Married for 50 years, actors and national treasures Timothy West (Eastenders) and Prunella Scales (Fawlty Towers) have created a lifetime of memories in theatre, on television and in film – but away from acting they have been living a very different life exploring the stunning waterways of Britain on their canal boat.
Approaching their 80’s and determined to keep canal adventuring for as long as they can, Tim And Pru’s Canals (w/t) follows our narrow-boating heroes as they celebrate their golden anniversary with four very special, very different journeys across the canal network of Britain and France.
Cruising along by narrowboat, Tim and Pru revisit the picturesque Kennet and Avon canal in the West Country – a deeply personal journey – which they saved from closure 24 years ago, brave the strenuous climb up the industrial Pennines on the Rochdale Canal, marvel at the dramatic Welsh scenery and staggering engineering of the Llangollen Canal and then hop across the channel to see France’s famous Canal du Nivernais in Burgundy.
Each journey reveals the rich and diverse history and culture of canal life, explores the beautiful scenery of Britain’s landscapes and wildlife and gives Tim and Pru the chance to recreate some of their most treasured family moments with their sons, Sam and Joe.
However, it’s not all plain sailing for our intrepid adventurers, along the way they brave the longest underground canal in Britain, overcome setbacks of collapsing bridges and broken lock gates. Both are battling the inexorable march of old age and Pru has recently admitted ‘”My day to day memory is ludicrous…I can’t remember things about life”.
With the physical and mental demands of navigating busy waterways, operating countless locks and clambering over swing bridges, each journey is a challenge. But they are challenges tackled with the energy and enthusiasm of a couple half their age.
This 4×60’ series has been overseen by Stef Wagstaffe at Channel 4 who comments ‘Tim and Pru’s Canals (w/t) is a life-affirming and funny series proving you’re never too old for an adventure. I’m thrilled that two of Britain’s best loved actors have invited us along on the canal trip of their lifetime’. It is produced by Spun Gold. Series Producer is Donna McLaughlin, Series Director is Mike Taylor and Executive Producer is Matt Young.