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Sunday, 12 January 2014


The Great British Railway Journey series is on BBC2 at 6.30 nightly Monday to Friday and follows Michael Portillo travelling through Britain by train. Last week Michael traveled from Manchester to Bury and learnt how the railway helped to create a national institution - the great British Fish and Chips.

This week he starts his first leg of his journey from London's Euston Station to Leeds, calling at Chaddington in Buckinghamshire, which is close to the scene of the 1963's Great Train Robbery.

On Day two ( Tuesday) he carries on his journey to Leeds and meets up with a second world war secret agent at Bletchley. He also learns all about vellum making in Newport Pagnell.

On Day three (Wednesday) the train takes him from Northampton to Nuneaton, where he learns all about the Victorian methods of shoemaking and the legacy of Dr. Thomas Arnold at Rugby School of Warwickshire.

On Day four (Thursday) he travels from Leicester to Loughborough (down the road from us), where he hears all about the hunt for Richard 111's remains while travelling on the Great Central Railway.

On Michael's final day (Friday) he completes his journey to Leeds where he see's how rail workers shaped British history in Doncaster, and he also visits Britain's oldest continuously working music hall.

You just can't beat Michael's train journey's ...

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