Connel bridge stops TV’s Michael Portillo in his tracks

TV presenter Michael Portillo stops off in Connel to film for his next BBC series on great railway journeys. Picture by Stephen Lawson

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Michael Portillo was spotted in Connel with his famous Bradshaw’s guide  this morning, June 6.

The presenter took time out of filming for his new TV series to pose for a photo with Connel bridge in the background.

His Great British Railway Journeys  documentary series first appeared on TV in 2010 and has returned each year for a total of nine series.

In the programmes, Portillo travels around the railway networks of Great Britain and Ireland, referring to an 1840s copy of Bradshaw’s Guide, comparing how the various destinations have changed since Victorian times.