THE region's rich industrial history and its waterways that launched ships linking Britain to the Empire will be broadcast across the North-East in December.

A host of famous faces will lace up their walking boots to explore England's most scenic riverbanks, include the River Tees, as part of a one-off documentary.

Middlesbrough-born TV presenter, Kirsten O'Brien will host the BBC One episode of River Walks dedicated to the North-East.

As part of the programme airing at 7.30pm on Monday, December 10, Ms O'Brien will reveal her lifelong fascination with the tidal Tees and its daily cycle of incoming and outgoing ships.

She begins her journey at South Gare in Redcar – narrow sand spit that juts out from the southern side of the estuary.

The spot marks the end of 86 miles of river and the backdrop to many happy childhood family days out for the presenter.

Localised versions for each region of England will be broadcast at the same time, with all 11 episodes of River Walks available to view nationwide via the BBC iPlayer.

Stuart Thomas, head of programmes BBC England, said: “I hope we inspire viewers to get out and about in the great outdoors and follow in the footsteps of our presenters along these spectacular walking routes.”