BBC reporter Huw Edwards won acclaim for his on-air accompaniment before Liz Truss arrived in Downing Street, telling viewers about the geography and development of London’s sewer system.
dwards was described by historian Simon Schama as a “ritual seated king” as he recounts aerial footage of the convoy of cars leading the new Tory leader through the capital.
With the rain threatening to derail the new Prime Minister’s speech to the press, the 61-year-old continued.
“There you can see the banks of the Thames which are quite gray,” he began.
“Some engineering work is going on around the Thames, much of it related to this massive new sewer system…
“The massive drainage project that was undertaken near the Thames at enormous cost to update the Victorian system put in place over 100 years ago by (Joseph) Bazalgette has done an incredible job. but now needs a bit of a boost in capacity in the capital. “
Edwards continued to chat with viewers through London landmarks as Ms Truss neared the destination at around 5pm on Tuesday.
“Walk across the railway bridge there, which is the rail bridge leading to Victoria station, just to get our bearings.
“And then this road along the embankment goes up to Vauxhall Bridge, across the river from MI6 headquarters and past MI5 headquarters, and then up the old Lambeth Bridge, passing quite a few famous and historic sites. bridges over the River Thames.
I have to say “Lots of trees on the banks of the Thames, the river looks rather gray and unattractive today”.
This is my favorite live stream since the man standing at the airport shouted at the plane landing in the storm. Huw Edwards just gave a three-minute presentation on Victorian sewage systemsCaitlin Moran
However, Edwards devoted his most passionate commentary to the garden of the Archbishop of Canterbury at Lambeth Palace.
“Can I see Lambeth Palace there? That’s right… red brick right there, the old palace of Lambeth – the home of the Archbishop of Canterbury.
“And then past the high walls and magnificent gardens. There you are, look at it right there in the background… it really is one of the most magnificent (gardens) in London. “
Ms. Truss arrived at Downing Street to address the nation shortly thereafter, but not before Edwards won herself new fans.
“Loved Huw Edward’s ‘Oh, I won’t go that way’ tone as Liz truss’s convoy headed south across Lambeth Bridge,” comedian and Mock The Week host Dara O Briain tweeted. .
Writer Caitlin Moran posted: “This has been my favorite live stream since the man standing at the airport shouting at the plane landing in the storm.
“Huw Edwards just gave a three-minute presentation on Victorian sewerage.”
One tour guide even joked Edwards was practicing for Knowledge, a test of black taxi drivers’ knowledge of the capital’s streets.
However, not everyone is impressed.
Historian Simon Schama tweeted: “Huw Edwards’ commentary is truly eerie about Truss’ drive to Downing Street as if it were some kind of royal procession ‘passing the splendid Lambeth Palace'” , etc”
He added: “Huw Edwards is reduced to Sat Nav ritual”.
https://www.independent.ie/world-news/and-finally/huw-edwards-on-sewers-bridges-and-magnificent-garden-ahead-of-pms-arrival-41966834.html Huw Edwards on the ‘magnificent’ sewers, bridges and gardens before the arrival of PM