RAILDATE 2023.06.09

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The Weekly Poser: Where is this?

This tramway connects a very small historic town with its railway station. Where is it?

Last week's Where is this?

A marine subject this week. The ship is a "first" of its kind, built 1959, now a museum. Where is it?

Answer: Murmansk, Russia. Congratulations are due to the following for their correct answers: Peter Tisdate, Dave Goodyear, Paul Hopper, Richard Maund, Paul Tambini, Grenville Joshua.

The Lenin icebreaker is a museum ship permanently moored in the city of Murmansk, Russia. It is the world's first nuclear-powered icebreaker and was built in Leningrad (now Saint Petersburg) in 1959. The Lenin served in the Soviet and Russian Northern Fleets for 30 years, breaking ice for merchant ships and other vessels in the Arctic Ocean. It was decommissioned in 1989 and converted into a museum ship in 2005.

I visited Murmansk in February 2019 as part of a solo winter tour, but it wasn't cold enough! Travelling First Class Murmansk to Moscow over two nights and one day was a fantastic experience. Unfortunately, sleep was regularly interrupted as rail workers hacked away at the build-up of ice under the carriages at every station. The Russian police were always ready to meet-and-greet me as I got off trains. Sadly, my ambitions to go further east have since been thwarted, for reasons that we all know.


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3:10 to Yuma (2007) -:- A rancher seizes the chance to settle his debts and earn his son's respect by agreeing to escort a notorious outlaw to the town of Contention, where a train will take the prisoner to jail. But the journey takes a dangerous turn when the criminal tries to manipulate the rancher into letting him go - while his henchmen lie in wait. Western remake, starring Russell Crowe, Christian Bale and Gretchen Mol

999 Faoi Oiliúint -:- Fiona adapts to life on the job with the National Ambulance Service Ireland, Peter begins his paramedic training with the Dublin Fire Brigade and Danielle trains to be a coxswain with Foyle Search and Rescue in Derry. In Irish

Abandoned Engineering -:- An abandoned railway station near a town in Spain that is home to just 500 people and a record-breaking Arctic facility that goes deep below the surface

Aces 'N' Eights (2008) -:- The people of a sleepy Texas frontier settlement are menaced by gunmen hired by a railroad company to drive them off their land. In the absence of a sheriff, the task of defending the townsfolk falls to two unlikely heroes - an elderly rancher and a retired gunslinger. Western, with Casper Van Dien, Ernest Borgnine, Bruce Boxleitner and Jeff Kobner

Adrian Dunbar's Scenic Ireland -:- The host explores Ireland's Ancient East. Starting in Boyne Valley, Adrian delves into the area's 5,000 year-long history, before meeting chef Richard Corrigan at Virginia Park Lodge, the 18th-century estate set amidst 100 acres of stunning grounds. Next, he heads to Howth to meet artist Jim Fitzpatrick, and later boards the Dart train for a picturesque journey around the captivating coast, before hopping on a bike to cycle across the impressive Kilmacthomas Viaduct

Agatha Christie's Poirot -:- The sleuth finds himself in interesting company as English socialites and American millionaires rub shoulders on board a train bound for the French Riviera. Passengers include oil magnate Rufus Van Aldin (Elliott Gould) and his daughter Ruth (Jaime Murray) - to whom he has given a magnificent ruby known as the Heart of Fire. With members of the aristocracy crammed into a confined space with their husbands, lovers and a renowned gemstone, murder cannot be far away. With Lindsay Duncan, Roger Lloyd Pack and James D'Arcy

Alvinnn!!! and the Chipmunks -:- When Alvin and Eleanor train to be lifeguards, Theodore is passed over but later manages to save the day.

American Titans -:- The battle between Cornelius Vanderbilt and his old friend Daniel Drew to run the Erie Railroad

Ancient Egypt by Train with Alice Roberts -:- Alice arrives in Cairo by train and follows in the footsteps of Victorian Egyptologist Amelia Edwards. The journey takes her to the Great Pyramids, where she is allowed to climb deep inside to see the tomb and sarcophagus of the pharaoh Khufu. In Saqqara she learns how and why the pyramids came about, and even finds time for a spot of shopping in a Cairo souk

Arctic Ice Railroad -:- The extreme conditions threaten to derail precious cargo. The dedicated and skilled team control the massive freight train, but they face plenty of disruption

Bakugan Legends -:- As the Awesome Brawlers train for the Battle Judgement, they learn of a new Core - the Nova Core! Dan and Drago use its mysterious new powers against an unexpected opponent.

Bargain Hunt -:- Eric Knowles presents from Ardingly in West Sussex as two pairs go in search of potentially profitable items at an antiques fair. Experts Jonathan Pratt and Ochuko Ojiri are on hand to help the red and blue teams. Eric also finds out all about the history of luxury Pullman railway carriages

Ben 10 -:- Team Tennyson looks to take in the sights of the Shoshone Falls but when they arrive to find Steam Smythe siphoning off the water it is up to Ben to distract the steam punk baddie long enough to allow Grandpa Max and Gwen the time to shut down the hydropower plant and save the Falls.

Blood & Treasure -:- Danny and Lexi follow a clue to the mountains of Spain in search of a lost train car that may have carried the sarcophagus of Cleopatra when it disappeared

Cat Ballou (1965) -:- A schoolteacher returns to her home town to find a ruthless railroad developer is trying to snatch her family's land. When her father is murdered by a hitman for refusing to sell his ranch, she resolves to defend the property, enlisting the aid of two small-time crooks and a drunken gunslinger with an equally inebriated horse. Musical comedy Western, starring Jane Fonda and Lee Marvin, with music by Nat King Cole and Stubby Kaye

Caught Red Handed -:- How a pickpocket prowling railway stations preying on women carrying backpacks and bags was hunted down. Plus, the thieves thwarted from taking a parcel from someone's doorstep

Clean Sweep -:- The investigation continues to build steam in both countries, while Shelly continues to juggle her parenting and other responsibilities. Crime thriller, starring Charlene McKenna

Combat Trains -:- Exploring how Lawrence of Arabia used guerilla warfare against the Ottoman Empire's railways. Plus, two secrets hidden under New York's Grand Central Terminal - President Roosevelt's personal train that brought him secretly into the city, and a M42 generator that it is claimed Nazi spies tried to destroy

Combat Trains -:- The astonishing accounts of four railway journeys that changed history, including the perilous expedition that made a young Winston Churchill world famous

Crooks in Cloisters (1964) -:- Six train robbers hide from the law in a deserted monastery off the Cornish coast, where disguising themselves as monks proves the perfect way of lying low while carrying on with various criminal activities. But the crooks have a hard task keeping up the pretence when two real monks visit the island - especially since one of the gang is a woman. Comedy, with Ronald Fraser, Barbara Windsor, Bernard Cribbins, Wilfrid Brambell and Davy Kaye

Department S -:- A nerve gas attack on a tube train alerts the agents to the activities of a murderous intelligence network. Sixties drama, starring Peter Wyngarde

Derelict Rescue -:- From crumbling railway stations to abandoned RAF bases, enthusiastic families across the UK are turning neglected relics into a unique place to live.

