Tune-In: Thursdays from 23 March at 9.30pm
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 Great Britain. His journey will take him from Carlisle to Alton, Staffs; Dover to Land’s End; Birmingham to Dartmoor; and Ashford, Kent, to Henley-on-Thames.
Michael traverses Britain’s railway network using Bradshaw’s Descriptive Railway Guide following its recommendations for places to visit and things to do while investigating the characters, industries, locations and hotels suggested in his handbook that take his interest. Along the way he meets an interesting selection of the British public and gains a fascinating insight into the history of Victorian Britain. The series is also a snapshot of the country today – its people, stories, scenery, architecture, customs, history and how life and landscape have changed over the last 150 years, since George Bradshaw became a household name.