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"The river is in my blood"
                            (Colin Reynolds)
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Debra and David journey from the source of the river in Gloucestershire as far as Windsor in Berkshire, partly on foot, partly on water in a variety of craft. Arguably Britain's most famous waterway, the River Thames seems to evoke strong emotions in the people who live and work on or near it.
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From 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.



The 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 famous river. 

  Serialised in six episodes on Six-TV Oxford and Southampton, 2001 - 2009.

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