Passionate about trains, Michael Portillo charts the great British romance with the railways as he retraces four journeys that were first documented in the monthly railway guide, Bradshaw’s Handbook. He sees what’s changed and discovers how our love of the railways all began.
This 4 disc DVD set features 20 episodes covering the 4 different journeys:
Portillo makes stops on route to visit some of Britain’s most beautiful cities and hidden-away villages, meeting extraordinary people and hearing stories of how their lives have been shaped in some way by the railways. Throughout these monumental journeys, Portillo explores the secret ammunition factory at Gretna, sails the last steam boat on Lake Windermere, learns to talk ‘scouse’ in Liverpool, takes a dip in Bath Spa, cooks a traditional curry in Birmingham, tries his hand at oyster fishing in Cornwall and meets survivors of the Coventry Blitz.
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Reviewed on 08/10/2012 by
Excellent content and very interesting comparing ,present day with the Victorian Era.
Reviewed on 17/02/2012 by
This is a great series well worth watching. Great transaction from the hut.
Reviewed on 27/10/2011 by
A thorough and quality series, Michael illustrates key towns and cities along the major routes, proving that a career in politics really does not hinder your knowledge.
Reviewed on 23/06/2011 by
An excellent DVD of 4 discs length narrated by a Railway enthusiast Michael Portillo Who speaks and draws you in to his experience, Making you feel as you are there enjoying it with him, You forget you are watching a DVD its so enthralling, Its at a bargain price, 600 minutes of wonderful highly enjoyable experience to young and older alike.