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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

Wanted Down Under Revisited

Series 10

Episode 13: Jones Family

Duration: 44 minutes

First broadcast: on BBC One WestLatest broadcast: on BBC Two HD

Struggling to make ends meet at home, Paula was considering taking her family to Australia. Did their week in Adelaide convince them to make the move? Show more

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 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 Asian Railway Journeys

Series 1

Kuala Kangsar to Cameron Highlands

Duration: 29 minutes

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

Michael Portillo’s journey resumes in Kuala Kangsar, where he taps into the source of the lucrative rubber industry that boomed at the time of his 1913 Bradshaw’s Guide. Show more

Great Asian Railway Journeys

Series 1

Melaka to Johor Bahru

Duration: 29 minutes

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

In Melaka, Malaysia, Michael Portillo tastes the spicy cuisine of the Kristang community, descendants of early 16th-century Portuguese settlers who mixed with local Malays. Show more

Great American Railroad Journeys

Series 4

Portage la Prairie to Saskatoon

Duration: 58 minutes

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

Michael Portillo strikes west across Manitoba into the province of Saskatchewan. Michael discovers how a middle-class British boy transformed himself into an influential indigenous naturalist. Show more

Wanted Down Under Revisited

Series 10

Episode 9: Restarick Family

Duration: 44 minutes

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

A trial week in Adelaide was Richard's chance to convince his wife and daughter to make a move around the world. One year on, where do they call home? Show more

Great Asian Railway Journeys

Series 1

Penang to Kuala Kangsar

Duration: 29 minutes

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

Michael Portillo’s rail tour of south east Asia reaches Malaysia, and on the island of Penang, Michael traces the origins of the former British colony in Georgetown. Show more

Great Asian Railway Journeys

Series 1 - 60-Minute Versions

Kuala Lumpur to Johor Bahru

Duration: 58 minutes

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

Available for years

In Kuala Lumpur, Michael tries the ancient art of pewter smithing and learns how the discovery of tin transformed a muddy estuary into Malaysia’s thriving capital. Show more

Great Asian Railway Journeys

Series 1 - 60-Minute Versions

Penang to Cameron Highlands

Duration: 58 minutes

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

Available for years

Michael rides one of the steepest and fastest funicular railways in the world and steps into a tropical paradise as he releases exotic specimens at Malaysia’s first butterfly sanctuary. Show more

Wanted Down Under

Series 9

Episode 9: Lloyd Family

Duration: 44 minutes

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

Series in which families try out life overseas. After challenging times, a family hopes Australia can offer them a fresh start. Show more

Contributors

Presenter:
Nicki Chapman
Producer:
George Boyle
Director:
George Boyle
Series Producer:
Simon Miller
Executive Producer:
Paul Connolly

Wanted Down Under

Series 9

Episode 2: Joseph Family

Duration: 44 minutes

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

Series in which families try out life overseas. After tough times, a mum hopes Australia can give her family the best life possible. Show more

Wanted Down Under

Series 10

Episode 18: Jones Family

Duration: 44 minutes

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

UK families explore the possibility of moving to Australia or New Zealand. Single mum Paula wants to begin afresh. She and her two kids spend a trial week in Adelaide. Show more

Wanted Down Under

Series 10

Episode 19: Samra/Raison Family

Duration: 44 minutes

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

UK families explore the possibility of moving to Australia or New Zealand. Jessie is hoping her family can lead a more active lifestyle in Australia. Show more

Wanted Down Under

Series 10

Episode 9: Restarick Family

Duration: 44 minutes

First broadcast: on BBC One HDLatest broadcast: on BBC One Wales

Series in which UK families contemplate living in Australia or New Zealand. Will a week in Adelaide help Richard convince his wife and daughter to move down under? Show more

Contributors

Presenter:
Nicki Chapman
Producer:
George Boyle
Director:
George Boyle
Series Producer:
Simon Miller
Executive Producer:
Paul Connolly
Series Editor:
Aisling O'Connor

Wanted Down Under

Series 10

Episode 4: Butterworth Family

Duration: 44 minutes

First broadcast: on BBC One HDLatest broadcast: on BBC One North West

Series in which families try out life overseas. Can Gavin persuade his wife to uproot their life for a second time and emigrate to the other side of the world? Show more

Contributors

Presenter:
Nicki Chapman
Producer:
George Boyle
Director:
George Boyle
Series Producer:
Simon Miller
Executive Producer:
Paul Connolly

Great Canadian Railway Journeys

Series 1

Episode 11: Winnipeg

Duration: 29 minutes

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

Michael Portillo travels across the vast Canadian Prairie on Canada's last trans-continental passenger line. Michael explores Winnipeg, the nation's chief railroad centre. Show more