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Celebrity Carry On Barging review – these stars could use a touch more sauce

10 February 2017 11:00 PM, PST | The Guardian - TV News | See recent The Guardian - TV News news »

Watching Nigel Havers and chums take a boat trip through the countryside was perfectly pleasant – even if the show never delivered on its bawdy title

I don’t understand what the Carry On element of Celebrity Carry On Barging (Channel 5) is. Debbie McGee may have a hint of Barbara Windsor about her, and she does mention that her late husband never wore PJs in bed. But her bra doesn’t fly off on the canalside, and Nigel Havers doesn’t do a Kenneth Williams impression, flare his nostrils and give us an “Oooh I say” as the barge slides into a tunnel.

No, it’s just four celebs (the above, plus Lorraine Chase and Simon Callow) on a canal boat for a few days. It’s not unlike the shows Prunella Scales and Timothy West did, or John Sergeant. Celebrity barging – it’s a TV thing now.

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