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Oxford to Pershore

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

Here, he is travelling west, from Oxford in the heart of England, through the Malvern Hills and into Wales, taking in the unique Victorian heritage of the south Wales coastline.

He is led to a special view of the city of Oxford by his 19th-entury guidebook, samples a Victorian navvies' brew made by steam power and discovers a unique and colourful crop in the heart of the Cotswolds.

Release date:

29 minutes

Last on

Mon 20 Oct 2014 16:50


Role Contributor
PresenterMichael Portillo
Series ProducerJay Taylor
Executive ProducerJohn Comerford

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