This week the Oxford Canal and the GU Stoke Bruerne to Braunston, last week the Scottish Lowland Canals – Bowling through to Edinburgh.
A slightly different format to the 5 Go Barging. Called "Barging Britain – Then and Now" I believe, the production company Ricochet (I'd like to be able to tell you they made the Tim and Pru series but sadly the only link is the freelance producer) worked very hard over five days filming preceded over the previous month by equally hard-working researchers setting up the shoots and locations.
I'm sure they won't get it all right but they listened carefully to what they were being told and expressed a great deal of appreciation for the help that members of the Lowland Canals' boating community gave them.
They hired two boats over the week – one for the 'boys' (Bill Oddie and Pete Waterman) and one for the 'girls' (Jenni Bond and Anne Diamond). The boats 'leapfrogged' along the waterway and as the girls filmed one encounter/interview, a second crew accompanied the boys doing likewise. Slick, efficient and a lot of hard work on everyone's part.
I can actually die happy in the knowledge that I have stood on a real live film set and, at the end of the final day's filming, heard the producer shout: "Cut. It's a wrap!!"