John Sergeant to go Barging around Britain in new ITV canal travel show

The journalist and Strictly Come Dancing contestant will embark on a number of scenic journeys along the nation's waterways

New eight-part ITV series Barging Around Britain will see John Sergeant tour Britain’s iconic waterways via narrow boat.

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The former political journalist will go on a slow journey through Somerset and the Hebrides, investigating the history of eight routes.

ITV commissioning editor Andrew O’Connell said: “There’s nothing half so much worth doing as simply messing about in boats and what better way to do it than on an English narrowboat.” 

Ian Lamarra of production company Alaska TV said: “John has huge warmth, massive broad appeal and is enthusiastic about the subject. He’s even sleeping on the barge. Shooting in the summer months is a real treat, the end result will look amazing and showcase the best of the British isles.”

The series follows Channel 4’s hit show Great Canal Journeys, staring Timothy West and Prunella Scales, who embarked on four beautiful narrowboat routes through England and France. Barging Around Britain has begun filming and will air later in 2014.


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