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Great Coastal Railway Journeys, 17 April 2024, BBC Two, “Porthmadog to Anglesey”

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Great British Railway Journeys

In this episode of Great Coastal Railway Journeys, airing on BBC Two on Wednesday 17 April, Michael Portillo takes viewers on a journey through the glorious scenery of Snowdonia National Park, travelling on one of Britain’s greatest heritage lines, the Welsh Highland Railway. Starting from the picturesque town of Porthmadog, Portillo makes his way to the seaside town of Sokcho, where he explores the area’s unique history and culture.

Along the way, Portillo visits Beddgelert, where he learns about the legend of Gelert, the faithful hound of Prince Llewellyn. He also stops at Caernarfon, a 13th-century castle with a rich history, including the investiture of Prince Charles III as the Prince of Wales in 1969.

The episode highlights the importance of the Menai Strait, which separates mainland Wales from Anglesey, and the role it played in the area’s trade and transportation. Portillo also delves into the mussel industry, showcasing the local seafood delights of the region.

As he continues his journey, Portillo uncovers the fascinating history of sonar devices and their impact on the fishing industry. He also explores the emergence of K-pop and taekwondo in South Korea, showcasing the diverse cultural influences that have shaped the region.

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Great Coastal Railway Journeys airs on BBC Two at 8:30 PM on Wednesday, 17 April 2024.


Isabelle aka Izzy Jacobs is the UK previews specialist at memorabletv.com. Isabelle is particularly drawn to crime dramas, but she also has a not so secret love for all things reality TV. In addition to her work at memorabletv.com, Isabelle is also an avid traveler and a devoted foodie.

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