Series 8


Series 8

Using a nineteenth century Bradshaw's Handbook for travelling through Victorian Britain, Michael Portillo sets off on three new railway journeys which will take him across Britain.


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The Flying Scotsman

1. Great British Railway Journeys: Series 8, The Flying Scotsman

Michael departs London before dawn on the famous Flying Scotsman.

Welwyn Garden City to Peterborough

2. Great British Railway Journeys: Series 8, Welwyn Garden City to Peterborough

Michael heads north from London, and in Bedfordshire he gets to drive a 'locomobile'.

Newark-on-Trent to Stockton

3. Great British Railway Journeys: Series 8, Newark-on-Trent to Stockton

Tracing the path of the Flying Scotsman, Michael heads to Stockton-on-Tees.

Darlington to Dunbar

4. Great British Railway Journeys: Series 8, Darlington to Dunbar

Michael heads up the East Coast Main Line, testing a state-of-the-art train on the way.

Longniddry to Edinburgh

5. Great British Railway Journeys: Series 8, Longniddry to Edinburgh

Michael discovers the history of body snatchers and murderers who contributed to science.

Blackpool to Manchester Victoria

6. Great British Railway Journeys: Series 8, Blackpool to Manchester Victoria

Michael unveils a new monument to 87 railwaymen who lost their lives in the Great War.

Manchester Piccadilly to Silkstone Common

7. Great British Railway Journeys: Series 8, Manchester Piccadilly to Silkstone Common

Michael comes face to face with the Victorian scientist who invented modern atomic theory.

Chapeltown to Doncaster

8. Great British Railway Journeys: Series 8, Chapeltown to Doncaster

Michael follows in the footholds of the Victorian daredevil who made rock climbing a sport

Gainsborough to Ely

9. Great British Railway Journeys: Series 8, Gainsborough to Ely

Michael learns about an ingenious Victorian machine which changed shopping forever.

Stowmarket to Harwich

10. Great British Railway Journeys: Series 8, Stowmarket to Harwich

Michael meets volunteers on the Mid-Suffolk Light railway and drives The Middy.

Wexford to Wicklow

11. Great British Railway Journeys: Series 8, Wexford to Wicklow

Armed with his Bradshaw's Handbook, Michael Portillo begins a journey across Ireland.

Greystones to Dublin

12. Great British Railway Journeys: Series 8, Greystones to Dublin

At Trinity College, Dublin, Michael Portillo discovers one of Ireland's greatest treasures

Navan to Mullingar

13. Great British Railway Journeys: Series 8, Navan to Mullingar

Michael Portillo gets up to speed with modern archaeology in County Meath.

Dromod to Sligo

14. Great British Railway Journeys: Series 8, Dromod to Sligo

Michael Portillo learns how the Emerald Isle inspired the poet WB Yeats.

Ballina to Westport

15. Great British Railway Journeys: Series 8, Ballina to Westport

On the last leg of the journey, a seaweed bath is followed by a steamy scene in Ballina.