Meet Hemel Pike, the Casanova of the canals. Born on the waterways, he sees no downside to the aquatic life - but events could catch up with him
Hemel Pike loves his life on the canals and wouldn't have it any other way. Not only is he not tied down, but he has the luxury of a string of attractive women up and down the nation's waterways to call upon - it's a lifestyle that suits him just fine.
Our Review: Penned by writing team Alan Simpson and Ray Galton, best known for their TV work including Hancock's Half Hour, The Bargee sees them reunited with Steptoe & Son star Harry H. Corbett - clearly by 1964, the star knew exactly how to get the full effect from his writers' work, and they how to write to his strengths as a performer. This is a fine film, with a glint in the eye and cheeky grin all over it. It charts not just social change in Britain in the 1960s, but also the decline and change of heavy industry across the nation, and offers a small and highly amusing insight into a world that has now all but gone forever.