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Great British Railway Journeys

Series 11

St Ives to St Day

Duration: 29 minutes

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

Available for 7 months

Michael Portillo explores the West Country between the wars and discovers a Cornish fisherman, who, although he began painting only in his seventies, inspired established artists from the capital. Show more

Great British Railway Journeys

Series 11

Truro to St Mawgan

Duration: 29 minutes

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

Available for 7 months

In the countryside surrounding Truro, Michael finds the historic estate of Trewithen, whose gardens were stocked from China by professional plant hunters commissioned by its owner. Show more

Great British Railway Journeys

Series 11

Limehouse to Rochford

Duration: 28 minutes

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

Available for 6 months

On this leg, Michael alights at Limehouse in east London for Cable Street, which became the focus of Britain's fight against fascism in the 1930s. Show more

Great British Railway Journeys

Series 11

Paignton to Tiverton

Duration: 28 minutes

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

Available for 6 months

The Dartmouth Steam Railway takes Michael Portillo to the beautiful home of Agatha Christie, in the company of her great-grandson, James Prichard. 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 7 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 7 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 7 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

Bodmin to Totnes

Duration: 29 minutes

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

Available for 7 months

Out on the rugged moor, Michael Portillo hears how the celebrated author Daphne du Maurier captivated readers between the wars with her tales of smuggling at the Jamaica Inn. 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 7 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 7 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 11

Canterbury to Alexandra Palace

Duration: 29 minutes

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

Available for 6 months

Beginning in Canterbury in Kent, Michael treads the boards as he uncovers the political message behind a play, published in 1936, inspired by the 12th-century murder of Archbishop Thomas à Becket. Show more

Great British Railway Journeys

Series 11

Taunton to Salisbury Plain

Duration: 28 minutes

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

Available for 6 months

Michael Portillo crosses the county line from Devon into Somerset. He sees first-hand how willow farmers sought to overcome the challenge from the production of synthetic plastics during the 1930s. Show more

Great British Railway Journeys

Series 11

Witham to Felixstowe

Duration: 29 minutes

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

Available for 6 months

Michael Portillo's railway journey reaches Witham in Essex. Here he visits the factory of the world's oldest supplier of metal framed windows which became popular in the 30s. Show more

Great British Railway Journeys

Series 11

Saxmundham to Norwich

Duration: 29 minutes

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

Available for 6 months

Michael Portillo heads for Snape Maltings, a concert and arts venue, and learns how the music and life of one of Britain’s greatest composers was shaped by the sea and his Suffolk surroundings. Show more

Great British Railway Journeys

Series 11

Attleborough to Skegness

Duration: 29 minutes

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

Available for 6 months

Michael Portillo is in Attleborough, at the headquarters of an international horse welfare organization which was established in the late 1920s, where he learns about the charity's pioneering founder. Show more