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The Clyde

from Three Rivers by Hardeep Singh Kohli

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Originally Broadcast On BBC Radio 4 in June 2009

Major rivers are being regenerated for the 21st century. In a three-part series Hardeep Singh Kohli traces their resurgence, from source to sea, of the Clyde, the Mersey and the Liffey.


In this three-part series Hardeep Singh Kohli tracks the Clyde, the Mersey and the Liffey from source to sea. All three pass through major cities on their route – Glasgow, Liverpool and Dublin – and although the vital role they played in industry and commerce from the industrial revolution onward has changed, all of them are now undergoing regeneration to fit the demands of the 21st century. Whether it’s the quality of the water and restocking of fish, or the opportunities for leisure along the banks or on boats, or the changing requirements of industry, these rivers continue to contribute to the wealth and well-being of the nations through which they flow.

Hardeep begins on the Clyde, his home river. Brought up in Glasgow, it’s a river he loves. His journey starts near Lanark, where the waters begin their long journey westward. The beauty of that landscape and the impressive Cora Linn Falls, which is still used to generate hydroelectric power, give way to the more urban setting, eventually reaching Glasgow. The early harbour at Broomielaw, now enhanced by a new pontoon, precedes the great shipbuilding area. The huge Titan Crane at Govan which rises 150 feet has recently been opened to the public. Hardeep gets to the top from which he surveys the remaining shipyards, busy constructing vessels for the navy of the 21st century.

New bridges have brought the city together, bridging, literally, the North-South divide, which has traditionally split Glasgow in two. And although there are rumours of cost-cutting the planned Transport Museum designed by Zaha Hadid, is still due to open in 2011, and will be the jewel in the smartening up of the banks of the Clyde. Hardeep surveys the changes, and ends his journey as the river meets the Firth of Clyde and exits into the open sea.


from Three Rivers, released November 19, 2010
Presented by Hardeep Singh Kohli
Edited & Executive Produced by Neil Gardner
Assistant Produced by Shauna Todd
Produced by Richard Bannerman

(c) 2009, A Ladbroke Productions (Radio) Ltd Release


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