Great British Railway Journeys – Series 7 (2016)

Michael Portillo standing on a steam train

Michael Portillo, Great British Railway Journeys © BBC/Boundless, part of FremantleMedia UK

 

Production company: Talkback Thames

Kent Locations used: Dover, Romney Marsh, Dungeness, Ashford, Sevenoaks, Knole Park

Series seven of Great British Railway returns to BBC Two, as presenter Michael Portillo travels on the great train routes of Europe and retraces the journeys featured in George Bradshaw’s 1913 Continental Railway Guide.

In episode six of the new series, Portillo embarks on a new railway journey along the south coast of England which starts at the port of Dover where he is inspired by a brave Victorian sea captain to plunge into the English Channel. Next he takes the spectacular Romney, Hythe & Dymchurch miniature steam railway through the Romney Marsh to Dungeness before heading to Eastbourne.

Episode 16 sees Michael Portillo journey from Ashford to Sevenoaks starting by lending a hand at a state-of-the-art train maintenance plant which is home to the High Speed 1 trains. Next he tracks east to Marden and is moved by music played on Queen Victoria’s personal piano before ending his journey in Sevenoaks where he ends the journey at Knole Park, seat of the Sackville-West family.

Dover is home to Europe’s busiest ferry port as well as the iconic White Cliffs of Dover and Dover Castle. Productions which have previously filmed in the Dover area include Avengers: Age of Ultron (2015), Mr Selfridge Series 3 (2015) and Poirot – The Clocks (2009).

Romney Marsh is renowned for its unique natural beauty, diverse wild life and extensive coastline. The Romney Marshes have been used as a film location for The Honourable Woman (2014), Parade’s End (2012) and Dr Syn: The Scarecrow of Romney Marsh (1964).

The desolate landscape of Dungeness is largely made up of shingle with wooden houses, power station, lighthouses and extensive gravel pits. The Dungeness area has previously been seen on screen on Homes By The Sea (2014), Nicki Minaj ‘Freedom’music video (2012) and Eastenders (2007).

The market town of Ashford has shops, eateries, a designer outlet shopping centre and has great links with London and Europe which are just a train ride away through Ashford International train station. Ashford and surrounding areas has been used as a film location from visiting productions including The Apprentice (2015), The Monuments Men (2014) and Emma (2009).

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)

The Dover to Lewes episode of Great British Railway aired on Monday 11th January 2016 at 18.30 on BBC Two and the Ashford to Sevenoaks episode is on Monday 25th January 2016 at 18.30 on BBC Two .

Links

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

For more information about the show: http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b00xgqxy

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

For more information about Romney Marsh: http://www.visitkent.co.uk/destinations/folkestone-hythe-and-romney-marsh/11313

For more information about Dungeness: http://www.dungeness-nnr.co.uk/

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The Apprentice (2015)

The Apprentice Contestant with Karren Brady, Lord Sugar, Claude Littner

The Apprentice Contestant with Karren Brady, Lord Sugar, Claude Littner © BBC/Boundless/Jim Marks

 

Production company: Talkback

Kent Locations: Dover Castle, Margate, Ramsgate, Sandwich, Dover, Whitstable, Ashford 

The Apprentice is a popular BBC One show where ambitious entrepreneurs compete to avoid hearing the famous line “You’re Fired” and win Lord Sugar’s £250,000 investment.

The 18 candidates will have to show their commercial insight and business sense throughout the 12 tough tasks which are closely watched by Lord Sugar’s advisors Baroness Karren Brady and, replacing Nick Hewer, Claude Littner.

In episode three of series 11, “Cross-Channel Discount Buying”, Lord Sugar summons the group to the wartime tunnels underneath Dover Castle where the two teams “Connexus” and “Versatile” are given their task – half of the team must stay in Kent and the other half must travel to France to find nine items and negotiate the best possible price. The team that spends the least amount of money will win.

During the task, the teams visit Kent towns including Margate, Ramsgate, Sandwich, Dover, Whitstable and Ashford.

With the mission over, the teams head back to the boardroom to find out who won and which candidates are in the firing line.

Margate and Ramsgate are coastal towns in the Thanet District of Kent offering gorgeous beaches, historic towns and a harbour. The area has previously featured in productions such as Eastenders (2015), Edge of Heaven (2013) and True Love (2012).

Situated on the River Stour is the medieval town of Sandwich which has some of the best-preserved half-timbered houses in the country, eateries and B&B’s. The area has been used for filming on projects including Steph and Dom Meet Nigel Farage (2014), World War Z (2013) and Britain’s Craziest Christmas Lights (2013).

Dover is home to the infamous White Cliffs of Dover, Dover Castle and the Port of Dover, Europe’s busiest passenger port. Productions which have previously filmed in the Dover area include Avengers: Age of Ultron (2015), Mr Selfridge Series 3 (2015) and Missing (2009).

