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Great British Railway Journeys - Series 1 BBC [DVD] 
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- Is Discontinued By Manufacturer : No
- Language: : English
- Package Dimensions : 19 x 13.8 x 2.6 cm; 10 Grams
- Manufacturer reference : 5030697019509
- Director : Marc Beers, Tim Brocklehurst
- Media Format : PAL
- Run time : 10 hours
- Release date : 7 Feb. 2011
- Subtitles: : English
- Language : Unknown (Dolby Digital 2.0 Stereo)
- Studio : Fremantle Home Entertainment
- ASIN : B004GBB5TO
- Number of discs : 4
- Best Sellers Rank: 27,548 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)
- Customer reviews:
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: Liverpool to Scarborough, Preston to Kirkcaldy, Swindon to Penzance, Buxton to London. Portillo makes stops en 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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some of the most scenic routes of Britain's current railway system
in a compare and contrast style using Bradshaw's Hand-Book originally
published in 1863, by George Bradshaw, the Victorian, cartographer
and Time Table enthusiast.
Presented by Michael Portillo, in a laid-back style, we visit the old
railway towns and cities of our nation and note the changes in landscape,
industry, and usage of railways from the 1860's of Bradshaw's era, when
at the height of the Victorian age, railways were king, bringing fresh
fruit and fish from farm orchards and sea ports to the masses in urban
areas.It saw also the start of seaside holidays, taking those same masses
of people on what would for many have been their first view of the sea.
In a set of four discs, we are taken from Liverpool to Scarborough,
Preston to Kirkcaldy, Swindon to Penzance and Buxton to London with
scores of stops along the way where Portillo explores and expounds
on the places he visits, sometimes a little too briefly.
The original broadcasts were of 30 minutes duration, an hour would have
been better, but the total running time of Series 1 is 600 minutes, so
there is a lot of enjoyable viewing.
The trains all appear to be very new, and uncrowded, suggesting that this
series was recorded during off peak travel hours.
All in all, a worth while purchase and a perfect tie-in with new facsimile
editions of Bradshaw's Hand-Book from Old House publishers, also available
How wrong I was, after forcing myself to watch 10 minutes of this series I was hooked. Portillo has obviously done his homework and researched his subject meticulously.Using Bradshaw as a framework to base the series is very clever, it adds authencity and depth to the programmes
Say what you like about Michael Portillo but he is an excellent host with an extremely dry sense of humour and a colourful sartorial style. He seems genuinely interested in the History of British Railways and of the people associated with them and shows great passion when discussing the subject
This is an extremely enjoyable series and is also highly informative
4 DVDs, circa 2.5 hours each is 10 whole hours of M. Portillo in 2010 for series 1. The whole experience, disregarding trains abroad is 85 or so hours. Whether in a pink jacket, purple or green, M. Portillo is always watchable, fully briefed and informed. Buy Bradshaw's tome and follow along.