Over the border in the former imperial territory of Slovenia, Michael discovers how an earthquake in Ljubljana encouraged its citizens to assert their national identity in architecture and art. In Tallinn, seasoned members of the Tallinn Ice Swimming Club introduce Michael to their sport. The Flying Scotsman He takes a detour to the island of Capri, before finishing his journey in the ancient hilltop town of Taormina. Michaels final stop is on the border with France, at Canfranc Station. I shall not easily forget his bow and Stradivarius whirling close to my head as the gorgeous music poured forth. His father fled to Oxford and got to know his future wife, who was looking after refugee children. After braving one of the world's oldest rollercoasters in Copenhagen's famous Tivoli Gardens, Michael takes the train across the Oresund Bridge linking Denmark to Sweden, where he retraces the tracks of a train which carried a revolutionary Russian passenger on an epic voyage. In Brunswick, he learns how the arrival of the railway added its own flavour to the local beer before moving on to Hamburg, where he discovers model railway making on the grandest of scales. Striking south to historic Cordoba, Michael dances with an unusual partner and enjoys all the fun of the feria. With his 1913 guidebook in hand, Michael Portillo explores the stunning art nouveau architecture of the Czech capital. The first series is notable in that it featured the first television travelogue by comedian and comic actor Michael Palin ("Confessions of a Trainspotter"), who would go on to become as well known for his travel series (such as Pole to Pole and Sahara) as for his comedy. At La Spezia, an important Italian naval base, Michael discovers how Italy's imperial ambitions put her at the forefront of modern aerial warfare. He hitches a ride in a 1913 carriage to discover one of the secrets of its restoration. Travelling through the Corinth Canal, Michael finds out about the surprisingly ancient origins of the modern railway. Armed with his 1913 railway guide, Michael Portillo returns to his native Spain to discover what the intrepid tourists of the Belle Epoque experienced on their travels through the fading Spanish empire. Steered by his 1913 railway guide, on the second part of this train journey through Germany, Michael Portillo continues through the industrial Ruhr Valley to learn how imperial Germany was war ready before traveling south to Cologne and along the tourist trail of the castle-studded River Rhine. Steered by his 1913 railway guide, Michael journeys through a prosperous prewar Europe of emperors, kings, pomp and elegance. From Naples, pausing only to pick up a pizza, Michael boards a ferry to travel to the beautiful island of Capri, a magnet for the writers and artists of Europe at the time of his guidebook. To think that there is now a generation to whom such a question means nothing more than whether you stayed up to watch that television presenter with the terrible wardrobe take another of his train trips across a miscellany of countries is quite a thing. Steered by his 1913 railway guide, Michael Portillo takes the train from the former political capital of Italy, Turin, to Casanova's capital of romance, Venice. A fishing trip in the bay affords spectacular views of the villages from the water. Steered by his 1913 Bradshaw's Guide, Michael Portillo returns to Spain to trace the early 20th-century roots of the Spanish Civil War, which divided his Spanish family and sent his father into exile. Jon Wygens [ Music ] John Comerford [ Executive Producer ] Programma televisivo della stessa categoria. 253 pages : 25 cm. Journeys are mainly focused on Great Britain, and is presented by the ex-politician and broadcaster Michael Portillo. His journey begins in the capital of cuisine, Lyon, where he finds out about the early 20th-century Meres Lyonnaises, to whom the city owes its gastronomic reputation. Often available in a six-pack of programs, though also out-of-print, they are commonly found for purchase online. Michael continues his rail journey through Spain with his 1930s Bradshaws guide. Michael boards an early 20th-century yacht to experience the thrill for himself and learns how British yachtsmen spied on the German navy. Braving the force of the Goettingen wind tunnel, Michael investigates the track where model trains are fired at up to 360km per hour. Michael is piped aboard the frigate ITS Virginio Fasan to learn about naval technology today. Moving south to the city of Arles, he learns how its light and the famous mistral drew artists from all over Europe. Michael concludes his Sicilian journey on the circular railway around Mount Etna, aboard the sleek, futurist-inspired train inaugurated by Mussolini in 1937, La Littorina. Beginning in Galicia, Michael discovers the elegant city of La Coruna, a fashionable