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.  Terry and Mason’s Great Food Trip (2015), James May’s Man Lab (2013) and Tipping the Velvet (2002) have previously chosen to film in Whitstable.

Ashford is a market town with many shops, eateries, and a designer outlet shopping centre with London and Europe are just a train ride away through Ashford International train station. Ashford and surrounding areas has been used as a film location from visiting productions including Gadget Man (2014), The Monuments Men (2014) and Emma (2009).

Don’t miss the Cross-Channel Discount Buying episode of The Apprentice featuring Kent which will be shown on Wednesday 21st October 2015 at 21:00 on BBC One.

Links:

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

For more information about the programme visit: http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b06kk8y6

For more information about the locations: http://www.visitkent.co.uk/

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The Monuments Men (2014)

Official Movie poster for Monuments men. Vertical poster. The top half of the page is split into six columns, each displaying a photo and the surname of each of the main actors Clooney, Damon, Murray, Goodman, Bonneville and Blanchett. The bottom half of the poster has the title of the film centered in bold red text.

The Monuments Men movie poster © Columbia Pictures and 20th Century Fox

DirectorGeorge Clooney

Writers: George Clooney, Grant Heslov

StarringGeorge Clooney, Matt Damon, Cate Blanchett, Bill Murray, John Goodman, Hugh Bonneville, Jean Dujardin, Bob Balaban

Production company Fox 2000 Pictures, Smokehouse Pictures, Studio Babelsberg

Kent Filming Locations: Farm in High Halden, Ashford

George Clooney, Matt Damon, Hugh Bonneville are walking with luggage. A plane wing is in the background.

Frank Stokes (George Clooney), James Granger (Matt Damon) and Donald Jeffries (Hugh Bonneville) © Columbia Pictures and 20th Century Fox

 

The Monuments Men is an action drama film based on the true story of one of the greatest treasure hunts in history, where an unlikely team are tasked to go to Germany during World War II and rescue art masterpieces from Nazi thieves and return them to their rightful owners.

With the German Army under instructions to destroy all of the artwork, the Monuments Men as they were known, consisting of museum directors, curators, and art historians are tasked to go behind enemy lines and retrieve the art and are willing to risk their lives to protect and defend mankind’s greatest achievements.

Frank Stokes (George Clooney) and James Granger (Matt Damon) are in their WW2 having a drink at a bar. Clooney is smiling at a more anxious looking Damon.

Frank Stokes (George Clooney) and James Granger (Matt Damon) © Columbia Pictures and 20th Century Fox

Directed, co-written and starring George Clooney (Up In The Air, Confessions of a Dangerous Mind) the film also stars a wealth of talent including Matt Damon (Bourne Trilogy, The Departed) , Cate Blanchett (Blue Jasmine, Lord of the Rings series), Bill Murray (Lost in Translation, Ghostbusters), John Goodman (The Big Lebowski, Argo), Hugh Bonneville (Downton Abbey, Burke and Hare), Jean Dujardin (The Wolf of Wall Street, The Artist) and Bob Balaban (Girls, Gosford Park).

In June 2013, the production visited a farm in High Halden, Ashford where they filmed establishing shots of the farmland. A number of the production team also chose to stay in Ashford whilst filming scenes in Camber Sands in neighbouring East Sussex.

Ashford is a lively town with tremendous rail links, both to Europe via the Eurostar and to the capital via the High Speed Javelin. The town boasts many shops, eateries, and a designer outlet shopping centre and only a short drive away is a glorious Kent countryside. This isn’t the first time that Ashford and surrounding areas has been used for filming with previous visiting productions including Don’t Tell The Bride (2013), The Secret Removers (2012) and Emma (2009).

Don’t miss The Monuments Men which is released in cinemas on 14 February 2014.

 

Links

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

For more information about the film visit: http://www.sonypictures.com/movies/themonumentsmen/

For more information about Ashford visit: http://www.visitashfordandtenterden.co.uk/

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Don’t Tell the Bride (2013)

 

 

Don't Tell The Bride, Kent couple Kallie and Grantt - Kallie is on a horse and Grantt is standing next to it with green surroundings

Don’t Tell The Bride, Kent couple Kallie and Grantt © BBC, Renegade Pictures, thephotographygarden.co.uk

Production company: Renegade Pictures

Kent Locations: Gravesend, Three Dawes Pub, Darenth Country Park, Ashford, Biddenden, Tenterden, Maidstone

Don’t Tell the Bride is the popular BBC Three series where a couple is given £12,000 for their dream wedding, but there is a catch – the bride cannot be involved and has to hand every detail of the wedding over to the groom, including the all-important dress. With just three weeks to organise a perfect wedding, emotions are guaranteed to run high. Will the brave brides be happy with the weddings?

