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High Wycombe to Stratford-Upon-Avon

Michael Portillo meets the craftsmen behind Victorian furniture and sees Shakespeare through the eyes of a 19th-century railway tourist.

Michael Portillo takes to the tracks with his copy of Bradshaw's Victorian railway guidebook, travelling the length and breadth of the British Isles to see what of Bradshaw's World remains.

The first of a series of journeys along the tracks that helped fuel the Industrial Revolution begins in the rolling Chiltern Hills. Michael meets the remarkable craftsmen behind the Victorian furniture trade, discovers how George Bradshaw helped save Britain's canal heritage and sees Shakespeare through the eyes of a 19th-century railway tourist.

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Mon 18 May 2015 19:30

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Role Contributor
Presenter Michael Portillo
Series Producer Michelle Heeley
Director Dean Griffiths
Executive Producer John Comerford

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Steam Railways

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