Canals and rivers on screen

Our waterways have been in the limelight - or set lights - from feature films to fashion shoots for years.

Photo of three actors on a boat from the film Anchor and Hope Anchor & Hope

In the past few years, our canals and rivers have been working hard behind the scenes, you might have seen us in...

A Private War (2018) - Brent Reservoir was the backdrop to a sailing scene in this Marie Colvin biopic.

Paddington 2 – In 2017 Paddington Bear mounted a dog and chased a book thief around Browning’s Pool in Little Venice.

The 'life aboard' theme has proven popular with films featuring characters navigating life on London’s canals and rivers such as Finding Your Feet (2017), Anchor & Hope (2018) and Swimming With Men (2018).

Photo of Timothy Spall standing next to the Islington Tunnel

On the smaller screen, our London waterways made it into the plots of BBC drama Killing EveEastenders filmed a dramatic scene at Brent Reservoir and TV Chef James Martin visited the West Midlands canals in James Martin's Great British Adventure.

Documentary series about canals have proven popular with consistent viewing figures, this year saw Channel 5’s Building Britain’s Canals with presenter Dan Jones delving into the history of three great canals. Great Canal Journeys completed its ninth series with presenters Timothy West and Prunella Scales taking on the Cheshire Ring and the Lancaster Canal. Our World Heritage Site Pontcysllte Aqueduct proved a popular place to film last year, it appeared in Antiques Road Trip, Monkman and Seagull’s Genius Guide To Britain and Walking Britain's Lost Railways.

Photo of Tim and Pru from Great Canal Journeys

Last date edited: 5 April 2019