GREAT BRITISH RAILWAY JOURNEYS
The Railway Journeys franchise has become SBS’s answer to Two and a Half Men — the show that is in almost constant repeats. So it’s pleasing to report that tonight sees the start of a new, fifth season of Michael Portillo’s travels. Yes, he is wearing a pink jacket. Yes, it is matched with a lime green shirt. But Portillo is in serious territory as he starts his journey in Manchester — the cotton mill capital of the world in the 1800s, where workers endured horrendous conditions.