The renowned Channel 4 cooking show comes to Dover and Folkestone and sees four amateur chefs compete by trying to hold the best dinner party and scoop the £1,000 prize.
The Kent locals are self-confessed witch Lisa, eccentric 70-year-old Janet, parish priest Andy and businessman John. They each host a dinner party for the other contestants and pull out all stops by serving a three-course meal as well as providing entertainment to impress their guests. Watch out for an Abba tribute band, a song about cowboys, a 1950s-themed evening and a Downton Abbey dress code! At the end of each night, the guests score the event out of 10, and the winner takes home the £1,000 prize. The show, as always, has commentary from Dave Lamb, known for his witty take on the proceedings. The hit programme has been running since 2005 and is currently in its 26th series.
Dover is home to Europe’s busiest passenger port, facing France across the narrowest part of the English Channel. The surrounding chalk cliffs have become known as the White Cliffs of Dover after “(There’ll Be Bluebirds Over) The White Cliffs of Dover”, a World War II popularised by Vera Lynn. The Dover area has previously featured on screen in The Tunnel: Sabotage (2016), Wolf Hall (2003) and Sherlock Holmes: Game of Shadows(2011).
Folkestone is the principal town in Shepway. It has Edwardian architecture on The Leas, a sandy beach and an award winning coastal park within just an hour of London by High Speed Train. The Folkestone area has been used as a location for filming by productions such as The Tunnel(2013 – 2016) Mud Men(2012) and Is Anybody There? (2009).
Don’t miss out on the Kent episode of Come Dine With Me on Friday 27th April 2012 at 20:00 on Channel 4.
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 Marshsheep, 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 EthnobotanistJames Wong (Countryfile).
During his Kent visit, Giles discovers what British beer tasted like before hops arrived from Europe when he visitsKent Life, Alys investigates the origin of English cherries, and Lucy heads to Whistable in search of shellfish. They also visit Romney Marshto 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).
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).
Don’t Get Done Get Dom is a consumer series presented by Dominic Littlewood who helps members of the general public that have been mistreated by some well-known companies. In the Kent episode, Dom helps a family from Sheerness who had a bad experience with a national travel agency. Will Dom be able to get compensation from the company and more importantly an apology?
This episode features three families whose holidays were severely disrupted, and all three travel agents claimed that the circumstances were “out of their control” therefore were not responsible for any losses. Dom takes on the three companies: Thomson, Thomas Cook and TravelSphere.com to see if he can get them to accept some responsibility and compensate the families. Dome also investigates who decides which destinations are unsafe to travel to.
Throughout the show Dom tests the knowledge of the general public when it comes to consumer rights. He also teaches someone how to get a better deal on a product or service, which gives them more confidence in making deals with the store assistants and managers.
Dominic Littlewood has fronted many consumer shows including Cowboy Builders, Postcode Lottery and he also regularly presents features on The One Show. Don’t Get Done Get Don is in its sixth series and has been running since 2006, and Dom has taken on major companies such as Nationwide, EDF Energy, Carphone Warehouse and many more.
Popular Channel 5 series Cowboy Traders returns for series 7, and comes to Kent to help people who have fallen victims at the hands of rogue traders.
In the opening episode, presenters Dominic Littlewood (Don’t Get Done, Get Dom, The One Show) and Melinda Messenger (To Buy or Not to Buy, Live From Studio 5) help two couples who were conned by a wedding company. The shop promised to give them perfect weddings, they just had to pay for the package, and the company would deliver everything from dresses and suits, to the car and cake. Sadly, this did not happen for either couple and the shop subsequently shut down. They had paid several thousand pounds for their big day and received nothing in return.
While Dom sets to find the owners of the shop and get some answers, Melinda helps the couple who are in debt from paying for their wedding twice as well as organise the wedding of a lifetime for a second couple who had to cancel their wedding altogether.
Ashford is a small market town, with historic buildings, lots of eateries and several shopping facilities. Ashford’s International Eurostar train station means that it is well connected with the rest of the country, as well as Europe. Ashfordand surrounding areas has been used as a film location from productions including The Apprentice(2015), The Monuments Men (2014) andEmma(2009).
Sittingbourne is also a market town which has historical houses, museums, beautiful gardens and fascinating nature reserves. For fans of action, it also has a Greyhound Racing track and Go Karting, as well as a skate park. The area has been used by projects such as A Taste of Britain(2014), Southcliffe (2013) and The Riddle(2007).
