Aired Friday November 24, 12:00pm - 1:00pmon Yesterday

Great Continental Railway Journeys

Series 1 Episode 5: Amsterdam to Northern France

Michael Portillo explores the cities of the pre-war Low Countries before tasting the delicacies of Brussels. He then travels to the French sector of the Western Front, where from 1914 the trains carried a new cargo of artillery shells, with the Edwardian tourists of 1913 replaced by soldiers facing the horrors of the trenches. He will end his epic journey in the forest of Compiegne.

Documentary / Travel
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Cast and crew
  • Dave MinchinDirector
  • Michael PortilloHost