lovely Kelmscott Manor, country home of famous designer William
Morris to Rose Island, home of the River Thames Society's
Education Officer, all are unashamedly proud of their associations
with the river. From the first lock on the Thames the couple drift
gently down to Oxford to take a nostalgic trip on a Salter's
Steamer and talk to a father and son who have worked all their
lives on the river.
Discover the joys of boating with Ian and Dot Hart, and the
historic towns of Oxford, Dorchester, Abingdon, Reading, Henley,
Marlow and finally Windsor are all visited, featuring colourful
Morris Men, Henley Regatta and Traditional Boat Rally. It all
culminates in the wonderful pageantry of Swan Upping,
where Debra and David journey with the Queen's Swan Markers on
their annual review of the river's swans. Interviews with the
River Thames Society and Environment Agency give us important
information about the life of the river.
© 2001 Grindelwald Productions Ltd.
film is rich in visual heritage, interviewing a diverse selection
of people connected to this great waterway, that brings insight
and interest to the viewer. Beautifully photographed and
accompanied by a carefully chosen soundtrack, this two and a
half hour film is a poignant record of Britain's most
Serialised in six episodes on Six-TV Oxford and Southampton, 2001