Rivers with Griff Rhys Jones - Netflix

Posted on Sat 29 June 2019 in netflix

The actor and comedian explores the influence of waterways throughout history, and how they have shaped people's lives across Britain.

Rivers with Griff Rhys Jones - Netflix

Type: Documentary

Languages: English

Status: Ended

Runtime: 60 minutes

Premier: 2009-07-26

Rivers with Griff Rhys Jones - River Lea - Netflix

The River Lea in England originates in Leagrave, Luton in the Chiltern Hills and flows generally southeast, east, and then south through east London where it meets the River Thames, the last looping section being known as Bow Creek. It is one of the largest rivers in London and the easternmost major tributary of the Thames. Its valley creates a long chain of marshy ground along its lower length, much of which has been used for gravel and mineral extraction, reservoirs and industry. Much of the river has been canalised to provide a navigable route for boats into eastern Hertfordshire, known as the Lee Navigation. While the lower Lea remains somewhat polluted, its upper stretch and tributaries, classified as chalk streams, are a major source of drinking water for London. A diversion known as the New River, opened in 1613, abstracts clean water away from the lower stretch of the river for drinking. Its origins in the Chilterns contribute to the extreme hardness (high mineral content) of London tap water.

Rivers with Griff Rhys Jones - Alleged predator - Netflix

On 5 August 2005, a Canada goose was pulled underwater very quickly, as observed by some boat trippers. Several cygnets have also mysteriously disappeared and it was suggested that the creature responsible was a large fish or caiman. The goose's attacker was speculated to have been a crocodile as a pike would probably not have been able to take such large prey; authorities however strenuously denied that there might be a crocodile in the river. On 13 December 2011, a similar attack occurred when another Canada goose went “vertically down”. Observed by two boat trippers on a section of the Old River Lea close to the 2012 Olympic Stadium, the 7 kilograms (15 lb) goose vanished “in the space of half a second”. The observers did not see any sign of the creature. Again a pike or mink was suggested, in view of their predation upon ducks, although it was still argued that a goose would be much too large for such a fish. Yet again, British Waterways stressed the absence of a crocodile. It was presumed that the creature was still at large, if it existed at all. Other suggestions for the predator have been a snapping turtle or, more likely overall, a wels catfish (which are known to exist in small numbers in the Thames and its tributaries).

Rivers with Griff Rhys Jones - References - Netflix