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Leicester to Loughborough

Michael Portillo's journey from London to Leeds continues. He learns about the discovery of Richard III's remains in Leicester and travels to Loughborough.

Guided by his Bradshaw's Handbook, Michael Portillo continues his journey north along Robert Stephenson's London to Birmingham line. He begins this leg in Leicester, where he picks up the trail of 'the famous crook-backed King Richard III', who Bradshaw's guide informs him was buried at the Grey Priory. Michael finds out about the hunt for the king's remains and how scientists managed to prove that the skeleton found under a car park was him. From Rothley, Michael works his passage on the Great Central Railway to Loughborough, where the bells have been tolling since 1839.

29 minutes



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


Steam Railways

Steam Railways

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