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Great American Railroad Journeys

Series 4

Springhill Junction to Quebec City

Duration: 58 minutes

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

Michael Portillo travels on the Ocean train from Nova Scotia to New Brunswick. Along the way, he investigates the world’s biggest tide at Hopewell Rocks and admires its rock formations and caves. Show more

Great American Railroad Journeys

Series 4

Sainte-Anne-de-Beaupre to Winnipeg

Duration: 59 minutes

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

Michael Portillo explores the province of Quebec, taking the fabulously scenic Charlevoix train along the north bank of the mighty St Lawrence River to La Malbaie. Show more

Great American Railroad Journeys

Series 4

Edmonton to Jasper

Duration: 58 minutes

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

Following his 1899 Appleton’s guide, Michael explores a glossy, glassy, oil-rich Edmonton, second city of Alberta. Show more

Great American Railroad Journeys

Series 4

Kamloops to Calgary

Duration: 58 minutes

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

Michael Portillo boards one of the world’s most famous trains, the Rocky Mountaineer, to cross the backbone of the North American continent from Kamloops to the spa resort of Banff. Show more

Great American Railroad Journeys

Series 3 Reversions

Episode 6: Boston to Concord

Duration: 59 minutes

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

Michael Portillo joins the Sons of Liberty aboard ship in Boston harbour. Will he help rebels jettison 112 crates of East India Company tea? Show more

Great American Railroad Journeys

Series 3 Reversions

Episode 7: Plymouth to New London

Duration: 59 minutes

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

Michael Portillo heads for Plymouth, the 'home town' of America. He learns how indigenous tribes of Wamponoag people taught settlers to live off the land. Show more

Great Indian Railway Journeys

Series 1 Reversions

Lucknow to Kolkata Part 2

Duration: 29 minutes

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

Michael Portillo resumes his rail journey from Lucknow to Kolkata. He visits the Buddhist monks of Bodh Gaya, and is given a lesson in meditation. Show more

This Week

09/10/2014

Duration: 3 hours, 45 minutes

First broadcast: on BBC One HDLatest broadcast: on BBC News

A political review of the week presented by Andrew Neil, with Michael Portillo and guests. Followed by the results from the Clacton and Heywood and Middleton by-elections. Show more

Contributors

Presenter:
Andrew Neil
Panellist:
Diane Abbott
Panellist:
Miranda Green
Panellist:
Greg Hands
Panellist:
Diane James
Panellist:
Tom Brake
Panellist:
Michael Dugher
Interviewed Guest:
Mehdi Hasan
Interviewed Guest:
David Baddiel
Interviewed Guest:
John Curtice
Reporter:
Nick Watt
Director:
Claire Bellis
Editor:
Samir Shah
Assistant Editor:
Richard Garvin
Production Manager:
Paula Prynn
Producer:
Nigel Gooing
Producer:
Faizal Farook
Producer:
Penny Ayres
Producer:
Arryn Moy
Assistant Producer:
Ed Baranski

This Week

06/07/2017

Duration: 49 minutes

First broadcast: on BBC One HDLatest broadcast: on BBC Parliament

Andrew Neil reviews the political week with Michael Portillo, Alan Johnson and Miranda Green. Tim Marshall looks at the state of the world ahead of the G20. Show more

Contributors

Presenter:
Andrew Neil
Panellist:
Alan Johnson
Panellist:
Miranda Green
Reporter:
Emma Barnett
Interviewed Guest:
Tim Marshall
Interviewed Guest:
Slavoj Zizek
Editor:
Samir Shah
Assistant Producer:
Alex Cadier
Assistant Producer:
Louis Harris-White
Producer:
Sarah Weaver
Producer:
Arryn Moy
Director:
Claire Bellis
Assistant Editor:
Andrew Gilhooly

Great Indian Railway Journeys

Series 1 Reversions

Jodhpur to Delhi Part 1

Duration: 29 minutes

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

Michael Portillo travels by camel along what was the Silk Route to the village of Osiyan, where desert tribes still follow traditional lives. Show more

This Week

08/10/2015

Duration: 45 minutes

First broadcast: on BBC One Scotland HDLatest broadcast: on BBC Parliament

Andrew Neil reviews the political week with Caroline Flint and Michael Portillo. They are joined by Tim Marshall, Isabel Hardman and Prof Alice Roberts. Show more

