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Timothy West and Prunella Scales in TV documentary about Kennet and Avon Canal

By Bath Chronicle  |  Posted: March 11, 2014

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Actors Timothy West and Prunella Scales can be seen talking about their love of the Kennet and Avon Canal in a TV documentary tonight (Monday March 10).

The couple set out on a 21-mile boat trip from Bath to Devizes to celebrate their golden wedding for the programme, shown on More4.

It was also a chance for the couple to reminisce about a previous trip in 1990, where they were invited to be on the first boat in 42 years to travel the full length of the waterway after it was restored.

The latest trip is being spotlighted by the TV series Great Canal Journeys.

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West, 79, reveals on the programme that his 81-year-old wife - best known for playing Sybil Fawlty in Fawlty Towers - is suffering from Alzheimer’s Disease.

Bath historian and writer Kirsten Elliott, who accompanied them on their journey, said: “They were both lovely, although Prunella did seem a bit quiet – in fact, I was anxious to bring her into the conversation. I think she realised what I was up to, because at the end she gave me a big hug – I was really surprised but delighted, as she thanked me. As we had to do more than one take of some shots, it must have been a trial remembering what she’d said before, but it all went off very well.”

Ms Elliott - who wrote a history of the canal in 2010, Queen of the Waters, appears on the show in order to talk about Sydney Gardens.

She said of the disclosure that Scales is facing dementia: “I would hate people to think she is in some way gaga because that is absolutely not the case – I had no idea anything was wrong, though looking back, I can now see that perhaps Tim was being protective. But I think she’s a lovely lady, who has been very brave in coming out with this.”

Great Canal Journeys is at 9pm.

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  • theoldfunker  |  March 11 2014, 12:37PM

    I watched this last night and enjoyed every moment and shared their love for this loveley life style.

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  • Juneplayer  |  March 11 2014, 1:42AM

    Am watching it now and loving it. SO interesting and such brilliant work by all those volunteers who helped get the canal open and running again. The beauty and tranquility is truly coming across and great to see and hear knowledgeable input by characters including our Kirstin. The photography is superb.

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