Great Continental Railway Journeys is now a firmly established series on BBC2, following in the illustrious tracks of its predecessor - Great British Railway Journeys. Both series are fronted by ex-politician Michael Portillo, and in this European odyssey he travels around continental Europe using George Bradshaw's 1913 Continental Railway Guide.
"Boring Michael is much better on TV"
In Top of the Class, John Wilson meets leading figures in their fields and takes them back to the places and people they left behind.
In this episode from the third series, Michael Portillo heads back to his former school in Harrow. In his day, it was a boys' grammar school and in this visit, to celebrate one hundred years of the school, Michael is one of the guest speakers. At the school, Michael is reunited with one of his former teachers, Mr. Ken Waller, who remembers him as a very conscientious pupil.