Friday’s best TV: Celebrity Carry on Barging; Birds of Paradise – The Ultimate Quest

  • The Guardian - TV News
Debbie McGee, Simon Callow, Lorraine Chase and Nigel Havers try out canal boating; a wheelchair-using journalist ventures into the wilds of Papua New Guinea. Plus: Arena – Alone With Chrissie Hynde

If you can get past the slap-and-tickle title, this is a slice of gentle telly inhabited by charming celebrities. Debbie McGee, Simon Callow, Lorraine Chase and Nigel Havers are flung together to try out canal boating. They’re a likable bunch and watching them take in the scenery is the perfect antidote to Celeb Big Brother fighting. As they begin their journey, they giggle when a man called John Inman tells them how to operate the locks. Hannah Verdier

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