BBC Two and Naked West (a Fremantle label) have announced the return of the beloved Great Coastal Railway Journeys with host Michael Portillo, as he invites viewers to join him on a new railway adventure.

Returning to BBC Two, this series will follow Michael as he embarks on a journey around the shores of the British Isles and beyond, exploring the diverse landscapes, rich history and unique cultures found along the coastline. Reaching from the petrified forest in Borth, Wales to the picturesque Tresco Abbey in the Isles of Scilly and across to the sea defences of the east coast, Michael discovers the hidden treasures of Britain’s coastal towns and cities. He investigates their connection to the sea, along with the forces of nature and history that have shaped them.

The exploration does not stop there, as Michael takes viewers across the English Channel to Northern France to visit the coastal Pas de Calais. Riding up front in the Eurostar cab, Michael enjoys fantastic views of the tunnel snaking ahead and emerges into the bright light of France, where he presents and intriguing glimpse into the culture and heritage of our continental neighbours.

Weaving through charming seaside towns, historic landmarks and natural wonders, Great Coastal Railway Journeys takes viewers on a fascinating adventure. From discovering the prehistoric secrets of Lyme Regis, uncovering the historic coastlines of Kent and delving into the treacherous waters off the Norfolk coast, each episode promises to immerse viewers in the beauty of Britain’s coastal regions, all accessible by train.

Michael Portillo, Great Coastal Railway Journeys host, said: ‘I am delighted to present a third series of Great Coastal Railway Journeys. I hugely enjoyed meeting inspiring people and hearing the history and legends of our coastline.’

Alex McLeod, Commissioning Editor for BBC Daytime, said: ‘Great Coastal Railway Journeys is a brilliant example of what makes our Daytime and Early Peak shows so appealing. Michael is a wonderfully knowledgeable and trusted guide as he showcases beautifully scenic travel routes in the UK and beyond, which audiences can enjoy from the comfort of their own homes.’

Alison Kreps, co-Executive Producer for Naked West, a Fremantle label, said: ‘We are thrilled to announce the third series of Great Coastal Railway Journeys. We can’t wait to share what makes the glorious coastlines of Britain and France so special.’

John Comerford, Head of Naked West and co-Executive Producer, a Fremantle label,said: ‘Exploring the magical, unspoiled shorelines of the UK on Great Coastal Railway Journeys has been a revelation and has shown us the country and its communities from a whole new perspective.’

Great Coastal Railway Journeys is commissioned for BBC Two and iPlayer by Head of BBC Daytime Rob Unsworth, the Commissioner for BBC Daytime is Alex McLeod. Alison Kreps is the Executive Producer for Naked West.

Watch Great Coastal Railway Journeys when it arrives soon on BBC Two and BBC iPlayer.