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 year our canals and rivers have been working hard behind the scenes, you might have seen us in...

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

Finding Your Feet – Little Venice was also the setting for Charlie’s narrowboat home in this heart-warming comedy.

Continuing the ‘life aboard’ theme, Swimming With Men (2018) and Anchor & Hope (2018) also featured characters navigating life on London’s canals and rivers.

Photo of Timothy Spall standing next to the Islington Tunnel

On the smaller screen, the Hertford Union Canal in East London was the backdrop for new Netflix drama The InnocentsHollyoaks featured Vale Royal Locks on the River Weaver and Little Venice reappeared as a location for the ITV series Marcella.

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 is now approaching it’s ninth series, in past episodes presenters Timothy West and Prunella Scales have taken on the Kennet and Avon, Oxford, Leeds & Liverpool canals and many more. Meanwhile, Britain Afloat on BBC4 focussed on the history of boats and featured our expert Nigel Crowe.

Dave Morgan, Tim and Pru


Last date edited: 3 August 2018