Series 5


Series 5

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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Manchester to Birkenhead

1. Great British Railway Journeys: Series 5, Manchester to Birkenhead

Michael finds out how Manchester gave birth to a revolutionary political movement.

Southport to Leyland

2. Great British Railway Journeys: Series 5, Southport to Leyland

Continuing through the north west, Michael visits Southport, Wigan, Bolton and Leyland.

Preston to Rochdale

3. Great British Railway Journeys: Series 5, Preston to Rochdale

Michael celebrates Victorian trade with the Preston Guild.

Haworth to Huddersfield

4. Great British Railway Journeys: Series 5, Haworth to Huddersfield

Michael visits the home of the three Bronte sisters in Worth Valley, Yorkshire.

Honley to Chesterfield

5. Great British Railway Journeys: Series 5, Honley to Chesterfield

Michael visits one of the first stately homes to welcome visitors by rail - Chatsworth.

London Euston to Cheddington

6. Great British Railway Journeys: Series 5, London Euston to Cheddington

Michael Portillo travels from Euston to Cheddington, scene of the Great Train Robbery.

Bletchley to Newport Pagnell

7. Great British Railway Journeys: Series 5, Bletchley to Newport Pagnell

Michael visits Wolverton, the first purpose-built railway town, and learns to make vellum.

Northampton to Nuneaton

8. Great British Railway Journeys: Series 5, Northampton to Nuneaton

From Northampton, town of shoemakers, Michael goes on to Rugby, Coventry and Nuneaton.

Leicester to Loughborough

9. Great British Railway Journeys: Series 5, Leicester to Loughborough

Michael learns about the discovery of Richard III's remains in Leicester.

Nottingham to Leeds

10. Great British Railway Journeys: Series 5, Nottingham to Leeds

Michael visits Mansfield, Worksop and Doncaster before auditioning at a Leeds music hall.

Southampton to Basingstoke

11. Great British Railway Journeys: Series 5, Southampton to Basingstoke

Michael Portillo learns to set the table aboard a luxury liner and visits Basingstoke.

Winchfield to Crowthorne

12. Great British Railway Journeys: Series 5, Winchfield to Crowthorne

Michael Portillo is put through his paces when he visits the army camp at Aldershot.

Wokingham to Bradford-on-Avon

13. Great British Railway Journeys: Series 5, Wokingham to Bradford-on-Avon

Michael learns how the railways fuelled the development of the modern printing press.

Chippenham to Gloucester

14. Great British Railway Journeys: Series 5, Chippenham to Gloucester

Michael Portillo finds out why Gloucester station became known for lost luggage.

Cheltenham to Wolverhampton

15. Great British Railway Journeys: Series 5, Cheltenham to Wolverhampton

Michael Portillo joins battle re-enactors in Tewkesbury before heading to Wolverhampton.

Norwich to Brandon

16. Great British Railway Journeys: Series 5, Norwich to Brandon

In Norwich Castle, Michael uncovers the Victorian public's gory fascination with crime.

Ipswich to Chelmsford

17. Great British Railway Journeys: Series 5, Ipswich to Chelmsford

Michael Portillo visits an agricultural implement works with its own railway sidings.

Ilford to Rochester

18. Great British Railway Journeys: Series 5, Ilford to Rochester

Michael heads along the Essex bank of the Thames before crossing the river into Kent.

Faversham to Dorking

19. Great British Railway Journeys: Series 5, Faversham to Dorking

Michael Portillo heads into Surrey where he blow-dries a hen in Dorking.

Brighton to Chichester

20. Great British Railway Journeys: Series 5, Brighton to Chichester

Michael Portillo discovers the history behind the extraordinary Pavilion at Brighton.