The presenter of River Hunters (which returns for series 2 on Sky HISTORY) talks to us exclusively about what’s been keeping him entertained
By Virgin TV Edit
Put on your snorkel and prepare to see the past in a whole new light with the return of the excellent River Hunters on Sky HISTORY.
Following the success of series 1 in 2019, presenter Rick Edwards will once again be joined by YouTuber Beau Ouimette to trawl the UK’s waterways for hidden treasure – in some cases for the very first time.
Meanwhile, underwater archaeologist Gary Bankhead will be on hand to tell the pair what their discoveries reveal about Britain’s tumultuous history.
Not seen the first series? You can watch every episode right now in On Demand > Box Sets.
Over six episodes the team will be using top technology to explore the Rivers Ouse and Derwent in York, the winding waters of Canterbury, plus the Rivers Tay and Garry in Scotland, as they piece together incredible – and often bloody – stories from yesteryear through their fascinating discoveries.
Ahead of episode 1, which sees the boys head to the Scottish Highlands to investigate the gruesome Jacobite Rebellions, find out what’s been keeping Rick Edwards entertained recently by reading our exclusive chat…
TV show: The Terror
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My wife and I have raced through it. It’s fantastic. It’s really atmospheric and psychologically scary. It’s a horror but not in the traditional sense. It’s a fictionalised version of this ill-fated trip to the Arctic from the mid-19th century. It’s brilliantly done. There are some standout performances in it. It’s one of the best things I’ve seen.
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It’s a by-the-numbers disaster film: people racing to get somewhere safe before a comet hits. But it’s really well done. It’s really tense, really stressful. Gerard Butler is genuinely good in it, and I’m not really a Gerard Butler fan. My theory is that he’s been allowed to be Scottish. They haven’t asked him to do an accent. It’s liberated him.
Documentary: Being A Human Person
It’s about Roy Andersson, the Swedish auteur. He’s quite old and quite drunk, and he’s making probably his last feature film. The director has great access to him. It’s a fascinating film, because the guy is so specific. He builds all his sets in his studio. It’s a mad way of working. The documentary is touching and quite sad at times. It’s also beautifully shot in homage to how Andersson himself makes stuff.
Podcast: More Or Less
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It’s based on a Radio 4 show. Tim Harford of The Economist hosts it and it looks at the numbers around us. I think a lot of people have come to it during the past year, because it does a forensic analysis of what we’re hearing about. I love numbers anyway, but it’s very well done and really fascinating. I’d recommend it to anyone.
Book: The Vanishing Half
I’m on about a book every two weeks at the moment. I haven’t read that much since I was a kid! I just read a book called The Vanishing Half by Brit Bennett, which blew me away. It’s one of those books that you go through quickly, but then you slow down because you don’t want to get to the end. I was sad when I finished it. It’s very powerful.
Video games: Backgammon
I play a lot of backgammon and cribbage. I get on Zoom with a couple of friends and we’ve got an app where we can play online. That’s probably as close as I get to video gaming.
It’s educational science content, but it doesn’t feel like it’s a learning platform. It’s brilliant. They’re just the best. I think it’s the best science content anywhere, not just on YouTube. It’s detailed and quite nerdy, which I’m a sucker for.
Guilty pleasure: Seinfeld (sort of)
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I don’t believe in guilty pleasures. I mean, why feel guilty? It seems like a waste of time. The thing me and my wife dip into at the moment is Seinfeld from the very first episode. It’s just joyous. It’s very easy, episodes are 22 minutes long. We have lunch and we watch an episode. It’s really helping us out at the moment, but I have to say I don’t feel guilty about it!
When is River Hunters on TV?
You can watch the first episode of River Hunters series 2 at 9pm on Monday 5 April on Sky HISTORY HD (CH 270). It is also available for 30 days in Catch Up > Channels > Sky HISTORY.
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