Michael Portillo takes to the tracks with a copy of George Bradshaw's Victorian Railway Guidebook, travelling the length and breadth of the country to see how the railways changed Britain
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Michael learns Scouse in Liverpool and finds out about the first railway fatality.
Michael learns how the railways helped to create a national institution - fish and chips.
Michael travels back in time on the Embsay and Bolton Abbey Steam Railway.
Michael searches for the last liquorice grower in Pontefract and fishes for sea bass.
Michael goes birdwatching and learns to decipher traditional knitting patterns in Filey.
Michael Portillo learns about the temperance movement in Preston and visits Blackpool.
Michael Portillo revisits the Settle-Carlisle line and explores the Ribblehead viaduct.
Michael Portillo takes a Lake Windermere steamboat tour and visits Wordsworth's home town.
Michael meets the wild Border Reivers clansmen and witnesses a wedding in Gretna Green.
Michael makes apple juice in the Clyde Valley and visits the top of the Forth Rail Bridge.
Michael finds out about free holiday trains for the GWR workers in Swindon.
Michael samples Cheddar strawberries and visits one of the country's oldest piers.
Michael finds out about Torquay's microclimate and spends some of Totnes's local currency.
Michael visits the largest clay mine in the world and goes pilchard fishing.
Michael searches for the church of St Piran and harvests oysters on the Helford River.
Michael helps to repair the ancient peat landscape of the Peak District.
Michael Portillo visits the oldest working factory in the world at Cromford.
Michael Portillo learns how to cook an authentic Indian curry in Birmingham.
Michael Portillo meets the last pure-breed Aylesbury duck farmer in Buckinghamshire.
Michael Portillo climbs up the Houses of Parliament clock tower to hear Big Ben chime.