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The Thames By Night

  • Season 1
  • 4 episodes
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Episode 1: Thames at Night with Tony Robinson

Summary

The presenter discovers how the Thames works around the clock. He explores the stretch of the waterway from the estuary - where the river meets the sea - to the Thames Barrier. It's here, at the Barrier itself, where he begins his journey, as he's given an invitation to its control room to see how it keeps London safe throughout the night

Review

On Time Team, Tony Robinson was used to sifting hauls on his knees. But here the troves he’s sorting through are wriggling — and that’s because he’s on a nightshift with fisherman Martin trawling for Dover sole. There’s a melancholy feel to this task as stocks have been depleted due to the pulse fishing of large companies, but life on the water is “a calling” for Martin rather than a job.

This sense of a vocation is common to many of the workers in this dusk-till-dawn look at Britain’s busiest river. Though, at one point, Robinson’s own body clock goes on the blink at around the 4am mark.

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PresenterTony Robinson
Series producerWinston Gallagher
DirectorWinston Gallagher
DirectorBen Southwell
ProducerBen Southwell
Executive producerCatherine Welton

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  • Episode 1

    Thames at Night with Tony Robinson

    Summary

    The presenter discovers how the Thames works around the clock. He explores the stretch of the waterway from the estuary - where the river meets the sea - to the Thames Barrier. It's here, at the Barrier itself, where he begins his journey, as he's given an invitation to its control room to see how it keeps London safe throughout the night

    Review

    On Time Team, Tony Robinson was used to sifting hauls on his knees. But here the troves he’s sorting through are wriggling — and that’s because he’s on a nightshift with fisherman Martin trawling for Dover sole. There’s a melancholy feel to this task as stocks have been depleted due to the pulse fishing of large companies, but life on the water is “a calling” for Martin rather than a job.

    This sense of a vocation is common to many of the workers in this dusk-till-dawn look at Britain’s busiest river. Though, at one point, Robinson’s own body clock goes on the blink at around the 4am mark.

    Details

    Languages
    Formats
    Colour

    Credits

    Crew

    rolename
    PresenterTony Robinson
    Series producerWinston Gallagher
    DirectorWinston Gallagher
    DirectorBen Southwell
    ProducerBen Southwell
    Executive producerCatherine Welton
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