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Greatest British Railway Journeys - Celebrating the greatest journeys from the BBC's beloved railway travel series... Greatest British Railway Journeys - Celebrating the greatest journeys from the BBC's beloved railway travel series (Hardcover)
Michael Portillo
R515 R414 Discovery Miles 4 140 Save R101 (20%) Ships in 10 - 15 working days

It is now over a decade since the much-loved Great British Railway Journeys series set off on its incredible run discovering the cultural, social and engineering landscape of the United Kingdom through the prism of George Bradshaw's Handbook to rail travel. Veteran politician and ex cabinet minister Michael Portillo has since presented eleven seasons of this ever-popular show on BBC Two, covering every part of the existing train network in Britain, as well as others that were closed as a result of the Beeching Report in 1963. Across a decade of these journeys, Portillo has celebrated how every corner of England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland was opened up by the railway line as a result of the Industrial Revolution, thus giving fans a unique insight into our shared past of train travel since the Victorian era. With the anniversary, this new collection will celebrate Michael's top fifty journeys from the hundreds he has covered, adding more insight and analysis to some of the greatest railway lines, stations, bridges, viaducts and tunnels the Victorians built to create the world we now live in. From Paddington Station to the Clifton Suspension Bridge; the Southend Pier line to the milk wagons departing from Blake Hall Station. An unrivalled narrative to be treasured. Greatest British Railway Journeys is both a celebratory and charming ride through our country's beloved history - all from the unique position of a train seat.

Great British Railway Journeys: Series 1-4 (DVD): Charles Bunce, Liam Keelan, Camilla Lewis, Michael Portillo, George Bradshaw Great British Railway Journeys: Series 1-4 (DVD)
Charles Bunce, Liam Keelan, Camilla Lewis, Michael Portillo, George Bradshaw
R807 Discovery Miles 8 070 Ships in 10 - 15 working days

The first four series of the TV show presented by Michael Portillo that traces historic railway journeys across Britain. In the first series Portillo sets out to chart how the nation's love affair with the railways began, travelling from Liverpool to Scarborough, Preston to Kirkcaldy, Swindon to Penzance and Buxton to London, amongst other journeys. The second series sees the former politician take as his guide Bradshaw's Handbook, a pamphlet on the burgeoning British railway system written by 19th century cartographer and publisher George Bradshaw. Portillo travels to destinations including Holyhead, Newcastle, York and Sheffield, stopping to visit historic landmarks and to talk to those whose lives have been changed by the railway system. In the third and fourth series Portillo traces more historic rail journeys across Britain including 'Great Yarmouth to Beccles', 'Darsham to Felixstowe', 'Sudbury to Southend', 'Ballymoney to Derry', 'High Wycombe to Stratford-Upon-Avon', 'Woking to Clapham Junction', 'London Victoria to Abbey Wood' and 'Stirling to Invergowrie'.

Great Continental Railway Journeys: Series 2 (DVD): Michael Portillo, George Bradshaw Great Continental Railway Journeys: Series 2 (DVD)
Michael Portillo, George Bradshaw 1
R478 R255 Discovery Miles 2 550 Save R223 (47%) Ships in 10 - 15 working days

The second series of the BBC documentary following Michael Portillo as he travels around Europe taking as his guide the 1913 pamphlet 'Bradshaw's Continental Railway Guide'. Produced by cartographer George Bradshaw, the pamphlet documents a number of European railway journeys and the various towns and hamlets along the way. With an eye to local cultures and traditions and the role each journey and the trains themselves played in the development of European history, Portillo revisits the locations described in the journal and reflects on the changes a century has wrought. The episodes are: 'Madrid to Gibraltar', 'Turin to Venice', 'Dresden to Kiel', 'Copenhagen to Oslo', 'Prague to Munich' and 'Bordeaux'.

