A Night in with Michael Portillo

Fane Online Presents A Night In with Michael Portillo, to celebrate his book Great British Railway Journeys


Tuesday 6th April, 2021 @ 6:30 pm

  • In Conversation
  • Online event


About the Event

It is now over a decade since the much-loved Great British Railway Journeys series set off on its incredible run discovering the cultural, social and engineering landscape of the United Kingdom through the prism of George Bradshaw's Handbook to rail travel.

Now, join veteran politician and ex-cabinet minister Michael Portillo to celebrate his top fifty journeys from the hundreds he has covered in the beloved BBC series, compiled in a brand-new book: Greatest British Railway Journeys.

In conversation for this exclusive event, Portillo will observe how every corner of England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland was opened up by the railway line as a result of the Industrial Revolution, thus giving fans a unique understanding our shared past of train travel. He’ll add insight and analysis to some of the greatest railway lines, stations, bridges, viaducts and tunnels the Victorians built to create the world we now live in; from Paddington Station to the Clifton Suspension Bridge, the Southend Pier line to the milk wagons departing from Blake Hall Station.

Don’t miss this celebratory and charming ride through our country's beloved history – all from the unique position of a train seat in the comfort of your own home.


The 'Stream Only' package includes a ticket to the live stream only. The ‘book and ticket’ package includes a unique ticket for the stream, and a copy of Great British Railway Journeys (RRP £20).

The event will initially be broadcast on 6 April 2021 at 6.30pm UK time. It will be available to view up to a week after the event has ended and can be accessed worldwide.  If you live in a time zone that does not suit the initial broadcast time, you can watch it at any point after the initial showing for one week.

If you have any questions, please email faneonline@fane.co.uk

About the Book

Great British Railway Journeys
Great British Railway Journeys

Michael Portillo

Publisher:Headline Publishing Group

Publication date:15 Oct 2020


The perfect gift for fans of the show as well as lovers of Britain's cultural heritage.