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Barging Round Britain with John Sergeant

  • Episode: 

    8 of 8

  • Title: 

    Grand Union Canal
  • Transmission (TX): 

    Fri 10 Apr 2015
  • TX Confirmed: 

  • Time: 

    8.00pm - 8.30pm
  • Week: 

    Week 15 2015 : Sat 04 Apr - Fri 10 Apr
  • Channel: 

  • Status: 

    Last in series
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In the final episode of the series, John barges down Britain’s longest canal, the Grand Union Canal. He discovers fun characters and places en route and decides it’s definitely the most delightful way to get from Birmingham to the very centre of London. Even if it’s not the fastest!
Britain’s canal network is a true national treasure. Forged in the fire of world-changing historic events, yet set within gorgeous scenery, it’s bursting with undiscovered history and home to a vibrant community rooted in a unique way of life. 
In this new eight-part series, John Sergeant sets off on a rich and colourful voyage along the eight best canal journeys Britain has to offer, exploring their extraordinary stories as he goes.  
It’s a waterway voyage from top to toe of our beautiful country, from the gentle hills of Somerset in the south, via the breath-taking countryside and engineering of the Welsh Llangollen, to the dramatic splendour of the spectacular coast to coast Caledonian Canal in the north of Scotland. Every step of the way, John immerses himself in living history, bringing the past to life by rolling up his sleeves, getting stuck in, and having a go at canal practices past and present.