I love a good documentary on almost any
subject but my current favourite, Series 2 of
Great British Railway Journeys may be the
best yet. I loved the first series
and this one is just as good.

Travelling around Great Britain by train,
Michael Portillo uses a copy
of Victorian cartographer
George Bradshaw's
Railway Companion to compare modern
Britain to the time of around 1840.

Along the way he discovers some of the more
obscure sights as well as the most
popular tourist spots.

Portillo is an excellent host. With the help of
local experts everywhere he goes, interviews
with the residents, a sense of humour and
enthusiasm for the days gone by
he discovers interesting titbits
about life now and then.

Arm chair travel
at it's best!

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