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Locations across Essex set to feature in an episode of a TV show tonight

Journalist and presenter Michael Portillo visited the county as part of his Great British Railway Journeys show

The documentary series, broadcast tonight on BBC2 at 6.30 a.m., sees M Portillo travel the length and breadth of the country by train

M Portillo begins his journey at Colchester before ending at Chadwell Heath in east London

His journey takes him to the Abberton Reservoir, which began to be built the year his Bradshaw Guidebook, 1936, was published.

He discovers how he was protected during WWII by hundreds of mines

It is now an important wetland habitat for ducks, swans and waterfowl, and in episode, M Portillo spots a marsh harrier

In the village of Tiptree, M Portillo discovers how, as war loomed again and men were called to fight, women mobilized to take their place on the farm as part of a revived female land army

Wilkin and Sons President Walter Scott said it was a “great pleasure” to welcome Mr. Portillo and the crew and called the day a “great success”

In the spring of 1942, 42 army girls were working on the Tiptree farm

From Chelmsford, M Portillo heads to the village of Writtle, where he is surprised to find Britain’s first regular radio station in a small hut

An extensive post-World War I construction program resulted in what was, at the time, the largest municipal housing estate in the world

In a previous episode that aired last night, M Portillo visited Dedham where he unearthed the story of a nasty brush between two painters

Here art experts explain the antipathy between traditional artist Sir Alfred Munnings and the modern art school established in the village by Cedric Morris

M Portillo ends this leg of his trip to Harwich, where he met two siblings who arrived there as part of the Kindertransport, the mission that brought thousands of Jewish children to safety before the Nazi occupation and genocide in 1938

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Ebene News – GB – All places in Essex featured in BBC documentary airing tonight

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