Chilham is a remarkable village with fifteenth century square of black and white timbered buildings as well as a church, school and many shops and pubs. The area was welcomed filming from a variety of filming projects including Top Gear(2011), BBC’s Emma(2009), and Hercule Poirots Christmas(1995).
Screen South is looking for 8 Creative Business Teams to develop their feature length scripts, entrepreneurial skills and businesses. The teams can be existing businesses or newly formed partnerships but with a minimum of 2 people maximum of 3 people per team.
The chosen teams will be invited to seminars, master classes and have access to hot desks, phones, and a meeting space which is available at the Studio Creative Business Base over the programme. The programme concludes with all 8 teams pitching (both your Projects and Businesses) in London with top industry Financiers, Producers and Business Angels.
The teams will also have access of up to a £500 bursary available for a variety of expenditures during the programme and have free access to the four live public events that will also be running over the same 6-month period at Maidstone Studios as well as opportunities to meet with the guest industry panelists.
The Creative Business Base programme will be delivered by current industry practitioners and will cover subjects including:
Script and Project Development
Legals and contracts
Entrepreneurial mind-set and skills
Planning and Pitching
Creative Business – planning and development
Sources of Funding and Finance
Single project and Business Investments
Ways to market (Traditional vs. new media inc social networks)
Sales Distribution Exhibition – what are they looking for?
Working with the global markets UK and International
Understanding exploitation potentials of projects (IP)
Don’t miss the 2 Day Laughter festival where you can see 15 Kent film entries and a cameo by comedy legend Harry Hill on Saturday 31st March at the Theatre Royal Margate 2:30pm
Kent Media Company Beeping Bush Productions bring back 2 Day Laughter for its fifth year. The quirky film festival is a must for all fans of comedy, and aims to have you screaming with laughter!
The competition was open to all filmmakers, comedians and writers and the challenge was simple: to produce a five minute comedy short in a total of only 48 production hours and on a minimal budget.
However, the films also had to include several comedic props, elements or phrases including: a mouse, a rubber glove, a wedding dress, an unusual sport, a current political event, or the phrase “I’m too tired to do that again!”.
Competition is fierce, and there are 15 entries from Kent–based filmmakers alone. Keep your eyes peeled for a cameo from comedian Harry Hill, who makes a guest appearance in The Thora Hird Man; a chaotic comedy by the Whitstable filmmaking comedy team of Nick Wilty and Maxine Pearson.
Still from Thora Hird Man
The films will be screened in the beautiful Theatre Royal Margate. They will be judged by a panel of industry professionals from film and media & entertainment which include actress Brenda Blethyn, Time Out’s comedy editor Ben Williams, BBC television and Radio 4 comedy writer and presenter Jon Holmes, University of Kent’s own lecturer in stand-up comedy Dr Oliver Double, and Dave Clark, of Covent Garden advertising agency Inferno.
The programme includes two sections; Just For Laughs, which is non competition shortlisted films, followed by the Competition Screening and awards :
Just for Laughs 2.30pm Doors Open
3.10pm Screening One
4.00pm Screening Two
5.00pm Screening Three
2 Days Laughter 2012 Screening & Awards
6.30pm Doors Open
7.15pm Competition Film Screening One
8:30pm Competition Film Screening Two
10.00pm Awards Ceremony
10.30pm – Late Afterparty @ The Westcoast Bar, Margate Harbour
Watermark is a documentary feature film about Buckland Mill, the historical paper mill in Dover. It was produced by Dover Arts Development (DAD) and part-funded by the Kent Film Office through the Kent Development Fund.
The preview took place on 6th March 2012 at and the audience included various people involved in making the film; the Vice Chairman of Dover
District Council and the Town Mayor, as well as many former Mill employees.
Cllr Paul Le Chevalier said “I would like to congratulate DAD and everyone connected with the production of the excellent film Watermark. I found it to be an exceptionally interesting piece of social history, highlighting the importance of Buckland Paper Mill to the people of Dover. The mixture of archive pictures and real interviews really brought it to life”.
The Mayor said “I thought the film was absolutely brilliant, a wonderful piece of social history and it’s a pity we haven’t got more of this type of work to keep for future generations”.
