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Nigel Havers, Debbie McGee, Lorraine Chase and Simon Callow in Carry On Barging

Nigel Havers, Carry On Barging
(Image credit: Tom Barnes)

Four celebs - and a dog - go on their first-ever canal boat holiday for a new series on Channel 5. Will they sink or float?

Self-confessed barging virgins Debbie McGee, Nigel Havers, Lorraine Chase and Simon Callow face fear, confusion and comedy as they pair up to steer a course down two of Britain’s favourite canals for Carry On Barging, a four-part series airing on Channel 5 in 2017.

The celebs have to learn not only how to get on with each other but also how to get to grips with their barges and the locks on the Kennet and Avon Canal and the Llangollen Canal.

Actor Nigel pairs up with performer Debbie (widow of the late Paul Daniels) and both have sufficient boating experience to enable them to take control of the larger barge – but not enough experience to guarantee smooth sailing.

And actors Simon and Lorraine face issues of their own, including swans…

“Celebrity Carry on Barging is an enjoyable and entertaining jaunt through the countryside canals of Britain, with four famous faces paired together to experience a unique barging adventure,” says Channel 5’s Greg Barnett. “If you’ve ever wondered whether this sort of holiday is right for you, this series will either tempt you to try canal boating or convince you not to!”