Passionate about trains, Michael Portillo continues to chart the great British romance with the railways in this phenomenally successful series. Armed with his copy of George Bradshaw's famous railway handbook, he retraces four journeys that were first documented in the Victorian guide, witnessing what's changed and discovering how our love of the railways began. Throughout, he makes stops at some of Britain's most beautiful cities and secluded villages, meeting extraordinary people and hearing how their lives have been shaped by the railways.
The Great British Year is the definitive portrait of the spectacular and dynamic nature of our country over the course of one year. As a nation we hold a deep affection for our seasons - they're so woven into our national character that we can almost feel their changing. But then, the range of seasons we have is as extraordinary as our climate is unique. The splendour of the autumn colour change is as magnificent as anywhere on earth. The coming of spring brings spectacles of migration and breeding that are of planet-wide importance. Time-lapse photography will set the scene for a landscape that is constantly changing, minute by minute, day and by day, month by month; from a waterfall freezing solid to a entire hillside of heather bursting with colour.