Michael Por­tillo’s Aban­doned Britain

SBS, 7.30pm

The Northern Star - - TV -

Lo­co­mo­tive fa­natic Michael Por­tillo gets off the beaten tracks for this doc­u­men­tary se­ries. It might feel a lit­tle strange to see the pre­sen­ter away from his nat­u­ral habi­tat – train tracks – but he stands on his own two feet. In this four-part se­ries, Por­tillo aban­dons the book (his trusty

Brad­shaw’s Guide, of course) and pens his own ad­ven­tur­ous story ex­plor­ing aban­doned build­ings in the UK. Tonight, he en­ters a mod­ern-day ghost town. Por­tillo in­spects the des­o­late shell of Im­ber, in Wilt­shire’s Sal­is­bury Plain. The 1000-yearold vil­lage was a bustling com­mu­nity be­fore the town was evicted in 1943.

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