destination for Edwardian Britons, for whom the principal attraction was the tomb of a British military hero. [2] To avoid offending Spanish sensitivities, the line was built concluding in Algeciras, a town in Spain on the opposite side of the Bay of Gibraltar, rather than at the Gibraltar border. In the city's tobacco factory, he learns about a gypsy girl named Carmen. In one of the areas elegant cafes, Michael learns about dada and the avant garde during the Crazy Years after the First World War. Along the way, Michael discovers the parlous state of Greek finances at the time of his guidebook. Bram Stoker had never visited Bran Castle, home of the fearsome Vlad the Impaler when he wrote Dracula, but he studied images in the British Library carefully enough to describe it well. Without access to a smartphone, though, I had to wait until the morning to find out precisely why. The six episodes of 1994's Series 2 were also released on VHS. Beginning in Warsaw, Michael is puzzled by how a city famously razed to the ground after the Second World War can appear so beautifully preserved. Emperor Franz Josef ordered the building of the impressive Ringstrasse along the lines of the old city walls. Indeed, in the "tragic week" in July/August 1909 perhaps 150 were shot by the army during protests organised by socialists and anarchists. Michael's journey ends with a spectacular ascent by train to Europe's highest station, perched atop Switzerland's dramatic Jungfraujoch. There he seeks the protection of a local historian as he traces the story behind this notorious mafia hideout of the 1930s. The title Great Continental Railway Journeys has led some to believe that the series is designed solely for train spotters. At the medieval convent of Gelati Michael sees how magnificent frescoes are being painstakingly restored and finds out about the most powerful king in Georgian history. Give Peace a Chance Another anthem for peace, and a damn good song in its own right. Great Continental Railway Journeys is a British television documentary series presented by Michael Portillo. "Chief Minister is Interviewed for Popular BBC Show", "UNESCO World Heritage Sites Thuringia", Article by Michael Portillo - 25 Oct 2013, https://en.wikipedia.org/w/index.php?title=Great_Continental_Railway_Journeys&oldid=1132138884, 2010s British documentary television series, 2020s British documentary television series, Documentary television series about railway transport, Television shows set in the Czech Republic, Short description is different from Wikidata, Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike License 3.0, The assassination attempt at the royal wedding of the British princess, One of the world's oldest roller-coasters in Copenhagen's. This is one of the world's most-covered songs, meaning both artists and audiences love it. Great Continental Railway Journeys Staffel 6 (alle Folgen) 3600. Great Asian Railway Journeys. From the Swiss Alps to the shores of Lake Geneva caught up in a war zone with the Red Cross and rescued from an avalanche by a St Bernard puppy. Michael Portillo continues his journey through Germany, guided by his 1936 Bradshaws Continental Railway Guide. The Atlantic coast of France and Spain, Bordeaux, claret, trams. Starting in 2020, a new series featuring railways and locations in South East Asia is being broadcast on BBC2.[9]. After visiting Potsdam, he explores Weimar in central Germany, a city that has twelve buildings on the UNESCO World Heritage list. Mit seinem Bradshaw's Continental Railway Guide", einem Reisefhrer aus dem Jahr 1913, erkundet er eine ra des Optimismus, des Aufbruchs, eine Bltezeit der Technik, Wissenschaft und Kunst, die Belle . The third episode of Great Continental Railway Journeys series 7 will return to its usual slot come Wednesday, August 19th. Exploring the Acropolis and delighting in the tastes of moussaka and baklava, Michael discovers the many influences at play in the creation of modern Greece - from its classical past to the oriental Ottomans and the great European powers of Britain, France and Russia. Crossing the border again into Norway, Michael discovers how in 1913 this young nation expressed its own distinctively modern identity in plays, paintings and polar exploration. Getting off the train at Montreux, the most genteel of Swiss resorts, I came across the statue of Igor Stravinsky. Series 8 was filmed in Spring and Summer 2022. Steered by his 1913 railway guide, Michael journeys through a prosperous pre-war Europe of emperors, kings, pomp and elegance. Michael Portillo follows his Bradshaw's 1913 Continental Railway Guide to continue his journey through the Netherlands. Michael Portillo travels to Spain, the country his father fled during the bloody civil war. From there, he travels to Salzburg, before heading to the magnificent scenery of the Salzkammergut