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6 things you probably didn’t know about Michael Portillo

Great British Railways star Michael Portillo is 68 today. To celebrate his birthday, we discover 6 things you probably didn’t know about him. Many of his clothes are made by a tailor in London Michael Portillo is famously known for his bright trousers and jackets which make a great impact on the small screen. ‘I […]

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Michael Portillo’s new East Anglia train adventures

Michael Portillo is setting off on some new East Anglia train adventures this week. We’ve got all the details of his five Great British Railway Journey shows on BBC2 at 6.30pm 3 May – Saxmundham to Dedham Tonight, Michael explores East Anglia between the two world wars. His journey begins at Sutton Hoo in Suffolk, […]

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Michael Portillo returns with the 12th series of Great British Railway Journeys

Book a seat on your sofa. Michael Portillo returns today with the 12th series of Great British Railway Journeys First episode details revealed Michael Portillo will kick off the series tonight at 6.30 pm on BBC2. In this episode, Michael travels from Oxford to Abingdon. In Oxford, he visits Somerville College to hear how pioneering […]

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Michael Portillo’s new TV show – what we know so far

BBC2 will be airing the twelfth series of Michael Portillo’s new TV show Great British Railway Journeys this Spring. This is what we know so far… Michael’s view Because of the Covid crisis, Michael Portillo could only film in the UK in 2020. ‘We are restricting filming to the UK,’ he told The Telegraph. ‘but […]

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Tim Dunn on The Architecture The Railways Built and Michael Portillo

On the eve of the second series of his hit TV series, The Architecture The Railways Built, Vicky Mayer caught up with presenter Tim Dunn over zoom to talk about the fun (and difficulties) he had making the series during the pandemic, his favourite train stations and why he doesn’t see himself as a rival […]

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5 Easy Ways to Celebrate Christmas with Michael Portillo

Looking for a great Christmas present for the Michael Portillo fan in your life (or even yourself)? We’ve got the ultimate Christmas gift guide to all things Michael… Travel around Great Britain with him In his latest book, Greatest British Railway Journeys: Celebrating The Greatest Journeys, Michael reveals his favourite top fifty rail journeys and […]

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Michael Portillo on 3 Train Journeys That are Very Special to Him

In his new book Greatest British Railway Journeys Michael Portillo reveals his memories of childhood rail journeys and applauds the local community for saving the Settle to Carlisle Railway in the 1980s. On board the ‘Starlight Express’ Some of the first British railway journeys we filmed for the show were nostalgic for me. My mother’s […]

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Michael Portillo Discovers 5 Great British Railway Journeys that Survived the Beeching Cuts

In 1963 Richard Beeching wrote a report for the British government that identified  2,363 stations and 5,000 miles of railway line for closure; 55% of stations and 30% of route miles. Subsequently many small stations were closed. But some survived the cuts and some were even reinstated. Here, Michael Portillo celebrates five of the survivors. […]

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Michael Portillo’s Exciting New Book is Perfect for Railway Lovers

Michael Portillo fans are in for a treat today with the release of his brand new hardback book, Greatest British Railway Journeys: Celebrating The Greatest Journeys. Ten years ago BBC2 launched his very popular series and Michael Portillo set off to explore Great Britain’s greatest railway lines and destinations. Over the decade he has thoroughly […]

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Michael Portillo Uncovers Dark Secrets on Great Continental Railway Journeys

The latest episode sees Michael meet a Kindertransport survivor and uncover some dark railway secrets