Great Continental Railway Journeys: Series 1 and 2 (DVD): Michael Portillo, George Bradshaw Great Continental Railway Journeys: Series 1 and 2 (DVD)
Michael Portillo, George Bradshaw 5
R273 Discovery Miles 2 730 Ships in 10 - 15 working days

The first two series of the BBC documentary following Michael Portillo as he travels around Europe taking as his guide the 1913 pamphlet 'Bradshaw's Continental Railway Guide'. Produced by cartographer George Bradshaw, the pamphlet documents a number of European railway journeys and the various towns and hamlets along the way. With an eye to local cultures and traditions and the role each journey and the trains themselves played in the development of European history, Portillo revisits the locations described in the journal and reflects on the changes a century has wrought. Series 1 episodes are: 'London to Monte Carlo', 'Hungary to Austria', 'Berlin to the Rhein', 'Switzerland' and 'Amsterdam to Northern France'. Series 2 episodes are: 'Madrid to Gibraltar', 'Turin to Venice', 'Dresden to Kiel', 'Copenhagen to Oslo', 'Prague to Munich' and 'Bordeaux'.

Great American Railroad Journeys: The Complete Series 2 (DVD): John Comerford, Colette Hooper, Jon Wygens, Michael Portillo Great American Railroad Journeys: The Complete Series 2 (DVD)
John Comerford, Colette Hooper, Jon Wygens, Michael Portillo
R593 Discovery Miles 5 930 Ships in 10 - 15 working days

All 20 episodes from the second series of the documentary in which Michael Portillo traces historic rail journeys across America, taking as his travelling companion 'Appletons' Guidebook'. The episodes are: 'St. Louis, Missouri', 'St. Louis to Jefferson City, Missouri', 'Sedalia to Kansas City, Missouri', 'Kansas City to St. Joseph, Missouri', 'Lawrence to Topeka, Kansas', 'Dodge City to Lamar, Colorado', 'La Junta, Colorado to Pueblo, New Mexico', 'Canon City, Colorado, to Colorado Springs', 'Santa Fe to Acoma, New Mexico', 'Albuquerque, New Mexico to the Grand Canyon, Arizona', 'The Twin Cities, St Paul', 'The Twin Cities, Minneapolis', 'Red Wing, Minnesota to La Crosse, Wisconsin', 'Tomah to Portage, Wisconsin', 'Milwaukee to Racine, Wisconsin', 'Chicago, the Windy City', 'Chicago, US Rail Hub', 'Homewood to Champaign, Illinois', 'Mattoon, Illinois to Columbus, Kentucky' and 'Memphis, Tennessee'.

Portillo's Hidden History of Britain (Paperback): Michael Portillo Portillo's Hidden History of Britain (Paperback)
Michael Portillo 1
R225 R180 Discovery Miles 1 800 Save R45 (20%) Ships in 5 - 10 working days

Discover the hidden history of Britain through the stories of its 'lost' or abandoned places and buildings.

Portillo's Secret History of Britain presents a compelling and wonderfully evocative history of Britain through the stories of its 'lost' or abandoned places and buildings. The chapters cover a variety of historical themes: Crime and Punishment, Health and Medicine, Defence and Warfare, and Entertainment and Leisure. Using a combination of his own investigations and archive research, plus memories and quotations from the contributors he interviewed for the series, Michael Portillo explains what the buildings were used for and by whom, why they were abandoned, and what they can tell us about our past. For example:

* Learn what the ruins of London Road Fire and Police Station in Manchester reveal about the history of the emergency services in the last 100 years

* How Bradford's art deco Odeon cinema encapsulates a century of film-making and movie-going

With evocative text that brings each location vividly to life, Michael Portillo describes the building and its activities in its heyday and compares this past life with its faded grandeur or melancholic abandonment seen today. Filled with fascinating insights and observations, his narrative provides a compelling and original perspective on Britain's social and military history.

Portillo's Hidden History of Britain features deserted villages, abandoned prisons, closed-down cinemas, empty hospitals, derelict military bases, sewers and much more. Complementing the text are 16 pages of atmospheric and informative photographs.

