Series 2


Series 2

Documentary series in which Michael Portillo travels the length and breadth of the country to see how the railways changed us.


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Brighton to Crystal Palace

1. Great British Railway Journeys: Series 2, Brighton to Crystal Palace

Michael finds out about Brighton's aquarium and discovers the Crystal Palace's wonders.

Waterloo to Canary Wharf

2. Great British Railway Journeys: Series 2, Waterloo to Canary Wharf

Michael Portillo explores the changing fortunes of London's docks.

Enfield to Cambridge

3. Great British Railway Journeys: Series 2, Enfield to Cambridge

Michael Portillo discovers how the trains transformed Newmarket's races.

Ely to King's Lynn

4. Great British Railway Journeys: Series 2, Ely to King's Lynn

Michael goes fishing with the last eel trapper on the Fens at Ely.

Dereham to Cromer

5. Great British Railway Journeys: Series 2, Dereham to Cromer

Michael gets a rare chance to drive a heritage diesel train and samples some Cromer crab.

Ledbury to Shrewsbury

6. Great British Railway Journeys: Series 2, Ledbury to Shrewsbury

Michael Portillo visits the world's first iron-framed building in Shrewsbury.

Telford to Wrexham

7. Great British Railway Journeys: Series 2, Telford to Wrexham

Michael explores historic Chirk Castle and has a go at making traditional Cheshire cheese.

Chester to Conwy

8. Great British Railway Journeys: Series 2, Chester to Conwy

Michael Portillo visits Chester's Roman remains and goes mussel fishing in north Wales.

Llanwrst to Porthmadog

9. Great British Railway Journeys: Series 2, Llanwrst to Porthmadog

Michael Portillo visits the Victorian slate capital of Blaenau Ffestiniog.

Llanberis to Holyhead

10. Great British Railway Journeys: Series 2, Llanberis to Holyhead

Michael Portillo takes the train to the top of Wales's highest peak, Mount Snowdon.

Newcastle to Chester-le-Street

11. Great British Railway Journeys: Series 2, Newcastle to Chester-le-Street

Michael Portillo visits the first locomotive factory in the world.

Durham to Grosmont

12. Great British Railway Journeys: Series 2, Durham to Grosmont

Michael Portillo visits the historic Durham Cathedral and takes a Dracula tour in Whitby.

York to Saltaire

13. Great British Railway Journeys: Series 2, York to Saltaire

Michael Portillo takes a Turkish bath in the famous spa town of Harrogate.

Batley to Sheffield

14. Great British Railway Journeys: Series 2, Batley to Sheffield

Michael Portillo finds out about shoddy, a successful 19th-century recycling industry.

Langley Mill to Melton Mowbray

15. Great British Railway Journeys: Series 2, Langley Mill to Melton Mowbray

Michael finds out how trains transformed the traditional British sport of fox hunting.

London Bridge to Chatham

16. Great British Railway Journeys: Series 2, London Bridge to Chatham

Michael Portillo takes a walk through the world's first underwater tunnel at Rotherhithe.

Aylesford to Tunbridge Wells

17. Great British Railway Journeys: Series 2, Aylesford to Tunbridge Wells

Michael Portillo discovers how the railways turned cricket into a national sport.

Sandwich to Folkestone

19. Great British Railway Journeys: Series 2, Sandwich to Folkestone

Michael discovers how the Victorians initiated the building of the Channel Tunnel.

Hythe to Hastings

20. Great British Railway Journeys: Series 2, Hythe to Hastings

Michael explores Kent's sparkling wine industry.

Ayr to Paisley

21. Great British Railway Journeys: Series 2, Ayr to Paisley

Michael visits the hometown of Robbie Burns and finds out how to make haggis.

Dumbarton to Tyndrum

22. Great British Railway Journeys: Series 2, Dumbarton to Tyndrum

Michael Portillo explores the Dumbarton shipyards that built the Cutty Sark.

Oban to Corrour

23. Great British Railway Journeys: Series 2, Oban to Corrour

Michael Portillo discovers how trains spread the word about Oban whisky.

Roybridge to Glenfinnan

24. Great British Railway Journeys: Series 2, Roybridge to Glenfinnan

Michael travels up the west coast of Scotland and looks at the parallel roads of Glenroy.

Lochailort to Skye

25. Great British Railway Journeys: Series 2, Lochailort to Skye

Michael discovers how the railways helped train commandos at Lochailort in World War II.