It took Michael Portillo little more than 10 years to get a seat in theCommons and then rise in power and esteem to a point where he was a favoured leader of his party and possible future PM. A track record like that suggests to many a privileged friend of the rich and famouswith little or no understanding of or care for the ordinary citizen. But since leaving the house a decade ago Michael has endeared himself to many withhis obvious respect for solid workmanship and creativeenergy, as found in our great Victorian Railways, and the daily toil of the working man. A historian at heart, he has used a victorian railway guide to take millions of viewers on a historicalvoyage of discoverythroughout the UK ,Ireland , and indeed most of Europe. Listen to his extraordinary story and then feel free to question him about it.