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Great British Railway Journeys

Series 8

Episode 6: Blackpool to Manchester Victoria

Duration: 29 minutes

First broadcast: on BBC Two ScotlandLatest broadcast: on BBC Two HD

There is terror on the tracks in Blackpool as Michael Portillo embarks on a new journey across Bradshaw's Britain with his Victorian guidebook. Show more

Great British Railway Journeys

Series 8

Episode 7: Manchester Piccadilly to Silkstone Common

Duration: 29 minutes

First broadcast: on BBC Two ScotlandLatest broadcast: on BBC Two HD

Michael Portillo's journey continues from Manchester. He comes face to face with the Victorian scientist who invented modern atomic theory. Show more

Great British Railway Journeys

Series 8

Episode 8: Chapeltown to Doncaster

Duration: 29 minutes

First broadcast: on BBC Two ScotlandLatest broadcast: on BBC Two HD

From Chapeltown, Michael heads to Wharncliffe Crags, where he follows in the terrifying footholds of the Victorian daredevil who made rock climbing a sport. Show more

Great British Railway Journeys

Series 8

Episode 9: Gainsborough to Ely

Duration: 29 minutes

First broadcast: on BBC Two WalesLatest broadcast: on BBC Two HD

Steered by his Bradshaw's railway handbook to Gainsborough, Michael Portillo wraps his head around an ingenious Victorian machine which changed shopping forever. Show more

Great British Railway Journeys

Series 8

Episode 10: Stowmarket to Harwich

Duration: 29 minutes

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

Michael Portillo is on the final leg of his journey following the route of the North Country Continental service to Harwich. Michael gets to drive The Middy. Show more

Great British Railway Journeys

Series 8

Episode 1: The Flying Scotsman

Duration: 29 minutes

First broadcast: on BBC Two ScotlandLatest broadcast: on BBC Two HD

Michael Portillo embarks on a journey from London to Edinburgh aboard the most famous train in history, the Flying Scotsman. But all does not go to plan. Show more

Great British Railway Journeys

Series 8

Episode 2: Welwyn Garden City to Peterborough

Duration: 29 minutes

First broadcast: on BBC Two ScotlandLatest broadcast: on BBC Two HD

Michael Portillo continues his journey from London to Edinburgh. Michael heads north from London, and in Bedfordshire he drives a 'locomobile'. Show more

Great British Railway Journeys

Series 8

Episode 3: Newark-on-Trent to Stockton

Duration: 29 minutes

First broadcast: on BBC Two ScotlandLatest broadcast: on BBC Two England

Michael Portillo continues his journey from London to Edinburgh. Tracing the path of the Flying Scotsman, Michael heads to Stockton-on-Tees. Show more

Great British Railway Journeys

Series 8

Episode 4: Darlington to Dunbar

Duration: 29 minutes

First broadcast: on BBC Two ScotlandLatest broadcast: on BBC Two HD

Michael Portillo continues his journey from London to Edinburgh at a leisurely pace up the East Coast Main Line, testing a state-of-the-art train on the way. Show more

Great British Railway Journeys

Series 8

Episode 5: Longniddry to Edinburgh

Duration: 29 minutes

First broadcast: on BBC Two ScotlandLatest broadcast: on BBC Two Wales

Michael Portillo concludes his journey from London to Edinburgh, discovering the history of body snatchers and murderers who contributed to science. Show more

Great British Railway Journeys

Series 8

Episode 11: Wexford to Wicklow

Duration: 29 minutes

First broadcast: on BBC Two ScotlandLatest broadcast: on BBC Two Wales

Armed with his Bradshaw's Handbook, Michael Portillo begins a journey across Ireland. In the port of Wexford, he takes to the seas in a 100-year-old lifeboat. Show more

Great British Railway Journeys

Series 8

Episode 12: Greystones to Dublin

Duration: 29 minutes

First broadcast: on BBC Two ScotlandLatest broadcast: on BBC Two Wales

At Trinity College, Dublin, Michael Portillo discovers one of Ireland's greatest treasures and learns how it became the symbol of the nation. Show more

Great British Railway Journeys

Series 8

Episode 13: Navan to Mullingar

Duration: 29 minutes

First broadcast: on BBC Two ScotlandLatest broadcast: on BBC Two Wales

Michael Portillo gets up to speed with modern archaeology in County Meath and uncovers a controversial Victorian dig at the sacred Hill of Tara. Show more

Great British Railway Journeys

Series 8

Episode 14: Dromod to Sligo

Duration: 29 minutes

First broadcast: on BBC Two ScotlandLatest broadcast: on BBC Two Wales

Michael Portillo crosses the Emerald Isle uncovering Irish identity, forged at a time of political strife. Michael learns how the landscape inspired poet WB Yeats. Show more

Great British Railway Journeys

Series 8

Episode 15: Ballina to Westport

Duration: 29 minutes

First broadcast: on BBC Two ScotlandLatest broadcast: on BBC Two Wales

On the last leg of Michael Portillo's long journey from Wexford to Westport, a fashionable Victorian seaweed bath is followed by a steamy scene in Ballina. Show more