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Anderton Re-opened , 38 minutes Produced by Laurence Hogg Productions, The re-opening of this historic boat lift in 2002. Available on tape DVD

The Bargee , Released in 2003, 1 hour 42 minutes Produced by DD Video, A video release of the 1964 comedy set on the Grand Union Canal and featuring Harry H Corbett, Hugh Griffin, Eric Sykes and a host of well known British actors. Available on tape. Order on video tape from Amazon

BCN - Part 5 Narrow Boats on the Birmingham Canal Navigations , 1 hour 0 minutes Produced by Laurence Hogg Productions, This video portrays the immense carrying scene the BCN once had, the diversity of the craft and immense numbers that existed to make the BCN a highly profitable system. Available on tape DVD

BCN - Part 4 Canals of Birmingham , 1 hour 31 minutes Produced by Laurence Hogg Productions, This video journey around the City of Birmingham waterfront discovers what is still hidden from many eyes. It follows the routes of lost arms and finds basins not seen for years as well as boating under the massive cathedral of concrete that is Spaghetti Junction before looking at the former warehouse complex still intact on the Grand Union and Gas Street Basin before the developers arrived. Includes many archive pictures showing the wharves, boats and canal people in days gone by come to life. Available on tape DVD

BCN - Part 7 Canals of Walsall , 50 minutes Produced by Laurence Hogg Productions, Walsall is surrounded by canals. This video looks at how they contributed to trade in the town, where they went and in the case of canals no longer in water, what remains today. A look is taken at the background of the site, which was Ken Keay's boat dock, and to Birchills Canal Museum Available on tape DVD

BCN - Part 6 Lichfield & Hatherton Canals , 57 minutes Produced by Laurence Hogg Productions, Both these routes are now under restoration and this video delves into the background and history of the two sections of canal and takes a close look at how they are being restored. Whilst examining the historical background to the canals the video also portrays trust members describing how the waterways are being restored to provide a valuable link to the Northern BCN. Available on tape DVD

BCN Canals North of the Main Lines. (Part 2) , 1 hour 44 minutes Produced by Laurence Hogg Productions, The Northern waters of the BCN covered in detail, lots of archive images bring the many lost sections to life. Available on tape DVD

BCN Main Lines & Loops (Part 1A) , 1 hour 40 minutes Produced by Laurence Hogg Productions, A complete look at the routes of the main lines of the BCN. All the major branches are covered as are the loops, lots of archive Photos Available on tape DVD

BCN Part 1 , 1 hour 15 minutes Produced by Laurence Hogg Productions, Laurence Hogg's original film about the main lines of the BCN. filmed from NB "Progress" Available on tape

BCN, The Canals South of the Main Lines. (Part 3) , 1 hour 5 minutes Produced by Laurence Hogg Productions, The canals south of the main lines covered in detail using present day and archive images Available on tape DVD

Birmingham Canal Navigations Diary David Suchet, 1 hour 20 minutes Produced by Laurence Hogg Productions, Various events including ice breaking. Available on tape DVD

The Birmingham Canals at Work , Released in 2006, 1 hour 5 minutes Produced by Laurence Hogg Productions, Professional and amateur film of the working boats and canals around Birmingham. Available on DVD

Boat Lifts of Europe , Released in 2002, 1 hour 8 minutes Produced by VideoActive, Covers several boat lifts in France and germany as well as the Anderton Lift and the Falkirk Wheel in the UK. Available on tape DVD. Order on DVD from Amazon

Boater's Gathering , Released in 2001, 50 minutes Produced by Laurence Hogg Productions, An overview of the myriad of preserved working boats which gather together at so many rallies. Descriptions of the craft, interview with owners, archive photos, bring a whole new perspective to these often seen resplendent craft. filmed at the Black Country living museum. Available on tape DVD

Boatyards Building the British Boat , 48 minutes Produced by Laurence Hogg Productions, This video looks at the industry that built the narrow boats. It covers not only the large operations like Yarwoods and Harland & Wolff, but also takes a close look at small yards and how they existed in their declining years. It is easily forgotten how many boats were around to be maintained in the heyday of commercial narrow boating but an industry existed to keep the fleets in working order and it included many trades. Through archive footage and pictures combined with a visit to the Black Country Museum dock, this video looks at what life in the yards was like and how skills were developed. Available on tape DVD

Braunston and its Narrow Boats , 1 hour 0 minutes Produced by Laurence Hogg Productions, Today Braunston is as still considered by many to be 'the centre of the waterways'. This video looks at the history of the village and what it has become today, with a detailed look at the remaining buildings and the Braunston Boat Show. Available on tape DVD

Braunston the Last Great Boatshow , 33 minutes Produced by Laurence Hogg Productions, The last Braunston Boat Show in 1999, Available on tape DVD

British Waterways - Waterway Magic / In The Heart Of Shakespeare's Country etc , 0 minutes Produced by Laserlight, tape. Order on video tape from Amazon

