The first Granada Television series to be produced in colour is to be released on DVD.

When their boatyard owner father is taken ill, ten-year-old Michael, his 12-year-old sister Elizabeth and elder brother Dick decide to deliver a narrow-boat to a buyer on his behalf. During their 220-mile trip, they make new friends but also encounter all kinds of danger and difficulties, played out against the changing pattern of the British countryside.

Actors Richard O’Callaghan and Annette Robertson, were cast alongside real-life siblings Elizabeth and Mike Doherty playing the younger children. Also appearing in the series were many of the real-life canal folk.

The Flower of Gloster was the then Manchester-based broadcaster and production company’s first series to be filmed in colour back in 1967, though the episodes were initially transmitted in black and white on ITV. This popular children’s adventure featured a star who is 72 feet long and painted in cheerful shades of red and yellow. She is the Flower of Gloster, a converted canal barge which over the course of the series winds her way from Wales, through the inland waterways of England to the Pool of London at Tower Bridge.

The thirteen episode television story is based on the book of the same name by E. Temple Thurston, which was published in 1911.

The Flower of Gloster – The Complete Series (U) is released on DVD on the 23rd of January 2017, RRP £19.99, courtesy of Network Distributing

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