Russian crew aboard a Thames boat at Henley


A Russian film crew has been filming along the Thames between London and Oxford.

The crew are filming a series of programmes for two Russian TV channels. One of the programmes, Following the Footsteps of Famous Books, featured locations from Jerome K Jerome's Three Men in a Boat.

The book is studied by students and a Russian version of the film was made some years ago. The documentaries will look at the locations and show what they are like today and include local food and culture.

Among the locations has been The Bull Inn at Sonning-on-Thames where they discussed British pub culture and food with general manager, Christine Mason.

They also filmed aboard an Edwardian launch from Hobbs of Henley, at Wargrave and Shiplake Regatta and the River & Rowing Museum,

Karen Roebuck, Visit Thames Project Manager who organised filming said: " I was amazed to find that an enquiry from Visit Thames website to assist a film crew came from an internet search undertaken in Russia. 

"The Russian edition of ‘Three Men in a Boat’ was very successful and it became a standard school textbook. In 1979 a musical comedy. ‘Three in a boat, not counting the dog’ was filmed by Soviet television. 

"With VisitBritain sponsoring the trip, this will be used as a promotional tool to showcase Britain and its culture, and the businesses along the Thames from boating operators, hotels, pubs, to restaurants and shops."

Story dated August 27th 2015