Portillo's Hidden History of Britain

 
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Beginning with Shepton Mallet prison, which had been in use for 400 years when it closed in 2013, Michael Portillo investigates the stories hidden within the walls of twelve buildings that illuminate aspects of Britains modern history. Through structures including Brightons sewer system, Imber village in Wiltshire, a nuclear bunker in Cambridge and the New Victoria cinema in Bradford, he explores four themes: crime and emergency, life and death, defence, and Peoples Pleasure Domes.

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Michael Portillo worked for a shipping company before joining the Conservative Research Department in 1976, where he spent three years. In 1984 he was elected as the Conservative Member of Parliament for Enfield Southgate. He was an MP for nearly 20 years and held three ministerial positions in the cabinet: Chief Secretary to the Treasury, Secretary of State for Employment and Secretary of State for Defence. Since retiring from active politics in 2005, Michael has pursued a successful media career. He is a regular guest on BBC1’s weekly political discussion program This Week, and has made documentaries on a range of subjects, including BBC2’s Great British Railway Journeys, the accompanying book of which has sold over 41,000 copies.

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