Diesel Brothers -:- The crew race to finish the monster school bus with a 40-foot drive train and 66-inch tyres. Redbeard discovers the Mello Yello race car from Days of Thunder

Disasters Engineered -:- Experts examine the Clapham Junction rail crash in 1988 and the high-speed train crash in Ankara, Turkey, in 2018, and ask if these disasters could have been avoided

Dragonfly Squadron (1954) -:- Major Matthew Brady is assigned to train South Korean troops in preparation for combat, but the appearance of an American woman who he was once close to marrying proves to be a distraction. Drama, starring John Hodiak, Barbara Britton and Bruce Bennett

Edwardian Farm -:- Spring sees the daffodil harvest, accompanied by a rush to get the flowers off to the train station so they can be delivered to towns and cities across the country within hours of being picked. Alex Langlands and Peter Ginn go to Dartmoor for the annual pony trek, and use the occasion to purchase one of the beasts for the farm. However, before their new pony is fit for work, he needs to be trained, and the farmers hire American horse whisperer Mike Branch for the job. Meanwhile, the arrival of new lambs is followed by a pleasant surprise for Ruth Goodman in the run-up to Mother's Day

Fault Lines -:- After a train derailment in East Palestine, Ohio, Fault Lines investigates how industry has weakened safety regulations to prioritize profits.

Film Noir -:- An exploration of genre classics, including Billy Wilder's Double Indemnity, Carol Reed's The Third Man, Alfred Hitchcock's Strangers on a Train and Robert Siodmak's The Killers

Fred Dibnah's Industrial Age -:- Fred visits the North East, a region rich in transport history, to explore the development of Britain's railways, from the first steam locomotives to the record-breaking Mallard. A visit to York's National Railway Museum offers the chance to ride a replica of Stephenson's Rocket, while at Ffestiniog Railway he learns about the computer-aided design process used for new locomotives

Fred Dibnah's Made in Britain -:- Fred travels to the Lake District, which was once one of Britain's biggest sources of iron ore. He also takes a trip across a lake in a steamboat, examines how the rail industry made use of local metals, and finally enjoys a pint with former steelworkers in a local pub

Fred Dibnah's Railway Collection -:- Steeplejack and amateur historian Fred Dibnah examines historic railways and engineering projects undertaken by the likes of Stephenson and Hackworth

Fred Dibnah's Railway Collection -:- Steeplejack and amateur historian Fred Dibnah examines the work of the Stephenson family, and how it influenced the railways

Fred Dibnah's Railway Collection -:- Steeplejack and amateur historian Fred Dibnah explains how diesel-powered locomotives replaced steam trains, leading to the creation of the Railway Preservation Society

Fred Dibnah's Railway Collection -:- Steeplejack and amateur historian Fred Dibnah explains what happens in railway works, visiting Bo'ness and Kinneil, Scotland, and the Boston Lodge in Ffestiniog, Wales

Fred Dibnah's Railway Collection -:- Steeplejack Fred Dibnah learns more about the work of one of his heroes, engineer Isambard Kingdom Brunel and his plans for a wide gauge railway system

Fred Dibnah's Railway Collection -:- Steeplejack Fred Dibnah visits the Ffestiniog Railway in Gwynedd, Wales, where he talks about restoration work and is taken for a ride down the track by the manager Paul Lewin

Fred Dibnah's Railway Collection -:- The steeplejack and amateur historian talks about his favourite railway lines, including the Bluebell in Sussex

Fred Dibnah's Railway Collection -:- The steeplejack and amateur historian visits Llangollen Railway, where he reminisces about the past, and is given a chance to fulfil a childhood dream with driver Robert Haslam

Fred Dibnah's Railway Collection -:- The steeplejack and amateur historian visits Ravenglass, Cumbria, where he has an opportunity to see an old mill working

Fred Dibnah's Railway Collection -:- The steeplejack and amateur historian visits the Midland Railway Centre in Derbyshire, where he is given a tour of the sheds and has a go on the hydraulic riveter

Fred Dibnah's Railway Collection -:- The steeplejack explores the creation of the stream train and new speed records that were set in the 1920s

Fred Dibnah's Railway Collection -:- The steeplejack investigates how railways changed Britain and follows the growth in popularity of the locomotive. Plus, a visit to a rope haulage railway in Derbyshire

Ghost Adventures -:- The crew hop aboard a 100-year-old steam engine for a lockdown they will not forget, as they investigate reports of apparitions along the Nevada Northern Railway

Gino's Italian Escape -:- Gino's train journey takes him on a star-studded line-up of Tuscan cities. He begins in Pisa, famous for its leaning tower, and also home of the Vespa scooter, which gives the chef the ideal way to explore the city, before he hops back on the train toward the medieval city of Lucca, the birthplace of composer Puccini. Here, he meets master violin-maker Fabio and rustles up a vegetarian asparagus dish. His final stop is Florence, where he meets Cecilia, one of a network of local cooks keeping traditional recipes alive by opening up her kitchen to guests from all over the world

Gino's Italian Escape -:- The chef leaves Verona on one of Italy's super-fast trains and heads to Lake Garda, the biggest of the Italian lakes. Here he meets a team of rowers training for their annual regatta. After trying his hand at rowing, Gino cooks up a hearty sausage and bean casserole, before jumping on the train and heading to the city of Bolzano. There he creates a deconstructed apple crumble

Great American Railroad Journeys -:- Michael Portillo travels across New York state, discovering how General Electric also leads the way in rail technology and examining the story behind George Eastman's Kodak company. He then visits Buffalo and discovers the history behind its grain industry, followed by a trip to witness the awesome power and drama of Niagara Falls

Great American Railroad Journeys -:- Michael Portillo travels through Philadelphia, and pays tribute to its fictional son, Rocky Balboa. He finishes the latest leg of his journey in Gettysburg, the most famous battlefield of the American Civil War, where President Abraham Lincoln made a momentous speech in 1863

Great British Railway Journeys -:- At Trinity College, Dublin, Michael Portillo discovers one of Ireland's greatest treasures, and also explores the house and gardens of Powerscourt in County Wicklow

