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The Living Thames

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Presented by Chris Baines, President of the Thames Estuary Partnership, The Living Thames is an odyssey along the river 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. We made the film to tell this hidden story.

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, from Teddington at the upper tidal reach to the sea, Chris meets many people who tell him more and more about just how much life there is, in and around the Thames.

We want to open people’s eyes to how truly remarkable the tidal Thames is, and just how crucial it is for connectivity, biodiversity, wildlife and migrating species.

We hope to encourage a feeling of connection to the Thames and in turn motivate people to join us in looking after it to ensure its continued vitality.

For further details, including upcoming screenings of The Living Thames, please contact the Thames Estuary Partnership on

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