In this fascinating four-part High Definition series, he travels from the river's source, in Gloucestershire, to the point where it meets the sea at Southend.
Best-selling author Peter Ackroyd tells the story of the world's most famous river, the Thames. Along the way, he meets those who live on the river, those for whom the Thames is a lifeline, and those who have recorded it on canvas - among them rock star Paul Simon. Peter Ackroyd records how this great waterway was a favourite of artists such as Turner and Whistler and poets like Shelley. He explores the rural riverscape which inspired novels like The Wind in the Willows, tells the poignant story of London's docks from boom to bust...and travels across the mysterious estuary aboard one of Britain's sole surviving paddle steamers. Colonial Pictures for Sky Arts & ITV1