TV series moors up on the Ashby Canal as presenter takes a trip on the 'picturesque' waterway

By Ashby Nub News Reporter

11th May 2024 | Local News

Robbie Cumming's programme will feature the Ashby Canal. Photo: Supplied
Robbie Cumming's programme will feature the Ashby Canal. Photo: Supplied

The Ashby Canal is to be featured on a new TV series to be shown next month.

Starting weeknights in June there are 10 new one-hour episodes of the popular 'Canal Boat Diaries' with Robbie Cumming on Yesterday Channel, as he offers a personal take on life aboard his narrowboat home the 'Naughty Lass'.  

The film-maker and waterways enthusiast explores the landscapes, towns and cities of the Midlands before heading south down the Grand Union Canal.  

Along the way he shares his passion for industrial heritage and celebrates the lesser-known stretches of our most challenging inner city canals.

Over summer, autumn and winter 2023/24, the journey takes him from Braunston, Northamptonshire considered to be the spiritual home for narrowboaters, through Birmingham's maze of canals before he heads south.

Expect peace and tranquillity, but also plenty of drama that comes with boating along underused stretches of England's canals.  

Along the way Robbie gets marooned in the mud on a leaky lock pound in Perry Barr, he breaks down on a remote section of the Ashby Canal, and is even forced to call in an underwater dive team, to help recover his smart phone after dropping it into the Stourbridge Canal - it promises thrill and spills at four miles an hour.   

Robbie said: "The show has moved home to a new channel and that's given me the opportunity to make more of the programmes I love.  

"I've packed a load into this series and encountered some of my toughest trips yet. 

"There are parts of the Birmingham Canal Navigations that are not for the faint hearted - it was hard going at times, but ultimately an amazing adventure and the picturesque Ashby Canal was an absolute treat."

The new series of 'Canal Boat Diaries' will be on weeknights at 7pm on Yesterday Channel and available on demand on UKTV PLAY from June 3.


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