Hetty Feather (2015)

Hetty Feather (Isabel Clifton) and friends - © BBC

Hetty Feather (Isabel Clifton) and friends – © BBC

Writer: Helen Blakeman, Jacqueline Wilson (novel)

Director: Paul Walker

Starring: Isabel Clifton, Gus Barry, Jordon Nash

Production Company:  CBBC

Kent Locations: Cobham Hall

An adaptation of Dame Jacqueline Wilson’s popular children’s novel, Hetty Feather, is set to air this May as a ten part drama for CBBC. This interpretation of Wilson’s 2010 novel introduces some fresh young talent, with newcomer Isabel Clifton in the role of Hetty.

The tale, which was adapted into an exciting stage production for the Rose Theatre in Kingston  last year, was filmed almost entirely in Kent over a five week period last June.

The 12th century manor house, Cobham Hall, now a public school, was the base for the production and doubled for the main orphanage.  

Hetty Feather (Isabel Clifton) © BBC

Hetty Feather (Isabel Clifton) © BBC

A girls’ boarding school since 1962, Cobham Hall is a Grade II listed building and a  popular filming location. Some of the most recent productions that filmed here include, The Great Fire (2014) written by Tom Bradbury and starring Charles Dance (Game of Thrones, Alien 3) and Wild Child (2008) directed by Nick Moore, written by Lucy Dahl and staring Emma Roberts (We’re the Milers, Valentines Day) and Natasha Richardson (Maid in Manhattan, The Parent Trap).

A preview and Q&A session hosted by BAFTA was also made available to the public at the end of April at the Princess Anne Theatre, London.  Author Dame Jacqueline Wilson, screenwriter Helen Blakeman, leading actress Isabel Clifton, director Paul Walker, director of photography Dominic Clemence and Head of CBBC Production Helen Bullough all attended.

The new series of Hetty Feather begins on Monday the 11th  of May on the CBBC channel at 4:30pm.



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

For more information on the programme: http://www.bbc.co.uk/cbbc/shows/hetty-feather

For more information on Cobham Hall: http://www.cobhamhall.com/

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