The River

February 3, 2013

The River

The River follows the tranquil life of lovable, Cockney, ex-convict Davey Jackson (Essex) who is lock keeper on the canal near the village of Chumley-on-the-Water. His peaceful life is turned upside down by the arrival of the neurotic, sharp-tongued Sarah MacDonald (Murphy). Over the six episodes of the series the love-hate relationship between Davey and Sarah blossoms into a shaky romance, their potential happiness often spoiled by the machinations of Davey’s cunning Aunty Betty (Vilma Hollingbery) and the hapless intervention of Davey’s deputy Tom Pike (Shaun Scott).

“The River” was first shown on BBC1 during the autumn of 1988 and later repeated in July/August 1989.

Idyllic in its setting although we were warned whenever we went into the canal to avoid swallowing any water as it was not as clean as it looked. I remember my pet the baby pig being changed at least three times, as it seems pigs grow very quickly. A lovely cast and I really enjoyed filming the series.