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Birmingham to Stafford

Armed with his copy of Bradshaw's Victorian railway guidebook, Michael Portillo continues his series of journeys along the tracks that helped fuel the Industrial Revolution by travelling to the manufacturing centres of the Midlands, before turning west to experience the stunning Severn Valley railway en route to Wales and the Victorian seaside resort of Aberystwyth.

He learns how the railways helped to make Birmingham the pen-making capital of the world, hears the chilling tale of one of 19th-century Britain's most notorious murderers and samples the delicacies concocted in a Victorian kitchen at Shugborough Hall.

Release date:

30 minutes

Last on

Tue 19 May 2015 19:30

Credits

Role Contributor
PresenterMichael Portillo
Series ProducerMichelle Heeley
DirectorDean Griffiths
Executive ProducerJohn Comerford

Steam Railways Collection

Steam Train

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