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Great Continental Railway Journeys

Series 6

Episode 2: Batumi to Baku

Duration: 59 minutes

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

Available for 4 months

Michael Portillo travels from the Black Sea to the Caspian Sea. Michael discovers a surprise 19th-century tea plantation in the West Georgian countryside. Show more

Great Continental Railway Journeys

Series 6 - Reversions

Episode 2: Kiev to Odessa Part 2

Duration: 29 minutes

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

Michael Portillo continues his journey through the borderland where Europe meets Asia and fulfils a lifelong ambition to visit the Black Sea port of Odessa. Show more

Great Continental Railway Journeys

Series 6 - Reversions

Episode 3: Batumi to Baku Part 1

Duration: 29 minutes

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

Michael Portillo travels one of the most stunning rail routes of the world, the historic Trans-Caucasus Railway, from the Black Sea to the Caspian Sea. Show more

Great Continental Railway Journeys

Series 6 - Reversions

Episode 4: Batumi to Baku Part 2

Duration: 29 minutes

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

Michael Portillo takes a trip along the 120-mile Georgian Military Road, built by the colonising Russian army in the early nineteenth century. Show more

Great American Railroad Journeys

Series 3 Reversions

Episode 2: San Francisco

Duration: 59 minutes

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

Michael Portillo reaches San Francisco, where he boards one of the iconic cable cars. In the engineering powerhouse, he uncovers the secret to scaling the hills. Show more

Great American Railroad Journeys

Series 3 Reversions

Episode 3: Berkeley to Santa Cruz

Duration: 59 minutes

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

Michael visits the jewel in the crown of America's National Parks, Yosemite, to behold its granite cliffs, giant sequoia trees and cascading waterfalls. Show more

Great American Railroad Journeys

Series 3 Reversions

Episode 1: Reno To The Napa Valley

Duration: 59 minutes

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

Michael Portillo embarks on a thousand-mile American adventure through California. Michael takes to the skies over the dramatic Sierra Nevada mountain range. Show more

Great American Railroad Journeys

Series 3 Reversions

Episode 4: Monterey to Los Angeles

Duration: 59 minutes

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

Steered by his guidebook, Michael Portillo continues through California. In Monterey, Michael raises the Bear Flag of the one-time Republic of California. Show more

Great American Railroad Journeys

Series 3 Reversions

Episode 5: Los Angeles to San Diego

Duration: 59 minutes

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

Michael Portillo strikes oil in the suburbs of Los Angeles, contemplates his navel in the orange groves of Riverside and paints a picture in Laguna Beach. Show more

Great Canadian Railway Journeys

Series 1

Episode 1: Halifax

Duration: 29 minutes

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

Michael Portillo explores Canada's maritime provinces. Clutching his 1899 Appleton's Guide to Canada, Michael begins in the Atlantic port of Halifax, Nova Scotia. Show more

Great Canadian Railway Journeys

Series 1

Episode 2: Pictou to Prince Edward Island

Duration: 29 minutes

First broadcast: on BBC Two ScotlandLatest broadcast: on BBC Two Scotland

Michael Portillo journeys through Canada's maritime provinces. He heads to the Confederation Theatre in PEI's provincial capital, Charlottetown. Show more

Great Canadian Railway Journeys

Series 1

Episode 3: Springhill Junction to Moncton

Duration: 29 minutes

First broadcast: on BBC Two ScotlandLatest broadcast: on BBC Two Scotland

Michael Portillo travels from Nova Scotia to New Brunswick. He appears to defy gravity on Magnetic Hill in a 1965 Pontiac Bonneville. Show more

Great Canadian Railway Journeys

Series 1

Episode 4: Miramichi to Quebec City

Duration: 29 minutes

First broadcast: on BBC Two ScotlandLatest broadcast: on BBC Two Scotland

Michael Portillo continues his rail adventure. In the Acadian fishing village of Neguac, New Brunswick, Michael takes to the water. Show more

Great Canadian Railway Journeys

Series 1

Episode 5: Saint-Anne de Beaupre to La Malbaie

Duration: 29 minutes

First broadcast: on BBC Two ScotlandLatest broadcast: on BBC Two Scotland

Michael Portillo explores the Province of Quebec. Michael visits the waterfall at Montmorency - a spectacular sight, especially from a zip wire! Show more

Great Australian Railway Journeys

Series 1

Port Augusta to Darwin: The Ghan

Duration: 59 minutes

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

Michael Portillo ventures down under to ride aboard the legendary Ghan Railway. At Bond Springs Cattle Station, Michael discovers the story of cattle king Sidney Kidman. Show more

Great Australian Railway Journeys

Series 1

Adelaide to Perth: The Indian Pacific

Duration: 59 minutes

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

Michael Portillo rides the Indian Pacific Railway, which stretches from Adelaide, South Australia, 1,700 miles deep into the desert, to the gold rush town of Kalgoorlie, before finishing in Perth. Show more

Great American Railroad Journeys

Series 4

Ninilchik to Wasilla

Duration: 59 minutes

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

Armed with his 1899 Appleton's Guidebook to Alaska, Michael Portillo begins his journey amid the snow-capped mountains and ice-cold inlets of the Kenai Peninsula. Show more

Great Asian Railway Journeys

Series 1

Hong Kong University to Lantau Island

Duration: 28 minutes

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

Michael Portillo continues his exploration of Hong Kong. In Wan Chai, he discovers why Hong Kongers are protesting all over the city and asks them about their hopes and fears. Show more

Great Asian Railway Journeys

Series 1

Kowloon to Wan Chai

Duration: 29 minutes

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

In Hong Kong, Michael Portillo investigates how Britain won the island and Kowloon from China after two drug wars. He straddles a bamboo pole to learn the traditional Cantonese art of noodle making. Show more

Great Asian Railway Journeys

Series 1

Ayutthaya to River Kwai

Duration: 29 minutes

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

Michael Portillo continues his rail journey through Thailand from Lampang, stopping to help at an elephant hospital, where they care for animals wounded by landmines. Show more