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Aylesford to Tunbridge Wells

Michael explores the life of Victorian hop pickers and finds out about Maidstone's revolutionary paper industry.

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, as his journey goes through Kent, from London Bridge around the scenic south coast to Hastings.

Michael explores the life of Victorian hop pickers, finds out about Maidstone's revolutionary paper industry and discovers how the railways turned cricket into a national sport.

29 minutes

Credits

Role Contributor
Presenter Michael Portillo
Producer Fiona Caldwell
Executive Producer Charlie Bunce

Broadcasts

  • Tue 25 Jan 2011 18:30
  • Wed 26 Jan 2011 00:30
  • Wed 1 Jun 2011 02:55
  • Tue 26 Jul 2011 18:30
  • Tue 17 Jul 2012 18:30
  • Wed 26 Sep 2012 19:30
  • Thu 27 Sep 2012 01:00
  • Tue 5 Mar 2013 19:30
  • Tue 17 Jun 2014 19:30
  • Tue 16 Sep 2014 16:40
  • Tue 16 Sep 2014 16:45
  • Mon 1 Dec 2014 19:30

Steam Railways

Steam Railways

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