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, new Channel 4 drama series The Bisexual featured scenes on board a narrowboat moored on the River Lee near Hackney Wick, Eastenders filmed at Steele Road on the Grand Union Canal and Liverpool Docks was the setting for the opening chase of the fugitive reality show Hunted.

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 currently airing is ninth and tenth 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 this 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: 13 November 2018