Great British Railway Journeys -:- Following the route of the old Caledonian Railway Company, Michael Portillo discovers the 'Riviera of the Highlands'. With a daily direct train service to Kings Cross, Gleneagles remains a top destination and is also headquarters for the British School of Falconry. Berry Town, aka Blairgowrie, is Michael's next stop. At the home of the Scottish raspberry industry, which once sent fruit to London daily on board a raspberry special service from Cooper Angus station, Michael learns how to pick this most delicate of berries. The last stop on this leg is the city of Dundee, where he visits publisher DC Thomson

Great British Railway Journeys -:- In Dorset, Michael Portillo visits Brownsea Island, where Robert Baden Powell began the scout movement in the early 20th century. Joining a group of present scouts, the presenter learns to build a bivouac and finds out what it is about scouting that still appeals to boys - and girls - today. In the New Forest, Michael searches out some unsung heroes of the First World War - the ponies who became war horses - and hears their story from a commoner who runs a stable and riding school. Then in Bournemouth, the one-time MP investigates a very British institution - the beach hut

Great British Railway Journeys -:- Michael Portillo arrives in Croydon, where he hears the story of a mixed-race composer who was once celebrated but is now forgotten. At Three Bridges station, he is delighted to find a recently built depot and its fleet of new Class 700 trains - and is given the great honour of washing one down. In Lewes, he makes a beeline for Charleston, the home of artists Vanessa Bell and Duncan Grant, and in Shoreham-by-Sea, Michael discovers how magnificent Edwardians in flying machines took off from the oldest licensed airport in the country

Great British Railway Journeys -:- Michael Portillo begins a journey across Ireland, starting in the port of Wexford, where he takes to the seas in a 100-year-old lifeboat and discovers a hero of the American navy

Great British Railway Journeys -:- Michael Portillo concludes his journey from Newcastle to the Leicestershire town of Melton Mowbray. Along the way he learns the secrets of Stilton cheese, discovers how trains transformed the traditional British pursuit of fox-hunting and tries to make a pork pie

Great British Railway Journeys -:- Michael Portillo continues his Irish journey from Dromod to Sligo. Along the way he discovers how the landscape inspired the poet WB Yeats and learns to make a potato pancake

Great British Railway Journeys -:- Michael Portillo continues his journey across Ireland, travelling from Navan to Mullingar. Along the way, he gets up to speed with modern archaeology in County Meath, where he uncovers a controversial Victorian dig at the sacred Hill of Tara. Later, he investigates leaping salmon in Leixslip, and in Mullingar, bangs the drum for the town's traditional marching band

Great British Railway Journeys -:- Michael Portillo continues his journey through Kent. He starts in Canterbury, where he finds out how the city's cathedral was saved from the Second World War air raids, then goes whelk fishing in Whitstable and explores the origins of a seaside swim in Margate

Great British Railway Journeys -:- Michael Portillo continues his railway journey from Newcastle to Loch Ness, steered by his 1930s Bradshaw's Guide. Stopping at Dundee, Michael heads for Glamis Castle, where Lady Elizabeth Bowes-Lyon, the Queen Mother, grew up. Michael hears about her happy childhood and how she later found sanctuary there, when King Edward VIII abdicated and she and Prince Albert unexpectedly became king and queen of the United Kingdom

Great British Railway Journeys -:- Michael Portillo crosses the county line from Devon into Somerset, seeing first-hand how willow farmers sought to overcome the challenge from the production of synthetic plastics during the 1930s and hearing how tourism has spread across the region, especially amongst the young. In Bath, Michael visits the former home of a refugee emperor, whose country was invaded by the Italian dictator Mussolini, and in whose name a religious movement began that now flourishes worldwide. Travelling east into Wiltshire, he reaches the largest training area of the British Army, Salisbury Plain

Great British Railway Journeys -:- Michael Portillo embarks on the final leg of his journey following the route of the North Country Continental service. Along the way he meets volunteers on the Mid-Suffolk Light railway and is permitted to drive 'The Middy'. In Leiston, Michael uncovers the world's first purpose-built assembly line, while in Ipswich the work of a young Victorian engineering prodigy impresses the ex-politician. At his destination of Harwich the presenter discovers how the port became a gateway to the continent, only to be superseded by a new deep-water port further inland

Great British Railway Journeys -:- Michael Portillo embarks on the next leg of his journey from London Bridge to Hastings, exploring the lives of Victorian hop-pickers along the way. He also examines the history of Maidstone's paper industry, and discovers the role railways played in transforming cricket into a national sport

Great British Railway Journeys -:- Michael Portillo embarks on the next leg of his journey, travelling from London Bridge through Kent and around the scenic south coast to Hastings. He begins by visiting the Royal Observatory to learn how Greenwich Mean Time standardised time on the railways, goes through the world's first underwater tunnel at Rotherhithe and explores the historic dockyards at Chatham

Great British Railway Journeys -:- Michael Portillo embarks on train journeys through Edwardian Britain, exploring the grand estates of Norfolk and a bivouac on Brownsea Island on the way. He also learns the ropes aboard an Edwardian wherry on the Norfolk Broads

Great British Railway Journeys -:- Michael Portillo explores an Edwardian utopia in Letchworth, where he meets a fourth generation citizen who introduces him to the town's community spirit. He then heads towards London, and discovers a favoured haunt of King Edward VII, before sampling the monarch's favourite tipple, the King's Ginger

Great British Railway Journeys -:- Michael Portillo explores the east of England en route to Lincolnshire, discovering how the Crossrail project is helping to conserve birds and taking a gelato cart to Southend

Great British Railway Journeys -:- Michael Portillo explores the east of England in the inter-war period, starting in Canterbury, Kent, where he treads the boards as he uncovers the political message behind a 1936 play, inspired by the 12th-century murder of Archbishop Thomas a Becket. In Maidstone, he learns of the international origins of the most British symbol of remembrance. Outside Sevenoaks, Michael visits the country home of Winston Churchill, and discovers how the 1930s were wilderness years at Chartwell, as Churchill warned against Nazi appeasement. Once in the capital, he heads to Alexandra Palace, the birthplace of television

Great British Railway Journeys -:- Michael Portillo explores the West Country between the wars, setting off from the Cornish seaside resort of St Ives and ending his first in the former mining village of St Day

Great British Railway Journeys -:- Michael Portillo heads to Chichester, West Sussex, where he encounters an Edwardian motoring duo patronised by King Edward VII. After a grand tour of their factory, he is treated to some rest and relaxation in one of their finest vehicles. Arriving in the resort of Southsea, Hampshire, Michael heads for the King's Theatre, where he treads the boards in a community production of Lads in the Village. Crossing the Solent, the presenter boards the Island Line to travel along the pier in a 1930s London Underground carriage, then hops on to the Isle of Wight heritage line bound for Wootton

