Wednesday, 12 August 2009
Griff Rhys-Jones on the River Lea - 16th Aug BBC One
I don't know how many of you have been following this excellent series - but I have been absolutely hooked. Last week there was a story about one of the kings way back when - actually moving a river - because it didn't look right as it flowed past his country mansion!
These are the small - very interesting - stories that have come out of this programme that I love.
This week (tomorrow - Sunday 16th August - BBC1 - 9pm) - Griff Rhys-Jones travels from the source of the Lea in Leagrave Common, Luton to the Thames, stopping off at the heritage site in Waltham Abbey, now a popular attraction for families, on the way. He explores the role water played in the industrial revolution - and research and development processes in the gunpowder mills 300-year secret history.
Of course - the actual River Lea is the one on the other side of Arena Fields (now on the Olympic site) - but I wonder if Griff will take a stroll down past Leabank Square? Even if he doesn't - I'm sure he'll come up with some amazing fact about our history that none of us knew before!
I urge all of you to watch this amazing series - it's one of the best things the BBC has done!