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Great Continental Railway Journeys: Series 1 And 2 [DVD]

Michael Portillo , John Comerford (Exec Producer) , Pam Cavannagh (Exec Producer)    Exempt   DVD
4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
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  • Actors: Michael Portillo
  • Directors: John Comerford (Exec Producer), Pam Cavannagh (Exec Producer)
  • Format: Dolby, PAL
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 4
  • Classification: Exempt
  • Studio: FremantleMedia International
  • DVD Release Date: 28 April 2014
  • Run Time: 640 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00IGRO3YS
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 3,701 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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Steered by his 1913 'Bradshaw's Continental Railway Guide', Michael Portillo journeys through a prosperous pre-war Europe of emperors and kings, pomp and elegance. A continent whose industrialists, factories and mines had created wealth, whose scientists and engineers were discovering and constructing the marvellous and whose artists were challenging old ways, whilst intellectuals plotted revolution.

This early 20th century handbook opened up an exotic world to the Edwardian tourist; from glittering cosmopolitan cities, dramatic Alpine landscapes, to warm sparkling seas and picturesque villages. Following in their footsteps, Michael visits the towns, cities and villages listed by his Bradshaw's guide. Travelling from station to station he stays in the recommended hotels, explores the magnificent sights, samples local traditions, takes in many of the continent s most spectacular rail routes and visits some of the central locations in the unfolding Great War story.

Across 4 discs in total, Series 1 comprises 5 episodes: London to Monte Carlo Hungary to Austria Berlin to the Rhein Switzerland Amsterdam to Northern France

Series 2 comprises 6 episodes: Madrid to Gibraltar Turin to Venice Dresden to Kiel Copenhagen to Oslo Prague to Munich Bordeaux to Bilbao

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Steered by his 1913 'Bradshaw's Continental Railway Guide', Michael Portillo journeys through a prosperous pre-war Europe of emperors and kings, pomp and elegance. A continent whose industrialists, factories and mines had created wealth, whose scientists and engineers were discovering and constructing the marvellous and whose artists were challenging old ways, whilst intellectuals plotted revolution. This early 20th century handbook opened up an exotic world to the Edwardian tourist; from glittering cosmopolitan cities, dramatic Alpine landscapes, to warm sparkling seas and picturesque villages. Following in their footsteps, Michael visits the towns, cities and villages listed by his Bradshaw's guide. Travelling from station to station he stays in the recommended hotels, explores the magnificent sights, samples local traditions, takes in many of the continent s most spectacular rail routes and visits some of the central locations in the unfolding Great War story. Across 4 discs in total, Series 1 comprises 5 episodes: London to Monte Carlo Hungary to Austria Berlin to the Rhein Switzerland Amsterdam to Northern France Series 2 comprises 6 episodes: Madrid to Gibraltar Turin to Venice Dresden to Kiel Copenhagen to Oslo Prague to Munich Bordeaux to Bilbao


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5.0 out of 5 stars Top travel series: far more than just trains... 19 Mar 2014
By Rowena Hoseason HALL OF FAME TOP 50 REVIEWER
This boxset combines the two TV series of Michael Portillo's travel through Continental Europe, exploring the past of a hundred years ago. It's a total treat, let down only by the lack of a high-definition Blu-ray and any special features.

From the first season, the journey through Switzerland alone contains more 'wow' moments in one hour of television than most documentaries pack into an entire series. The scenery is outright stunning; the towns ludicrously picturesque, and the ambition of the final railway lines - halfway up the Eiger and genuinely to the top of an alp - is staggering.
You may be familiar with the standard series of half-hour programmes which play almost non-stop on the BCC, detailing journeys around the UK. These programmes are slightly different in that they venture onto the Continent and each episode runs to a full 60 minutes. The longer format really suits the programmes much better; there's less repetition and more space for Michael Portillo to explore his continuing themes of railway, industrial and social history.
These episodes also differ in that instead of uncovering our own heritage, they investigate the European situation at a very specific time. Portillo is guided as usual by his faithful Bradshaw's guide of 1913, when the bright lights of the belle epoch were about to be extinguished by the war to end all wars.
Inevitably the programmes touch on some of the causes of WW1, the intertwined royal families of Europe, etc, but this content is carefully balanced with plenty of entertaining travelogue, spectacular photography (some of the German and alpine footage is unbelievably beautiful), archive film (especially of the lines being made; tunnels blasted through solid mountains and such) and glorious architecture.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars 7 July 2014
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Such relaxing viewing! Travel in an armchair!
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4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars 3 July 2014
have not watched all yet but very informative so far
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5.0 out of 5 stars PORTILLO'S JOURNEYS 1 Jun 2014
Michael Portillo, featuring his interesting sartorial choices, is our tour guide to the rail tracks. With his Bradshaw in hand, we follow him on his journeys as armchair travellers.

I was surprised that this series was not available on Blu-ray.

I find all these series of his just ideal for relaxing after coming home after a day's work. Indeed I first saw them featured on TV around teatime. In some respects the bygone eras he covers strike me as being a more civilised time to be alive. (This was before the horrific carnage of the first World War and the changes to society that ensued thereafter).There was a gentler pace to life instead of the frenetic one that we experience nowadays. This is part of the charm of the series.
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