Summertime Blues (2009)

Francois Goeske and Sarah Beck as Alex and Faye sitting on a kitchen counter smiling to each other © Boxfish Films

Francois Goeske and Sarah Beck as Alex and Faye © Boxfish Films

Director: Marie Reich

Writer: Frederike Kopf

Production Company: Boxfish Films

Kent Filming Locations: Faversham, Stodmarsh, Dover

Alex is a teenager whose life is thrown into turmoil following the announcement that his father’s new girlfriend is pregnant and his mother intends to move to England with her new partner and himself in tow.  

Karoline Eichhorn and Alexander Bayer in Summertime Blues

Karoline Eichhorn and Alexander Bayer in Summertime Blues © Boxfish Films

Summertime Blues chronicles Alex’s exile to a sleepy English village and his determination to return to his home-town of Bremen at the earliest opportunity. It’s not long, however, before he begins to make friends, notably Louie and Faye, who show him that life in the middle of nowhere isn’t all that bad. At a crossroads, Alex is torn between his life in Bremen and his new life in England.

In the height of summer 2008, Kent played host to the German production Summertime Blues. Looking for some of Kent’s most idyllic and romantic countryside locations, the crew came to the Film Office to aid them in their search. After weeks of deliberation the production company chose the beautiful market town of Faversham and the picturesque village of Stodmarsh for Alex’s quintessentially English home. Released in Germany this summer, there are unfortunately no current plans to bring the film to the UK.

The coastal town of Dover is home the port, connecting the UK with the European mainland, Dover Castle which towers above the town, signalling Dover’s strategic importance in the defence of the country and the White Cliffs of Dover, one of the most recognised landmarks in Britain. Dover has been used for filming productions such as The Tunnel: Sabotage (2016), Great British Railway Journeys – Series 7 (2016) and On A Clear Day (2005).

Stodmarsh is a small village on the outskirts of the historic City of Canterbury. The Canterbury area has previously featured on screen in projects such as Rustom (2016), Terry and Mason’s Great Food Trip (2015) The Apprentice (2014).

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 Faversham area has been used as a film location for productions such as Great British Railway Journeys (2014), Channel 4 drama Southcliffe (2013) and Great British Story: A People’s History (2012).

Links 

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

For more information about Dover: http://www.whitecliffscountry.org.uk/Home.aspx

For  more information about Faversham visit: www.faversham.org

For more information about the film: http://www.imdb.com/title/tt1245539/

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Celebrity Masterchef (2009)

Gregg Wallace and John Torode standing in front of the Masterchef logo

Gregg Wallace and John Torode © Des Willie/Plank PR

The fast paced cooking show is back on our screens

Production Companies: Shine, Ziji Productions

Kent Locations Used:Leeds Castle

Under the watchful eye of Kent’s resident Masterchef judge, Gregg Wallace, and his fellow arbitrator John Torode, 24 new celebrities will be vying for the coveted prize of Celebrity Masterchef 2009.

In the first round of the competition the contestants need to impress the judges with their own inventions made from ingredients given to them on the day. Those lucky enough to make it to the final three will be pushed to their culinary limits by creating dishes in extreme locations, conjuring lavish spreads for high profile diners and feeding the masses.

The fourth series sees celebrities such as Colin Jackson, Jayne Middlemiss, Iwan Thomas, Dennis Taylor and Sian Lloyd donning their spatulas in an attempt to be crowned Celebrity Masterchef. To increase the pressure, celebrities from past shows will also be invited to have a second chance at the coveted title!

The Celebrity Masterchef team visited Leeds Castle to complete a cooking challenge.

Leeds Castle is in Maidstone and has a mote and 500 acres of gardens. It has previously been used for productions such as The Hairy Bikers Food Tour of Britain (2009), Lady Jane (1987) and Kind Hearts and Coronets (1949).

Who will be crowned Celebrity Masterchef 2009? To find out watch the new series on BBC 1 from the 11th June 2009 at 8pm.

