They also lend a hand with some lock restoration work. To celebrate their golden wedding anniversary, actors Timothy West and Prunella Scales embark on four spectacular canal journeys, sharing a passion that they've enjoyed for decades. Timothy West and Prunella Scales embark on their first Latin American adventure and head for Argentina. The isolated gem meanders its way through the tranquil Usk valley. A few miles from Buenos Aires, lies a vast labyrinth of canals and rivers that meander ever deeper into the jungle. Tim and Pru visit the old iron works at Blaenavon, where children as young as five were once put to work; and the beautiful 15th-century castle at Tretower — rumoured to be haunted.
It also boasts one of the most elegant pieces of canal architecture in the country, the Lune Aqueduct. Tim and Pru take to the helm to explore the waterways of the Rio Douro and the Monmouthshire and Brecon Canal. They visit a remote enclave of Anglo Argentines, who still drink G and T and toast the Queen. The first episode of Great Canal Journeys was broadcast in May, 2019. Tim and Pru follow its 125-mile course, all the way to Canada's capital. Almost a quarter of a century later, they navigate the 21 miles along its most picturesque stretch, starting in Bath and ending in Devizes. They also discover the huge human cost of the canal's construction and meet with descendants of the Algonquin guides who helped with the build.
To start the series, Tim and Pru revisit the Kennet and Avon Canal in the West Country. Wending its way through the backwoods of Ontario, the Rideau links rivers and vast lakes to create a waterway that connects Lake Ontario with the city of Ottawa. We have 32 episodes of Great Canal Journeys in our archive. They also follow the water route taken by Baron Forrester, the Yorkshire born port entrepreneur, and visit some stunning wine estates. They marvel at the local flora and fauna and admire the hummingbirds, and perform Argentina's national dance.
En route, they take in Fort Henry; a lakeside resort; and navigate the famous Ottawa lock. Timothy West and Prunella Scales return to the English canal system as they navigate the Lancaster Canal. When their journey reaches Carnforth, Tim and Pru visit its train station, which was used as the key location in the film Brief Encounter. Part 4: Monmouthshire and Brecon Canal Tim and Pru return to Wales to explore a canal that has eluded them for over half a century. Long-forgotten memories rise to the surface as she visits the lakeland village of Near Sawrey, where her family lived during much of the war and as a child she once saw Beatrix Potter. It's a world heritage site, and historically highly significant, yet very few people in this country have ever heard of the Rideau Canal. An early masterpiece of the waterways, 'The Lanky' wends its way north, through the city of Lancaster and along the coast at Morecambe Bay.
They also learn about the 'dirty war' of the 1970s. Hiring a traditional cargo boat, known as a chatta, Tim and Pru voyage into the remoter corners of the Paranß delta. Timothy West and Prunella Scales explore the waterways of North-West England, from the suburbs of Manchester, through Britain's first purpose-built canal, to the port at Ellesmere. . From the sea, they follow the old port trade route featuring hilltop vineyards, on a journey that combines two of their favourite things — water and wine.
This is a very personal voyage for Pru. Heading 3000 miles from their London home, Tim and Pru arrive at Kingston, Canada, where the Rideau begins. They discover how canals played a vital role in transforming Britain during the Industrial Revolution, and have subsequently become a central point of Manchester's gay community. Timothy West and Prunella Scales embark on an epic adventure along one of the greatest achievements of British canal engineering. Part 3: Rio Douro Tim and Pru head for the dramatic landscape of north-west Portugal, to embark on a voyage down the Rio Douro. The waterway is largely rural, running through rolling open countryside and deep woods.
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