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Michael Portillo

Michael Portillo



United Kingdom

Age: 71

Born: 26 May, 1953

Known for

TV Series Starring Michael Portillo

Michael Portillo's Long WeekendsMichael Portillo's Long Weekends
Channel 5, 2024 Running | Travel, Documentary

Join Michael Portillo as he takes us on a Long Weekend to three of his favourite European cities: Madrid, Prague and Milan.


Portillo's AndaluciaPortillo's Andalucia

Join Michael Portillo as he celebrates AndalucĂ­a, one of Spain's most interesting and diverse regions. It's an area Michael knows and loves, as well as one where he lives for part of his year. Now, he takes us to six of his favourite spots and reveals what makes them so special.


Great Coastal Railway JourneysGreat Coastal Railway Journeys
BBC Two, 2022 Running | Documentary
Rating: 5/5

A train ride along the most attractive coastlines in Europe. From Spain's northern seas to the beautiful Welsh coast and the frozen wonders of Norway, this documentary charts how each coast was shaped and linked by rail and meets some of the characters who live and work along these most scenic lines.


The Pyrenees with Michael PortilloThe Pyrenees with Michael Portillo
Channel 5, 2022 Cancelled/Ended | Adventure, Travel, Documentary

The Pyrenees with Michael Portillo sees Michael embark on an extraordinary voyage of self-discovery, exploring the dramatic mountain range that straddles the border between France and Spain, the Pyrenees. The four-part series is a real adventure for Michael as he walks a stretch of the 270 mile trail through the Pyrenees, from the Bay of Biscay on the Atlantic coast in the West to the shores of the Mediterranean in the East.


Coastal Devon & Cornwall with Michael PortilloCoastal Devon & Cornwall with Michael Portillo
Channel 5, 2021 On Hiatus | Documentary

Michael Portillo, a British journalist, broadcaster and former politician, begins a south-west coastal pilgrimage, travelling through Devon and Cornwall.


Great Asian Railway JourneysGreat Asian Railway Journeys
BBC Two, 2020 Cancelled/Ended | Travel, History, Documentary

Michael Portillo is in south east Asia, armed with his 1913 Bradshaw's Handbook. It leads him on a spectacular 2,500-mile railway adventure across six countries. Michael explores towering megacities and magnificent mosques, visits jewelled temples and golden Buddhas and rides some of the world's most exhilarating and notorious railways.


Portillo's Empire JourneyPortillo's Empire Journey
Channel 5, 2020 Cancelled/Ended | History, Documentary

Michael Portillo tells the story of how a small island on the edge of Europe built the biggest empire the world has ever seen.


Hawks & Doves: The Crown and Ireland's War of IndependenceHawks & Doves: The Crown and Ireland's War of Independence
RTE ONE, 2020 Cancelled/Ended | Military/War, History, Documentary

Hawks & Doves: The Crown and Ireland's War of Independence revolves around a theme of political expedience, and in particular the wish of British politicians to get into, or to stay, in power. This is a documentary series of two films about the manoeuvrings and shifting alliances among the various factions within the Houses of Parliament and Dublin Castle during the War of Independence. As the hawks and the doves soar over an Ireland torn apart by war, Michael Portillo, a former British Defence Secretary, looks at how his predecessors at Westminster reacted when faced with revolutionary intransigence at home.


Great Australian Railway JourneysGreat Australian Railway Journeys
BBC Two, 2019 On Hiatus | Travel, Documentary
Rating: 5/5

Armed with his 1913 Bradshaw's Handbook to the Chief Cities of the World, Michael embarks on six new railway journeys across spectacular Australia.


Great Canadian Railway JourneysGreat Canadian Railway Journeys
BBC Two, 2019 Cancelled/Ended | Travel, Documentary

Michael Portillo explores Canada, armed with his Appleton's Guidebook.


Great Alaskan Railroad JourneysGreat Alaskan Railroad Journeys
BBC Two, 2019 Cancelled/Ended | Documentary, Travel

Join Michael Portillo as he embarks on a thrilling journey through Alaska, following the routes of the historic railroads. Using an 1899 guidebook, he discovers the state's stunning natural beauty, rich history, and unique culture. Experience the breathtaking landscapes and meet the people who call this remote region home.


Great Indian Railway JourneysGreat Indian Railway Journeys
BBC Two, 2018 Cancelled/Ended | Travel, Documentary

With a century-old Bradshaw's Handbook Of Indian, Foreign And Colonial Travel tucked under his arm, Michael Portillo will embark on a brand new railway adventure through a land of majestic mountains, scorching desert and plains watered by holy rivers. Published at the height of the British Raj in 1913, Michael's guidebook will steer him towards ornate palaces and golden temples. He will meet Maharajas and Mughals and ride some of the world's most exhilarating trains. Along the way, Michael will discover how imperial railways designed by British engineers inadvertently spread ideas of independence among hundreds of millions of Indians, who today live in the world's largest democracy.


Portillo's Hidden History of BritainPortillo's Hidden History of Britain
Channel 5, 2018 Cancelled/Ended | History, Documentary

Portillo's Hidden History of Britain sees former UK politician Michael Portillo investigating abandoned buildings around Britain.


Great American Railroad JourneysGreat American Railroad Journeys
BBC Two, 2016 On Hiatus | Travel, Documentary
Rating: 4/5

Join Michael Portillo as he embarks on a journey through America's railways, using a 19th-century travel guide to explore the country's rich history and culture. From the bustling cities to the vast wilderness, discover the stories and people that shaped America's past and present. Great American Railroad Journeys is a captivating ride through time.


Portillo's State SecretsPortillo's State Secrets
BBC Three, 2015 Cancelled/Ended | Documentary

Michael Portillo takes a look through the national archives to discover different stories that have been hidden in previously classified documents.


Railways of the Great WarRailways of the Great War
BBC Two, 2014 Cancelled/Ended | Military/War, Travel, History, Documentary

World War I was a railway war. Michael Portillo finds out how the railways helped to precipitate a mechanised war, shaped how it was fought, conveyed millions to the trenches and bore witness to its end. He takes to historic tracks to rediscover the locomotives and wagons of the war that was supposed to end all war and hears the stories of the gallant men and women who used them in life and in death.


Great Continental Railway JourneysGreat Continental Railway Journeys
BBC Two, 2012 On Hiatus | Documentary

Michael Portillo travels on the great train routes of Europe, as he retraces the journeys featured in George Bradshaw's 1913 Continental Railway Guide.


Great British Railway JourneysGreat British Railway Journeys

Michael Portillo journeys around Britain by train following George Bradshaw's guidebook, published in 1840, to discover the railway network's influence on the nation's history.