Michael Portillo takes to the tracks for more superb adventures in this internationally successful television phenomenon. In the complete 8th series, he charts a course across Britain's most picturesque cities and villages, meeting extraordinary locals who reveal how their lives have been shaped by the great railways which criss-cross the country...including a special train to Edinburgh pulled by the Flying Scotsman, then disembarking at the childhood home of Lewis Carrol--Croft-on-Tees. Portillo finds out what life was like for a fishwife in Musselburgh, traverses Britain's longest canal tunnel at Standedge, before donning all the colours of the flag of the Irish Republic as he heads to the port of Wexford. In Ireland, he then travels in a Victorian era horse-drawn, barrel-top caravan, views a 1,200 year old illuminated manuscript--the Book of Kells--at Trinity College and finds out how Ireland was put on the map.
Features...London King's Cross to Edinburgh
Blackpool to Harich
Goes to Ireland: Wexford to Westport