The River Thames - May 2007

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Desciption: *** A low-resolution version of a high-definition video podcast available at http://www.londonlandscapetv.info *** The River Thames flows through the heart of London, a great water artery that provides a wide foreground to the many landmark bridges and buildings that it flows past on its way to the English Channel. We start our visual journey looking at Waterloo Bridge with St. Paul's Cathedral and the CIty of London beyond. Next, we step down to the river's sandy south shore and look up at the Hungerford Bridge with its recent Golden Jubilee Pedestrian Suspension Bridge extensions. We then stay on the beach as we look once again at Waterloo Bridge. Our next view consists of three shots looking further along the south shore towards Blackfriars Bridge with the buildings of the City of London dominating the background. This sandy / stoney south shore is open to the public at low tide. Our next bridge is the Millennium Bridge, a 330m steel structure erected in time to celebrate the coming of the year 2000, linking the City of London at St. Paul's Cathedral with the Tate Modern Gallery at Bankside. We return to view the river craft ploughing up and down the Thames, this time passing the "Traitors Gate" - a historical river entrance to the Tower of London. Next to Tower of London is Tower Bridge, where we take a southerly view of this impressive structure before we close-in to the roadway capable of being raised to let tall ships through. Our next view is of the World War II battle cruiser HMS Belfast, now occupying a more peaceful role as a floating tourist attraction. Fountains line many parts of the South Bank of the river, this shot being of one by the London Bridge City Pier. Close to Tower Bridge is the curved modern structure of London's City Hall, home of London's Government, the London Assembly. Finally we take a moment to join in the celebrations that form part of the opening of Potters Fields, a new Thames-side park between Tower Bridge and City Hall. Musician Pete Joyce shows off his saxophonist skills - you can hire Pete by contacting him (details on-screen).