region to visit the emperor's Austrian summer house at Bad Ischl, where in 1914 European history changed course forever. Vrai, More Hope, Efficient, Having Doubts (AlbumModern string ensemble). Michael learns how diplomacy brought Britain and Spain closer together and rides on a hair-raising scenic railway. Prague to Munich. In Bologna, he embarks on a doomed search for spaghetti bolognese - until a cookery teacher takes pity on him and shows him how to make a much more authentic tagliatelle al ragu. Following in the footsteps of early 20th century travellers, on the second part of this journey Michael Portillo uses his 1913 railway guide to explore Switzerland, whose remarkable railways helped make it a favourite with Edwardian tourists. Bradshaw's 1913 Continental Railway Guide in hand, Michael Portillo travels east through the rose fields of Bulgaria, celebrates that nation's early 20th-century independence with a traditional Thracian dance and discovers no holds are barred in one of the world's oldest sports tournaments - oil wrestling. He then heads over the rail bridge across the lagoon to Venice, where he finds a microcosm of pre-First World War Europe in the Venice Biennale art exhibition. Read about our approach to external linking. All seven of the 1980 Series 1 programs, including Palin's Confessions of a Train Spotter, were released in 1986 in cooperation with the BBC on VHS tapes by Pentrex, a California railroad video company. Michael Portillo uses his Bradshaw's 1913 Continental Guidebook to undertake the second leg of his journey through Italy from the Riviera to the Alps. Michael uncovers the Celtic roots of the Galician people and tries to master the bagpipes but finds himself upstaged by a six-year-old. Michael is in his element in The Hague as he discovers the beautiful government buildings known as the Binnenhof and begins to understand the origins of the Netherlands' famous reputation for tolerance. In Bologna, he embarks on a doomed search for spaghetti Bolognese until a cookery teacher shows him how to make a much more authentic tagliatelle al ragu. Back in the city again, Michael meets former Russia correspondent Martin Sixsmith to discover how the strikes, mutinies and massacres, which took place shortly before Bradshaw's 1913 guidebook was published, were to unfold and the part the railways were to play in those tumultuous events. Among the spectacular ancient Greek and Roman temples of Agrigento, Michael hears of the passionate ten-year search by a British archaeologist at the time of his guide for a long-lost ancient Greek theatre. Crossing the border from Bohemia to Bavaria, Michael encounters a fire-breathing dragon in Furth-im-Wald and in Nuremberg he rides German railway history - made in Britain. . Armed with his 1913 Bradshaw's Continental Railway Guide Michael Portillo resumes his rail journey through the former Russian empire from the Black Sea to the Caspian Sea, taking in present-day Georgia and Azerbaijan. At a time of imperial plumes and white tie balls, it celebrated raw savagery. After sampling la dolce vita in Portofino, Michael takes the train as it clings to the cliffs along the Riviera Di Levanti to reach the impossibly picturesque and remote villages of the Cinque Terre, now a UNESCO World Heritage Site and a national park. His destination is Istanbul, a multi-ethnic city where Europe and Asia meet via an underground railway. 7.673. Among its cobbled streets and classical buildings Michael discovers the seeds of Ukrainian nationalism in song. Armed with his 1913 railway guide, Michael Portillo returns to his native Spain to discover what the intrepid tourists of the Belle Epoque experienced on their travels through the fading Spanish empire. Striking north, Michael boards the long distance train which runs from the Caspian Sea to the capital. Steered by his 1913 railway guide, Michael Portillo takes the train from the former political capital of Italy, Turin, to Casanova's capital of romance, Venice. An excursion to a nearby bathing resort popular at the time of his guide and during Soviet times leads Michael to a hydropathic establishment where he braves an intimate massage in warm mud. On the first stretch of his journey from the Latvian capital, Riga, to Tampere in Finland, he braves the freezing temperatures of the Baltic Sea and encounters medieval knights. He encounters mummified monks in a medieval monastery and works out alongside two of the strongest women in the world. Michael Portillo embarks on a rail journey through Germany. On his travels, he is trampled underfoot at the bottom of a Catalan people steeple and learns to make the perfect paella. At Belorussky Station in Moscow, Michael hears how thousands of Russians journeyed to the capital in 1913 to mark the Romanov royal family's tercentenary year. Travelling through what was, at the turn