Next Episode of Great Canal Journeys is
Timothy West and Prunella Scales embark on spectacular canal journeys across Britain and abroad.
Timothy West and Prunella Scales explore the Norfolk Broads, one of Britain's most ancient and picturesque waterways, discovering the area's unique way of life, its ruins and fens.
Timothy West and Prunella Scales set off on their adventure along the French canal system, as they travel down the Marne-Rhine Canal in Alsace and Lorraine, close to the German border. Their journey takes in enchanted forests and fairy-tale castles; mountains and valleys; the baffling French lock system; local wines; and a visit to Strasbourg and the European Parliament.
The Douro's dramatic geography is unlike any of the other waterways Tim and Pru have experienced - with the deepest lock in Europe and sites of ancient historical importance. Tim and Pru visit the Factory House, a very traditional English gentlemen's club that lies in the heart of bustling Porto. They also follow the water route taken by Baron Forrester, the Yorkshire born port entrepreneur, and visit some stunning wine estates.
Timothy West and Prunella Scales return to Wales to explore a canal that has eluded them for over half a century. The famously beautiful Monmouthshire and Brecon canal is cut off from the rest of Britain's network of waterways by the Black Mountains. The isolated gem meanders its way through the tranquil Usk valley. Tim and Pru visit the old iron works at Blaenavon, where children as young as five were once put to work; and the beautiful 15th-century castle at Tretower - rumoured to be haunted. They also lend a hand with some lock restoration work.
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