Series 1


Series 1

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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Liverpool to Eccles

1. Great British Railway Journeys: Series 1, Liverpool to Eccles

Michael learns Scouse in Liverpool and finds out about the first railway fatality.

Manchester to Bury

2. Great British Railway Journeys: Series 1, Manchester to Bury

Michael learns how the railways helped to create a national institution - fish and chips.

Todmorden to York

3. Great British Railway Journeys: Series 1, Todmorden to York

Michael travels back in time on the Embsay and Bolton Abbey Steam Railway.

Pontefract to Bridlington

4. Great British Railway Journeys: Series 1, Pontefract to Bridlington

Michael searches for the last liquorice grower in Pontefract and fishes for sea bass.

Filey to Scarborough

5. Great British Railway Journeys: Series 1, Filey to Scarborough

Michael goes birdwatching and learns to decipher traditional knitting patterns in Filey.

Preston to Morecambe

6. Great British Railway Journeys: Series 1, Preston to Morecambe

Michael Portillo learns about the temperance movement in Preston and visits Blackpool.

Settle to Garsdale

7. Great British Railway Journeys: Series 1, Settle to Garsdale

Michael Portillo revisits the Settle-Carlisle line and explores the Ribblehead viaduct.

Windermere to Kendal

8. Great British Railway Journeys: Series 1, Windermere to Kendal

Michael Portillo takes a Lake Windermere steamboat tour and visits Wordsworth's home town.

Carlisle to Glasgow

9. Great British Railway Journeys: Series 1, Carlisle to Glasgow

Michael meets the wild Border Reivers clansmen and witnesses a wedding in Gretna Green.

Edinburgh to Kirkcaldy

10. Great British Railway Journeys: Series 1, Edinburgh to Kirkcaldy

Michael makes apple juice in the Clyde Valley and visits the top of the Forth Rail Bridge.

Swindon to Bristol

11. Great British Railway Journeys: Series 1, Swindon to Bristol

Michael finds out about free holiday trains for the GWR workers in Swindon.

Yatton to Weston Super Mare

12. Great British Railway Journeys: Series 1, Yatton to Weston Super Mare

Michael samples Cheddar strawberries and visits one of the country's oldest piers.

Torquay to Totnes

13. Great British Railway Journeys: Series 1, Torquay to Totnes

Michael finds out about Torquay's microclimate and spends some of Totnes's local currency.

Bugle to Mevagissey

14. Great British Railway Journeys: Series 1, Bugle to Mevagissey

Michael visits the largest clay mine in the world and goes pilchard fishing.

Truro to Penzance

15. Great British Railway Journeys: Series 1, Truro to Penzance

Michael searches for the church of St Piran and harvests oysters on the Helford River.

Buxton to Matlock

16. Great British Railway Journeys: Series 1, Buxton to Matlock

Michael helps to repair the ancient peat landscape of the Peak District.

Cromford to Burton-on-Trent

17. Great British Railway Journeys: Series 1, Cromford to Burton-on-Trent

Michael Portillo visits the oldest working factory in the world at Cromford.

Walsall to Bournville

18. Great British Railway Journeys: Series 1, Walsall to Bournville

Michael Portillo learns how to cook an authentic Indian curry in Birmingham.

Coventry to Watford

19. Great British Railway Journeys: Series 1, Coventry to Watford

Michael Portillo meets the last pure-breed Aylesbury duck farmer in Buckinghamshire.

St Pancras to Westminster

20. Great British Railway Journeys: Series 1, St Pancras to Westminster

Michael Portillo climbs up the Houses of Parliament clock tower to hear Big Ben chime.