The River

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01Sabrina and the Fish of No Return20160815

01Sabrina and the Fish of No Return20160815

Writer, naturalist and broadcaster, Paul Evans watches a salmon struggle against the flowing waters to climb up a weir and return to the pool where she was born to lay her eggs. The struggle takes place on the River Severn, which was known to the Romans as Sabrina. Sabrina is also the name of the Severn Cruise boat in Shrewsbury, a woman from Greek mythology who was drowned in a river and a 1950s British glamour model and film star. In this essay, Paul weaves together the stories of these different Sabrinas as he watches the salmon driven by instinct to travel "against the flow, up the one way street" ....Like a film premiere with the star staggering up the red carpet, the crowd shouts encouragement, holds its collective breath, takes photographs, sighs as she stumbles back yet again...and again".

Written and presented by Paul Evans

Actor Adie Allen and Susan Jameson

Additional sound recordings by Chris Watson

Producer Sarah Blunt.

01Sabrina and the Fish of No Return20160815

Writer, naturalist and broadcaster, Paul Evans watches a salmon struggle against the flowing waters to climb up a weir and return to the pool where she was born to lay her eggs. The struggle takes place on the River Severn, which was known to the Romans as Sabrina. Sabrina is also the name of the Severn Cruise boat in Shrewsbury, a woman from Greek mythology who was drowned in a river and a 1950s British glamour model and film star. In this essay, Paul weaves together the stories of these different Sabrinas as he watches the salmon driven by instinct to travel "against the flow, up the one way street" ....Like a film premiere with the star staggering up the red carpet, the crowd shouts encouragement, holds its collective breath, takes photographs, sighs as she stumbles back yet again...and again".

Written and presented by Paul Evans

Actor Adie Allen and Susan Jameson

Additional sound recordings by Chris Watson

Producer Sarah Blunt.

02Soul Estuary: The Mouth of the River20160816

02Soul Estuary: The Mouth of the River20160816

"While we existed on dry land, and swam in the river, we lived for the sea", says Alan Read, Professor of Theatre at Kings College London as he explores Estuary Soul and recalls the time he spent growing up by the riverine estuary of Essex. "Those of us without boats, and that was all of us, swam through the summers and other colder months too, and when after hours of up and down, in and out, going nowhere, we rested, it was in the water still." The mouth of the estuary was their playground, and the history of this landscape fed into the estuary soul; the music, people, industry and culture "in the end, we knew we were all at the end, of the river, together, alone."

Written and presented by Alan Read

Actor Susan Jameson

Additional sound recordings by Chris Watson

Producer Sarah Blunt.

02Soul Estuary: The Mouth of the River20160816

"While we existed on dry land, and swam in the river, we lived for the sea", says Alan Read, Professor of Theatre at Kings College London as he explores Estuary Soul and recalls the time he spent growing up by the riverine estuary of Essex. "Those of us without boats, and that was all of us, swam through the summers and other colder months too, and when after hours of up and down, in and out, going nowhere, we rested, it was in the water still." The mouth of the estuary was their playground, and the history of this landscape fed into the estuary soul; the music, people, industry and culture "in the end, we knew we were all at the end, of the river, together, alone."

Written and presented by Alan Read

Actor Susan Jameson

Additional sound recordings by Chris Watson

Producer Sarah Blunt.

03Rivers Of Faith20160817

In the third of five illustrated essays by different writers on the theme of The River, Martin Palmer, Secretary General of The Alliance of Religions and Conservation reflects on the significance of rivers in religious stories and traditions. Drawing on examples he considers how rivers are a metaphor for life. They are also about being a part of something greater. They flow into the sea and the sea flows into the ocean. "As such the river is a natural symbol of the soul returning to the Source - God, the Divine whatever name you give it."

Written and narrated by Martin Palmer,

Actors: Adie Allen and Susan Jameson

Additional sound recordings by Chris Watson

Producer Sarah Blunt

04The Tay20160818

For many years writer and essayist Kathleen Jamie climbed the steep hill near her home and looked out across the view "You have a hawk's eye view of the Tay as it makes its entrance, curving round the hills upstream, to accept the waters of the river Earn and at once becomes estuarial" For many years this was her relationship with the River, her relationship changes when when some Bronze Age swords and a wooden boat are dredged out of the River and she decides to venture out onto the river in a kayak "Suddenly, it wasn't enough to look from the sidelines. I wanted to participate, to get a sense for this majestic river as pre-historic people would."

Additional sound recordings by Chris Watson

Producer Sarah Blunt.

05Flow20160819

05Flow20160819

"I look down at my feet, not quite sure how I'm going to follow the course of the river North Tyne from its source to the sea when I'm having trouble putting one foot in front of the other" says wildlife sound recordist Chris Watson as he recalls a journey he made, capturing the sounds of the river and the landscape through which it flows from its source to the sea,. This is an immersive journey in sound through moorland, bogs, rushy flats and steep valleys, past scrapyards and rowing clubs, under bridges and past ferry landings and through the city of Newcastle upon Tyne, before heading out to the Black Middens and the sea at Tynemouth where eider ducks bow and coo in the swell.

Narrated and recorded by Chris Watson

Producer Sarah Blunt.

05Flow20160819

"I look down at my feet, not quite sure how I'm going to follow the course of the river North Tyne from its source to the sea when I'm having trouble putting one foot in front of the other" says wildlife sound recordist Chris Watson as he recalls a journey he made, capturing the sounds of the river and the landscape through which it flows from its source to the sea,. This is an immersive journey in sound through moorland, bogs, rushy flats and steep valleys, past scrapyards and rowing clubs, under bridges and past ferry landings and through the city of Newcastle upon Tyne, before heading out to the Black Middens and the sea at Tynemouth where eider ducks bow and coo in the swell.

Narrated and recorded by Chris Watson

Producer Sarah Blunt.

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Rumer Godden's classic autobiographical novel, dramatised by Judy Allen.

At the side of the river in India near the family home, Harriet writes poems to preserve eternally the summer of a blissful childhood.

But when Captain John returns injured from the Great War, Harriet senses that strong forces are taking hold of all their lives.

Narrator....Phyllida Law

Harriet....Gemma Padley

Captain John....Nicholas Rowe

Mother....Suzanne Burden

Bea....Emily Hamilton

Nan....Leena Dhingra

Father....Lyndam Gregory

Valerie....Victoria Shalet

Victoria....Alexandra Thomas-Davies

Bogey....Jordan Theis

Director John Taylor