By Canal in the '50s , Released in 2006, 1 hour 50 minutes Produced by VideoActive, Colour film of the canals and of the Inland Waterways Association's early campaigns. Available on DVD

The Canal Carrier - with David Blagrove David Blagrove, Released in 1997, 56 minutes Produced by SK Productions, An unusual look and life, lore and history of the 'cut' as this film follows David Blagrove on his carrying activities, including background on the fight to save the Kennet & Avon Canal. Available on tape

The Canal Carrier's Easter 1 - with David Blagrove David Blagrove, Released in 1999, 56 minutes Produced by SK Productions, Every Easter the Canal Carrier spends a fortnight delivering coal on the Thames ring. This video covers the beginning of the trip, from Stoke Bruerne to Northmoor Lock on the Thames. Available on tape

The Canal Carrier's Easter 3 - with David Blagrove David Blagrove, 59 minutes Produced by SK Productions, The third in a set of four, this video covers the part of the trip from Aldermaston to Berkhamsted. Available on tape

The Canal Carrier's Easter 2 - with David Blagrove David Blagrove, Released in 2000, 54 minutes Produced by SK Productions, This video is the second in the set of four, covering the part of the trip from Oxford to Newbury. Available on tape

The Canal Carrier's Winter - with David Blagrove David Blagrove, Released in 1997, 1 hour 16 minutes Produced by SK Productions, More travel with commercial deliveries by water, including on the Oxford Canal. Includes an informative commentary and much background information on how boating families really used to live. Available on tape

A Canal Too Far Chris Coburn, 2 hours 29 minutes Produced by Laurence Hogg Productions, Down the Bristol Channel to visit many navigations! Across to South Wales, up the Wye, the Severn! Incredible scenes! Available on tape

Canals & Canal Boats , 1 hour 10 minutes Produced by Castle Home Video, This video explores the fascinating and tradition-steeped history of canals from Roman beginnings, through the golden pre-rail age - when Birmingham alone had more canals than Venice - to the modern renaissance. Experts, archive film and unique personal reminiscences reveal the changing face of canals and the boats that worked them. Narrated by Robert Powell. Available on tape. Order on video tape from Amazon

The Canals of Wallsall , 50 minutes Produced by Laurence Hogg Productions, The canals of Walsall and the surrounding area, their trade and history is covered in archive and present day images. Available on tape

Carry On Up the Lune Chris Coburn, 2 hours 29 minutes Produced by Laurence Hogg Productions, To the Lancaster canal to see it all! via the Irish sea and return via the Dee, epic adventure cruising Available on tape

Cathedral of the Canals , Released in 2002, 30 minutes Produced by Stephinson Television, The Anderton Boat Lift - The story of its renaissance. Produced for British Waterways and the Waterway Trust Available on tape

Channel Crossing Chris Coburn, 45 minutes Produced by Laurence Hogg Productions, The cruises leading up to the channel crossing are also featured. Footage is amateur and not up to usual standard. Available on tape DVD

The Cheshire Ring , Released in 1992, 0 minutes Produced by VideoActive, tape DVD. Order on video tape from Amazon . Order on DVD from Amazon

CH106 (Aire & Calder Navigation) , 40 minutes Produced by IA Recordings, On a hot summer day in August 1997, the Cawoods Hargreaves push tug CH106 takes full 170 tonne compartment boats to Ferrybridge C power station where they are marshalled, lifted 12m by the gigantic boat hoist and coal tipped into hoppers. The empty boats are then re-assembled into a train and towed through Ferrybridge Lock. Produced with support from the National Waterways Museum at Gloucester. Note there is no sound commentary. Available on tape

City of Ships , Released in 2005, 1 hour 55 minutes Produced by DD Video, Films of the Port of London dating back to the 1920s up to the 1960s. Available on DVD. Order on DVD from Amazon

The Coburn Way Chris Coburn, Released in 2001, 1 hour 10 minutes Produced by Laurence Hogg Productions, Between 1995 and 2000 Chris Coburn made many 'adventure", campaign cruises. This is an overview of his activities giving the viewer the background to why he is now considered to be one of the most important waterway campaigners of recent times Available on tape DVD

The Coventry and Ashby Canals , 0 minutes Produced by VideoActive, tape DVD. Order on video tape from Amazon . Order on DVD from Amazon

Cut to Caernarfon - Outward Journey Chris Coburn, 2 hours 39 minutes Produced by Laurence Hogg Productions, The first part of Chris Coburn's epic journey to the Menai Straits in support of the Lichfield & Hatherton Canals restoration and WRG. Available on tape

Cut to Caernarfon - Return Journey Chris Coburn, 2 hours 41 minutes Produced by Laurence Hogg Productions, The second part of Chris Coburn's epic trip along the North Wales Coast. Features visit to Salford Quays National Waterways Festival, the Manchester Ship Canal and return to the midlands and Walsall gathering. Available on tape

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Jim Shead Waterways Photographer & Writer
Text and photographs copyright of Jim Shead.
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