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Britain’s Beautiful Rivers with Richard Hammond: Series Premiere (S1EP1 More4 Wed 25 May 2022)

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In this new four-part series, Richard Hammond traverses the UK to explore Britain’s most beautiful rivers. From the rivers Severn and Test to Clyde and Derwent, Richard explores the historical, ecological and economic importance of each.

Travelling from source to mouth, Richard reveals the untold stories and incredible variety of character and history of each river. Swimming, kayaking and walking along these remarkable waterways he meets the people for whom the river is a key part of their lives, either for travel, commerce, or recreation. In this first episode, Richard journeys down Britain’s longest river, the Severn.

From its source in the Cambrian mountains to its mouth into the Bristol Channel, he sees how through history how this waterway has been a river of barriers, division and conflict, but has now become a river of connection. He also sees how its banks were fought over, used as a transport route for hundreds of years, and how it is now being opened back up as a transport route for one of Britain’s rarest migratory fish. Richard’s journey culminates with him travelling beneath the river inside one of the Victorians’ most impressive feats of engineering.

Series Dir: Ben Anderson; Series Prod: Sally Weale; Exec Prods: Patrick Younge; Erika Dodd; Prod Cos: Cardiff Productions, Ursus Productions

Airdate: Wed 25 May 2022 at 21:00 on More4

Season 1 Episode 1

Richard Hammond explores the historical, ecological and economic importance of four rivers.