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Early 20th-century Bradshaw's guide in hand, Michael Portillo is in Chichester, where he encounters an Edwardian motoring duo patronised by King Edward VII.

His early 20th-century Bradshaw's guide in hand, Michael Portillo is in Chichester, West Sussex, where he encounters an Edwardian motoring duo patronised by King Edward VII. After a grand tour of their factory, he is treated to some R&R in one of their finest vehicles. Arriving in the seaside resort of Southsea, Hampshire, Michael heads for the majestic King's Theatre, built by a renowned theatre designer of the day. He treads the boards with a group of true thespians, in a community production of Lads in the Village.

Crossing the Solent with a ticket to Ryde, Michael boards the Island Line to travel along the pier in a 1930s London Underground carriage, then hops on to the Isle of Wight heritage line bound for Wootton. His destination is Osborne House, where the future King Edward VII spent much of his childhood.

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Role Contributor
Presenter Michael Portillo
Series Producer Alison Kreps
Director Joseph Cunningham
Production Company FremantleMedia

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Steam Railways

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