Great British Railway Journeys: Series 4 (DVD): Charles Bunce, Liam Keelan, Camilla Lewis, Michael Portillo Great British Railway Journeys: Series 4 (DVD)
Charles Bunce, Liam Keelan, Camilla Lewis, Michael Portillo
R212 Discovery Miles 2 120 Ships in 10 - 15 working days

All 25 episodes from the fourth series of the documentary in which Michael Portillo traces historic rail journeys across Britain, taking as his guide 'Bradshaw's Handbook'. The episodes are: 'High Wycombe to Stratford-Upon-Avon', 'Birmingham to Stafford', 'Stoke-On-Trent to Winsford', 'Dudley to Bridnorth', 'Welshpool to Aberystwyth', 'Portsmouth to Gomshall', 'Woking to Clapham Junction', 'London Victoria to Abbey Wood', 'London King's Cross to Peterborough', 'Spalding to Grimsby', 'Stirling to Invergowrie', 'Dundee to Aberdeen', 'Dufftown to Aviemore', 'Inverness to Plockton', 'Invergordon to John O'Groats', 'London Paddington to Warminster', 'Salisbury to Castle Cary', 'Taunton to Minehead', 'Lynton and Lynmouth to Exeter', 'Exmouth to Newton Abbot', 'Killarney to Cobh', 'Charleville to Waterford', 'Kilkenny to Athy', 'Newbridge to Roscrea' and 'Athlone to Galway'.

Great British Railway Journeys: Series 3 (DVD): Charles Bunce, Liam Keelan, Camilla Lewis, Michael Portillo Great British Railway Journeys: Series 3 (DVD)
Charles Bunce, Liam Keelan, Camilla Lewis, Michael Portillo 1
R396 Discovery Miles 3 960 Ships in 10 - 15 working days

All 25 episodes from the third series of the documentary in which Michael Portillo traces historic rail journeys across Britain, taking as his guide 'Bradshaw's Handbook'. The episodes are: 'Great Yarmouth to Beccles', 'Darsham to Felixstowe', 'Sudbury to Southend', 'Epping to Hackney', 'Fenchurch to Embankment', 'Windsor to Didcot', 'Reading to Alton', 'Winchester to Isle of Wight', 'Brockenhurst to Poole', 'Wareham to Portland', 'Oxford to Pershore', 'Hartlebury to Great Malvern', 'Lydney to Newport', 'Cardiff to Brecon', 'Port Talbot to Milford Haven', 'Berwick-Upon-Tweed to Morpeth', 'Bardon Mill to Wigton', 'Cockermouth to Eskdale', 'Kirkby-in-Furness to Lancaster', 'Heysham to Snaefell', 'Bray to Dublin', 'Enfield to Drogheda', 'Dundalk to Portadown', 'Belfast to Whitehead' and 'Ballymoney to Derry'.

Great British Railway Journeys: Series 5 (DVD): Charles Bunce, Liam Keelan, Camilla Lewis, Michael Portillo Great British Railway Journeys: Series 5 (DVD)
Charles Bunce, Liam Keelan, Camilla Lewis, Michael Portillo
R316 Discovery Miles 3 160 Ships in 10 - 15 working days

All 20 episodes from the fifth series of the documentary in which Michael Portillo traces historic rail journeys across Britain, taking as his guide 'Bradshaw's Handbook'. The episodes are: 'Manchester to Birkenhead', 'Southport to Leyland', 'Preston to Rochdale', 'Haworth to Huddersfield', 'Honley to Chesterfield', 'London Euston to Cheddington', 'Bletchley to Newport Pagnell', 'Northampton to Nuneaton', 'Leicester to Loughborough', 'Nottingham to Leeds', 'Southampton to Basingstoke', 'Winchfield to Crowthorne', 'Wokingham to Bradford on Avon', 'Chippenham to Gloucester', 'Cheltenham to Wolverhampton', 'Norwich to Brandon', 'Ipswich to Chelmsford', 'Ilford to Rochester', 'Faversham to Dorking' and 'Brighton to Chichester'.

