You might have seen the return of Michael Portillo’s wonderful BBC2 series Great British Railway Journeys, in which the hardline politician-turned-genial conversationalist tours the nation with just a battered copy of a Victorian railway guide, to see how the trains have changed Britain.
Tuesday’s instalment was all about the capital – Waterloo to Canary Wharf. But where he actually ended up was Charlton; chatting in the Anchor & Hope beer garden, going out on a barge from the nearby Cory yard, and musing aloud on the London-bound platform at Charlton station. Well, we’ve all done that, haven’t we?
I’m told there’s a few inaccuracies in his description of riverside life, but on the whole the programme’s a great watch – indeed, it’s a fascinating series. If you missed last night’s programme, you can watch it again on BBC iPlayer.