Series 6


Series 6

Michael Portillo takes train journeys across Britiain, finding out how railways were used and the impact they have had on the places they link.


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Ayr to Stewarton

1. Great British Railway Journeys: Series 6, Ayr to Stewarton

From Ayr, Michael Portillo admires Ailsa Craig before getting to grips with curling.

Greenock to Larkhall

2. Great British Railway Journeys: Series 6, Greenock to Larkhall

From Greenock, Michael Portillo sets sail in the world's last seagoing paddle steamer.

Motherwell to Linlithgow

3. Great British Railway Journeys: Series 6, Motherwell to Linlithgow

Michael Portillo celebrates Victorian iron and steel in Motherwell.

Stirling to Pitlochry

4. Great British Railway Journeys: Series 6, Stirling to Pitlochry

In Stirling, Michael Portillo visits the scene of a bloody battle at Bannockburn.

St Andrew's to Edinburgh

5. Great British Railway Journeys: Series 6, St Andrew's to Edinburgh

In St Andrews, Michael Portillo pays homage to the birthplace of golf.

Amersham to Regent's Park

6. Great British Railway Journeys: Series 6, Amersham to Regent's Park

Michael Portillo travels on London's first underground railway, the Metropolitan Line.

Deptford to West Silvertown

7. Great British Railway Journeys: Series 6, Deptford to West Silvertown

Michael Portillo is invited aboard the construction locomotive for Crossrail.

Stratford to London Victoria

8. Great British Railway Journeys: Series 6, Stratford to London Victoria

Michael Portillo takes the high-speed line and explores the legacy of the Olympic Park.

London's West End

9. Great British Railway Journeys: Series 6, London's West End

Michael Portillo discovers how 19th-century engineering made for spectacular theatricals.

High Street Kensington to London Bridge

10. Great British Railway Journeys: Series 6, High Street Kensington to London Bridge

On the last of his journeys in the capital, Michael Portillo explores Albertopolis.

Derby to Grantham

11. Great British Railway Journeys: Series 6, Derby to Grantham

Michael Portillo gives an old engine a fresh start in the railway hub of Derby.

Boston to Hensall

12. Great British Railway Journeys: Series 6, Boston to Hensall

Michael Portillo explores the link between Boston, Lincolnshire and its American namesake.

Hessle to York

13. Great British Railway Journeys: Series 6, Hessle to York

Michael Portillo learns about the technology that made the Humber Bridge possible.

Middlesbrough to Hexham

14. Great British Railway Journeys: Series 6, Middlesbrough to Hexham

At Jarrow, Michael visits the monastery to learn about its famous monk, Bede.

Newcastle to Lindisfarne

15. Great British Railway Journeys: Series 6, Newcastle to Lindisfarne

Michael Portillo finds out about the world's earliest swing bridge and its inventor.

Pembroke Dock to Swansea

16. Great British Railway Journeys: Series 6, Pembroke Dock to Swansea

At Pembroke Dock, Michael visits the dockyard where Queen Victoria's yachts were built.

Swansea to Hereford

17. Great British Railway Journeys: Series 6, Swansea to Hereford

Michael Portillo learns about the Victorian signalling system still in place today.

Abergavenny to Hanborough

18. Great British Railway Journeys: Series 6, Abergavenny to Hanborough

Michael Portillo investigates a historic fire at Blenheim Palace.

Oxford to Luton

19. Great British Railway Journeys: Series 6, Oxford to Luton

Michael Portillo sees a pocket-size edition of Bradshaw's Companion at the Bodleian.

Oakham to Cambridge

20. Great British Railway Journeys: Series 6, Oakham to Cambridge

Michael begins in Oakham before heading east to Stamford and on to Cambridge University.