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Michael Portillo: Great British Railway Journeys – S08 E09 – Gainsborough to Ely

17/04/2019

Michael Portillo – Great British Railway Journeys – this is a great series. Sometimes the format is poor, but the sound is usually reasonable and the video watchable, especially fullscreen. The availability of episodes makes it hard to sequence, but will try and identify series and episode.

Portillo’s enthusiasm is infectious and fun.

From Wikipedia

Great British Railway Journeys is a BBC documentary series presented by Michael Portillo. It premiered in 2010 on BBC Two, and has returned every year for a total of ten series.

The series features Portillo travelling around the railway networks of Great Britain, Ireland and the Isle of Man, referring to an 1840s copy of Bradshaw’s Guide, comparing how the various destinations have changed since Victorian times.

Portillo has also presented five related series, Great Continental Railway Journeys, broadcast from 2012; Great American Railroad Journeys, which was first broadcast in 2016; Great Indian Railway Journeys, which was first broadcast in 2018; and Great Alaskan Railroad Journeys and Great Canadian Railroad Journeys, which were broadcast consecutively in January 2019.

https://youtu.be/st5QWrTpGFQ

This Episode

Portillo visits Gainsborough, and then heads to Lincoln. He explores the Cambridgeshire Fens and finally arrives at Ely.

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