Great Continental Railway Journeys: Series 1 (DVD): Michael Portillo, George Bradshaw Great Continental Railway Journeys: Series 1 (DVD)
Michael Portillo, George Bradshaw 1
R156 Discovery Miles 1 560 Ships in 10 - 15 working days

Following on from his adventures in 'Great British Railway Journeys', Michael Portillo widens the scope of his travel to take in Europe. Using as his textbook 'Bradshaw's Continental Railway Guide', the 1913 pamphlet produced by cartographer George Bradshaw, Portillo travels by rail to locations as diverse as Monte Carlo and the Alps, with an eye to local cultures and traditions and the role each journey and the trains themselves played in the development of European history. The episodes are: 'London to Monte Carlo', 'Hungary to Austria', 'Berlin to the Rhein', 'Switzerland' and 'Amsterdam to Northern France'.

Railway Journeys in Art Volume 4: The Eastern Counties, 4 (Hardcover): Richard Furness Railway Journeys in Art Volume 4: The Eastern Counties, 4 (Hardcover)
Richard Furness; Foreword by Michael Portillo 1
R983 Discovery Miles 9 830 Ships in 10 - 15 working days
Great Continental Railway Journeys: Series 4 (DVD): Michael Portillo, George Bradshaw Great Continental Railway Journeys: Series 4 (DVD)
Michael Portillo, George Bradshaw 1
R220 Discovery Miles 2 200 Ships in 10 - 15 working days

The fourth series of the BBC documentary following Michael Portillo as he travels around Europe and the wider world taking as his guide the 1913 pamphlet 'Bradshaw's Continental Railway Guide'. Produced by cartographer George Bradshaw, the pamphlet documents a number of railway journeys and the various towns and hamlets along the way. With an eye to local cultures and traditions and the role each journey and the trains themselves played in the development of world history, Portillo revisits the locations described in the journal and reflects on the changes a century has wrought. The episodes are: 'Sofia to Istanbul', 'Vienna to Trieste', 'Pisa to Lake Garda', 'Athens to Thessaloniki', 'The Black Forest to Hannover' and 'Barcelona to Mallorca'.

Great British Railway Journeys: Series 8 (DVD): Colette Hooper, Jon Wygens, John Comerford, Michael Portillo Great British Railway Journeys: Series 8 (DVD)
Colette Hooper, Jon Wygens, John Comerford, Michael Portillo
R425 Discovery Miles 4 250 Ships in 10 - 15 working days

All 15 episodes from the eighth series of the documentary in which Michael Portillo traces historic rail journeys across Britain, taking as his guide 'Bradshaw's Handbook'. The episodes are: 'The Flying Scotsman', 'Welwyn Garden City to Peterborough', 'Newark-on-Trent to Stockton-on-Tees', 'Darlington to Dunbar', 'Longniddry to Edinburgh', 'Blackpool to Manchester Victoria', 'Manchester Piccadilly to Silkstone Common', 'Chapeltown to Doncaster', 'Gainsborough to Ely', 'Stowmarket to Harwich', 'Wexford to Wicklow', 'Greystones to Dublin', 'Navan to Mullingar', 'Dromod to Sligo' and 'Ballina to Westport'.

Great Continental Railway Journeys: Series 3 (DVD): Michael Portillo, George Bradshaw Great Continental Railway Journeys: Series 3 (DVD)
Michael Portillo, George Bradshaw
R183 Discovery Miles 1 830 Ships in 10 - 15 working days

The third series of the BBC documentary following Michael Portillo as he travels around Europe and the wider world taking as his guide the 1913 pamphlet 'Bradshaw's Continental Railway Guide'. Produced by cartographer George Bradshaw, the pamphlet documents a number of railway journeys and the various towns and hamlets along the way. With an eye to local cultures and traditions and the role each journey and the trains themselves played in the development of world history, Portillo revisits the locations described in the journal and reflects on the changes a century has wrought. The episodes are: 'Tula to St. Petersburg', 'Rome to Taormina', 'Warsaw to Krakow', 'La Coruna to Lisbon', 'Haifa to the Negev Desert' and 'Lyon to Marseille'.

