A Musical Canal Celebration A Musical Canal Celebration with Mike Harding and The Spinners. First broadcast on BBC 2 on 17 February 1983. Synopsis : Over two centuries ago a nobleman, a land agent and a mill-wright got together to cut a seven-mile artificial waterway through Lancashire fields - the canal age was born. Mike Harding takes off his comedian's hat to travel the towpaths of early water-roads and tells how a transport revolution changed Britain. The Spinners help the story unfold with songs telling of a waterway system that beat an 18th-century energy crisis. Sound : Eddie Magrath, Doug Whittaker Engineering managers : Geoff Lomas, John Crowther Written and produced by Barry Devins, BBC Manchester More details on the BBC Genome site.