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Great British Railway Journeys

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Great British Railway Journeys

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Season 9

Saturdays from 15 December at 8.30pm Channel 017

Michael Portillo is heading on a fast-track to the early 20th century to embark on a new series of railway journeys through Edwardian Britain. His ‘new’ guidebook, published over a hundred years ago, will unlock Britain’s railways at their zenith, when more than 30,000 kilometres of track reached into every corner of the country. For Edwardian Britons, Bradshaw’s was an indispensable guide to the railway network at its peak. Using an early 20th century edition, Michael will navigate a vibrant and optimistic Britain, at the height of its power and influence in the world but a nation wrestling with political, social and industrial unrest at home. Double episodes premiere each week.