Great Asian Railway Journeys presented by Michael Portillo begins tonight on SBS.
This season features Hong Kong, Thailand, Vietnam, Indonesia, Malaysia and Singapore. It aired in the UK in January.
Michael Portillo is in Southeast Asia, armed with his 1913 Bradshaw’s Handbook. Published at the height of European imperialism, it will lead him on a spectacular 2,500-mile railway adventure across six vibrant and independent nations. He’ll explore towering megacities and magnificent mosques, visit jewelled temples and golden Buddhas and ride some of the world’s most exhilarating and notorious railways.
Series One, Episode One: Hong Kong
Beginning in Hong Kong, Michael investigates the shocking drug wars, as a result of which Britain won the island and Kowloon from China, and the impact today of their return alongside that of the leased New Territories. Amid mass demonstrations, Michael asks Hong Kongers in Wan Chai what is at stake for them now.
7:30pm tonight on SBS.