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Great Canal Journeys - Series 2

3 x 1 hr

A documentary travelogue series following much loved thespians Timothy West and his wife Prunella Scales as they navigate some of the most breathtaking stretches of canals. Each episode will tell the history of a different canal network. Along the way Tim and Prunella will meet the local characters who live, work or just enjoy the canals and witness firsthand how canal life has changed over the years.

The couple have been narrow boat enthusiasts for almost four decades so each film will be a personal journey about their love of boating and of each other as they approach their twilight years. Full of charm and nostalgia, the series will offer a vicarious encounter with the world of slow travel and the camaraderie of canal life as well as the chance to see beautiful countryside from a new perspective. It will also offer practical advice and information to any would-be narrow boaters.


S2 E1 - Oxford


Timothy West and Prunella Scales embark on another waterway adventure, starting in the romantic city of Oxford, where they began their courtship many years ago.


S2 E2 – Canal du Midi


Built nearly a century before the British canal system, the Canal du Midi in the south of France has been designated a world heritage site. Tim and Pru explore a picturesque stretch, as is it meanders toward the Mediterranean.


S2 E3 – Forth and Clyde and Union Canals


In a coast-to-coast adventure from Edinburgh to Glasgow, Tim and Pru travel along the Forth and Clyde Canal and the Union Canal, taking in Scotland's highest aqueduct and longest canal tunnel, as well some striking examples of 21st-century engineering and monumental sculptures.


Credit Line

Spun Gold TV for Channel 4, UK


Prunella Scales and Timothy West


Executive Producer: Matt Young; 
Producer: Mike Taylor



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