of the 20th century, one of Europe's youngest nations, Michael sinks his teeth into a Victorian gothic best seller and uncovers an unlikely fellow fan of his Bradshaw's. With his 1913 guidebook in hand, he discovers in Tangier how this once proudly independent nation fell under the control of the French as rival European powers scrambled to extend their empires in Africa. In Bucharest, Romania's leading violinist, Alexandre Tomescu, introduces Michael Portillo to the music of his countrys greatest composer, George Enescu, in a private recital with his Stradivarius. In a caf popular with artists of the time he discovers the dance craze of the day - the tango - and gamely gives it a go. Skirting disputed Georgian territory occupied by Russians today, Michael discovers that a Briton was the first to conquer the highest mountain in the Caucasus range. He learns how an aristocratic English poet became a Greek national hero and relives Greek athletic victory at the first modern Olympic games. Along the way, he marvels at the Matterhorn and is rescued from an 'avalanche' by a St Bernard puppy. Not so, as culture also has a part to play. In Graz, the former politician ventures underground at the Lurgrotte Caves to find out about a famous rescue operation of the past, then in Slovenia discovers how an earthquake in Ljubljana prompted its citizens to assert their national identity in architecture and art. Radio Times Travel offers. Jon Wygens is a multi-instrumentalist and award winning composer for film and television. In Delft, Michael learns how the city came to specialise in pottery and finds out the secrets of its success. The first series detailed four railway journeys following an 1840 Bradshaw's guide, split into a run of 20 separate episodes. Steered by his 1913 railway guide, Michael Portillo explores Germany, the powerhouse of today's European Union, and learns how tourists in the early 20th century would have been visiting quite a new country, which they admired and envied but also feared. The highlight of the trip for me was to be given a private recital by the great Romanian violinist Alexandru Tomescu, playing music by George Enescu, a composer who was coming of age as Romania gained its freedom from the Habsburg empire, and who celebrated his country's folk tradition. With Bradshaw's 1913 Continental Railway Guide in hand, Michael Portillo penetrates the eastern extreme of Europe to journey through the vast country of Russia. Connect your Spotify account to your Last.fm account and scrobble everything you listen to, from any Spotify app on any device or platform. Starting in Budapest, the capital of Hungary, he travels via Bratislava in Slovakia to the beautiful and elegant city of Vienna, where he immerses himself in pre-war decadence. Zaragozas modern tram network takes Michael to a factory where he is invited to test-drive new rolling stock destined for Britain. Michael Portillo, the treasury secretary with the curiously collapsed yet labile face and shoo-in for next Tory leader, lost the seat he had held comfortably five years before, to a Labour unknown, Stephen Twigg. In a vast stadium, Michael hears how new rail lines were constructed to transport crowds of spectators to the Nazi Olympic Games of 1936. Put some tweed and some Churchs brogues on and relax. He visits the beautiful country estate of Yasnaya Polyana, where Tolstoy wrote his masterpieces, and learns how the author's life and works were inextricably entwined with the railways. Leaving Paris behind, Michael travels south to the Cote D'Azur to learn why the area attracted the rich and artistic alike and samples the Edwardian highlife before ending his journey at the gaming tables in glamorous Monte Carlo. Crossing the border from Bohemia to Bavaria, Michael encounters a fire breathing dragon in Furth-im-Wald and in Nuremberg he rides German railway history - made in Britain. 5 Episodes. At a private museum dedicated to the life of the most infamous Georgian, Joseph Stalin, Michael asks how Georgians today feel about the former dictator of the Soviet Union. Beginning in historic Orleans, Michael follows his Bradshaws guide to the magnificent stained-glass windows of the Cathedral of Sainte-Croix, which tell the story of Joan of Arc. Michael Portillo embarks on a glorious action-packed adventure from the Italian Riviera to the Austrian Alps with his Bradshaw's 1913 Continental Guidebook in hand. Great British Railway Journeys, an Album by Jon Wygens. Portillo made five separate journeys across France, Germany, the Low Countries, Switzerland, and the countries whose land made up the former Austro-Hungarian Empire. Javascript is required to view shouts on this page. Credits includes the hugely successful series Sanditon, Bloodlands and The Durrells and additional music for Emmy nominated Victoria, and Ivor Novello nominated The