Great British Railway Journeys 2010

Michael Portillo on the Train

Michael Portillo on the Train © talkbackTHAMES UK Ltd

Documentary series in which Michael Portillo travels the length and breadth of the country by train

Production Company: Talkback Thames

In this series, Michael Portillo travels the length and breadth of the country with a copy of George Bradshaw’s Victorian Railway Guidebook to look at how the railways changed the public and what of Bradshaw’s Britain remains.

His journey sees him travel from coast to coast and in this episode (Brighton to Crystal Palace via Godstone) they explore parts of Kent along the way where he visits Starborough Castle, Deal Pier, Dreamland in Margate, Caverley Grounds in Tunbridge Wells and Chatham High Street.

Starborough Castle is near the rural town of Edenbridge and the gothic-style moated pavilion, formerly ‘A Gentleman’s Folly’ is set amid beautiful landscaped grounds.

Deal is a coastal town situated between Dover and Ramsgate and boasts independent shops, eateries and delightful seafront with a pier and maritime clock. Previous productions that have filmed in the Deal area include Legacy (2012), Little Dorrit (2008) and Ruby Blue (2008).

Margate which offers a sandy beach, arcades, Dreamland amusement park, shops and restaurant plus the renowned Turner Contemporary gallery. The Margate area has  been used for filming by projects including The Carer (2016), The Apprentice (2015) and Only Fools and Horses: The Jolly Boys’ Outing (1989).

Tunbridge Wells is a town in West Kent, home to a host of historic buildings, specialist shops, churches, a busy town centre and beautiful park spaces including Caverley Grounds. Productions which have previously filmed in the area include Britain’s Best Bakery (2012), Terry and Mason’s Great Food Trip (2015) and Hunted (2012).

Chatham is a town that sits on the River  Medway and has a rich maritime heritage with The Historic Dockyard Chatham. The Medway area has previously been seen on screen in Jekyll and Hyde (2015), The Mystery of Edwin Drood (2012) and Sherlock Holmes (2009).

Great British Railway Journeys will be shown on BBC TWO 3 January at 6.30pm


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