The Thames: Britain's Great River with Tony Robinson

The Thames: Britain's Great River with Tony Robinson

Series 1 - Episode 2

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Review

Tony Robinson has reached the mid-section of the Thames, a stretch, he tells us, that’s ideal for messing about on the river. And so he does just that, although sorting through the mess of a sewage works is possibly not what he had in mind. It’s not as smelly as he feared, but he does notice that the people of Reading eat a lot of sweetcorn. Operating the locks at Abingdon and sailing an antique skiff are more like it, but his bid to cox a crew from the Leander Rowing Club of Henley-on-Thames is a disaster. They’re less than thrilled when he steers them into the bank.

Summary

The actor and presenter follows the river as it winds its way through the Thames valley, stopping off at Henley-on-Thames, and then on towards the palace at Hampton Court. In the village of Clifton Hampden, he tries his hand at sailing a skiff, and later visits Thames Water's most advanced sewage plant. In Henley-on-Thames, Tony attempts to cox a crew from the elite Leander Rowing Club, Britain's most successful sporting team who boast 124 Olympic medals, and at Hampton Court Palace, he boards the gold-encrusted Glorianna, the Queen's Royal Barge that led 1,000 boats down the Thames during Her Majesty's diamond jubilee.

Cast & Crew

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