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Great British Railway Journeys: Dundee to Aberdeen (BBC Four Thursday 23 November 2023)

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Great British Railway Journeys

Great British Railway Journeys: Dundee to Aberdeen airs Thursday 23 November 2023 on BBC Four.

What is this episode about

With the help of his Bradshaw’s Guide from the 1930s, Michael Portillo continues his train trip from Newcastle to Loch Ness.

Michael makes a pit stop at Dundee before continuing on to Glamis Castle, the childhood home of Queen Mother Lady Elizabeth Bowes-Lyon. Michael learns about her carefree youth and subsequent refuge there after her unexpected coronation as queen and prince with the abdication of King Edward VIII.

Michael continues his journey north along Scotland’s eastern coast, stopping at Montrose en route to an exploration of the Eastern Highlands. As he relaxes with a little dram, he learns about a system of bothies, which are outposts where mountaineers and hikers go to get away from the cold.

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Michael moves on along the East Coast Line until he reaches Aberdeen, Granite City, where a free school milk programme was instituted nationwide thanks to research at one of Britain’s first nutrition institutes.

Michael learns the foxtrot at the city’s art deco Beach Ballroom while exploring Aberdeen Beach, which was once a favourite destination for Glaswegian vacationers.

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When can we see the episode

Great British Railway Journeys: Dundee to Aberdeen airs Thursday 23 November 2023 at 7:00pm on BBC Four

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