Series 7


Series 7

Using a nineteenth century Bradshaw's Handbook for travelling through Victorian Britain, Michael Portillo sets off on four new railway journeys which will take him across Britain.


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Carlisle to Penrith

1. Great British Railway Journeys: Series 7, Carlisle to Penrith

Michael Portillo investigates the Victorian appetite for the custard cream.

Windermere to Carnforth

2. Great British Railway Journeys: Series 7, Windermere to Carnforth

Michael Portillo visits the village home of author and illustrator Beatrix Potter.

Preston to Swinton

3. Great British Railway Journeys: Series 7, Preston to Swinton

Michael explores the Victorian industrial landscape of Salford.

St Helens to Knutsford

4. Great British Railway Journeys: Series 7, St Helens to Knutsford

Michael discovers how Victorian techniques to construct buildings have evolved.

Ashley to Alton

5. Great British Railway Journeys: Series 7, Ashley to Alton

In Macclesfield, Michael finds the end of the Silk Route and tries screen printing.

Dover to Lewes

6. Great British Railway Journeys: Series 7, Dover to Lewes

A miniature steam railway takes Michael Portillo from Romney Marsh to Dungeness.

Newhaven to Worthing

7. Great British Railway Journeys: Series 7, Newhaven to Worthing

Michael Portillo examines the nation's hidden defences against potential invaders.

Littlehampton to Beaulieu

8. Great British Railway Journeys: Series 7, Littlehampton to Beaulieu

Michael Portillo discovers how Victorian engineers defended Littlehampton from cholera.

Lymington Town to Exmouth

9. Great British Railway Journeys: Series 7, Lymington Town to Exmouth

Michael Portillo makes a lifesaving discovery in the sailing haven of Lymington.

Plymouth to Porthcurno

10. Great British Railway Journeys: Series 7, Plymouth to Porthcurno

In Plymouth, Michael Portillo finds out about the Royal Navy's fighting spirit.

Birmingham to Worcester

11. Great British Railway Journeys: Series 7, Birmingham to Worcester

Michael Portillo visits Birmingham's town hall which reveals a magnificent organ.

Redditch to Gloucester

12. Great British Railway Journeys: Series 7, Redditch to Gloucester

The Freemasons of Cheltenham invite Michael to share the secrets of their society.

Stroud to Bath

13. Great British Railway Journeys: Series 7, Stroud to Bath

Michael Portillo investigates the Victorian origins of snooker.

Bristol to Glastonbury

14. Great British Railway Journeys: Series 7, Bristol to Glastonbury

Michael Portillo enters the foul-smelling world of a Victorian tannery.

Bridgwater to Dartmoor

15. Great British Railway Journeys: Series 7, Bridgwater to Dartmoor

Michael Portillo stands trial at the Bloody Assizes in Taunton.

Ashford to Sevenoaks

16. Great British Railway Journeys: Series 7, Ashford to Sevenoaks

Michael Portillo lends a hand at a state-of-the-art train maintenance plant.

East Grinstead to Guildford

17. Great British Railway Journeys: Series 7, East Grinstead to Guildford

Michael Portillo takes to the footplate of a loco on the Bluebell Railway.

Woking to Walton-on-Thames

18. Great British Railway Journeys: Series 7, Woking to Walton-on-Thames

Michael Portillo uncovers the story of Britain's first purpose-built crematorium.

Hampton Court to Teddington

19. Great British Railway Journeys: Series 7, Hampton Court to Teddington

Michael Portillo is treated to a tour of the world's longest vine at Hampton Court Palace.

Egham to Henley-on-Thames

20. Great British Railway Journeys: Series 7, Egham to Henley-on-Thames

In Egham, a historic steam fair offers the original white-knuckle ride.