Great British Railway Journeys -:- Michael Portillo is at Elgin's port, the coastal town of Lossiemouth, where the Labour Party's first prime minister James Ramsay MacDonald was born. Nearby, Michael finds a remote boarding school established in the 1930s and famous today both for its unusual ideas and its royal former pupils. His penultimate stop is Inverness, where he uncovers the work of female photographer MEM Donaldson, who documented a Highland way of life that was rapidly disappearing. Michael's journey ends at Loch Ness, where he joins a Deep Scan research team scouring the deep for signs of the elusive monster

Great British Railway Journeys -:- Michael Portillo is in Northumbria en route to the Highlands, heading to Kielder Forest to discover what lay behind a national initiative to plant one of the largest manmade woodlands in Europe. Crossing the border to Scotland, Michael arrives in the weaving town of Hawick to visit Lovat Mill, where, in the 1930s, tweed was big business, and also goes to the movies, sitting in the front stalls at the Dominion cinema in Morningside

Great British Railway Journeys -:- Michael Portillo learns about a successful 19th-century recycling industry in the textile town of Batley in West Yorkshire. He also discovers how the railways boosted the county's rhubarb trade and meets the great-great-granddaughter of George Bradshaw

Great British Railway Journeys -:- Michael Portillo reaches Bodmin en route to Totnes, as he explores the West Country from St Ives to Salisbury Plain. Out on the rugged moor, Michael hears how the celebrated author Daphne du Maurier captivated readers between the wars with her tales of smuggling at the Jamaica Inn. In Devon, Michael takes the plunge at Plymouth's beautiful art deco Tinside Lido, while at Ivybridge, he boards a vehicle like no other to cross the causeway to Burgh Island, where a 1930s playboy built a splendid art deco party palace

Great British Railway Journeys -:- Michael Portillo's exploration of the West Country continues in south Devon. He arrives in Paignton to investigate an extraordinarily high murder rate in the literature of the 1930s. The Dartmouth Steam Railway conveys him in style to the beautiful home of Agatha Christie, in the company of her great-grandson, James Prichard

Great British Railway Journeys -:- Michael Portillo's railway journey through 1930s Britain from Canterbury to Skegness reaches Witham in Essex, where he visits the factory of the world's oldest supplier of metal-framed windows, which became popular in the Thirties. Crossing into Suffolk, he alights at Ipswich and discovers the story of a group of child refugees whose history is intertwined with that of Michael's family

Great British Railway Journeys -:- Michael Portillo takes a Turkish bath in Harrogate, North Yorkshire, and explores the Victorian industrial village of Saltaire in West Yorkshire. He also meets alpacas, whose fleeces made a fortune in the age of George Bradshaw, as he journeys from Newcastle to Melton Mowbray in Leicestershire

Great British Railway Journeys -:- Michael Portillo travels along England's south coast from Hythe to Hastings. Along the way, he discovers a hardy breed of sheep on Romney Marsh, explores Kent's sparkling-wine industry and learns why the Victorians became obsessed with ferns

Great British Railway Journeys -:- Michael Portillo travels from Gainsborough to Ely, along the way learning about a Victorian machine that changed shopping for ever and the poet Alfred Tennyson

Great British Railway Journeys -:- Michael Portillo travels from Sandwich to Folkestone, exploring a secret port that helped ferry troops and vital supplies to France in the First World War. He also visits Walmer Castle, once home to hero of Waterloo the Duke of Wellington, and discovers how the Victorians initiated the building of the Channel Tunnel

Great British Railway Journeys -:- Michael Portillo visits Cornwall's county town, Truro, heading to the historic estate of Trewithen, whose gardens were stocked from China by professional plant hunters commissioned by its owner. The Atlantic Coast branch line carries Michael north to Newquay, where he discovers a pioneering surfer and braves the waves on a belly board. In the nearby village of St Mawgan, Michael is introduced to the ancient Cornish sport of 'wrassling', which surged in popularity between the wars as part of a Cornish Celtic revival

Great British Railway Journeys -:- On the last leg of Michael Portillo's long journey from Wexford to Westport, a fashionable Victorian seaweed bath is followed by a steamy scene in Ballina. On tenterhooks in Foxford, Michael discovers the visionary charity of an entrepreneurial nun, learns of a double tragedy at Clew Bay and begins a pilgrimage to the summit of Croagh Patrick, Ireland's holy mountain

Great Coastal Railway Journeys -:- Michael Portillo alights at Wareham to visit Dorset's internationally renowned Jurassic Coast. He heads through Swanage, Poole and Sandbanks, before ending his journey on Brownsea Island

Great Coastal Railway Journeys -:- Michael Portillo heads from a bustling Southampton to the Isle of Wight, where he rides the island's railway, made up of recycled London Underground trains

Great Coastal Railway Journeys -:- Michael Portillo returns to travel by train to more places around the British Isles, beginning by heading to the self-governing Isle of Man - a paradise for rail lovers. His first stop on the Manx Electric Railway is the capital of Douglas, where he reveals the island's parliament the Tynwald is older than Westminster, before the Isle of Man Steam Railway takes him down the east coast to Castletown, from where he heads to the Norse Castle Rusheword

Great Coastal Railway Journeys -:- Michael Portillo's journey has brought him to Lee on the Solent in Hampshire and the training centre for the coastguard. He also visits the great maritime city of Portsmouth, and then travels eastwards to Chichester's vast, natural harbour

Great Coastal Railway Journeys -:- Michael Portillo travels across Dorset, beginning in Portland Harbour, home to some of the finest sailing waters in the UK and the location for the 2012 Olympic sailing events. In the county town of Dorchester, Michael hears the story of the Tolpuddle Martyrs, who paved the way for today's trade unions

Great Coastal Railway Journeys -:- Michael Portillo travels from the capital of the Republic of Ireland, Dublin, on the DART suburban railway to the harbour town of Dun Laoghaire. He joins the crew of the RV Malice to survey what lies beneath the waves in Dublin Bay. Back on dry land, the DART takes Michael to his next stop, Sandycove, where James Joyce, one of Ireland's greatest writers, found inspiration

Great Coastal Railway Journeys -:- The final leg of this South Coast adventure begins in Fishbourne, the location of one of the most significant Roman sites in Britain. Heading into East Sussex, Michael Portillo visits Brighton, and for the final stop he celebrates the burgeoning winemaking industry of the South Downs

Great Continental Railway Journeys -:- Armed with his 1913 railway guide, Michael Portillo travels from the Swiss Alps to the shores of Lake Geneva. Along the way, he is caught up in a war zone with the Red Cross and rescued from an 'avalanche' by a St Bernard puppy. He takes to the skies in a vintage bi-plane to retrace the epic journey of the pioneering pilot who was first to fly over the Alps, and tries his hand at watchmaking, James Bond style

