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Colourful English TV show host confirms he’s in the country to film an Aussie series

Host of Great British Railways and Great Continental Railways Michael Portillo has confirmed he is in the country to film a new TV show about Australia.

“We were terribly excited when a caller rang on Monday and said, ‘I saw Michael Portillo at the Queen Victoria Market’,” Ross said.

3AW Breakfast listeners have spotted Portillo at numerous Victorian locations, including aboard Puffing Billy and sheering a sheep in Birregurra.

“Yes I am indeed, I am filming Great Australian Railway Journeys, we’re basically going to cover all the coastal cities, of course the Indian Pacific and we’ll be on The Ghan as well,” Michael said.

“All those spottings are absolutely true, I was indeed on Puffing Billy, what a lovely train that is,” he said.

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The 3AW Breakfast team also love Portillo for his colourful fashion choices, which he explained to Ross and John.

“I was for 20-25 years a politician, wearing a dark suit and white shirt, during that time I was psychologically repressed,” he said.

“There was inside me a flower that was struggling to reach the daylight and now it’s burst forth in all its colours!”

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