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Author Topic: Great British Railway Journeys - Michael Portillo's television series  (Read 85867 times)
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« Reply #210 on: November 05, 2017, 10:23:26 am »

From the letters page of the latest Radio Times

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« Reply #211 on: November 05, 2017, 05:40:34 pm »

Having spent time in Shepton Mallett prison, I shall watch with interest. I believe it has the longest continuous wall in Europe. I found three bishops outside it, looking for the gate.
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« Reply #212 on: November 05, 2017, 08:53:54 pm »

Shepton Mallet prison is supposedly being redeveloped into housing. Along with a prisons museum and community space.

There is though little evidence of progress toward this since the last prison in Somerset closed in 2013.

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« Reply #213 on: November 10, 2017, 10:59:42 am »

Shepton Mallet prison tours are run by Jailhouse Tours, who also operate tours at Gloucester and Shrewsbury prisons. I visited Gloucester prison earlier in the year, and found it to be most interesting.

https://www.jailhousetours.com/
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« Reply #214 on: November 10, 2017, 07:47:22 pm »

Shepton Mallet prison tours are run by Jailhouse Tours, who also operate tours at Gloucester and Shrewsbury prisons. I visited Gloucester prison earlier in the year, and found it to be most interesting.

https://www.jailhousetours.com/

I am also a veteran of HMPs Bristol, Guys Marsh, Dartmoor, Eastwood Park (which scared me more than any of the others), Long Lartin, Littlehey, and others. I should have mentioned that I always had a "get out of jail free" card at the very least.

It's even more interesting when it is still actually a prison. I could spout anecdotes to cover every emotion, but won't do online. Ask me next time you see me.
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« Reply #215 on: November 10, 2017, 10:01:29 pm »

I played rugby against Aylesbury Athletic a few times....it was actually HMYOI Aylesbury  (and no, they didn't play any away matches!) Team was inmates, mostly under 21s with a few Screws playing & coaching.....we played on a pitch in the prison grounds.....if you ever want to put youngsters off a life of crime, take them there for a day or two. One of the most thought provoking & sobering experiences I ever had....not often you meet 19 year olds doing a 15 stretch, never mind scrummaging against them!
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« Reply #216 on: December 13, 2017, 08:32:55 pm »

After the last of the turkey has been served up as curry but before the decorations come down, Michael Portillo returns with a new series of Great British Railway Journeys on 2nd January 2018.

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Great British Railway Journeys
On: BBC 2 HD (102)   
Date: Tuesday 2nd January 2018
Time: 18:30 to 19:00 (30 minutes long)

Cromer to Cambridge.
Michael Portillo fast tracks to the early 20th century to embark on a new series of railway journeys through Edwardian Britain. His "new" guide book, published over a hundred years ago, unlocks Britain's railways at their zenith, when some 20,000 miles of track reached into every corner of the country. His first journey follows in the footsteps of the new monarch for the new century, King Edward VII, from the grand estates of Norfolk to a bivouac on Brownsea Island. Michael takes a pot shot at the sport of kings at a country estate, where the king dallied with his mistress. He learns the ropes aboard an Edwardian wherry on the Norfolk Broads and joins variety performers to tap dance on Cromer Pier. In Cambridge, he investigates the student days of the young Prince of Wales and the novelist EM Forster.
(Stereo, Widescreen, High Definition, Subtitles, Audio Described, 2010, 4 Star)

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« Reply #217 on: January 10, 2018, 04:24:53 pm »

ALERT Mr Portaloo is in Clevedon tonight hearing the Christie pipe organ in the Curzon cinema 6.30pm BBC 2
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« Reply #218 on: January 10, 2018, 05:14:24 pm »

I spent 10 minutes during the first episode trying to adjust my television.

Turns out his jacket is supposed to look like that...
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« Reply #219 on: January 16, 2018, 09:53:40 pm »

Every episode of Great British Railway Journeys in a nutshell!

https://twitter.com/davidclewis/status/952980642886799361

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« Reply #220 on: January 16, 2018, 10:21:00 pm »

One of the responses to that tweet:

"... done up like Rupert Bear on acid."

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« Reply #221 on: March 20, 2018, 06:29:31 pm »

New series from Mr P tonight BBC 2 at 8pm - Great Indian Railway Journeys. Not British railway journeys, but I'm sure we'll get a mention...
Wonder if he's got any new outfits.. Cheesy

https://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b09x4jhh/episodes/guide
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« Reply #222 on: March 20, 2018, 08:31:46 pm »

Definitely the same seat covers as Truronian and Western Greyhound....
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« Reply #223 on: March 20, 2018, 09:49:48 pm »

Definitely the same seat covers as Truronian and Western Greyhound....


I knew I'd seen a similar moquette before on Mr P's train from Amritsar. Was racking my brain trying to remember where. I thought it was on a UK train, but yes, Western Greyhound had something fairly similar.

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« Reply #224 on: June 12, 2018, 05:41:32 pm »

There is a piece in the latest issue of the Radio Times outlining Michael Portillo's planned series for 2019.  As well as new episodes of Great British Railway Journeys and Great American Railroad Journeys there is a trip down under with Mr Portillo taking a 1913 edition of Bradshaw's Handbook to the Chief Cities of the World to produce Great Australian Railway Journeys.
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