Using a nineteenth century Bradshaw's Handbook for travelling through Victorian Britain, Michael Portillo sets off on three new railway journeys which will take him across Britain.
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Michael departs London before dawn on the famous Flying Scotsman.
Michael heads north from London, and in Bedfordshire he gets to drive a 'locomobile'.
Tracing the path of the Flying Scotsman, Michael heads to Stockton-on-Tees.
Michael heads up the East Coast Main Line, testing a state-of-the-art train on the way.
Michael discovers the history of body snatchers and murderers who contributed to science.
Michael unveils a new monument to 87 railwaymen who lost their lives in the Great War.
Michael comes face to face with the Victorian scientist who invented modern atomic theory.
Michael follows in the footholds of the Victorian daredevil who made rock climbing a sport
Michael learns about an ingenious Victorian machine which changed shopping forever.
Michael meets volunteers on the Mid-Suffolk Light railway and drives The Middy.
Armed with his Bradshaw's Handbook, Michael Portillo begins a journey across Ireland.
At Trinity College, Dublin, Michael Portillo discovers one of Ireland's greatest treasures
Michael Portillo gets up to speed with modern archaeology in County Meath.
Michael Portillo learns how the Emerald Isle inspired the poet WB Yeats.
On the last leg of the journey, a seaweed bath is followed by a steamy scene in Ballina.