Robert Reid Reports On British Waterways (1962)
(produced on behalf of British Waterways)
31 minutes - Colour

Robin Carmody writes...

A film in which Robert Reid, a popular current affairs / investigative TV presenter of those distant days, travels from Avonmouth up the Bristol Channel on "Primrose", and then along the Gloucester and Sharpness Canal to Gloucester Docks. Finally, he journeys up the River Severn to Worcester with a string of barges laden with aluminium, zinc, timber and dried fruit, all in the care of skipper Frank Savage.

It is made in a style far closer to the TV documentaries of the time than most BTF films, and is therefore much less cinematic and mobile than most of their work, with a lot of conversations that now sound very forced and stilted.


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