Michael Portillo takes train journeys across Britiain, finding out how railways were used and the impact they have had on the places they link, from the Victorian age of George Bradshaw to now.
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Michael finds out how Manchester gave birth to a revolutionary political movement.
Continuing through the north west, Michael visits Southport, Wigan, Bolton and Leyland.
Michael celebrates Victorian trade with the Preston Guild.
Michael visits the home of the three Bronte sisters in Worth Valley, Yorkshire.
Michael visits one of the first stately homes to welcome visitors by rail - Chatsworth.
Michael Portillo travels from Euston to Cheddington, scene of the Great Train Robbery.
Michael visits Wolverton, the first purpose-built railway town, and learns to make vellum.
From Northampton, town of shoemakers, Michael goes on to Rugby, Coventry and Nuneaton.
Michael learns about the discovery of Richard III's remains in Leicester.
Michael visits Mansfield, Worksop and Doncaster before auditioning at a Leeds music hall.
Michael Portillo learns to set the table aboard a luxury liner and visits Basingstoke.
Michael Portillo is put through his paces when he visits the army camp at Aldershot.
Michael learns how the railways fuelled the development of the modern printing press.
Michael Portillo finds out why Gloucester station became known for lost luggage.
Michael Portillo joins battle re-enactors in Tewkesbury before heading to Wolverhampton.
In Norwich Castle, Michael uncovers the Victorian public's gory fascination with crime.
Michael Portillo visits an agricultural implement works with its own railway sidings.
Michael heads along the Essex bank of the Thames before crossing the river into Kent.
Michael Portillo heads into Surrey where he blow-dries a hen in Dorking.
Michael Portillo discovers the history behind the extraordinary Pavilion at Brighton.