The Edward VII and Fawlty Towers stars have been touring canals with Channel 4 for several years.
Over the years, Timothy West and Prunella Scales have taken us on glorious canal and river journeys across Britain and around the world.
This special programme looks back at their travels in Sweden where they finally fulfilled their lifetime ambitions of crossing the country coast-to-coast by boat. The 350-mile journey takes in the mighty Göta Canal, Sweden’s three biggest lakes, the islands of the Swedish Archipelago, and the Baltic Sea – a huge challenge for any sailor, let alone two octogenarians who are more used to the Kennet and Avon Canal.
Even the relaxation is testing – a Swedish sauna with an icy plunge into the waters of the canal. But the long tranquil summer days, island-dotted lakes, and woodland glades make it Tim’s favourite-ever trip.
Along the way they visit an ancient Viking settlement, perform in the Swedish King’s private theatre, and ‘skal’ at a Swedish midsummer crayfish party.
Great Canal Journeys, Channel 4, tonight at 8pm