Links

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

For more information about Leeds Castle: http://www.leeds-castle.com/home

For more information about the programme: http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b007mtf0

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The Hotel Inspector (2009)

Alex Polizzi sitting on a bed in a hotel room

Alex Polizzi © Channel Five

Alex Polizzi is back to sort out Britain’s hotels

Production Company: TwoFour

Kent locations used: Walpole Bay Hotel, Margate

A new series of The Hotel Inspector sees Alex Polizzi visit the Walpole Bay Hotel in Margate to help the owners give the hotel a new lease of life.

Alex Polizzi is a hotelier in her own right as well as the niece of Sir Rocco Forte owner of The Balmoral Hotel and Brown’s Hotel amongst others and using her

The Owners of Walpole Bay Hotel standing in front of the hotel

The Owners of Walpole Bay Hotel © Channel Five

knowledge of the industry, she advises owners of hotels and Bed & Breakfasts on how to spruce up their tired businesses and attract new customers.

Walpole Bay Hotel is located near Margate and was built in 1914. It still retains some of its original Edwardian features despite being extended in 1927 and it’s sprung, maple floor ballroom is still used today. Will Alex be able to help improve the hotel?

Margate is a delightful seaside town with a sandy beach, harbour, arcades, and period housing with lots to offer including galleries, quirky shops and trendy cafes. Margate is a popular film location having previously welcomed productions such as BBC One drama True Love (2012), The Apprentice (2009) and feature film Last Orders (2002).

The Walpole Bay Hotel episode was shown on Monday the 13th July 2009 at 9pm on Five.

Links

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

For more information about The Hotel Inspector: http://www.channel5.com/show/the-hotel-inspector

For  more information about Walpole Bay Hotel: http://www.walpolebayhotel.co.uk/

For more information about Margate visit: http://www.visitthanet.co.uk/destinations/margate/10537?microSiteId=210

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Coast (2009)

The Presenters of Coast in front of the sea

The Presenters of Coast © BBC

More explorations of the UK coastline by the popular team

Production Company: BBC, The Open University
Kent Locations: Whitstable, Redsand Forts

BBC’s seven Coast presenters will once again don their cagoules and walking boots to traverse the UK’s glorious and diverse coastline.

In this series, the experts visit Kent where they taste the delights served at the Whitstable Oyster Festival and visit the distinctive Redsand Forts

The annual festival commemorates Whitstable’s heritage as an Oyster fishing port which dates back to Norman times and is one of the quintessentially British events in any seaside calendar. These days, a week-long regatta is only one of many other attractions, such as parades, live music and, of course, oyster eating!

Whitstable is a seaside town near Canterbury and is famous for its annual Oyster Festival as well as the delightful harbour, shingle beach, busy high street and strong arts and culture scene.  Whitstable has been previously seen on screen in productions such as Who Do You Think You Are? (2013), Cook Me The Money! (2013) and Things I Haven’t Told You (2008).

The Redsand Forts, located just off the coast of Whitstable, were built during World War II to defend the coast around the Thames Estuary from potential air attacks. The seven towers are interlinked by bridges and have since played a part in the development of oil platforms and hosted resident artists,an offshore radio station as well as many film projects, including Blue Peter and a Prodigy music video!

The new series of Coast starts on BBC 2 on the 14th July 2009 at 8pm  

Links

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

For more information about the series Coast: http://www.bbc.co.uk/coast/

For more information about the Whistable Oyster Festival: http://www.whitstableoysterfestival.co.uk/

For more information about the forts and Project Redsands: http://www.project-redsand.com/

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The Forgotten Fallen Spanish Flu (2009)

The cast of the Forgotten Fallen standing in a hospital ward

The cast of the Forgotten Fallen © BBC

A new BBC Four Drama

Production Company: Hardy Pictures, Hardy and Sons

Kent Locations: Kingsgate Bay

Starring Bill Paterson (Little Dorrit) and Charlotte Riley (Wuthering Heights) The Forgotten Fallen is a new drama about the efforts of a Manchurian Doctor to protect the city from the spread of the deadly influenza virus that gripped the UK in 1918.

