Songs of Praise: Pugin God’s Architect (2012)

Presenter of Songs of Praise, Aled Jones, in a church

Aled Jones © BBC

Production Company: BBC

Locations used: Ramsgate Harbour, St Augustine’s Church, Ramsgate.

BBC’s Songs of Praise comes to Kent to film in the beautiful St. Augustine’s Church in Ramsgate, built by famous 19th century architect Augustus Welby Pugin.

Presented by Aled Jones (Escape to the Country, Cash in the Attic), Songs of Praise allows the nation to pray together, join in the singing of hymns and songs and discover uplifting stories of faith.

Aled explores the week’s theme, which is ‘Pugin –  God’s Architect’. Augustus Welby Pugin built St. Augustine’s Church between 1845 and 1852 and became most famous for his design of Big Ben for the Palace of Westmister

The Songs of Praise team was welcomed to Thanet in May this year, and throughout the episode, images of Ramsgate Harbour can be seen along with views of Thanet’s beautiful coastline.

Ramsgate is a popular coastal filming location and and home to the only “Royal” harbour in the country. It has been used for productions such as True Love (2012), Ruby Blue (2007)  and Hancock and Joan (2008).

Songs of Praise: Pugin God’s Architect will be shown on 24th June 2012 on BBC One at 17:30.

Links

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

For more information about this programme visit: http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b006ttc5

For more information about Ramsgate visit: http://www.visitthanet.co.uk/destinations/ramsgate/10539?microSiteId=210

For more information about Ramsgate Harbour visit: http://www.portoframsgate.co.uk/welcome_to_the_marina.aspx

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A Dickensian Christmas – Songs of Praise (2011)

 Songs of Praise presenters Pam Rhodes, Aled Jones, Diane-Louise Jordan - standing in a church

Songs of Praise presenters Pam Rhodes, Aled Jones, Diane-Louise Jordan © BBC

Production Company: BBC

Kent Locations Used:  St George’s Church in Gravesend & Rochester.

To celebrate the Charles Dickens bicentenary and for a special Christmas episode as well as an episode for Lent, the production crew for popular BBC programme Songs of Praise came to Kent to film in November.

Aled Jones comes to Kent to investigate the life and faith of Charles Dickens. The programme includes contributions by Dickens’ great-great-grandson and Rochester Cathedral Choir. St George’s Church in Gravesend became the central location for this Dickensian episode of the programme. Singing well known hymns and carols, members of the congregation were invited to attend wearing period costume!

St George’s Church has a fascinating history: it is said that the body of Pocahontas, a Native American who left her home in Virginia to marry an English man, was interred in the vicinity of the church after her previous resting place was damaged by fire.The church has been a place of worship for over 250 years.

Situated in North West Kent is the town of Gravesend  which has exceptional transport links up to London, a cast iron pier, promenade and high street. Gravesend has previously hosted productions including The Interceptor (2015), Babylon (2014) and Great British Railway Journeys (2014).

The historic town of Rochester has cobbled streets, parks and the Cathedral and castle . The Medway area has previously been seen on screen in Jekyll and Hyde (2015), The Mystery of Edwin Drood (2012) and Sherlock Holmes (2009).

A Dickensian Christmas will be shown on Sunday 11th December on BBC One at 4:55pm – 5:30pm

The Songs of Praise Lent Programme will be shown on Sunday 19th February 2012.

Links

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

For more information on St. George’s Church: http://www.stgeorgesgravesend.org.uk/

For more information on Rochester: http://www.visitmedway.org/

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Songs of Praise visits Canterbury Cathedral (2011)

 

 

 

 

 

Songs of Praise Aled Jones © BBC

Songs of Praise presenter Aled Jones © BBC

Kent’s Historic Cathedral resounds with Songs of Praise

Production Company: BBC

Kent Filming Location: Canterbury Cathedral

Aled Jones takes a tour of Kent’s iconic cathedral and introduces more popular hymns and sacred songs.

Canterbury Cathedral dates back to 597AD when St Augustine established his seat in Canterbury. In 1170 Archbishop Thomas Becket was famously murdered in the Cathedral . Since medieval times the site has attracted thousands of pilgrims, as told in Geoffrey Chaucer’s Canterbury Tales and brought to the screen by local screen legend Michael Powell in a film adaptation of the same name. More recently it became the site of one of Antony Gormley’s sculptures, made entirely from nails replaced while the cathedral roof was being repaired.

The City of Canterbury remains one of the largest tourism centres in England, known for its cobbled streets and wealth of historic buildings. It also boasts 3 universities, Kent County Cricket Club, the recently developed Marlowe Theatre as well as the Canterbury Festival . Canterbury has been used for filming by projects such as Rustom (2016), Goodbye To Canterbury (2013) and The Family (2008).
Songs of praise can be seen on Sunday, 17:30 on BBC One

Links:

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

For more information about Canterbury Cathedral: http://www.canterbury-cathedral.org/

For more information about Songs of Praise: http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b011plhn

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