Great Continental Railway Journeys (MP3 format, CD): Michael Portillo Great Continental Railway Journeys (MP3 format, CD)
Michael Portillo; Read by Michael Portillo, Nicky Henson
R206 R156 Discovery Miles 1 560 Save R50 (24%) Out of stock
Mayfair - Spirit and Style (Hardcover): Gemma Levine Mayfair - Spirit and Style (Hardcover)
Gemma Levine; Introduction by Martin Gilbert; Contributions by Michael Portillo
R710 R551 Discovery Miles 5 510 Save R159 (22%) Out of stock

Mayfair captures perfectly the glamour, style, wealth and history of this unique area in superb photographs which reveal not only the familiar grandeur but also the unexpected treasures of Mayfair's past and present. An introduction by renowned historian Martin Gilbert sets Mayfair in its fascinating historical context and Michael Portillo contributes a series of lively introductions to each of the six main areas that make up Mayfair -- Hanover Square, Berkeley Square, Shepherd Market, Grosvenor Square, Mount Street Gardens and Bond Street. Beautiful photographs and informative captions paint a picture of Mayfair that encompasses its rich history and dynamic present - whether describing Handel's church of St George's, the fabulous sculpture and art of its public spaces, the history of the famously louche Shepherd Market, its quiet havens and undiscovered gems or the sumptuous shopping experiences it affords. Modern Mayfair is one of the most dynamic areas of London today, proud of its rich history and revelling in the energy of its cosmopolitan inhabitants. Gemma Levine has captured its unique spirit and style for everyone to enjoy.

Great Continental Railway Journeys (Hardcover): Michael Portillo Great Continental Railway Journeys (Hardcover)
Michael Portillo 1
R470 R376 Discovery Miles 3 760 Save R94 (20%) Out of stock

Great Continental Railway Journeysis now a firmly established series on BBC2, following in the illustrious tracks of its predecessor - Great British Railway Journeys. Both series are fronted by ex-politician Michael Portillo and in this European odyssey he travels around continental Europe, using George Bradshaw's1913 Continental Railway Guide. Now coming up for its fourth instalment this autumn, Portillo guides the train-travelling fan across Europe arriving at a myriad of magical and historically fascinating cities we all dream of travelling to by train. From London, to Paris, Bordeaux, Lyon, Copenhagen, Oslo, Lisbon, Madrid, Berlin, Monte Carlo, Prague, Munich, Zurich, Rome, Budapest, St Petersburg; all the way down to Constantinople, Haifa and Jerusalem - Portillo describes the great feats of engineering that built the various railway lines connecting Europe and further afield and the men and women who made these journeys famous through their deeds and words. The new series (6x1-hour) will transmit in early November 2015, and this book will be the official, lavishly illustrated tie-in covering every single journey Portillo has undertaken across Europe. Capturing all the colour, beauty, excitement and fervour of journeying across this historic continent can muster. A must-have purchase for any armchair fan of unique and award-winning travel programming.

Greatest British Railway Journeys - Celebrating the greatest journeys from the BBC's beloved railway travel series... Greatest British Railway Journeys - Celebrating the greatest journeys from the BBC's beloved railway travel series (Hardcover)
Freemantle (Michael Portillo), Michael Portillo
R475 R380 Discovery Miles 3 800 Save R95 (20%) Out of stock
Portillo's Hidden History of Britain (Hardcover): Michael Portillo Portillo's Hidden History of Britain (Hardcover)
Michael Portillo 1
R405 R324 Discovery Miles 3 240 Save R81 (20%) Out of stock

Discover the hidden history of Britain through the stories of its 'lost' or abandoned places and buildings.