Dr Niven and his team worked tirelessly to protect the welfare of the most vulnerable residents of the city, from the people living in the slums to the factory workers, fighting against complacency and ignorance of their fellow medical practitioners. In a race against time, the team tried to understand the ever-evolving virus as well as raise awareness of its potential to wreak havoc.

The Forgotten Fallen was inspired by the notes of Dr James Niven, Manchester’s Medical Officer of Health for 30 years and pays tribute to the 70 million people who died from the influenza virus across the world.

The production visited Kingsgate Bay in Thanet to film a dramatic scene as part of the drama.

Kingsgate Bay is known for its beautiful sandy beach and sea caves. Kingsgate Castle, built in the 1760′s for Lord Holland, overlooks the beach making Kingsgate Bay truly wonderful. Kingsgate Bay has been used before by Mr Selfridge Series 4 (2016), Mary Berry’s Absolute Favourites (2015) and BBC Two drama Whistle and I’ll Come To You (2010).

The Forgotten Fallen was shown on BBC Four on Wednesday the 5th August 2009 at 9pm.

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/b00lz31y

For more information about Kingsgate Bay: http://www.visitkent.co.uk/attractions/kingsgate-bay/8815

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The Hairy Bikers Food Tour of Britain (2009)

The Hairy Bikers standing on the beach

The Hairy Bikers by the Sea © BBC

The Hairy Bikers rev up their motorbikes for another food inspired journey.

Production Company: BBC

Kent Filming Locations: Faversham, The National Fruit Collection at Brogdale Farm, Canterbury, Leeds Castle

Following their previous culinary trip which took Simon King and Dave Myers from the UK to Southern India, the Hairy Bikers are looking for inspiration closer to home. Visiting a new county in each episode, The Hairy Bikers Food Map of Britain sees Dave and Si challenging a local restaurateur to a ‘cook off’ in which the chefs have to create a new dish using produce sourced in the county. In Kent the Hairy Bikers challenge Michelin Star chef, David Pitchford.

No culinary tour of Britain would be complete without a visit to The Garden of England. So, the search for the perfect Kentish ingredients takes them to Brogdale in Faversham; which holds The National Fruit Collection. In addition to a food tasting session in Faversham, their journey took them to some popular locations that included Tiny Tim’s Tea-Room in Canterbury, where they sampled the shop’s famous cakes and pastries, along with their Kentish bread rolls based on a 300-year-old recipe!

And finally Leeds Castle, near Maidstone, provides the perfect backdrop for the bikers to get out their cooking utensils and create a traditional county dish.

Dave and Si are planning to visit all 89 counties on their journey but with our rich and varied local produce, we’re hoping that Kent will remain one of their favourites!

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 Faversham area has been used as a film location for productions such as Great British Railway Journeys (2014), Channel 4 drama Southcliffe (2013) and Great British Story: A People’s History (2012).

Canterbury is a vibrant City that offers a variety of locations ranging from the modern day city, parks and open spaces, shopping areas to neighbouring quaint, traditional towns and coast locations.  Canterbury has been featured on screen in projects such as Love Your Garden (2016), Terry and Mason’s Great Food Trip (2015) The Apprentice (2014).

Leeds Castle is a romantic castle with medieval themed rooms, 1920’s style interiors and original marble bathrooms. The large 500 acres estate boasts beautiful gardens, a moat, woodlands, maze with shell grotto and an aviary. Leeds Castle has been used to film a variety of productions including The Hollow Crown: The Wars of the Roses (2016), Henry VIII (2003) and Lady Jane (1987).

The new series starts on BBC Two on Monday 24th August 2009 at 5.15pm and the episode featuring Kent will be aired on 1st September 2009 at 5.15pm.

