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Re: Recent viewing

PostPosted: Wed Jan 15, 2014 8:13 pm
by CraftsbyCarolyn
Quite a way from Fenny Stratford station to Olney, good programme - do enjoy his travels

Re: Recent viewing

PostPosted: Fri Jan 17, 2014 3:41 pm
by sizzla
I tuned into this show for the first time and found it more of a vehicle for Mr Portillo and his strange selection of clothes and double entendres than a programme about the railways. The detour to Olney was particularly odd - it used to have a station but this didn't seem to warrant a mention and why (and how) he went there from Fenny Stratford is a mystery.

But it's entertaining, especially in comparison with other offerings on TV at the moment.

Re: Recent viewing

PostPosted: Fri Jan 17, 2014 7:16 pm
by CraftsbyCarolyn
he seemed to give the impression that Olney was just down the road, and like you say no mention of Olney station and where it used to be.

Re: Recent viewing

PostPosted: Fri Jan 17, 2014 9:07 pm
by Sveti
Watched it tonight, going from Nottingham. Loved it.

Think he wears those bright clothes so he is seen clearly among the crowds?

Re: Recent viewing

PostPosted: Sat Jan 18, 2014 10:23 am
by Paradise_Alley
sizzla wrote:I tuned into this show for the first time and found it more of a vehicle for Mr Portillo and his strange selection of clothes and double entendres than a programme about the railways. The detour to Olney was particularly odd - it used to have a station but this didn't see to warrant a mention and why (and how) he went there from Fenny Stratford is a mystery.

But it's entertaining, especially in comparison with other offerings on TV at the moment.


I didn't know Olney used to have a station. I suppose as Mr Portillo was following an 1840s guide book they can get away with it. I must miss all the double entendres. I didn't have him down as a latter day Kenneth Williams.
Perhaps he used a bus replacement service to get from Fenny Stratford to Olney. Or cadged a lift with the crew.
I like the programmes but they still send me to sleep. I dozed off on his arrival at Olney so missed that and the Newport Pagnell bit. One for the I-player.

Re: Recent viewing

PostPosted: Mon Jan 20, 2014 5:17 pm
by SCRABBLER
If you dozed off P_A, you really must be as old as your photo appears. :lol: :lol: :AA

Re: Recent viewing

PostPosted: Thu Feb 06, 2014 9:53 pm
by Paradise_Alley
I have been noticing the double entendres now. His aren't the Carry on up the Terminus sort.
He's in Europe presently. Spain earlier this week and Italy the last couple of days.
Venice looked VERY NICE today. Although folks have told me it's more than a bit WHIFFY there.

As an aside, that Bradshaw bloke must have lived to a good age if he was doing British guides in the 1840's and following it up with a European one in 1913.

Re: Recent viewing

PostPosted: Fri Feb 07, 2014 1:51 am
by Sagitar
Paradise_Alley wrote:As an aside, that Bradshaw bloke must have lived to a good age if he was doing British guides in the 1840's and following it up with a European one in 1913.


I think by the end of the organisation Bradshaw was a corporate entity and the founder was long gone.

I suspect that the nationalisation of the railways was the beginning of the end of the organisation. Before that I think the various railway companies published their own timetables, but if you wanted to change between them, Bradshaw's was the answer.

I lived in the north west of England and mainly used the LMS (London Midland and Scottish) and LNER (London and North Eastern) trains, but I also used Southern and Great Western occasionally. When I was travelling by train in the 1950's, after Nationalisation, Bradshaw's was published as a monthly timetable and didn't look anything like the booklet that Michael Portillo pops in his pocket.

Re: Recent viewing

PostPosted: Tue Jan 27, 2015 9:24 pm
by Paradise_Alley
Fans of Mr Portillo's travels might like to know that it would seem he visits Bedford and Luton on this Thursday's (29th) episode.

Re: Recent viewing

PostPosted: Tue Jan 27, 2015 9:53 pm
by sizzla
Paradise_Alley wrote:Fans of Mr Portillo's travels might like to know that it would seem he visits Bedford and Luton on this Thursday's (29th) episode.


Let's hope he's not taking the Thameslink line, me might not make it.

Re: Recent viewing

PostPosted: Wed Jan 28, 2015 7:26 pm
by Memory Lane
sizzla wrote:
Paradise_Alley wrote:Fans of Mr Portillo's travels might like to know that it would seem he visits Bedford and Luton on this Thursday's (29th) episode.


I also like his programmes. I think he has to visit things mentioned in his Bradshaw so when in Luton - I bet he involves The Hatters, that is the Straw Boater makers and not our brilliant Football Team. As for Bedford - how about the River by the Town Bridge.

Re: Recent viewing

PostPosted: Thu Jan 29, 2015 9:32 pm
by Paradise_Alley
I was a bit put out to see the lady working on the boater in Luton wearing a West Ham top.

Re: Recent viewing

PostPosted: Fri Jan 30, 2015 3:55 pm
by old lutonian
Yes, I thought the West Ham top was rather distracting. A Luton Town shirt to represent The Hatters would have been far more appreciated.

Re: Recent viewing

PostPosted: Fri Jan 15, 2016 7:35 pm
by Paradise_Alley
Followers of Mr Portillo's gallivanting may be interested to know he's at it again with NEW trips.
Annoying these started last Monday and currently only 3 weeks worth are listed.
Wk 1 - Last week - Carlisle to Alton
Wk 2 - This week - Dover to Porthcarno
Wk 3 - Next week - Birmingham to Dartmoor.

Re: Recent viewing

PostPosted: Sat Jan 16, 2016 11:53 am
by SCRABBLER
Didn't someone say that he is going to the USA to do a train trip - with out Bradshaw's of course!!