As he approaches a milestone birthday, former British Cabinet Minister and broadcaster Michael Portillo embarks on a journey of self-discovery, walking stretches of the Pyrenees mountain range between Spain and France.

Travelling from the coast of the Atlantic Ocean to the shores of the Mediterranean Sea, Michael will criss-cross the border, meeting the people who call this place home and learning about their unique culture and way of life.

He will test himself physically as he faces the arduous terrain of the high snowy peaks, whilst enduring moments of solitude in which he will reflect on his own life.

Series One, Episode Two: A Physical Challenge

Michael Portillo’s Pyrenean quest continues with the physical challenge of the French High Pyrenees. Michael enters this wintery wilderness at one of Europe’s most spectacular natural barriers – the Cirque du Gavarnie, a 1700-metre-high wall of ice.

Portillo In The Pyrenees – New Episode – Saturday, 11 February at 8.30pm on SBS and SBS on Demand (4 Parts)