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Sam and the River 

Sam is a teenage boy who lives with his mother and and old man called Patrick in a pub on the River Thames. One day he sees a model aeroplane flying over the river and then a group of men ... See full summary »








Series cast summary:
Simon West Simon West ...  Sam Leigh 6 episodes, 1975
Jo Rowbottom Jo Rowbottom ...  Katie Leigh 6 episodes, 1975
Harry Markham Harry Markham ...  Patrick Flint 6 episodes, 1975
Bryan Marshall ...  Alan Flint 6 episodes, 1975
Christopher Coll Christopher Coll ...  John Taylor 6 episodes, 1975
Peter Woodthorpe ...  Smithy 6 episodes, 1975
Mark Dightam ...  Paul Redmond 6 episodes, 1975
Billy Cornelius Billy Cornelius ...  Bill 6 episodes, 1975
Donald Churchill ...  Mr. Ashton 6 episodes, 1975
Ben Aris Ben Aris ...  Lt. Hodges, Helicopter Pilot 6 episodes, 1975
Myles Hoyle Myles Hoyle ...  George Warren, Coastguard 6 episodes, 1975
George Mikell George Mikell ...  Captain Andr√© 6 episodes, 1975
June Page June Page ...  Alison 6 episodes, 1975
Sally Horne Sally Horne ...  Mrs. Redmond 6 episodes, 1975
Diana Rayworth Diana Rayworth ...  Mrs. Warren 6 episodes, 1975


Sam is a teenage boy who lives with his mother and and old man called Patrick in a pub on the River Thames. One day he sees a model aeroplane flying over the river and then a group of men hiding in an old warehouse. He watches them, and before long he discovers that they are diamond smugglers... and Patrick's son is one of the gang. Written by Anonymous

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Sweden | UK



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24 April 1975 (UK) See more »

Also Known As:

Tom und die Themse See more »

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(6 episodes)
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Excellent British television serial from the mid-1970s.
23 February 2018 | by DavidW1947See all my reviews

Filmed in London, in and around the River Thames in the summer of 1974, this classic BBC / Swedish co-production six part television film serial is about two schoolboy friends, Sam Leigh (Simon West) and Paul Redmond (Mark Dightam) who between them disrupt the well laid plans of a gang of diamond smugglers on the River Thames. Each episode is never less than very entertaining and the theme music is very catchy. The colour cinematography is gorgeous with plenty of sunlit location filming and we even get treated to a helicopter flight with our two heroes over the River Thames and see such well known landmarks as the Palace of Westminster and Tower Bridge from the air. The then very photogenic 12, going on 13 years old Simon West lights up the screen throughout.

Slight spoiler here, but no more than you'd see in an actual trailer. In episode 5, there is a chase scene between two power boats on the river, where the villains are chasing Sam because he's made off in his boat with a cache of diamonds that the villains had smuggled into the country by flying them in from the continent in a model aeroplane and this sequence is particularly well filmed and edited. Highly Recommended.

In August, 2017, this much sought after serial, which many had believed to be lost, finally made it onto DVD, but only in Germany and dubbed in German. However, don't let that put you off, for, as long as you have a simple synopsis for it, it's easy to follow the story and it will do until the original English language version is released on DVD. Look for it on amazon under the title "Tom und die Themse". It's an excellent transfer and well worth buying...although I don't know why the Germans changed the title from "Sam and the River" to "Tom and the Thames". Maybe 'Sam' is a swearword in Germany.

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