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Summer by the River: The Living Thames

190721 The Living Thames

An odyssey along the river Thames as it meanders through London and flows out to sea, exploring its ever-changing ecology

Environmentalist Chris Baines journeys along the tidal Thames as it meanders through London and flows out to sea, exploring its ever-changing ecology.

The Thames is Britain’s most famous river. Nevertheless, many people don’t know very much about it. For millions who see it every day, it’s a mystery.

Sixty years ago the Thames was severely polluted. Many people still see it as dead and dirty.

The reality, however, is completely different. In recent decades, thanks to the dedicated work of many, the Thames has made a dramatic recovery to become one of the cleanest inner-city rivers in Europe.

During his journey Chris meets many people who tell him more and more about just how much life there is, in and around the Thames.

Introduced by David Attenborough

Director of Photography Clive Gill

Co-produced by Amy Pryor, Thames Estuary Partnership

Produced, directed and edited by Dorothy Leiper

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