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Great Continental Railway Journeys

Series 7 (Shortened Versions)

Episode 1

Duration: 28 minutes

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

Available for years

Michael Portillo visits the ancient kingdom of Spain, the land of his father, who was forced into exile by the fascist regime of General Francisco Franco. Show more

Great Continental Railway Journeys

Series 7 (Shortened Versions)

Episode 2

Duration: 28 minutes

First broadcast: on BBC Two EnglandLatest broadcast: on BBC Two Wales HD

Available for years

Michael continues his rail journey through Spain with his 1930s Bradshaw’s guide. From the Museo Reina Sofia in Madrid, Michael travels north, meeting the son of the novelist George Orwell. Show more

Great British Railway Journeys

Series 12

Colchester to Chadwell Heath

Duration: 28 minutes

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

Available for 6 months

Michael Portillo continues his Bradshaw’s-inspired journey through East Anglia, where he discovers the Essex origins of the BBC and joins the Women’s Land Army to pick damsons at Tiptree. Show more

Great British Railway Journeys

Series 12

Potters Bar to Cardington

Duration: 29 minutes

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

Available for 6 months

Michael’s Bradshaw travels resume in leafy Hertfordshire, where he attempts a canoe slalom course, visits the estate of Dame Barbara Cartland and hears the shocking story of the R101 airship. Show more

Great British Railway Journeys

Series 12

Sawbridgeworth to Cambridge

Duration: 29 minutes

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

Available for 6 months

Steered by his Bradshaw’s guide, Michael Portillo heads for the Hertfordshire village of Perry Green to learn about Henry Moore, one of the defining artists of British modernism. Show more

Great British Railway Journeys

Series 12

Newmarket to Walsingham

Duration: 29 minutes

First broadcast: on BBC Two EnglandLatest broadcast: on BBC Four

Available for 6 months

Michael Portillo is in Suffolk on the last leg of his 1930s Bradshaw’s-inspired tour of East Anglia, visiting the racecourse at Newmarket and the Roman Catholic shrine at Walsingham. Show more

Great British Railway Journeys

Series 10

Blackburn to Manchester

Duration: 29 minutes

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

Available for 9 months

Michael Portillo continues his journey through Britain’s industrial northwest, visiting Blackburn, Nelson and the renovated 19th-century Manchester Victoria station. Show more

Great British Railway Journeys

Series 10

Birmingham to the Potteries

Duration: 29 minutes

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

Available for 9 months

Armed with his Bradshaw’s guide, Michael Portillo visits Birmingham, then travels on to Cradley Heath and Landywood, before reaching the Potteries at Stoke-on-Trent. Show more

Great British Railway Journeys

Series 10

Warrington to Preston

Duration: 29 minutes

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

Available for 9 months

Armed with his Bradshaw’s Guide, Michael Portillo embarks on a new journey through Britain’s industrial heartland. Starting at Warrington, Michael then heads to Huyton and Preston. Show more

Great British Railway Journeys

Series 10

Maltby to Hinckley

Duration: 29 minutes

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

Available for 9 months

Armed with his Bradshaw’s Guide, Michael Portillo continues his tour of Britain’s industrial heartlands, heading for Maltby, Derby and on to Hinckley. Show more

Great British Railway Journeys

Series 10

Manchester to Elsecar

Duration: 29 minutes

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

Available for 9 months

Armed with Bradshaw’s Guide, Michael Portillo continues his journey through Britain's industrial heartlands, leaving Manchester for Oldham, Edale and a private family railway line. Show more

Great British Railway Journeys

Series 11

Falkirk to Dundee

Duration: 28 minutes

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

Available for 8 months

Michael Portillo's railway journey through 1930s Britain from Newcastle to Loch Ness reaches Falkirk in Scotland. Show more

Great British Railway Journeys

Series 11

Kielder Forest to Edinburgh

Duration: 28 minutes

First broadcast: on BBC Two EnglandLatest broadcast: on BBC Four

Available for 8 months

Steered by his 1936 Bradshaw's Guide, Michael Portillo is in Northumbria en route to the Highlands. Show more

Great British Railway Journeys

Series 11

Dundee to Aberdeen

Duration: 28 minutes

First broadcast: on BBC Two EnglandLatest broadcast: on BBC Four

Available for 8 months

Stopping at Dundee, Michael Portillo heads for Glamis Castle, where Lady Elizabeth Bowes-Lyon, the Queen Mother, grew up. Show more

Great British Railway Journeys

Series 11

Elgin to Loch Ness

Duration: 28 minutes

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

Available for 8 months

Michael Portillo's journey ends at Loch Ness, where he joins the Deep Scan research team as they scour the deep for signs of the elusive monster. Show more

Great British Railway Journeys

Series 11

Newcastle to County Durham

Duration: 28 minutes

First broadcast: on BBC Two EnglandLatest broadcast: on BBC Four

Available for 8 months

Beginning just outside Newcastle in Jarrow, Michael Portillo uncovers the desperation which led 200 men to march 300 miles to Westminster to petition the government for work. Show more

Great British Railway Journeys

Series 12

Saxmundham to Dedham

Duration: 29 minutes

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

Available for 6 months

Armed with his 1930s Bradshaw’s, Michael Portillo explores interwar East Anglia. Starting at Sutton Hoo, he visits the experimental Summerhill School and learns about the Kindertransport refugees. Show more

Great Continental Railway Journeys

Series 7

Salamanca to Canfranc

Duration: 59 minutes

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

Available for 3 months

Michael Portillo sports a modern edition of his Bradshaw’s Continental Handbook, dated 1936. His destination lies close to his heart: the ancient kingdom of Spain and land of his father. Show more

Great Coastal Railway Journeys

Series 1

Fort William to Glenfinnan

Duration: 29 minutes

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

Available for 8 months

Michael heads aboard the Jacobite Express to cross the awe-inspiring Glenfinnan Viaduct, before visiting the immense Grampian Mountains and learning about the notorious Massacre of Glencoe. Show more

Great Coastal Railway Journeys

Series 1

Mallaig to Isle of Lewis and Harris

Duration: 29 minutes

First broadcast: on BBC Two EnglandLatest broadcast: on BBC Two Northern Ireland HD

Available for 8 months

Michael follows in the footsteps of Bonnie Prince Charlie as he travels over the sea to Skye, an island renowned for its wildlife, and then on to Lewis and Harris, home to the famous Harris Tweed. Show more