Series 4


Series 4

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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Episodes List

High Wycombe to Stratford-Upon-Avon

1. Great British Railway Journeys: Series 4, High Wycombe to Stratford-Upon-Avon

Michael Portillo sees Shakespeare through the eyes of a Victorian railway tourist.

Birmingham to Stafford

2. Great British Railway Journeys: Series 4, Birmingham to Stafford

Michael Portillo samples the delicacies of a Victorian kitchen at Shugborough Hall.

Stoke-on-Trent to Winsford

3. Great British Railway Journeys: Series 4, Stoke-on-Trent to Winsford

Michael Portillo explores one of the greatest locomotive factories in railway history.

Dudley to Bridgnorth

4. Great British Railway Journeys: Series 4, Dudley to Bridgnorth

Michael Portillo rides the stunning Severn Valley Railway across Victoria Bridge.

Welshpool to Aberystwyth

5. Great British Railway Journeys: Series 4, Welshpool to Aberystwyth

Michael Portillo travels to the Victorian seaside resort of Aberystwyth.

Portsmouth to Gomshall

6. Great British Railway Journeys: Series 4, Portsmouth to Gomshall

Michael Portillo feeds the crew of Britain's newest warship.

Woking to Clapham Junction

7. Great British Railway Journeys: Series 4, Woking to Clapham Junction

Michael Portillo gets close to some precious Victorian botany at Kew Gardens.

London Victoria to Abbey Wood

8. Great British Railway Journeys: Series 4, London Victoria to Abbey Wood

Michael Portillo learns how volunteer Victorian fire fighters liked a tipple.

London King's Cross to Peterborough

9. Great British Railway Journeys: Series 4, London King's Cross to Peterborough

Michael Portillo discovers how derelict Victorian London is being rejuvenated.

Spalding to Grimsby

10. Great British Railway Journeys: Series 4, Spalding to Grimsby

Michael Portillo sees how Lincolnshire farmers utilised rails to improve their harvests.

Stirling to Invergowrie

11. Great British Railway Journeys: Series 4, Stirling to Invergowrie

Michael Portillo learns about a Scottish hero and visits a Highland Games.

Dundee to Aberdeen

12. Great British Railway Journeys: Series 4, Dundee to Aberdeen

Michael Portillo learns how Queen Victoria used to hide from her subjects.

Dufftown to Aviemore

13. Great British Railway Journeys: Series 4, Dufftown to Aviemore

Michael Portillo learns how Victorian whisky trains were raided by robbers.

Inverness to Plockton

14. Great British Railway Journeys: Series 4, Inverness to Plockton

Michael Portillo rides one of Scotland's most picturesque railways.

Invergordon to John O'Groats

15. Great British Railway Journeys: Series 4, Invergordon to John O'Groats

Michael Portillo learns how one man's vision helped bring train travel to the Highlands.

London Paddington to Warminster

16. Great British Railway Journeys: Series 4, London Paddington to Warminster

Michael Portillo gets to grips with the old grey matter at a Victorian asylum.

Salisbury to Castle Cary

17. Great British Railway Journeys: Series 4, Salisbury to Castle Cary

Michael Portillo tries his hand at cloth making, the 19th-century way.

Taunton to Minehead

18. Great British Railway Journeys: Series 4, Taunton to Minehead

Michael Portillo explores a church that moves in mysterious ways.

Lynton and Lynmouth to Exeter

19. Great British Railway Journeys: Series 4, Lynton and Lynmouth to Exeter

Michael Portillo visits a garden used as a viewing platform for public hangings.

Exmouth to Newton Abbot

20. Great British Railway Journeys: Series 4, Exmouth to Newton Abbot

Michael Portillo takes to sea with the RNLI and visits a stormy coastal railway.

Goes to Ireland - Killarney to Cobh

21. Great British Railway Journeys: Series 4, Goes to Ireland - Killarney to Cobh

Michael Portillo witnesses the rugged beauty of County Kerry and the rural Irish Midlands.

Goes to Ireland - Kilkenny to Athy

23. Great British Railway Journeys: Series 4, Goes to Ireland - Kilkenny to Athy

Michael Portillo uncovers 19th-century Ireland's surprising industrial heritage.

Goes to Ireland - Newbridge to Roscrea

24. Great British Railway Journeys: Series 4, Goes to Ireland - Newbridge to Roscrea

Michael Portillo discovers how harsh life was for the Irish poor.