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Celebrity Carry on Barging

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Review

This is not a Carry On film, despite farcical moments of lunacy and sauciness (starting with an overly made-up Debbie McGee’s revelation that Paul Daniels never wore PJs in bed – aargggh!). Nigel Havers (packing several bottles of fine wine in his case and with a sweet dog in tow), Lorraine Chase and Simon Callow join McGee for a week on the Kennet and Avon canal.

None is adept with a tiller so there are lots of crashes and scrapes as they bump into moored boots: “It was like running over a puppy. I felt just terrible!” says Callow after one smash that seems to leave him with post-traumatic stress. Most surprisingly they all settle into life on board with aplomb, although frankly, after just a few hours in such confined quarters with these “high definition personalities”, most of us would throw ourselves headfirst into the nearest lock.

It’s nowhere near as tranquil as Prunella Scales and Timothy West’s inspirational canal journeys.

Summary

Nigel Havers joins forces with Debbie McGee, while Lorraine Chase and Simon Callow pool their resources commanding a pair of narrow boats along two of Britain's favourite canals, the Kennet & Avon and the Llangollen. While both Debbie and Nigel have driven boats before, controlling 60ft barges Tara and May proves to be a whole new challenge. Less than an hour into their voyage, the celebs' lack of experience shows when they have a brush with a moored boat. The evening sees the stars get to know one another better, over the fruits of Debbie's galley debut.

Cast & Crew

Contributor Nigel Havers
Contributor Debbie McGee
Contributor Lorraine Chase
Contributor Simon Callow
Director Chris Harries
Executive Producer Nicky Taylor
Series Producer Jason Giberti
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