Contributors

Presenter:
Andrew Neil
Panellist:
Caroline Flint
Interviewed Guest:
Tim Marshall
Interviewed Guest:
Alice Roberts
Assistant Producer:
James Fitzgerald
Producer:
Arryn Moy
Assistant Editor:
Richard Garvin
Director:
Claire Bellis
Executive Producer:
Robbie Gibb
Executive Producer:
Samir Shah

Great Continental Railway Journeys

Series 3

Episode 4: La Coruna to Lisbon

Duration: 59 minutes

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

Michael Portillo retraces journeys in Spain and Portugal from the 1913 guide. He meets pilgrims from around the world on the trail to Santiago de Compostela. Show more

This Week

22/11/2018

Duration: 45 minutes

First broadcast: on BBC One WestLatest broadcast: on BBC Parliament

Andrew Neil reviews the political week with Michael Portillo and Alan Johnson. They are joined by Camilla Tominey, Grace Blakeley and Scissor Sisters frontman Jake Shears. Show more

Contributors

Presenter:
Andrew Neil
Panellist:
Alan Johnson
Editor:
Rob Burley
Interviewed Guest:
Grace Blakeley
Interviewed Guest:
Jake Shears
Producer:
Ian Lauchlan
Producer:
Arryn Moy
Assistant Producer:
Scarlett Maguire
Director:
Claire Bellis
Assistant Editor:
Andrew Gilhooly
Editor:
Samir Shah
Production Company:
Juniper TV

This Week

20/12/2018

Duration: 45 minutes

First broadcast: on BBC One WestLatest broadcast: on BBC Parliament

Andrew Neil reviews the political year with Michael Portillo, Liz Kendall, Miranda Green and John Nicolson on the sofas. The team are joined by Liam Halligan and Kevin Maguire. Show more

Contributors

Presenter:
Andrew Neil
Panellist:
Liz Kendall
Panellist:
Miranda Green
Panellist:
John Nicolson
Participant:
Kevin Maguire
Participant:
Liam Halligan
Interviewed Guest:
Rory Bremner
Performer:
Gabrielle Aplin
Producer:
Ian Lauchlan
Producer:
Arryn Moy
Assistant Producer:
Scarlett Maguire
Director:
Leah Puplett
Assistant Editor:
Andrew Gilhooly
Editor:
Rob Burley
Editor:
Samir Shah
Production Company:
Juniper TV

Great Asian Railway Journeys

Series 1

Kuala Lumpur to Melaka

Duration: 29 minutes

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

Michael Portillo discovers Kuala Lumpur’s 19th-century origins as a tin mine and tries his hand crafting jewellery at the Royal Selangor pewter factory. Show more

Great American Railroad Journeys

Series 4

Halifax to Prince Edward Island

Duration: 58 minutes

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

Michael Portillo begins a new journey on the tracks of the Ocean line to explore Canada’s maritime provinces en route to Quebec City. Show more

This Week

17/12/2015

Duration: 45 minutes

First broadcast: on BBC One HDLatest broadcast: on BBC Parliament

Andrew Neil rounds up the political year in a festive special with Michael Portillo, Diane Abbott, Miranda Green and John Nicolson. Show more

Contributors

Presenter:
Andrew Neil
Panellist:
Diane Abbott
Panellist:
Miranda Green
Panellist:
John Nicolson
Assistant Producer:
James Fitzgerald
Producer:
Nick Eardley
Assistant Editor:
Richard Garvin
Director:
Claire Bellis
Executive Producer:
Robbie Gibb
Executive Producer:
Samir Shah

Great Asian Railway Journeys

Series 1

Chinatown to Gardens by the Bay

Duration: 29 minutes

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

In Tai Seng, Michael goes underground to marvel at the world’s largest subterranean rail depot, where self-driving MRT trains are maintained. Show more

Great Asian Railway Journeys

Series 1

Raffles Place to Botanic Gardens

Duration: 29 minutes

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

Michael Portillo discovers Singapore’s maritime origins and the vision of the 19th-century Englishman who put it on the map. At the iconic Raffles Hotel, Michael treats himself to a Singapore sling. Show more

Great American Railroad Journeys

Series 4

Vancouver Island to Kamloops

Duration: 58 minutes

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

Michael Portillo explores British Columbia. He discovers how two superpowers nearly came to war over a pig and joins the Royal Canadian Navy to firefight on board the frigate HMCS Regina. Show more