13th January 2012
Isle of Man to be showcased on BBC’s Great British Railways series
BBC2's Great British Railways programme featuring the Isle of Man will be broadcast on Friday 27th January at 6.30pm.
In a series of five epic journeys, TV presenter, journalist and former conservative politician and Cabinet Minister, Michael Portillo travels the length and breadth of the country, with his copy of George Bradshaw’s Victorian Railway Guidebook, to see how the railways changed us, and what of Bradshaw’s Britain remains. In week four of the series he will be travelling through the north of England from Berwick-Upon-Tweed, crossing the Pennines to the Lake District before completing the journey to the beautiful and unique Isle of Man.
Michael sets sail from Heysham to the Isle of Man, where he discovers the horse trams of Douglas, the 19th century secrets of the Laxey Waterwheel and the Victorian history of the Snaefell mountain railway.
Talkback Thames, the production company, visited the Isle of Man in August 2011 to film for the very popular travel documentary. The main subject of the programme is about how the Victorians travelling to the Island would have been surprised at the feats of engineering in the local infrastructure for both industry and leisure. The television crew were assisted by Department of Economic Development, Department of Community, Culture and Leisure, Manx National Heritage and Isle of Man Steam Packet Company during their visit.
Member for the Department of Economic Development responsible for Tourism, Mr Geoff Corkish, MBE, MHK said:
"Once again the Isle of Man will feature on a nationwide television programme and this time having special interest to railway enthusiasts. It will provide tremendous profile to our Island and surely encourage visitors to our shores to see for themselves our unique transport systems and our beautiful scenery and lifestyle."
Colin Kniveton, Chief Executive Officer, the Department of Economic Development, said:
"The Department of Economic Development is pleased to have worked withTalkback Thames in covering the Isle of Man in the series and we are looking forward to the benefits gained from this and other programmes like it. Encouraging TV crews to visit is part of our overall PR strategy and will be important in raising the Island’s profile as a unique and attractive visitor destination as we continue through 2012."
The Department of Economic Development assisted another TV crew from BBC Scotland in July 2011. They visited the Island to film the programme ‘All Over the Place’. This is a CBBC programme in which presenter Ed Petrie travels around the country to find out about some of the weird and wonderful things happening in the British Isles. The Isle of Man will feature in episode one of the series on Wednesday 25th January and episode five on Wednesday 22nd February at 5.45pm. In the first episode they visit the Joey Dunlop statue at the Bungalow on the Snaefell Mountain road where they talk about Joey Dunlop’s achievements and the TT Races and episode five features the Tin Bath Races at Castletown.
The Isle of Man Department of Economic Development’s marketing team targets a broad range of media throughout the year, from national and regional newspapers to consumer magazines and television programmes, all of which remain key to the overall PR campaign. Television programmes hosted last year also include World’s Greatest Motorcycle Rides, BBC The One Show, BBC Spring Watch, Come Dine with Me and Granada TV’s ‘Where’s Fred’.