Canals on stream

Over the last few years streaming and catch up services such as Netflix and Prime Video have become more popular than ever. Sit back and see how many of our canals and rivers you can spot in your favourite box sets.

Production still of Call The Midwife BBC show filming by canal Call The Midwife

Our canals have featured in many of your favourite TV shows and films, plenty of which you can stream right now. Appearing in costume dramas, documentaries, action fantasy worlds and fairy tales, you'll have seen your favourite stars performing on many of our canals and towpaths.

We have created a list of just some of the films and TV shows you can watch online at the moment. Can you recognise which canals have been featured?

His Dark Materials

The Gloucester & Sharpness Canal doubles for the waterways of Oxford in the new BBC/HBO adaptation of Phillip Pullman's novels - iPlayer

Photo of Canal & River Trust employees as extras in His Dark Materials


Dead Dog Basin on the Regent’s Canal in London doubles up as the entrance to Q’s secret Thames-side bunker in this Bond movie – Prime Video

Filming James Bond on the Regent's Canal


When the zombie apocalypse is unleashed in Birmingham, the only escape is by canal boat. What follows is a high-action, low-speed chase in this Hulu drama - Hulu

Photo of scene from ITV2 series Zomboat

Mission: Impossible Rogue Nation

Can you spot our boat ‘Jena’ in a scene where Tom Cruise and Simon Pegg’s characters board a boat in Vienna? It's actually the River Lee in Three Mills – Prime Video

Paddington 2

In 2017, Paddington Bear mounted a dog and chased a book thief around Browning’s Pool in Little Venice - Prime Video

Director and Michael Bond on towpath

Peaky Blinders

Last year the Trent & Mersey Canal was the backdrop to a dramatic gunfight at Middleport pottery - Netflix

Peaky Blinders set


Discover the brillaint mind of J.R.R. Tolkien and Middle Earth featuring the National Waterways Museum - Prime Video

Tolkien set at the Natioanl Waterways Museum

Great Canal Journeys 

Escape with Tim and Pru on a journey across our most beautiful and historic canals – All4

Photo of Tim and Pru from Great Canal Journeys

Britain by Barge: Then & Now

Join Bill Oddie, Jennie Bond, Pete Waterman and Anne Diamond as they embark on an epic journey across some of our most iconic waterways - Channel 5

Britain by Barge

Canal Boat Diaries

Real-life boater Robbie Cummings debuted his BBC4 series Canal Boat Diaries with an insightful look at what it's like to live aboard and travel on England's canals - iPlayer

Photo of vlogger Robbie Cummings

Jason Bourne

See the rogue CIA assasin racing around Paddington Basin in London – Prime Video

Boats moored in Paddington Basin


Can you solve the mystery of the Towpath Killer alongside a young Inspector Morse in Oxford? - ITV Hub

Oxford Murual on Oxford Canal

Last date edited: 12 May 2020