Series 3


Series 3

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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Great Yarmouth to Beccles

1. Great British Railway Journeys: Series 3, Great Yarmouth to Beccles

Michael Portillo discovers the grave robbing history of Great Yarmouth.

Darsham to Felixstowe

2. Great British Railway Journeys: Series 3, Darsham to Felixstowe

Michael Portillo follows the route of the Great Eastern Line to the lost city of Dunwich.

Sudbury to Southend

3. Great British Railway Journeys: Series 3, Sudbury to Southend

Michael Portillo takes a rail tour of Victorian freak show hot spots.

Epping to Hackney

4. Great British Railway Journeys: Series 3, Epping to Hackney

Michael Portillo uncovers the gruesome details of the first murder on a train.

Fenchurch to Embankment

5. Great British Railway Journeys: Series 3, Fenchurch to Embankment

Michael Portillo rides a secret miniature railway hidden beneath London's streets.

Windsor to Didcot

6. Great British Railway Journeys: Series 3, Windsor to Didcot

Michael Portillo visits a station fit for royalty in Windsor.

Reading to Alton

7. Great British Railway Journeys: Series 3, Reading to Alton

Michael Portillo tries driving a steam train on the challenging Watercress Line.

Winchester to Isle of Wight

8. Great British Railway Journeys: Series 3, Winchester to Isle of Wight

Michael Portillo visits a 19th-century rail works still running in Eastleigh.

Brockenhurst to Poole

9. Great British Railway Journeys: Series 3, Brockenhurst to Poole

Michael Portillo uncovers a secret library in Wimborne containing some very rare books.

Wareham to Portland

10. Great British Railway Journeys: Series 3, Wareham to Portland

Michael Portillo uncovers the oil fields hidden underneath England's seaside resorts.

Oxford to Pershore

11. Great British Railway Journeys: Series 3, Oxford to Pershore

Michael Portillo is led to a special view of Oxford by his 19th-century guidebook.

Hartlebury to Great Malvern

12. Great British Railway Journeys: Series 3, Hartlebury to Great Malvern

Michael Portillo visits the home in Hartlebury of Queen Victoria's favourite bishop.

Lydney to Newport

13. Great British Railway Journeys: Series 3, Lydney to Newport

Michael Portillo discovers Britain's hidden micro-mines within the Forest of Dean.

Cardiff to Brecon

14. Great British Railway Journeys: Series 3, Cardiff to Brecon

Michael Portillo discovers the Victorian coal heritage of Cardiff.

Port Talbot to Milford Haven

15. Great British Railway Journeys: Series 3, Port Talbot to Milford Haven

Michael Portillo explores the Victorian railway legacy behind Port Talbot steel works.

Berwick-upon-Tweed to Morpeth

16. Great British Railway Journeys: Series 3, Berwick-upon-Tweed to Morpeth

Michael Portillo discovers the unique cross-border history of Berwick-upon-Tweed.

Bardon Mill to Wigton

17. Great British Railway Journeys: Series 3, Bardon Mill to Wigton

Michael Portillo sees how the Victorian railways first fuelled invention in Wigton.

Cockermouth to Eskdale

18. Great British Railway Journeys: Series 3, Cockermouth to Eskdale

Michael Portillo drinks a Victorian brew drawn from the pure waters of Cockermouth.

Kirkby-in-Furness to Lancaster

19. Great British Railway Journeys: Series 3, Kirkby-in-Furness to Lancaster

Michael Portillo finds out the secrets behind Kirkby's famous blue slate.

Heysham to Snaefell

20. Great British Railway Journeys: Series 3, Heysham to Snaefell

Michael Portillo sets sail from Heysham to the Isle of Man.

Goes to Ireland - Bray to Dublin

21. Great British Railway Journeys: Series 3, Goes to Ireland - Bray to Dublin

Michael Portillo explores a Victorian jail and finds out about the Lions of Dublin Zoo.

Goes to Ireland - Enfield to Drogheda

22. Great British Railway Journeys: Series 3, Goes to Ireland - Enfield to Drogheda

Michael Portillo discovers the secrets behind the Boyne Viaduct.

Goes to Ireland - Dundalk to Portadown

23. Great British Railway Journeys: Series 3, Goes to Ireland - Dundalk to Portadown

Michael Portillo visits the amazing Cromlech stones of Dundalk.

Goes to Ireland - Belfast to Whitehead

24. Great British Railway Journeys: Series 3, Goes to Ireland - Belfast to Whitehead

Michael Portillo explores the fascinating history of Belfast's Victorian docks.

Goes to Ireland - Ballymoney to Londonderry

25. Great British Railway Journeys: Series 3, Goes to Ireland - Ballymoney to Londonderry

Michael Portillo takes a white knuckle walk over the Carrick-a-Rede rope bridge.