June 2019

The Thames: Britain’s Great River with Tony Robinson – Episode 3

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.


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.

Source: Radio Times

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