The 90-minute film was written and edited by Marianne Kapfer and Dominic de Vere. It has an original soundtrack that was composed by Robert Jarvis. The documentary explores the history of the mill that was closed in 2000 and resulted in 300 job loses.
Screen South, the region’s creative development agency for film said that Watermark was “One of the stand-out success stories of the region”. Dr Tim Strangleman, Professor in Sociology at the University of Kent, calls it “A filmic paean to work and working class culture: richly evocative, thought provoking and profoundly moving.”
There will be another screening of the film on May 9th 2012 at 4pm at The Gulbenkian in Canterbury.
Comedian John Bishop took on a grueling challenge to raise money for Sport Relief! Don’t miss the special programme which shows how John was tested to the limit when he cycled, rowed and ran more than 295 miles from Paris to London in just five days.
The 45-year-old started his journey in Paris at 8am on 27th February and didn’t arrive in Calais until nearly 3am, a punishing day of cycling 185 miles. After very little sleep, day two saw John row across the choppy waters of the English Channel to Dover with the help of celebrity friends TV presenter Davina McCall, athlete Denise Lewis and cricketer Andrew Flintoff.
Back on British soil, John had to start the first of his three marathons in three days, which saw him run from Dover to Faversham, passing through Lydden, Shepherswell, Bridge, Canterbury, Dunkirk and Boughton. Along the way, he was once again joined by some famous faces for support – Comedy Dave from The Chris Moyles Show and TV presenter Dermot O’Leary.
Despite being in a lot of pain, John pushed on through day four of the challenge and ran 28 miles from Faversham to Gravesend via Sittingbourne, Rainham and Rochester, this time joined by his wife, as well as Radio 1 DJ Chris Moyles and comedian Frank Skinner.
Day five, the final day of John’s “Week From Hell” saw John start his run in Gravesend, passing through Dartford and Bexleyheath and being joined by footballer Robbie Savage and his sons. His challenge ended in Trafalgar Square in London, where he was met by hundreds of supporters cheering him along and comedian Jason Manford, who announced John had raised over £1 million pounds.
Sport Relief is a charity that was set up in 2002, when Comic Relief and BBC Sport collaborated to make the new charity which would combine sport and fundraising for people who are living in challenging circumstances in both the UK and across the world.
To date, John challenge has raised more than £1.6 million. Don’t miss John Bishop’s Week of Hell on Thursday 22nd March 2012 at 21:00 on BBC1.
The Biggest Loser is the incredibly successful programme where 14 overweight individuals compete to lose the most amount of weight through exercise and by changing their diet. Don’t miss the exciting final which is being filmed at The Maidstone Studios where the winner will be announced!
The 14 contestants have been living in a mansion for the past 16 weeks, taking on the challenge of a tough exercise regime lead by a professional trainer and careful diet plans to drop the pounds and transform their lives. They have also taken part in punishing challenges, such as racing up a mountain, pulling a bus for 200m and finding hidden items in sand-pits.
The dramatic final will see the previous contestants return for dramatic transformations and the last three contestants battle it out at the Final Weigh-In to see who is crowned the champion and will win the £25,000 prize.
The popular programme originated in America, and now is a hit TV programme in over 10 countries. The UK version on The Biggest Loser is in its fifth series and hosted by Davina McCall (Big Brother, Got to Dance and The Million Pound Drop).
BBC’s Bang Goes the Theory returns for its sixth series and comes to Broadstairs to look at engines, explore why petrol costs so much, and look at the alternatives, such as homemade bio fuel.
In the first episode of the series you can find out how an engine works and watch the team race two motorbikes, both powered by homemade bio fuels. This is a must watch for all science lovers and petrol heads!
The popular science magazine series has been running since 2009 and is co-produced by the BBC and Open University. The show is presented by Liz Bonnin (Autumnwatch), Dallas Campbell(The Gadget Show)Jem Stansfield (Scrapheap Challenge), and Dr. Yan Wong. They examine how science shapes the world around us and test scientific theory with various experiments.
Broadstairsis a beautiful seaside town which boasts a sandy beach lined with traditional beach huts. It also has a very busy high street with a wide range of shops, from mainstream to independent stores, lots of restaurants and plays host to several annual festivals including The Broadstairs Dickens Festival in June and Broadstairs Folk Week in August.
The new series of Bang Goes the Theory starts on Monday 12th March 2012 at 19:30 on BBC1.