Pottery giant Wedgwood to feature on television tonight – as former MP tries his hand on the potter’s wheel


Pottery giant Wedgwood is to feature on primetime TV tonight as part of a series featuring former Tory MP Michael Portillo.

Great British Railway Journeys – a long-running documentary now in its tenth series – is fronted by Portillo which tonight sees him travelling from Birmingham to the Potteries.

Armed with his Bradshaw’s guide, Portillo – now a journalist and broadcaster – travels to Wedgwood which was visited by King George V and Queen Mary in 1913.

Michael Portillo

During tonight’s show, he hears how the royal couple used their visit to forge links with working people which strengthened the monarchy.

And, on a touring of the factory, Michael admires the decoration of the ceramic painters and even tries his hand at clay spinning.

The programme is due to screen on BBC2 at 6.30pm.





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