Barging Round Britain: Series 2
Travel Documentary hosted by John Sergeant, published by ITV in 2016 – English narration
Barging Round Britain-With John Sergeant: Series 2
In the second series, John’s setting off on a brand new voyage and there’s still a vast treasure trove of canals to explore. As before, each episode contains fascinating historical facts, beautiful landscapes, wonderful characters and bundles of laughs. And, as always, John immerses himself in the trip: sleeping aboard, charming fellow canal goers, rolling up his sleeves and getting stuck in.
1) Peak Forest Canal
The series starts with John navigating the Peak Forest Canal, which runs through stunning countryside from Buxworth in Derbyshire to Ashton-under-Lyne. Along the way, in Hyde he meets former boxer Ricky Hatton, who discusses his plans to revitalise the area and offer new opportunities to local youngsters, and joins a team of junior archaeologists at Mellor Mill, who are attempting to unearth the remains of what was once one of the world’s largest mills.
2) Rochdale Canal
The broadcaster leaves central Manchester, heading east along the Rochdale Canal. Not long into his journey, John finds himself struggling to contend with 19th-century technology at a cotton works. Further up the canal, he helps out members of an conservation group clearing the waterway of dumped supermarket trollies. After passing into West Yorkshire, it’s on to Hebden Bridge, famous for the hard-wearing material corduroy, before John tries his hand at clog-making in one of Britain’s few remaining factories dedicated to the craft.
3) Lancaster Canal
In this episode John takes in the delights of the Lancaster Canal, setting out from Tewitfield. As he meanders down the waterway, he cannot resist visiting Carnforth railway station, where he re-enacts his favourite scene from the classic film Brief Encounter, some of which was filmed there. After Carnforth, the canal crosses the River Lune on its way to Lancaster, where the veteran journalist marvels at the engineering of the Lune Aqueduct. Later, he heads south to Garstang, famous for its cheeses, and finally on towards Preston.
4) Staffordshire and Worcestershire Canal
The broadcaster travels along the Staffordshire and Worcestershire canal, widely regarded as one of the oldest and prettiest waterways in Britain. On his journey he marvels at ingenious 18th-century engineering, tackles the difficult skill of glassblowing and discovers a secret underground cold war bunker.
5) Oxford Canal
John ventures onto the Oxford Canal, which meanders its way through the heart of the gentle English countryside. En route he visits Tooley’s Boatyard – the oldest working such facility in Britain, gets to play a hero of his – Inspector Morse, and bumps into a group of floating thespians.
6) Regent Canal
The Regent’s Canal runs through the heart of London linking the docks with the rest of Britain. John navigates the history-filled route, finding the East End’s haunted Ragged School, and making and sampling a bottle or two of `mother’s ruin’ along the way. The veteran broadcaster even finds time to stop off to feed the giraffes at London Zoo.
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Published on: Jul 19, 2016 @ 15:54