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Author Topic: Great British Railway Journeys - Michael Portillo's television series  (Read 83871 times)
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« on: January 03, 2010, 11:25:28 pm »

For every night this week on BBC2, Michael Portillo will travel most of the north of England by train, as part of a new set of programmes about the railways and those who use it.

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Also, on S4C over the Christmas period, there was a comedy drama by Ruth Jones (she of Gavin & Stacey fame) about a fictional welsh train company 'Welsh Railways' and the train crew on a journey between Swansea and London.

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« Reply #1 on: January 04, 2010, 02:29:58 pm »

Thanks, IanC. It's on BBC HD too and so my Sky+HD box is now all set and ready to record!

I'm not the biggest fan of Portillo though - we'll see whether he does as good a job as Ian Hislop and the rather lovely Julia Bradbury have done on their recent programmes.
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« Reply #2 on: January 04, 2010, 05:48:37 pm »

first one sounds like pacer country  Cheesy
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« Reply #3 on: January 04, 2010, 06:40:06 pm »

Ahhh edge hill I know it well! Grin  Undecided   Cry
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« Reply #4 on: January 05, 2010, 06:48:11 pm »

Anyone notice that at the start of the first programme, they show a Pacer for outside shots, and a 150 for inside shots! (and for a shot of the guard operating the doors!) Grin Grin

Good BBC accuracy!
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« Reply #5 on: January 08, 2010, 06:44:56 pm »

Starting Monday 18th January Michael Portillo pitches up in 'our' neck of the woods on his 'Great British Railway Journeys' series. All episodes BBC TWO 1830-1900.
 
 
Michael Portillo travels the country by train, with a copy of George Bradshaw's Victorian Railway Guidebook, to discover how the railways changed us and what of Bradshaw's Britain remains.

Monday 18th.
Swindon to Bristol
Michael finds out about free holiday trains for the GWR workers in Swindon, samples the Spa in Bath, and tries his hand at glass blowing in Bristol.

Tuesday 19th.
Yatton to Weston Super Mare
Michael samples local Cheddar strawberries, explores Cheddar Gorge and the famous caves, and visits one of the oldest piers in the country at Weston Super Mare.

Wednesday 20th.
Torquay to Totnes
Michael finds out about Torquay's micro climate, goes salmon fishing on the Dart estuary and spends some of Totnes' new local currency.

Thursday 21st.
Bugle to Mevagissey
Michael visits the largest clay mine in the world near St Austell, goes pilchard fishing in Mevagissey and finds out how the estate of Heligan shaped British gardens.

Friday 22nd.
Truro to Penzance
Michael searches for the lost church of St Piran, explores the last working tin mine in Cornwall and harvests oysters on the Helford River.

(Edited to include details of the Fri 22nd Jan episode)


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« Reply #6 on: January 08, 2010, 07:29:17 pm »

Friday 22nd is Truro to Penzance, according to DigiGuide
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« Reply #7 on: January 08, 2010, 09:07:32 pm »

Anyone notice that at the start of the first programme, they show a Pacer for outside shots, and a 150 for inside shots! (and for a shot of the guard operating the doors!) Grin Grin

Good BBC accuracy!

It got better, on the second programme they threw in a 158 as well !
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« Reply #8 on: January 08, 2010, 09:14:41 pm »

I know, I could make a list a mile long with mistakes.

Was there anyone in charge of continuity? Shocked Or did Northern just sponsor the series so much, they had to put that clip of a really clean 158 with "Northern" really prominent. Roll Eyes
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« Reply #9 on: January 08, 2010, 09:26:42 pm »

Hmm.

I'd like to second IndustryInsider's preference for railway programmes presented by

... the rather lovely Julia Bradbury ...

I haven't noticed any continuity problems in those!

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« Reply #10 on: January 08, 2010, 09:30:06 pm »


There were very few aerial shots of rolling stock in the lovely Julia's programmes - what with her walking along disused railway lines.  Tongue Cheesy
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« Reply #11 on: January 08, 2010, 11:35:58 pm »

In the opening credits, there's a shot of a ticket being passed under a screen, before a hand covers it to take it.

It looks like it's a ticket from Exeter St Davids to Exeter Central, but I can't slow the replay clearly or pause it in the right place to be certain.
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« Reply #12 on: January 08, 2010, 11:41:23 pm »

Why doesn't he just get rovers? Huh

Perhaps it's because he films short sections on trains and at stations where he then gets into a Jeep to continue his journey! Wink Hence the lack of continuity.

Other thing I've noticed - it's strange how the cameramen never get their tickets checked and they manage to pass through ticket barriers without a ticket inspection. Grin I'll have to carry a camera next time I want to fare dodge and say I'm doing a documentary!

And it was funny when Michael got on a train, the train left, leaving the poor cameraman stranded on the platform!
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« Reply #13 on: January 09, 2010, 12:05:24 am »

In the opening credits, there's a shot of a ticket being passed under a screen, before a hand covers it to take it.

It looks like it's a ticket from Exeter St Davids to Exeter Central, but I can't slow the replay clearly or pause it in the right place to be certain.

Good spot TJ. Looks like a case of "Can you sell us the cheapest ticket, for a shot we want to compose?"

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« Reply #14 on: January 09, 2010, 02:33:02 am »

Thanks in no small measure to my own efforts, the last few posts in this thread were wandering off topic into the area of "what all the numbers on your ticket actually mean". I've split these topics off into a separate thread with that title in Fares Fair, but to save you the trouble of finding it, just click here:
http://www.firstgreatwestern.info/coffeeshop/index.php?topic=6074.0
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