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Ely to King's Lynn

Michael Portillo takes to the tracks with a copy of George Bradshaw's Victorian Railway Guidebook. In a series of five epic journeys, Portillo travels the length and breadth of the country to see how the railways changed us and what remains of Bradshaw's Britain.

On a journey taking him coast to coast from Brighton to Cromer, Michael goes fishing with the last eel trapper on the Fens at Ely and visits one of the great triumphs of 19th-century engineering, the Denver Sluice. He ends his journey in King's Lynn, where he uncovers an ambitious plan to reclaim the Wash in Bradshaw's day.

Release date:

30 minutes

Last on

Wed 5 Nov 2014 19:30

Credits

Role Contributor
PresenterMichael Portillo
Series ProducerFiona Caldwell
Executive ProducerCharlie Bunce

Steam Railways

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A collection of programmes from the BBC archives on the beauty of steam locomotives.