Collection. Michael Portillo uses George Bradshaw's 1913 Continental Railway Guide to explore the dazzling cities of the pre-war Low Countries before tasting the delicacies of Brussels. Today, the route remains a chequered one but for a happier reason - a new European railway network is being constructed and engineering work is underway. He visits the Reichstag and the city's Olympic stadium, site of the 1936 Summer Olympics. Leaving London behind, armed with his 1913 railway guide, Michael Portillo follows the most popular route of the Edwardian traveller through France. He finishes in Stuttgart, where an ambitious engineering project is underway that will integrate the city into a high-speed train route connecting Paris with Bratislava. In the shadow of the citys splendid cathedral, Michael learns to dance the Jota. Series 5 of Great Continental Railway Journeys begins on Tuesday 20 September on BBC Two at 9pm. One newspaper commented that only Eric Morecambe was funnier. With his Bradshaw's 1913 Continental Railway Guide in hand, Michael Portillo ventures east to a land which a century ago was part of the Russian Empire and today is the independent state of Ukraine. At least they dont make him do too much in the way of Activities. After a 14-year hiatus, a further three series were broadcast between 1994 and 1999, using the shorter series title. In Carrara, he finds out how the marble used by Michelangelo is still quarried today and is invited to chip away at a contemporary sculpture. Great British Railway Journeys - Season 9 Episode 12. He begins in the truly international city of Basel and travels east to visit industrial Zurich. Aboard the West Galician Railway, Michael hears how a 19th-century British railwayman sought his fortune in Galicia and ended up running the company. Cycling in tandem with his guide, Michael discovers Lyon's role in the country's most famous sporting event, the Tour de France. Jon studied at the National Film & Television School graduating with a Masters degree in composing for Film and Television and lives between London and Madrid. But the interwar guide book also tells Michael that the head of government in Italy is the fascist leader Signor Benito Mussolini. The first series was originally broadcast on BBC Two in 2012, and the seventh series was first aired in 2020. Datum der letzten bertragung: 2020-09-10; Anzahl der Jahreszeiten: 7; Hard on their heels in Madrid, he visits the scene of a grim assassination attempt at the royal wedding of a British princess and a Spanish king. Steered by his 1913 railway guide, Michael's journey through Germany begins in Berlin, which at the beginning of the 20th Century was a powerhouse of science and technology. Production of a second series included filming in Spain and Gibraltar in May and June 2013, following the RondaAlgeciras railway line, built in the 1890s by British interests under the Algeciras Gibraltar Railway Company, for the benefit of British officers stationed in Gibraltar wanting to travel to Spain and the rest of Europe. Described by the New Grove Dictionary of Music and Musicians as "probably the first ever railway song", Glinka's express Travelling Song is a . Please download one of our supported browsers. Arriving in Munich, he finds a blue horse created at the time of his guidebook and discovers an early 20th-century pioneer who laid the foundations for the city's pre-eminence in science and technology today. . In the British Isles uncover a country once connected entirely by steam, now enjoying stunning heritage rails as a tourist experience, and in America, the country once built on the back of railroads, enjoy the epic adventures that can take you from sea to shining sea. Transylvania to the Black Sea Great Continental Railway Journeys Der britische Journalist und Ex-Minister Michael Portillo reist mit der Eisenbahn quer durch Europa. Here he visits the emperor's Austrian summer house at Bad Ischl, where in 1914 European history changed course forever. The night soil man told me as I emptied my chamberpot, I seem to recall. Steered by his Bradshaw's 1913 Continental Railway Guide, Michael Portillo continues his journey through Romania, tapping into the nation's musical soul in Bucharest and loading cargo from a 100-foot crane in Constanta. In Avignon, he samples a glass of the region's famous wine Chateauneuf-du-Pape, before his journey ends at the Mediterranean port of Marseille, where he joins a pilot boat as it leads a supertanker to its berth. Armed with his 1913 Continental Railway Guide, Michael Portillo ventures deep into the Black Forest on a quest to discover the essence of Germany and discovers how Hansel and Gretel helped to unify the nation. Amongst others, their inspirational leader Francesc Ferrer was imprisoned and executed by firing squad.
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