A radio adaptation of the book by Emma Smith about three young girls working for the Grand Union Canal Carrying Company in 1943.
Quite literally thrown in at the deep end Emma, Charity and Nanette embark on their maiden voyage - carrying steel north by canal from London to Birmingham - surmounting the dangerous, back-breaking work thanks largely to an endearing mix of youthful bravado and blissful ignorance. Steering their way through the 'other world' of the boat people, the girls, often out of their depth, face up to an assortment of challenges with courage and good cheer.
A short clip from the BBC Radio 4 Series Making History. It explores the life and times of John Rennie, well known within the ranks of canal enthusiasts but apparently not in the wider world. The clip includes an interview with Chard and Spencer from our Branch.
A pilot sitcom about two young women trying to live sustainably on a canal boat, featuring guerrilla gardening, dumpster diving and home-brewed gin.
In a specially commisioned piece, Jillian Moody from BBC Oxford explores the history of Tooleys boatyard and the part it played in Tom Rolt's life. Herbert Tooley painted the last part of 'Cressy' before Tom set off on his epic voyage around the canals and waterways of England. The programme tells the story of 'Narrow Boat' and includes an interview with Sonia Rolt.