Having restored his narrowboat 'Dover', Alan Herd travels in it from Birmingham to London along the Grand Union Canal. He meets some of the people who used to carry goods along the route, and those who still live or work on the canal.

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Having restored his narrowboat 'Dover', Alan Herd travels in it from Birmingham to London along the Grand Union Canal. He meets some of the people who used to carry goods along the route, and those who still live or work on the canal.

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I just loved this
6 November 2012 | by (Australia) – See all my reviews

As a narrowboat fanatic myself, I just loved this series. We live in Australia, and own our own narrowboat. We made most of that journey from Birmingham to London on our six months stint from mid March to Mid September, so I was able to feel I was there with him.

I loved the way he stopped and visited places where people were still doing traditional work, such as milling, paper making etc. The historical aspect was excellent, and lovely to see all those old boats and learn more about their history (we were there for the 2012 Braunston Historic Boat Show as well).

This series was just about perfect. I only have two criticisms and one observation. The observation is about the journey itself. Often there is a back tracking which does not tie in with the route. Only one who knows the journey would be aware of this. Forgivable as it is 'editing license'. Perhaps the thing that bothered me most was that most of the indoor scenes were not white balance corrected. As this is a professional production, I would expect better work with the colour editing and exposure. The only thing I found slightly at odds with the whole program was the Aston Martin section. It went on a little too long for my liking, and it just seemed a bit too contemporary compared with the rest of the restoration activities.


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