Great British Railway Journeys - New Series
Posted 03 January 2012 - 12:39
Last night's journey from Great Yarmouth to Beccles was good. A working swing bridge, like the one at Reedham, would make an interesting model. And it seems that the banks were causing problems over a century ago too!! Samuel Morton Peto, who built many of the railways in East Anglia, was made bankrupt in the financial crisis of 1866.
Looking forward to the rest of the series.
Posted 03 January 2012 - 22:04
Posted 03 January 2012 - 23:32
`Tis a shame that Portillo`s style of presentation can rather get 'in the way' of the interesting content (as is the case also with Brian Cox`s programmes): all that cheesy-smiling and over-awed surrogate wonderment......but, it`s still watchable!
Posted 03 January 2012 - 23:33
Posted 08 January 2012 - 14:33
I believe that later in the series Mr P is visiting Lancaster area, as my friendly second hand bookseller saw him, and buttonholed him into signing a copy of a facsimile of a Bradshaws guide which he had on his bookstall - we joked that it had probably only taken a tenner off the value, but it seems that it did actually add value with its inscription of "keep travelling with Bradshaws - Michael Portillo" on the flyleaf, as he sold it quickly, and also at about £20 over the original asking price.
Posted 14 January 2012 - 11:01
Posted 16 January 2012 - 20:18
Posted 23 January 2012 - 19:11
It was the same when he did Marsden colliery in the last series.Fair play to him he gives a good show.
Some of the clips used are interesting,was it me but the blurry shot of the A3 coming over the Royal bridge did it have unusally large cabside numbers
Please note there is NO political thoughts here just a Durham lad and his sense of humour. Brave man that Mr Portillo
Posted 25 January 2012 - 20:29
This is worth watching through the interviewers tired cliche responses about trains as he finds none of the three interviewees will roll over but support railways. John Snow, Michael Portillo and I can't remember his name discuss railways.
Worth watching this clip from "The Daily Politics". To my mind it illustrates how interviewers like Andrew Neill couch questions in the manner they think will appeal to most of their viewers. When the three interviewees stood their ground he suddenly revealed some slight knowledge of railways himself. At the end he was agreeing with them. I wouldn't be surprised if he had had a train set when he was young.
Posted 27 January 2012 - 08:53
BUT - oh the continuity was even worse (or was it just knowing the area I noticed it) - he was allegedly travelling somewhere on the Furness line, and there was an aerial shot of Hest Bank level crossing on the WCML. Why he went to Bare Lane as the nearest station to the aqueduct - it's several miles, and in the closing shot he was heading for Heysham (Northern Rail northbound) on a Transpennine Southbound service. Yes it is good, as it's not really about railways as a subject, but about their impact and effect on the country, but there's no excuse at all for quite so many