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John Sergeant’s new TV series begins on the Leeds & Liverpool Canal.
The canals are back on television. A new eight-part television series, starring former political journalist and one-time Strictly contestant John Sergeant, begins next week with a journey up the Leeds & Liverpool Canal. The series finishes with an episode on the Grand Union Canal in April, and will visit the Llangollen, Aire & Calder, Caledonian, Trent & Mersey, Kennet and Avon and Birmingham canals until the final episode in April.
The new ITV series sees Sergeant dig into the history and stories of the canals across the country. It follows the popular ‘Great Canal Journeys’ that was shown earlier this year with Prunella Scales and Timothy West.
“It’s an astonishing thing to have the canals still there and able to use them,” says Sergeant. “There’s no real equivalent. If all the steam trains were still working and you could go by steam all over Britain, then yes. But we can actually do that with canals.”
The first episode includes a visit to Saltaire and to the Foulridge tunnel and ends up at the Liverpool docks.
“There are so many twists and turns. You think it’s just going to be an ordinary journey but it doesn’t have that ordinariness about it,” says Sergeant. “It’s the most exciting canal programme you’ll ever see.”
Barging Around Britain begins on ITV on Friday 13th February at 8pm.
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