Links

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

For more information about the programme: http://www.bbc.co.uk/food/programmes/b00mgdgr

For more information about The National Fruit Collection at Brogdale: http://www.brogdalecollections.org/

For more information about Tiny Tim’s in Canterbury: http://tinytimstearoom.com/

For more information about Leeds Castle: http://www.leeds-castle.com/home

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Countryfile (2009)

The presenters of Countryfile leaning on a gate

The presenters of Countryfile © BBC

Production Company: BBC

Filming Locations: Throughout Kent, including Water Lane Farm, the Roughway Farm in Tonbridge, Goods Shed in Canterbury, Parsonage Hop Farm, Shepherd Neame Brewery in Faversham, and the Kent Wildlife Trust at Hem Fen site.

Countryfile has been firmly established on British television for over 20 years, dedicated to educating and sharing with audiences the subjects and sites of rural Britain. Often relating to the current affairs of the time and debating highly political subjects such as fox hunting, organic farming and the pressures on the rural crafts and trades.

And of course any series focussed on promoting the countryside and nature sites of Britain has to make a stop in Kent, the Garden of England.  In a new episode the popular weekly programme visits Kent to discover a wealth of activities and beautiful locations throughout the county.

In the episode, Julia tries her hand at hop farming and takes part in the annual hop harvest, meeting Tony Redsell at his hop farm in the village of Boughton- under- Blean just outside of Faversham. Jules meets the Dene family who own Water Lane Farm, and learns about apple harvesting and the delicious Chegworth Valley Juices produced on site.

It is a little known fact that Kent is the largest producer of cobnuts in the UK, so the team meet up with John Cannon, Chairman of The Kentish Cobnuts Association and owner of Roughway Farm in Tonbridge, to take a closer look at this humble hazelnut.

The next stops are Roughway Farm in Tonbridge, the Goods Shed in Canterbury, the Shepherd Neame Brewery in Faversham and the Kent Wildlife Trust site of Ham Fen near Sandwich, where the team learns about the wild Konik ponies razing there.

 The hour long episode set in Kent will be shown on BBC One on Sunday 6 September 2009 at 7pm.

Links

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

For more information about Countryfile please visit http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b006t0bv

For more information about the Water Lane Farm and Chegworth Valley Juices please visit http://www.chegworthvalley.com/

To learn more about Roughway Farm please visit https://roughwayfarm.co.uk/

To learn more about Kentish cobnuts please visit http://kentishcobnutsassociation.org.uk/

For more information about the Shepherd Neame brewery in Faversham please visit http://www.shepherdneame.co.uk/

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Megastructures: Built from Disaster (2009)

Aerial image of the train crash

The ICE Train disaster of Eschede © Channel Five

Production Company: Indigo Films, Screaming Flea Productions

Kent Filming Locations: Channel Tunnel, High Speed Rail link

Popular documentary series Megastructures returns to Channel Five with a new look series. Megastructures: Built from Disaster looks at how past disasters have informed the building of new structures.

Earlier this year the programme visited Kent to film both the Channel Tunnel and the new High Speed rail link.

On September 10th the programme will look at the construction of tunnels around the world and how disasters such as the Channel Tunnel fire, Mont Blanc and the Gotthard Road Tunnel have informed the building of new structures such as the Gotthard Base Rail tunnel.

Later in the series the programme examines how high speed trains have been developed taking into account some of the lessons learnt from some of recent history’s most horrifying railway disasters. From December 2009, High Speed 1 will connect Kent with Central London, allowing commuters to enjoy a super fast journey in and out of the capital.  The new trains are capable of speeds up to 140mph and will cut journey times in half, but most importantly the journeys will be safe as they have been built from disaster.

The Channel Tunnel in Folkestone is a 50.5-kilometre rail tunnel linking Kent to Calais, France. The Channel Tunnel has featured in both series of The Tunnel (2013-2016).

