The Thames: Britain's Great River with Tony Robinson

The Thames: Britain's Great River with Tony Robinson

Series 1 - Episode 3



Here’s an interesting little nugget that Tony Robinson learns from the guide on a Thames river bus – the last people imprisoned in the Tower of London without being executed were, of all people, East End gangsters Ronnie and Reggie Kray.

It’s a leisurely interlude in a bustling episode – Robinson dons compulsory suit and tie to visit the trading floor of the London Metal Exchange, an absolute bear pit of smart-looking men yelling at each other and into phones. Robinson sits on his hands during what looks like mayhem, just in case he spends billions.

He also has a go at doing a bit of maintenance on the raised Tower Bridge. It looks terrifying.


Reaching central London, the actor and presenter boards an industrial working ship on the Thames, learning it is a route not without risks as ships must squeeze under bridges at high tide and avoid running aground at low tide. At the Chelsea embankment, Tony explores the Physic Gardens where early botanical remedies were created from exotic plants brought in by river from all over the world. On the south bank, he goes mudlarking, scouring the shore at low tide for objects discarded by revellers past, before getting a bird's-eye-view of the river from the Shard. Tony's final stop is Tower Bridge.

Cast & Crew

Presenter Tony Robinson
Director Nicola Tremain
Executive Producer Colette Foster
Executive Producer Melanie Darlaston
Producer Nicola Tremain
Series Director Michael Massey
Series Producer Michael Massey
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