The Golden Age of Canals – Most people thought that when the working traffic on canals faded away after the war, that would be the end of their story. But they were wrong. A few diehard enthusiasts and boat owners campaigned, lobbied and dug, sometimes with their bare hands, to keep the network of narrow canals open.
Some of these enthusiasts filmed their campaigns and their home movies tell the story of how, in the teeth of almost universal political opposition, they saved the inland waterways for the nation and, more than 200 years after they were first built, created a second golden age of the canals.
Producer: Light Productions
TX: Spring / Summer 2011
Source: BBC Press Office