In a new two-part series of Great Canal Journeys, beginning on Thursday 30 November at 8.00pm on Channel 4, Timothy West and Prunella Scales head for the dramatic landscape of north-west Portugal, to embark on a voyage down the Rio Douro. From the sea, they follow the old port trade route featuring hilltop vineyards, on a journey that combines two of their favourite things – water and wine.
The Douro’s dramatic geography is unlike any of the other waterways Tim and Pru have experienced – with the deepest lock in Europe and sites of ancient historical importance. Tim and Pru visit the Factory House, a very traditional English gentlemen’s club that lies in the heart of bustling Porto. They also follow the water route taken by Baron Forrester, the Yorkshire born port entrepreneur, and visit some stunning wine estates.
Executive Producer: Daniela Neumann
Series Director and Producer: Mike Taylor
Production Company: Spun Gold
Great Canal Journeys: Portugal Episode 1 (of 2) airs Thursday 30 November 2017 from 8.00pm-9.00pm on Channel 4.