Our Food (2012)

The Our Food team l-r Lucy Worsley, Alex Langlands, Giles Coren, Alys Fowler and James Wong

The Our Food team l-r Lucy Worsley, Alex Langlands, Giles Coren, Alys Fowler and James Wong © BBC

Production Company: BBC

Kent locations used: Upchurch, Chatham, River Medway, Isle of Sheppey, Queenborough,  Allington Lock, Maidstone, Kent Life, Faversham, Whistable, Romney Marsh

In a brand new BBC series, well-known presenters and experts including food critic Giles Coren, take us on a journey around Britain to discover how food is grown around the country and explore how the landscape, history and climate shape what kind of food we grow.

The Kent episode sees Giles sail on the River Medway, following old trade routes as he and the team visit various places to discover the history of Kentish foods such as the hops and beer, cherries, Romney Marsh sheep, native oysters, lavender and cobnuts.

The presenting team is headed up by Giles Coren (Gordon Ramsay’s The F-Word), who is joined by some familiar faces including historian Lucy Worsley (If Walls Could Talk: The History of the Home), archaeologist Alex Langlands (Time Team), gardener Alys Fowler (Gardener’s World), and Ethnobotanist James Wong (Countryfile).

During his Kent visit, Giles discovers what British beer tasted like before hops arrived from Europe when he visits Kent Life, Alys investigates the origin of English cherries, and Lucy heads to Whistable in search of shellfish. They also visit Romney Marsh to learn about the lives of shepherds.

Faversham is a beautiful, historic market town which boasts nearly 500 listed buildings and is set on the picturesque Faversham Creek. It has many restaurants, shops, attractions and beautiful walks. The Favershamarea has been used as a film location for A Taste of Britain (2014), Southcliffe (2013) and Great Expectations (2012).

The Isle of Sheppey is an island off the northern coast of Kent and has beautiful landscapes such as the RSPB Elmley Marshes and coastline.  Queenborough is a delightful harbour town on the Isle of Sheppey, with an impressive maritime history. The Hide (2009), Great Expectations (1989) and Top Gear – The Sweeney (2012) have previously used The Isle of Sheppey as a film location.

Chatham is part of historic Medway and has many unique filming locations including Fort Amherst and The Historic Dockyard Chatham. Previous productions that have filmed in Medway include Call the Midwife (2013), The Mystery of Edwin Drood (2012) and The Golden Compass (2007).

Maidstone is the county town of Kent. The River Medway runs through the centre of the town, linking it to Rochester and the Thames Estuary. The Kent Life Museum is situated by the M20, only 5 minutes away from Maidstone, and is a great family day out. It boasts 28 acres of land, hops, oast houses, some adorable animals, and fascinating historic buildings from various periods. Productions that have filmed in Maidstone include Rustom (2016), Later… with Jools Holland (2015) and Couples Come Dine With Me (2014).

Whitstable is a seaside town near Canterbury, famous for its annual Oyster Festival as well as the delightful harbour, shingle beach, busy high street and strong arts and culture scene. Projects that have also filmed in the area include Terry and Mason’s Great Food Trip (2015), James May’s Man Lab (2013) and Tipping the Velvet (2002).

Romney Marsh is a diverse landscape perfect for walkers and cyclists and has featured in Parades End (2012), Great Expectations (2012) and The Inspector Lynley Mysteries – Natural Causes (2006).

This programme is a must see for all foodies, don’t miss the Kent episode on BBC2 Wednesday 18th April 2012 at 20:00.

Giles Coren © BBC

Giles Coren © BBC

Links:

For more information about filming in Kent please contact: filmoffice@kent.gov.uk

For more information about the programme: http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b01flrfl

For more information about Faversham: http://www.visitkent.co.uk/explore/swale-faversham-sittingbourne-isle-of-sheppey.asp#Faversham

For more information about The Isle of Sheppey: http://www.visitkent.co.uk/destinations/isle-of-sheppey-sittingbourne/9186

For more information about Chatham: http://www.visitmedway.org/destinations/chatham

For more information about Maidstone: http://www.visitmaidstone.com/

For more information about the Kent Life Museum: http://www.kentlife.org.uk/

For more information on Whitstable: http://www.canterbury.co.uk/canterbury-district/Whitstable.aspx

MMFor more information about Kent’s Filming History please visit our Movie Map: http://kentfilmoffice.co.uk/kent-movie-map/moviemap-live-2/