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Read­ers whose in­ter­est in the water­ways goes back to grow­ing up in the 1960s may have fond mem­o­ries of this chil­dren’s TV se­ries, whose 13 half-hour episodes were broad­cast in black & white au­tumn 1967. Now they can re­live those mem­o­ries in colour as the en­tire se­ries has been re­leased on a two DVD set. And those who don’t re­mem­ber it can also en­joy the story of a group of young­sters, crew­ing a nar­row­boat af­ter their boat-builder fa­ther is hurt in an ac­ci­dent, rac­ing against time and trou­bles to get the boat from the Llan­gollen Canal to its buyer in Lon­don. But it isn’t just an en­ter­tain­ing tale: it’s set against the back­ground of the canals, their char­ac­ters and their sur­round­ings which have of­ten changed be­yond recog­ni­tion since those days.

The Flower of Gloster, Net­work, net­workon­, £12

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