The series airs on Thursday evenings at 8pm on Channel Five

 Links

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

For more information about the series visit http://www.natgeotv.com/uk/megastructures

For more information on the Channel Tunnel: http://www.eurotunnel.com/uk/home/

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How to Look Good Naked (2009)

Gok Wan standing in front of a black background

Gok Wan © Channel 4

The iconic show returns for a new series

Production Company: Maverick Television

Kent Filming Location: Tunbridge Wells

The popular life-style show How To Look Good Naked returns with a new presenter helping Gok Wan to rid Britain of their Body Hatred! Crowned Miss Naked Beauty in 2008, Shona Collins is charged with investigating why teenagers grow to hate their bodies. Shona works with parents, teachers and young people to petition the Government to add body confidence lessons to the school curriculum.

The series is unique in its approach: it does not encourage participants to lose weight or to undergo dramatic cosmetic surgery, but persuades contributors to love themselves for who and what they are. As a symbol of their new found self confidence and belief in their ‘body beautiful’, they bravely ‘bare all’ to the camera or the general public at the end of the programme!

During Shona’s quest to find out why Britain hates their bodies, she visits Tunbridge Wells to visit teen focused magazine Bliss.

Tunbridge Wells is a large town situated in West Kent with a busy town centre and a period shopping area, The Pantiles,  offering a fascinating variety of small specialist shops, antique shops, open-air cafés, restaurants and bars. Previous productions that have been filmed in Tunbridge Wells include Hunted Series 2 (2016), The British Animal Honours (2013) and Britain’s Best Bakery (2012).

The new series will be shown on Channel 4 on Tuesday evenings at 8pm from the 29th September 2009.

Links

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

For more information about the programme: http://www.channel4.com/programmes/how-to-look-good-naked

For more information about the programme: http://www.visittunbridgewells.com/

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Emma (2009)

Romola Garai in a bonnet in front of flowers

Romola Garai © BBC

Director: Jim O’ Hanlon

Writer: Sandy Welch

Starring:Romola Garai, Jonny Lee Miller, Michael Gambon, Tamsin Greig, Rupert Evans, Robert Bathurst

Production Company: BBC

Kent Filming Locations: Chilham, Squerryes Court, Westerham.

This Autumn Jane Austen’s ‘Emma’ will once again grace our screens with a four part adaptation from the BBC. The new series sees Romola Garai (Atonement) starring as the incomparable Emma Woodhouse, with Michael Gambon (Harry Potter and the Half Blood Prince) as her father.

Jane Austen describes Emma as ‘handsome, clever and rich’ and confessed that Emma is a heroine which no-one but her will like. Emma is determined not to marry. However, she cannot help but play matchmaker to all her friends, often with disastrous consequences. Will she ever learn to let love run its true course?

Behind the Scenes at Squerryes - lighting equipment

Behind the Scenes at Squerryes © Squerryes

Behind the Scenes at Squerryes - filming in the gardens

Behind the Scenes at Squerryes © Squerryes

Market in front of Chilham Castle

Market in front of Chilham Castle © Kent Film Office

Meat Market Stall © Kent Film Office

Meat Market Stall © Kent Film Office

Squerryes Court in Westerham with its grand Georgian rooms was the perfect location to double as the Woodhouse family home. The country house is located in 20 acres of beautiful grounds which include a spectacular garden and an 18th Century Dovecote.    Squerryes Court has been used for productions such as The Hollow Crown: Henry V (2012) and The Boat That Rocked (2009).

The production also chose the beautiful village of Chilham near Ashford to feature as Highbury. Chilham village retains much of its original features, which makes it perfect for period dramas. During filming the square was closed off and all signs of modern life, from the double yellow lines to the burglar alarms, were gently erased. In its place a vibrant market was installed to capture the essence of village life in Jane Austen’s time.

Chilham village has been used for a variety of filming projects including BBC’s Emma (2009), Channel 4 comedy Chickens (2011) and Miss Marple – The Moving Finger (2005).

The series was shown on BBC One on October 2009 and is now available to buy on DVD.

Links

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

For more behind the scenes images: http://brochures.moviesite.biz/view/kent/Behind_the_scenes_images_of_Emma.html

For more information about Squerryes Court: http://www.squerryes.co.uk/

For more information about Chilham visit: http://www.enjoychilham.org.uk/

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