Great Continental Railway Journeys -:- Armed with his trusty 1913 Bradshaw's Continental Railway Guide, Michael Portillo ventures east through Romania to the shores of the Black Sea. Along the way he encounters a bloodsucking vampire in Transylvania and brown bears in the Carpathian forest, before visiting a fairytale castle with modern conveniences in Sinaia, striking oil in Ploiesti, tapping into the nation's musical soul in Bucharest and loading cargo from a crane in Constanta. This leg of his journey ends at Constanta, where Michael explores what is now emerging as Europe's largest grain port

Great Continental Railway Journeys -:- Michael Portillo embarks on a Greek odyssey from the Athens port of Piraeus, north to the city of Thessaloniki, exploring the Acropolis and sampling moussaka and baklava on the way. He also discovers the parlous state of Greek finances at the time of his 1913 Continental Railway Guide, and learns how an aristocratic English poet became a Greek national hero

Great Continental Railway Journeys -:- Michael Portillo experiences first-hand Italy's 'need for speed' in a state-of-the-art Maserati sports car, and discovers how the leaning tower of Pisa was rescued from near collapse. In Carrara, he finds out how the marble used by Michelangelo is still being quarried and is invited to chip away at a contemporary sculpture. Moving on to Bologna, the former politician embarks on a doomed search for spaghetti bolognese before being taught how to prepare a tagliatelle al ragu. Finally, he lets the wind rush through his hair on a high-speed boat trip across Lake Garda

Great Continental Railway Journeys -:- Michael Portillo explores Scandinavia, braving one of the world's oldest rollercoasters in Copenhagen's Tivoli Gardens. He then crosses the Oresund Bridge linking Denmark to Sweden, retracing the journey of a train that carried a revolutionary Russian passenger on an epic voyage, before test-driving a vintage Volvo in Gothenburg. Crossing into Norway, Michael discovers how in 1913 the nation expressed its distinctively modern identity in plays, paintings and polar exploration

Great Continental Railway Journeys -:- Michael Portillo sets out to sample the delights of the Atlantic coasts of Spain and France, beginning in Bordeaux, where he uncovers a historic British connection to the region's wines. Across the border in San Sebastian, Michael learns how diplomacy brought Britain and Spain closer together and rides on a hair-raising scenic railway. Heading to Bilbao, he explores the industrial ties between France and Spain and learns to cook a traditional Basque dish

Great Continental Railway Journeys -:- Michael Portillo traces the early 20th-century roots of the Spanish Civil War, which divided his family and sent his father into exile. The former politician discovers a nation fractured at the time by social tensions and regional loyalties, which today offer a rich diversity of cultures to delight the tourist. After arriving in Majorca from Barcelona, Michael spoils himself enjoying spectacular scenic views aboard a 1912 vintage railway and a 1913 tram. He also gets trampled underfoot at the bottom of a Catalan 'people steeple' and learns to make the perfect paella

Great Continental Railway Journeys -:- Michael Portillo travels through Bohemia and Bavaria, beginning by exploring the art nouveau architecture of Czech Republic capital Prague. He then samples the sulphurous spa waters and wallows in peat and mud in Marianske Lazne, formerly known as Marienbad, before test driving a state-of-the-art passenger train made at the Skoda factory in Pilsen. Crossing the border into Germany, Michael encounters a fire-breathing dragon in Furth-im-Wald, and learns about an early 20th-century pioneer who laid the foundations for Munich's pre-eminence in science and technology

Great Continental Railway Journeys -:- Michael Portillo ventures deep into the Black Forest, where he discovers how Hansel and Gretel helped to unify the German nation. A masterclass in carving cuckoo clocks demonstrates how the nation's reputation for quality and reliability in manufacturing was established. Later, at Goettingen University, the former politician discovers two sides of student life at the turn of the 20th century - the duelling fraternities and the ground-breaking scientists who laid the foundation of Germany's world-class transport technology

Great Continental Railway Journeys -:- Michael Portillo ventures once more on to the European rail network to retrace journeys featured in George Bradshaw's 1913 publication Continental Guide, beginning by travelling through Russia. He starts in the industrial city of Tula, before visiting Leo Tolstoy's former home of Yasnaya Polyana and learning how the author's life and works were intertwined with the railways. Michael then boards the train that runs from the Caspian Sea to Moscow, where he performs an important role in a dramatic opera at the Bolshoi Theatre, before exploring the beauty and history of St Petersburg and riding on the first railway ever built in Russia

Heir Hunters -:- The team investigates the case of a mysterious woman from Essex, with the search leading to the Midlands and the steam railway where her grandfather worked as an engine driver

Helicopter ER -:- The flying doctors and paramedics of the Yorkshire Air Ambulance are called into action when a train collides with a car at a level crossing, and the race is on to save a toddler who has fallen from an upstairs window

HMP Full Sutton: Evil Behind Bars -:- Documentary exploring life inside HMP Full Sutton, a men's high security prison in the East Riding of Yorkshire which has been home to some of Britain's most notorious criminals, including serial killer Dennis Nilsen, the Manchester gangster Dale Cregan, and, the so-called railway rapist and serial killer David Mulcahy. The programme reveals the story of a shocking one-man riot at Full Sutton in 2018. and also shares stories from the prison's Beast Wing, where sex offenders are locked up and separated from the other inmates

How It's Made -:- The manufacture of steel shipping drums, police whistles, miniature train cars and glass blocks, and how technology has led to improvements in their production

How It's Made -:- The manufacturing processes behind the creation of stile and rail doors, steam cleaners, hand-held pizzas and power brushes

How the West Was Won (1962) -:- Three generations of a pioneering family experience many ordeals and adventures in their endeavour to build a new life for themselves on the American frontier in the 19th century. Over the years, the family experiences the key events of the nation's history, including the gold rush, the Civil War, and the building of the railroads. Western, starring James Stewart, John Wayne, Gregory Peck, Henry Fonda, Debbie Reynolds, Lee J Cobb and Richard Widmark

James Nesbitt: Disasters That Changed Britain -:- The actor explores some of Britain's most tragic disasters, starting with the 1999 rail accident at Ladbroke Grove in London that left 31 dead

Japan Railway Journal -:- During the challenging times of the pandemic, Choshi Electric Railway in Chiba Prefecture turned a profit in 2021. See the unique ideas the company has developed to keep the company on track.

Japan Railway Journal -:- Opening in 1985, Yuri Kogen Railway in Akita Prefecture continues to face challenging business conditions as the population along the line declines - see how the company is struggling to survive.

