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Peter Ackroyd's Thames

The Theatre of Water


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    The author tells the story of the London docks of the 18th and 19th century and how they handled the trade of the world. He also travels upriver to quieter waters where Londoners once spent their holidays.

  • A Special Relationship

    The journey ends with a look at noted writers, including John Milton, Alexander Pope, Charles Dickens and Kenneth Grahame, who are thought to have had a special relationship with the river. The presenter also visits the wild and desolate estuary, where ships head for the open sea. Last in the ser...