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Lynton and Lynmouth to Exeter

Michael Portillo takes to the tracks with his copy of Bradshaw's Victorian railway guidebook. In a series of railway journeys, Portillo travels the length and breadth of the British Isles to see what of Bradshaw's world remains. Michael follows in the footsteps of the master engineer of the Great Western Railway, Isambard Kingdom Brunel, beginning at the line's London gateway, Paddington Station and ending in Newton Abbot, Devon, the scene of one of Brunel's heroic failures. Michael gets up close to a piece of natural history, visits a garden used as a viewing platform for public hangings and experiences a timepiece like no other.

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29 minutes

Last on

Mon 29 Jun 2015 19:30


Role Contributor
PresenterMichael Portillo
Series ProducerMichelle Heeley
DirectorDave Minchin
Executive ProducerJohn Comerford

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