The Thames: Britain's Great River with Tony Robinson

The Thames: Britain's Great River with Tony Robinson

Series 1 - Episode 2



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.


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