Thursday, 06 August 2020

Russians get taste of life in Henley

TENS of millions of Russian TV viewers will be given a glimpse of Henley in a new documentary series.

TENS of millions of Russian TV viewers will be given a glimpse of Henley in a new documentary series.

A film crew spent five days on the River Thames between London and Oxford, visiting the locations from Jerome K Jerome?s classic novel Three Men In A Boat.

The book is studied by Russian students and a Soviet version of the 1956 film was made some years ago.

The production company aims to produce four 25-minute documentaries for Russia?s main TV channel, which has a 142 million reach, and GTRK Kultura, which can reach another 47 million. Apart from Henley, the locations included Kingston, Runnymede, Marlow, Bisham, Windsor and Oxford and the programmes will compare each place now with how it was in the late 19th century when Jerome?s humorous tale of a river holiday was published.

Subjects covered include food, local culture and sport.

For the Henley visit, filming began at the Bull Inn in Sonning and there was a discussion about British pub culture.

The Russian crew were then taken up the river in an Edwardian launch provided by Hobbs of Henley, passing the Wargrave and Shiplake Regatta on the way to Henley.

There was a quick stop-off at the River and Rowing Museum to collect a picnic lunch provided by the Quince Tree in Stonor and then it was on to Henley Rowing Club.

There, the crew met former Olympic rower Toby Garbett, who introduced presenter Evgeny Krivtsov to rowing.

Garbett, who is now a personal trainer, said: ?I wanted to give them the best experience possible. I organised for me to go in a double scull with the presenter. I took him down the regatta course and managed to get a launch as well so they could do some filming.?

The itinerary was organised by Karen Roebuck, project manager for Visit Thames, and the group was accompanied by Dasha Motyagina, Visit Britain?s public relations manager (Russia), which funded the trip.

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