TV Snow journeys through Docklands history

By Giles Broadbent on June 12, 2012 3:29 PM |


Peter Snow will tonight do what most of us do every day - take a journey through the Docklands. But this being TV and all that, the journey is physical and historical as the veteran presenter traces the development and contribution of this hallowed land.

For the documentary, part of The Great British Story: A People's History, the Snowster sets out to discover how the Docklands has transformed over several centuries of history and developed into a trading and commercial powerhouse.

On a journey which spans 2,000 years he unearths tales of forgotten crafts and gruesome traditions and charts how the area provided homes and employment for succeeding generations of farmers, shipbuilders, artisans, tradesmen, dockworkers and - in recent years - er, us.

He said: "This has been a fascinating and instructive historical adventure. I can remember London's Docklands when they were little more than a bombsite.

"When I was a young reporter, I lived on a boat in St Katherine's Dock by the Tower. I used to sail down the river wondering whether this great imperial powerhouse - with all its social and industrial vibrancy - could ever be recreated.

"Well now Docklands is a new and flourishing environment and I hope this programme will do a lot to inform the area's new inhabitants and all Londoners how rich its history is."

- A Great British Story: London's Docklands is on BBC One London at 10.35pm.