Joanna Lumley's Japan -:- The actress heads to the island of Shikoku hoping to gain a better understanding of Japanese Buddhism. She then takes a bullet train to another island - Kyushu - where she finds the Henn Na Hotel, the world's first robot hotel. At Nagasaki, she visits Shiroyama Elementary school, one of the only buildings to survive the atomic bomb dropped on the city in 1945. Joanna then travels to Sakurajima, one of the country's most active volcanoes, before heading to the islands of Okinawa where one of the bloodiest battles of the Second World War was fought

King of the Wild Stallions (1959) -:- Rancher Martha Morse faces losing her home to a cruel landowner, but her devoted stable hand has a plan to save the day by claiming the reward offered for capturing an infamous wild horse. However, nobody knows that Martha's unsuspecting son has already befriended the animal and is trying to train it. Western, starring Diane Brewster and George Montgomery

Last of the Summer Wine -:- Foggy takes Compo and Clegg on a nostalgic day out to the Keighley and Worth Valley Railway to ride on a steam train - but the trio soon interfere in matters that should not concern them. Brian Wilde, Bill Owen and Peter Sallis star

Mach à Seo! -:- Ramsay MacMahon brushes up on his German in the port city of Hamburg. He takes a boat tour of the industrial area of the city, visits the world’s largest model railway, stays overnight on a barge, has a go at hip-hop dancing and visits the Reeperbahn district where The Beatles played hundreds of gigs

Midsomer Murders -:- When a woman is drowned in a bath and made to look like a bride, with a chilling lipstick message on the bathroom mirror, it triggers a spate of ghoulish wedding-themed murders in Great Worthy. The case takes Barnaby and Jones to a donkey sanctuary, a heritage steam railway and a pub run by an ex-policeman and former brothel madam as they try to identify the killer. Guest starring Pam Ferris (Rosemary & Thyme) and Kacey Ainsworth (formerly EastEnders' Little Mo)

Million Pound Pawn -:- In Sheffield, Dan visits retired couple Gloria and Mick, who are looking for a buyer for an 18th-century railway carriage that they have painstakingly restored. With a price tag of over two million pounds, Dan has to hope that his little black book of contacts can help him get the deal across the line

Mortimer & Whitehouse: Gone Fishing -:- Cameras follow old friends Paul Whitehouse and Bob Mortimer as they continue on their angling trip round the UK. This time, Paul and Bob fish the river Wensum in Norfolk for roach, but as the pair struggle up and down the riverbanks, they begin to realise how age is starting to take its toll on their physicality. After staying overnight in a disused train station and visiting a local pub, the pair decide to challenge each other to a fishing competition the following day, where the winner gets a very special culinary treat

Mortimer & Whitehouse: Gone Fishing -:- Paul and Bob venture from London Euston to the Scottish Highlands, taking a sleeper train overnight to their destination. They wake in the stunning vista of the North West Scotland, where the pine forests and snow topped mountains almost take their breath away

Murder, She Said (1961) -:- Elderly sleuth Miss Marple is travelling by rail when she witnesses a murder on a passing train. The police dismiss her claims, so she launches a private investigation and goes to work as a servant in the stately home where she believes the body is hidden. Agatha Christie mystery, starring Margaret Rutherford, Arthur Kennedy, Muriel Pavlow and James Robertson Justice

Mystery Places -:- Visits to worldwide regions which boast something worthy of note. This episode features an Indian village where men train to become bouncers in the big city. Plus, a tour of the Chinese settlement where fire erupts from the ground

Nate Is Late -:- Nate and Malika are offered a free ride on a ghost train which turns out to be a cover to train young monsters

Nate Is Late -:- Nate and Malika meet Jin, a ninja who offers to train them. In order to become a master, he needs to prove he has students. Curious to see a real secret dojo, the kids agree.

NCIS: New Orleans -:- The team investigates a heist on a train carrying weapons, while Pride spies on the mayor. Featuring a guest appearance by Sheryl Crow

Night Passage (1957) -:- The black sheep of a family falls in with a gang of outlaws plotting to rob a train operated by his strait-laced brother, but reckons without his sibling's determination to track him down and set him back on the straight and narrow. Western, starring James Stewart, Audie Murphy, Dan Duryea and Brandon de Wilde

Once Upon a Texas Train (1987) -:- Ageing outlaw Willie Nelson plunges straight back into a life of crime just hours after being released from prison - and uses the proceeds to reunite his equally long-in-the-tooth cohorts for an ambitious robbery. However, old enemy Richard Widmark is determined to stop the wrinkly renegades, leading them into a tense final showdown. Entertaining light-hearted Western, written and directed by cowboy movie veteran Burt Kennedy. Angie Dickinson, Stuart Whitman and Shaun Cassidy co-star

Paddington Station 24/7 -:- Mobile operations manager Jane is called to Burnham, Buckinghamshire, where a van has struck a bridge, and it is up to her to assess whether any significant damage has been caused to the railway line that runs over it. When a train breaks down on platform 15 of Reading station, staff are under pressure to identify and rectify the issue as quickly as possible to avoid any widespread delays, but fixing a fault with the brakes proves to be very complex

Railroad Alaska -:- Dan Mawhinney is in a race to airlift his stranded snow machine out of the frozen tundra, while Orville and Jackie James face their first winter alone in the wilderness

Railroad Alaska -:- The documentary series following the construction crews, mechanics and train drivers battling to keep a 500-mile long railroad in Alaska open through extreme weather returns. The freight crew struggles to make a delivery to a salvage team stranded in the wilderness, and Jim James has a surprise for Nancy

Railroad Alaska -:- Three hundred miles south of the Arctic Circle, Cathy and Larry battle freezing temperatures that threaten to disrupt their supply of fresh water

Richard Hammond's Big -:- In this edition, Richard ventures beneath the Alps into the world's longest underground railway connection, the Brenner Base Tunnel

Rob & Romesh Vs -:- Comedians Rob Beckett and Romesh Ranganathan team up again to take on more challenges, beginning by entering the world of strongman competitions. On their journey they head to Iceland to train with former champion Magnus Ver Magnusson, all with the aim of competing at the Arnold Sports Festival to find out which of the two is the strongest

Runaway Railway (1966) -:- A group of youngsters trying to save a railway line from closure are tricked by crooks planning a robbery. Children's adventure, starring John Moulder-Brown and Kevin Bennett

Salvage Hunters: The Restorers -:- Master blacksmith Neville Morris works on a piece of railing that was once a Victorian club fender. Meanwhile, Martin restores a Second World War RAF hero's bomber jacket

Salvage Hunters: The Restorers -:- Upholster Craig and sculptor Nick team up to restore some iconic Arne Jacobsen chairs. Plus, mechanic Bo uncovers a hidden past in a giant railway station clock

Say Yes to the Dress: UK -:- Laura wants a frock to rock with her favourite leather jacket, and steam punk bride Julia needs a dress she can wear to the ceremony on a motorbike

