Come Dine With Me (2012)

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Come Dine With Me © Channel 4


Production company: ITV Studios, Shiver Productions

Kent locations used: Dover, Folkestone

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.


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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.

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Giles Coren © BBC


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Don’t Get Done Get Dom (2012)

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Production Company: Flame Television

Kent locations used: Sheerness

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 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.

Sheerness is the largest town on the Isle of Sheppey, which is in north Kent. Sheerness regularly wins the blue flag for its clean beaches it also has lots of pubs, restaurants, shops and heritage attractions. The Hide (2009), Great Expectations (1989) and Top Gear – The Sweeney (2012) have previously used The Isle of Sheppey as a film location.

The Kent episode entitled “Disaster Holiday Zones” airs on BBC1 at 11am on 18th April 2012.


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Cowboy Traders (2012)

Cowboy Traders presenters Dominic Littlewood and Melinda Messenger with the happy couple

Cowboy Traders presenters Dominic Littlewood and Melinda Messenger with the happy couple © Five

Production Company: Ricochet

Kent locations used: Chilham, Ashford, Sittingbourne, Canterbury, Tunbridge Wells, Hever Castle, Sevenoaks

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.

The Cowboy Traders team came to film in various locations in Kent including Chilham, Ashford, Sittingbourne, Canterbury, Tunbridge Wells, Hever Castle and Sevenoaks.

Chilham is a village in the Ashford borough of Kent with a stunning fifteenth century square of black and white timbered buildings. Chilham has been chosen as a film location by  Top Gear (2011), Emma (2009) and Miss Marple – The Moving Finger (2005).

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. Ashford and surrounding areas has been used as a film location from productions including The Apprentice (2015), The Monuments Men (2014) and Emma (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).

Hever Castle is a thirteenth century castle which was once the childhood home of Anne Boleyn and boasts formal Italian Gardens and an ornamental lake. The location has featured in various productions including Inkheart (2008), The Other Boleyn Girl (2008) and Anne of a Thousand Days (1969).

Canterbury is a historic City boasting the magnificent Canterbury Cathedral and St Augustine’s Abbey as well as parks and open spaces as well as neighbouring quaint, traditional villages.  Previous productions that have filmed in Canterbury include Pilgrimage with Simon Reeve (2013) BBC Sport Relief John Bishop’s Week of Hell (2012) and Last Orders (2008).

Sevenoaks is a town in West Kent with vibrant shopping streets, architectural treats and historic buildings including Knole Park which is nestled in a medieval deer-park and full of hidden treasures.  The area has welcomed filming from productions such as Rush (2013), BBC Doorstop Crime 999 (2012) and Pirates of the Caribbean On Stranger Tides (2011)

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).

Tunbridge Wells is a town in West Kent, home to a host of historic buildings, specialist shops, churches and a busy town centre. Productions which have previously filmed in the area include Britain’s Best Bakery (2012), Terry and Mason’s Great Food Trip (2015) and Hunted (2012).

Don’t miss the first episode of Cowboy Traders on 4th April 2012 on Channel 5 at 20:00.


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Creative Business Base – Free 6-month Creative, Business and Entrepreneurial Development Programme

DEADLINE REVISED 2 April 2012 before noon

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)
  • Use of new medias and IP
  • E-marketing and promotion

Don’t miss out on this great opportunity, and apply before noon on Monday 2nd April 2012. For more information and to apply please visit

Fancy a Laugh???

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

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

3.00pm Welcome

3.10pm Screening One

4.00pm Screening Two

5.00pm Screening Three

2 Days Laughter 2012 Screening & Awards
6.30pm Doors Open

7.00pm Welcome

7.15pm Competition Film Screening One

8:00pm Intermission

8:30pm Competition Film Screening Two

9.15pm Intermission

10.00pm Awards Ceremony

10.30pm – Late Afterparty @ The Westcoast Bar, Margate Harbour

Dover Arts Development film Watermark gets full house at preview

The preview screening of Watermark  - Domenic de Vere (Watermark Co-author) Clare Smith (DAD) Marianne Kapfer (Watermark Director) Adam Harris (Advance Digital DVD Mastering) Robert Bernard (Watermark Crew) Andrea Morris (Watermark Crew) Cassie Beckley (Watermark Crew)

The preview screening of Watermark © DAD

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.

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BBC Sport Relief John Bishop’s Week of Hell (2012)

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John Bishop © BBC

Production Company: BBC

Kent Locations Used: Dover, Canterbury, Swale, Medway, Gravesham, Dartford

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.


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The Biggest Loser Final (2012)

Presenter Davina McCall standing in front of a "The Biggest Loser" sign

The Biggest Loser presenter Davina McCall © ITV

Production Company: Shine Limited

Kent Locations Used: The Maidstone Studios

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).

The Maidstone Studios is the UK’s largest independent HD TV studio, where hits such as Take Me Out, Got to Dance and The Door have previously been recorded.

Tune in to the final of The Biggest Loser on Tuesday 13th March 2012 at 21:00 on ITV1.


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Bang Goes The Theory (2012)

Bang Goes The Theory presenters Liz Bonnin, Dallas Campbell, Dr. Yan Wong and Jem Stansfield

Bang Goes The Theory presenters Liz Bonnin, Dallas Campbell,

Dr. Yan Wong and Jem Stansfield  © BBC

Production Companies: BBC, Open University

Kent Locations Used: Broadstairs, Viking Bay

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.

Broadstairs is 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.

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