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Bletchley to Newport Pagnell

Michael Portillo's journey from London to Leeds continues. He explores the first purpose-built railway town at Wolverton and learns to make vellum.

Michael Portillo continues his journey north on Robert Stephenson's first inter-city railway line from the capital. Along the line at Bletchley he meets one of the Second World War's most secret agents, discovers a poet in Olney whose words are still sung today and explores the first purpose-built railway town at Wolverton. Michael's last stop on this leg is Newport Pagnell, where he learns the ancient craft of vellum-making.

29 minutes



Role Contributor
Presenter Michael Portillo
Series Producer Alison Kreps
Executive Producer John Comerford


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