Scrap Kings -:- A giant brick tower is toppled next to a railway line. Meanwhile, one of Britain's veteran scrap kings ploughs his profits into racing cars

Secrets of the Underground -:- A legendary train filled with stolen Nazi gold is said to be hidden in Poland. Rob and Stefan explore deep under the earth's surface to uncover the truth

Secrets of the Zoo: Tampa -:- The animal care staff train a new female Malayan tiger, tend to a sassy sandhill crane and rescue a manatee mother and calf

Sierra Passage (1950) -:- An orphan is adopted by the owner of a travelling Wild West show after his father is murdered. He grows up to be an expert marksman with a trick shooting act but remains obsessed with vengeance. When a train the performers are travelling on is held up by the killers, he vows to hunt them down. Western, starring Wayne Morris and Lola Albright

Silent Witness -:- Feature-length episode. The team is approached by a group of survivors from a recent train crash, who want the members to uncover the reasons for the disaster. In the process investigators stumble upon another mystery, when one of the bodies pulled from the wreckage remains unidentified. With Emilia Fox, William Gaminara, Tom Ward, Amita Dhiri and Emma Cunniffe

Snow White & the Huntsman (2012) -:- An evil queen learns that her reign will last for ever if she kills a princess, so sends a renowned warrior to find and murder her. However, he comes to realise his mistress's evil ways, and instead trains his intended victim to fight so they can bring the tyrant's rule to an end. Fantasy adventure, with Kristen Stewart, Chris Hemsworth and Charlize Theron

Steam Train Britain -:- At South Devon, engineer Ray Lee is working to bring a loco back in to service. There is also a visit to the SS Kingswear paddle steamer In Dartmouth, the oldest vessel of its kind

Steam Train Britain -:- At the East Lancashire Railway, the annual Race the Train event gets under way - with athletes of all abilities taking on the 11-mile course from Bury to Rawtenstall

Steam Train Britain -:- At the Ffestiniog and Welsh Highlands Railway, manager Stephen Greig is trying to ensure that all goes to plan ahead of the opening of the new station at Caernarfon

Steam Train Britain -:- At the South Devon Railway, Andy Leech and Liz Turner host afternoon tea for 44 passengers. In East Lancashire, volunteer Chandra Law takes on the new role of Stationmaster

Steam Train Britain -:- Behind the scenes of three preserved steam railway lines - the South Devon Railway heritage line, the Ffestiniog and Welsh Highlands Railway and the Great Central Railway. Sports scientist Megan Smith has a dream of tending the fire of a steam locomotive on the Ffestiniog & Welsh Highland Railway, and she stokes the bolier of NG143 and sets off along the 25 miles from Caernarfon to Porthmadog

Steam Train Britain -:- Great Central Railway's Scott Manley takes a rainy busman's holiday working as a guard at Bury, while a team of volunteers in Wales try to keep the line clear of overgrown plants

Steam Train Britain -:- Meeting the Welsh Highland Railway's oldest volunteer fireman, 80-year-old Cedric Lodge, who has worked on the railways for 60 years. In Devon, there is a look at the Autotrain

Steam Train Britain -:- On the Welsh Highland Railway, trainee Claire Oates takes her driving test, while chef Alex and manager Michelle prepare a dinner for 130 people on the East Lancashire railway

Susan Calman's Grand Day Out -:- The comedian climbs the dramatic and spectacular peaks of north Wales. She she stops off at the must-see tourist spot of the Tu Hwnt Ir Bont Tearoom, said to be the most photographed in Wales and famed for its Welsh rarebit. Moving on to Mount Snowdon, Susan climbs the magnificent peak in style, using the mountain railway

Tales of the Unexpected -:- A man is haunted by an unhappy childhood and taunted by school bullies - and a stranger on a train could be responsible for his misery. Drama, starring John Mills and Anthony Steel

The Big Bang Theory -:- Sheldon and Amy take a train ride to the Napa Valley with Howard and Bernadette on Valentine's Day, while Leonard and Penny head to the vets when they volunteer to look after Raj's dog. Comedy, starring Johnny Galecki, Jim Parsons and Kaley Cuoco

The Cotswolds with Pam Ayres -:- The poet heads to north Gloucestershire and the village of Toddington. She's there to hop aboard one of the locomotives of the Gloucestershire Warwickshire Steam Railway. After a chat with fireman Clive on the footplate, Pam heads to her own carriage to enjoy the 28-mile journey and discover how the railway line was restored and revived by some seriously dedicated steam-buffs

The Dales -:- Midwife Chris Warren visits an expectant mother in Masham, while drummer Mike Naylor of the Swale Valley Stompers invites his grand-daughter Charlotte to join the jazz band for a concert at the Harrogate Flower Show. Adrian Edmondson finds out whether the Wensleydale Railway volunteers have realised their dream of opening up the disused line between Leeming Bar and Northallerton

The Dales -:- Wensleydale Railway general manager Nigel Park and his team of volunteers put on an event to raise money to open up the old line between Leeming Bar and Northallerton, which would connect the Dales to the East Coast mainline. Adrian Edmondson spends a day with vet Amy Swales on her rounds in the Swaledale area, while the Wensleydale Young Farmers are given a lesson in the art of auctioneering by expert Maurice Scott

The First World War -:- The penultimate episode explores Germany's bid to end the conflict by launching a massive offensive on the Western Fron tin March 1918, masterminded by General Erich Ludendorff. Within days the British Fifth Army was in retreat, Paris was under shellfire and defeat seemed inevitable. However, the plan ran out of steam as supplies and strategic options dried up and German troops became war-weary, hungry and demoralised

The Great Model Railway Challenge -:- Talented teams are tasked to build awe-inspiring miniature wonderlands against the clock, loaded with stunning scenery and spectacular animations, all to a different weekly theme and designed to impress expert judges Steve Flint and Kathy Millatt. Here, the first of eight gruelling, themed rounds sees 'The Restless Earth' brought to life. Three teams of enthusiasts set about manufacturing a deluge of volcanoes, earthquakes and other small-scale natural disasters. Presented by James Richardson and Tim Shaw

The Great Model Railway Challenge -:- The fifth and concluding heat sees three more teams of the UK's most talented railway modellers compete for a place in the semi-finals, with judges Kathy Millat and Steve Flint challenge them to incorporate miniature aerial acrobatics, towering peaks and space travel into their miniature model railway builds

The Great Model Railway Challenge -:- Three more teams of the UK's most talented railway modellers compete for a place in the semi-finals. A combo dubbed Who's Counting Rivets hopes to impress the judges with a layout featuring gadgets galore, pyrotechnics and a multitude of mini-animations. Retired traditionalists the Three Millers plan to re-enact a dramatic railway scene from 1950s Holland, while the Titfield Thunderbolts attempt to stage an action adventure in the jungle involving a plane crash and a volcano. Presented by James Richardson and Tim Shaw

