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Great British Railway Journeys

Series 1

Episode 16: Buxton to Matlock

Duration: 29 minutes

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

Michael Portillo helps to repair the ancient peat landscape of the Peak District and travels on the historic steam railway to Rowsley. Show more

Great British Railway Journeys

Series 1

Episode 17: Cromford to Burton-on-Trent

Duration: 30 minutes

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

Michael Portillo visits the oldest working factory in the world at Cromford and explores the country's first public park in Derby. Show more

Great British Railway Journeys

Series 1

Episode 18: Walsall to Bournville

Duration: 29 minutes

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

Series in which Michael Portillo travels the country by train. He meets the Queen's saddler in Walsall and learns how to cook an Indian curry in Birmingham. Show more

Great British Railway Journeys

Series 1

Episode 19: Coventry to Watford

Duration: 30 minutes

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

Michael Portillo relives the Coventry Blitz and finds out how the trains helped to evacuate millions of children during World War II. Show more

Great British Railway Journeys

Series 1

Episode 20: St Pancras to Westminster

Duration: 30 minutes

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

Michael visits one of the grandest railway stations and hotels in the country - St Pancras. He also rides the world's first tube line to Smithfield market. Show more

Great British Railway Journeys

Series 2

Episode 1: Brighton to Crystal Palace

Duration: 29 minutes

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

Michael Portillo finds out about Brighton's aquarium, explores the underground quarries of Godstone and discovers the wonders of the Crystal Palace. Show more

Great British Railway Journeys

Series 2

Episode 2: Waterloo to Canary Wharf

Duration: 29 minutes

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

Michael Portillo finds out about a funeral service running coffins from Waterloo to Brookwood Cemetery and explores the changing fortunes of London's docks. Show more

Great British Railway Journeys

Series 2

Episode 3: Enfield to Cambridge

Duration: 29 minutes

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

On a journey from Brighton to Cromer, Michael Portillo visits the government arms factory at Enfield and discovers how the trains transformed Newmarket's races. Show more

Great British Railway Journeys

Series 2

Episode 4: Ely to King's Lynn

Duration: 30 minutes

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

Michael Portillo goes fishing with the last eel trapper on the Fens at Ely and visits one of the great triumphs of 19th-century engineering, the Denver Sluice. Show more

Great British Railway Journeys

Series 2

Episode 5: Dereham to Cromer

Duration: 30 minutes

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

Michael Portillo drives a heritage diesel train, finds out why Norfolk black turkeys appeared on the Christmas menu in Bradshaw's day and samples some Cromer crab. Show more

Great British Railway Journeys

Series 1

Episode 6: Preston to Morecambe

Duration: 29 minutes

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

Travel documentary. Michael Portillo explores the temperance movement's origins in Preston, visits Blackpool and meets Morecambe Bay's keeper of the sands. Show more

Great British Railway Journeys

Series 1

Episode 7: Settle to Garsdale

Duration: 30 minutes

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

Travel documentary. Michael Portillo revisits the Settle-Carlisle line, explores the Ribblehead viaduct and learns about the navvies who helped to build it. Show more

Great British Railway Journeys

Series 1

Episode 8: Windermere to Kendal

Duration: 29 minutes

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

Michael Portillo takes a steamboat tour of Lake Windermere, visits Wordsworth's home village of Grasmere and makes sausages with a local Herdwick sheep farmer. Show more

Great British Railway Journeys

Series 2

Episode 16: London Bridge to Chatham

Duration: 29 minutes

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

Michael Portillo visits the Royal Observatory at Greenwich to see how the railways standardised time and explores the historic dockyards at Chatham. Show more

Great British Railway Journeys

Series 2

Episode 17: Aylesford to Tunbridge Wells

Duration: 29 minutes

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

Michael explores the life of Victorian hop pickers and finds out about Maidstone's revolutionary paper industry. Show more

Great British Railway Journeys

Series 2

Episode 18: Canterbury to Margate

Duration: 29 minutes

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

Michael finds out how Canterbury Cathedral was saved during the Baedeker raids of World War II and explores the origins of a seaside swim in Margate. Show more

Great British Railway Journeys

Series 2

Episode 19: Sandwich to Folkestone

Duration: 30 minutes

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

Michael explores a secret port that ran the first train ferries to France carrying vital supplies during World War I and visits Walmer Castle. Show more

Great British Railway Journeys

Series 2

Episode 20: Hythe to Hastings

Duration: 30 minutes

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

Michael Portillo discovers how the railway has changed down the years. This episode finds him in Kent, rolling along the scenic south coast to Hastings. Show more

Great British Railway Journeys

Series 1

Episode 11: Swindon to Bristol

Duration: 29 minutes

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

Michael Portillo finds out about free holiday trains for the GWR workers in Swindon, samples the spa in Bath and tries his hand at glass blowing in Bristol. Show more

Great British Railway Journeys

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Episode 12: Yatton to Weston Super Mare

Duration: 30 minutes

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

Michael samples Cheddar strawberries, explores Cheddar Gorge and the famous caves, and visits one of the country's oldest piers at Weston-super-Mare. Show more