampton to Wolverhampton. He learns to set the table aboard a luxury liner before heading to Basingstoke. Show more

Great British Railway Journeys

Series 5

Episode 12: Winchfield to Crowthorne

Duration: 29 minutes

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

Michael Portillo's journey continues in a military vein, as he views the Duke of Wellington's funeral carriage and visits the army camp at Aldershot. Show more

Great British Railway Journeys

Series 5

Episode 13: Wokingham to Bradford-on-Avon

Duration: 29 minutes

First broadcast: on BBC Two HDLatest broadcast: on BBC Two Scotland

On the third leg of his journey, Michael Portillo learns how demand from rail commuters fuelled the development of the modern printing press. Show more

Great British Railway Journeys

Series 5

Episode 14: Chippenham to Gloucester

Duration: 29 minutes

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

Michael Portillo's journey to Wolverhampton continues. He visits Clifton Zoo in Bristol and finds out why Gloucester station became known for lost luggage. Show more

Great British Railway Journeys

Series 5

Episode 15: Cheltenham to Wolverhampton

Duration: 29 minutes

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

On the final leg of his journey, Michael Portillo joins battle re-enactors in Tewkesbury before reaching his destination of Wolverhampton. Show more