The Great Model Railway Challenge -:- Three teams compete in the first semi-final, where they have to make designs inspired by myths, monsters, legends and fables - with two spots in the grand final up for grabs. James Richardson and Tim Shaw oversee proceedings, with the creations including the Loch Ness monster being transported by train for a rendezvous with Godzilla and King Kong, a theatrical interpretation of King Arthur's Knights of the Round Table, and a spooky child's bedroom with an enormous devil tree bursting through the floor

The Great Model Railway Challenge -:- Three teams must create a landscape on the theme of the Best of British. Family team the Railmen of Kent recreate the 1951 Festival of Britain, including iconic trains and replicas of famous stations. The Loco Ladies draw inspiration from the countryside, complete with crocheted trees, while the Cambrian Coasters celebrate British food with a huge Yorkshire pudding and a cunning haggis delivery system. As usual presenters James Richardson and Tim Shaw are joined by expert judges Kathy Millat and Steve Flint

The Great Model Railway Challenge -:- Three teams of modellers are given three days to create masterpieces based on the theme of best-selling book. The Seven Pillars of Wisdom by TE Lawrence (aka Lawrence of Arabia) is the inspiration for the Scarborough Flyers, sci-fi fans the Rail Riders choose HG Wells' classic War of the Worlds as their muse, while Team Phoenix's layout is inspired by various tomes by the queen of crime, Agatha Christie. As usual presenters James Richardson and Tim Shaw are joined by expert judges Kathy Millat and Steve Flint

The Karate Kid (2010) -:- An American youngster goes to live in China with his mother, where he becomes an outsider and falls foul of the local bullies. He receives help from the kindly school caretaker, who turns out to be a kung fu master and offers to train the boy to defend himself. Martial arts drama, with Jaden Smith and Jackie Chan

The Middle -:- When Brick demonstrates his talent in a school spelling bee, Mike decides to train him for a regional competition. However, as the family members prepare to embark on a road trip to Chicago for the event, they realise they have forgotten Sue's birthday

The Onedin Line -:- James and Albert Frazer sail to Turkey to inspect an advanced steam engine

The Repair Shop -:- Jay Blades and the team restore three more treasured family heirlooms, working on a Victorian railway lamp, a musical jewellery box and a Brownie toadstool

The Taking of Pelham 123 (2009) -:- Criminals hijack a crowded New York subway train and threaten to start shooting the passengers unless a $10million ransom is paid in one hour. However, the transport supervisor they issue their demands to begins to suspect the plot is part of an even grander scheme. Tony Scott's thriller remake, with Denzel Washington and John Travolta

The Yorkshire Steam Railway: All Aboard -:- A summer heatwave brings record numbers to the railway, though joy turns to despair for the staff when it looks like the railway will be prevented from running its iconic steam engines through a tinder-dry national park. Through a series of expensive preventative measures - including hiring in a couple of heritage diesel trains and having a makeshift fire truck follow every engine - boss Chris manages to keep the business running. The engine shed workers are also kept busy trying to get star locomotive Eric steaming again

The Yorkshire Steam Railway: All Aboard -:- General manager Chris calls a crisis meeting, believing the only chance the railway has of making it through the busy summer season is if an overhaul of Repton - a 1934 Schools-class engine - is completed. This engine has been undergoing restoration for the past five years, but now it is going to be all-hands-on-deck to try and get it back on the rails quickly. Meanwhile, Kieran discovers that a portion of track at one station is subsiding and cannot carry a load. The only option seems to be to shorten the Pullman dining train

Til Death Do Us Part -:- The death of police officer Robert McElrath, whose body was found near a railroad trestle in California in early January 2011. His wife Joanna was later convicted of the killing

Tomos a'i Ffrindau -:- When the trains must deliver in pairs, Thomas is disappointed to be paired with Diesel instead of his best friend Percy

Vera -:- The detective investigates the death of a pensioner found stabbed on a train at the height of rush hour. The case has a huge impact on Joe's home life when his daughter is named as a key witness, and he struggles to maintain a professional distance. The trail leads the team to a quiet Northumberland coastal town where clues appear to lead to one particular street - but why are the residents so reluctant to talk? Starring Brenda Blethyn, with David Leon, Sonya Cassidy, Jon Morrison and Eva Birthistle

Wagons West (1952) -:- Jeff Curtis, a travelling wagon-master agrees to lead a pioneer train from Joplin, Missouri to the Oregon territories. When the train begins to encounter trouble with well-armed Native tribes, Jeff is forced to consider the prospect that one of the convoy's members is selling weapons to the enemy, and suspicion falls on the mean-spirited nephew of the train's captain. Western, starring Rod Cameron

Walks Around Britain -:- Andrew White treks up The Great Orme in North Wales and beside a railway in West Yorkshire

Walks Around Britain -:- Andrew White walks along part of an old railway line on the Isle of Man, and travels between the Sun and Pluto pubs in North Yorkshire

Walks Around Britain -:- Series featuring inspirational walks between from around Britain. Andrew White walks on a disused railway in the Peak District and alongside the Caledonian Canal

Weatherman Walking -:- Derek Brockway follows the Heart of Wales Railway in Carmarthenshire and takes part in the World Bog Snorkelling Championships. He also takes part in a tug-of-war with young farmers and has afternoon tea under a railway viaduct. Matthew Bassett joins cyclists in Llandovery and wildlife expert Lizzie Daly goes in search of pied flycatchers in rare Atlantic oak woodland

Wicked Tuna -:- The competition heats up and alliances form, as some boats are willing to make the 90-mile steam to Chatham and some are not

Wild West Chronicles -:- Butch and Sundance are gone, so Bat Masterson asks Sundance's girlfriend to relive the events from one of the West's greatest train robberies

World's Most Evil Killers -:- The crimes of Angel Maturino Resendiz, known to some as the Railroad Killer, who is thought to have taken the lives of more than 23 victims before his execution in 2006

World's Most Scenic Railway Journeys -:- A journey from the Mexican border at San Diego, following the Californian coast north to the city of San Luis Obispo, aboard the aptly named Pacific Surfliner. Pulled by a gleaming Siemens Charger locomotive, the rake of five double-deck coaches takes viewers on a 350-mile trip. Narrated by Bill Nighy

World's Most Scenic Railway Journeys -:- Following the Neapolitan Line in Italy, travelling west from the seaside town of Pescara, through the remote and wild Apennine Mountains down to the bustling city of Naples on the west coast. Rising into the Apennines on coaches that date back to the 1920s, winter descends, on a section of the line given the nickname of Italy's Trans-Siberian


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