TV - Michael Portillo in Oz.

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TV - Michael Portillo in Oz.

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Former British Minister for Transport and TV "rail tourist", Michael Portillo, has finally made his way to Australia. I believe his program will air on SBS TV from 4 February 2020. Let's hope someone has quietly turned down his ego, but I doubt it.

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Have quite liked some of his Euro series

From the BBC website
Great Australian Railway Journeys, Series 1

Michael Portillo travels the length and breadth of Australia by train.

Newcastle to Brisbane
Kuranda to Townsville
Canberra to Melbourne
Adelaide to Perth: The Indian Pacific
Sydney to Broken Hill
Port Augusta to Darwin: The Ghan

UK audiences will be very familiar with the XPT in Ep3 given the similarities to the mostly retired HST in the UK.

Was reportedly filmed in 2018.
https://mumbrella.com.au/great-australi ... y-4-612395

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lunchbox wrote:Former British Minister for Transport and TV "rail tourist", Michael Portillo, has finally made his way to Australia. I believe his program will air on SBS TV from 4 February 2020. Let's hope someone has quietly turned down his ego, but I doubt it.
He was a politician. You don't get into politics by being a shrinking violet!
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Failed politicians and out-of-work actors seemed to end up with travel shows.

Can we trust either group?
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For the record, he got one thing wrong. Walking past the station name board at Bondi Junction, he quipped that the famous beach was associated with a RAILWAY junction!

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lunchbox wrote:For the record, he got one thing wrong. Walking past the station name board at Bondi Junction, he quipped that the famous beach was associated with a RAILWAY junction!
Well it's not tramway junction anymore is it? Maybe interchange or intermodal junction would be better.

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We need to create a historical myth about Shellharbour Junction to justify its name.
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That other Pommy TV "personality", Chris Tarrant, is also inclined to a bit of bulldust. His "Ghan" piece purported to show early morning aerial shots of the Ghan heading north to Darwin, but the long shadows of the rolling stock, from a low sun, were on the RIGHT side of the train.

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