Portillo's Secret History of Britain presents a compelling and wonderfully evocative history of Britain through the stories of its 'lost' or abandoned places and buildings. The chapters cover a variety of historical themes: Crime and Punishment, Health and Medicine, Defence and Warfare, and Entertainment and Leisure. Using a combination of his own investigations and archive research, plus memories and quotations from the contributors he interviewed for the series, Michael Portillo explains what the buildings were used for and by whom, why they were abandoned, and what they can tell us about our past. For example:

* Learn what the ruins of London Road Fire and Police Station in Manchester reveal about the history of the emergency services in the last 100 years

* How Bradford's art deco Odeon cinema encapsulates a century of film-making and movie-going

With evocative text that brings each location vividly to life, Michael Portillo describes the building and its activities in its heyday and compares this past life with its faded grandeur or melancholic abandonment seen today. Filled with fascinating insights and observations, his narrative provides a compelling and original perspective on Britain's social and military history.

Portillo's Hidden History of Britain features deserted villages, abandoned prisons, closed-down cinemas, empty hospitals, derelict military bases, sewers and much more. Complementing the text are 32 pages of atmospheric and informative photographs, including 'then' and 'now' images of the locations, which pointedly juxtapose their former glory with their present-day destitution.

Democratic Values and the Currency (Paperback): Michael Portillo Democratic Values and the Currency (Paperback)
Michael Portillo
R131 R106 Discovery Miles 1 060 Save R25 (19%) Out of stock

In this reprint of his January 1998 lecture to the IEA, Mr Portillo directly addresses the political issues raised by EMU. He considers the project's effects on democracy and concludes that it raises real dangers of conflict in the future. The book also contains a postscript by noted American economist Professor Martin Feldstein.

Great British Railway Journeys (Hardcover): Charlie Bunce Great British Railway Journeys (Hardcover)
Charlie Bunce; Foreword by Michael Portillo 1
R470 R376 Discovery Miles 3 760 Save R94 (20%) Out of stock

The Sunday Times Bestseller

A glorious insight into Britain over the last 150 years - its history, landscape and people - from the window of Britain s many and magnificent railway journeys.

Inspired by George Bradshaw, a 19th-century cartographer who mapped Britain s railways as they sprung up around him, Charlie Bunce and Michael Portillo take a journey along nine classic British railway routes and surround themselves with the history, the charm and the people at the heart of the railways.

More than just a practical mode of transport, Britain s railways are richly representative and evocative of British society and how it has developed over the last 150 years. Symbols of progress and change, they tell of remarkable breakthroughs in technology, industry and travel. Iconic in their design they have both made a distinctive impact on Britain s landscape and opened it up to millions of people who, through train journeys alone, became acquainted with wonderful new places and sights. And as fond staples of childhood experiences they evoke deep, memorable feelings of nostalgia, of holidays and home.

Great British Train Journeys is a passionate, charming and insightful look at Britain from a window seat: a compelling read for all who look forward to travelling by train."

Great American Railroad Journeys (Hardcover): Michael Portillo Great American Railroad Journeys (Hardcover)
Michael Portillo 1
R470 R376 Discovery Miles 3 760 Save R94 (20%) Out of stock

Great American Railroad Journeys sees the famous brand of social-history-cum-travelogue venture to the New World. Across multiple programmes and using Appleton's General Guide To The United States & Canada as reference, Michael Portillo now undertakes an epic trip by train from New York and Boston on the East Coast down to the Deep South of Atlanta and New Orleans, then on to Chicago, Colorado, New Mexico and ultimately finishing in San Francisco. This lavishly illustrated official tie-in covers each journey Portillo makes across North America and captures the colour, beauty, history and exhilaration experienced when journeying through this incredible continent. Packed with new maps, as well as originals from Appleton's General Guide, this book explores the construction of rail routes across the continent in the 1800s, as a new nation was built by the immigrant masses. Truly this is a colourful and exciting enterprise, with vignettes of revealing social history displaying the rich tapestry of the peoples who established themselves in this vast new world. Great American Railroad Journeys is a must-have purchase for any fan of this unique and award-winning travel series.

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