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On TV tonight – Portillo visits Leeds Castle

Great British Railway Journeys series is in Kent

Leeds Castle will feature on new BBC2 ‘Great British Railway Journeys’ series tonight (Friday May 21) at 6.30pm. Great British Railway Journeys is a documentary series in which journalist, broadcaster and former politician Michael Portillo, travels the length and breadth of the country by train referring to his 1930s Bradshaw’s Guide stopping at places of interest.

Filming took place at Leeds Castle during lockdown on October 2, 2020, and will introduce viewers to the legacy of the last private owner Lady Olive Baillie, as Michael explores her opulent 1930s library and drawing rooms with deputy curator Catherine Pell.

The fifth episode of series 13 of the popular television programme will see Michael travel by train from Herne Bay and finish his journey with 900 years of history and even punting on the moat at “the loveliest castle in the world”.

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David Buckley

Dave Buckley is a career journalist. “I once went painting girders for a week and discovered I didn’t like heights,” he says. “Apart from that it has always been journalism for me in one form or another.” Past local weekly publications he has worked for include: the South-East London Mercury* covering the Borough of Greenwich as a junior reporter; Orpington-based News Shopper as a sub-editor; and the Kent Messenger when based in Larkfield, Maidstone, as deputy chief sub-editor. He has also worked for the following dailies/nationals: Daily Express, Today*, News of the World* and Hong Kong Star*. All those marked with an asterisk no longer exist (trend emerging?). He owned and edited a Thailand-based property magazine before returning to England and currently works as a production editor on a car fleet magazine. His first foray into property ownership saw him move from London to Rainham (the Gillingham, Kent, variety). He has subsequently lived in Chislehurst, Petts Wood and Orpington in the Borough of Bromley (which he still regards as being in Kent). In more recent years he owned three different properties on the Kings Hill (West Malling) development.

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