Great British Railway Journeys

12:00 PM to 12:30 PM
Monday 24 June
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Birmingham to the Potteries

Season 10 Episode 5 of 15

Armed with his Bradshaw's guide, Michael Portillo reaches Birmingham and discovers how a radical reformer made his mark on the 'city of a thousand trades'. At Highbury Hall, he finds Joseph Chamberlain's mansion home and hears how he established a political dynasty including a prime minister and a foreign secretary. Next stop is Cradley Heath, once one of five chain-making towns in the West Midlands. At the centre of Britain's ceramic industry in Stoke-on-Trent, Michael visits Wedgwood, established by 'Queen's Potter' Josiah Wedgwood in 1759 and visited in 1913 by King George V and Queen Mary

Great British Railway Journeys airs on Yesterday at 12:00 PM, Monday 24 June. (Subtitles.)
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Michael Portillo
Presenter
Anthony Holland
Director
Alison Kreps
Series Producer