Kent couple Kallie and Grantt with heads nuzzled

Don’t Tell The Bride, Kent couple Kallie and Grantt © BBC, Renegade Pictures, thephotographygarden.co.uk

Now in its seventh series, Don’t Tell The Bride follows Northfleet couple Kallie and Grantt as the groom organises a wedding which he thinks his bride-to-be would like, and the bride looks at what her dream wedding would be. Teacher Grantt arranges an elaborate fairytale themed wedding while his science student Kallie wants a traditional wedding, will the bride approve? Throughout their journey they visit many Kent locations including Gravesend, Darenth Country Park as well as wedding locations in Ashford, Biddenden, Tenterden and Maidstone.

Gravesend is on the south bank of the River Thames and has a cast iron pier, promenade and high street as well as international links at the nearby Ebbsfleet International station. Gravesend has welcomed other productions such as Piggy (2012), Britain’s First Photo Album (2012) and Ashley Banjo’s Secret Street Crew (2012).

Ashford is a market town which lies on the River Stour and has many shops, eateries, and a designer outlet shopping centre with beautiful countryside only a short drive away. Ashford and surrounding areas has featured in productions including The Secret Removers (2012), Cowboy Traders (2012) and Emma (2009).

Maidstone is the county town of Kent which lies on the River Medway. The town has busy shopping areas, parks, nearby stunning countryside and attractions such as Kent Life and Leeds CastleMaidstone has been featured on programmes such as DIY SOS: The Big Build (2013), Sarah Beeny’s Selling Houses (2013) and  The Maidstone Studios has hosted filming for TV productions such as Later…With Jools Holland (2013), Take Me Out (2010 – 2013) and The Biggest Loser (2012).

Don’t miss Kallie and Grantt’s episode of Don’t Tell the Bride which will be shown on Tuesday 29th October on BBC Three at 21:00. 

Links

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

For more information about the programme visit: http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b00d7mtr

For more information about Gravesend: http://www.visitkent.co.uk/destinations/gravesend-and-dartford/6892

For more information about Ashford: http://www.visitkent.co.uk/destinations/ashford-and-tenterden/6211

For more information about Maidstone: http://www.visitkent.co.uk/destinations/maidstone/6185

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


The Secret Removers (2012)

 

The Secret Removers (L-R) Claire Smith, Judith Hopkins, George Johnson, Alison Cork, Ben Huckerby

The Secret Removers (L-R) Claire Smith, Judith Hopkins, George Johnson, Alison Cork, Ben Huckerby © Channel 4

Production company: Objective Scotland

Kent locations used: Ashford

Channel 4’s makeover property series, the Secret Removers comes to Kent as the Dryden family in Ashford receive a helping hand with the stresses of moving house, but will they like the results once the team have decorated their new house?

With moving house often listed as one of the most stressful things to go through in life,  The Secret Removers hope to take the worry of moving away from a family!

In each episode, interior designers Claire Smith, Ben Huckerby, Alison Cork, George Johnson and Judith Hopkins take turns to take control of the moving process for a family, including choosing which of the families posessions they throw away, which  to use and how to decorate the new home. But will the surprise be a nice one for the family, or a disaster?

Ashford has become a lively town due to its tremendous rail links, both to Europe via the Eurostar and to the capital via the High Speed Javelin. The town boasts many shops, eateries, and a designer outlet shopping centre and only a short drive away you’ll find lots of beautiful countryside. This isn’t the first time that Ashford and surrounding areas has been used for filming with previous visiting productions including Cowboy Traders (2012), Country File (2012)  and Emma (2009).

The Secret Removers is on Channel 4 on Wednesday 28th November 2012 at 11:00 on Channel 4.

Links:

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

For more information about Ashford visit: http://www.ashfordtourism.co.uk/

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


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.

Links:

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

For more information about the programme: http://www.channel5.com/shows/cowboy-builders

For more information about Ashford: http://www.visitashfordandtenterden.co.uk/

For more information about Sittingbourne: http://www.visitkent.co.uk/explore/swale-faversham-sittingbourne-isle-of-sheppey.asp

For more information about Hever Castle: http://www.hevercastle.co.uk/

For more information about Sevenoaks: http://www.visitkent.co.uk/destinations/sevenoaks/6334

For more information about Tunbridge Wells: http://www.visittunbridgewells.com/

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

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


Country File (2012)

Countryfile presenters Matt Baker, Ellie Harrison and John Craven

Countryfile presenters Matt Baker, Ellie Harrison and John Craven © BBC

Production Company: BBC

Kent locations used: Godmersham, Godmersham Park

Country File is the long running BBC series that explores the stories, people and issues in the British countryside, and is presented by John Craven, Matt Baker and Ellie Harrison.

County File has been running since 1988, and not only is it a popular programme, it also publishes a bi-monthly magazine. It used to be aired on Sunday mornings, but since 2009, has moved to an early evening slot, which now pulls in over 5 million viewers a week.

The village of Godmersham lies by the river Stour between Ashford and Canterbury and is a gorgeous and picturesque place rich in wildlife. Godmersham Park House was built in 1732, and was owned by Jane Austen’s brother, her novels Pride and Prejudice, Emma and Mansfield Park are thought to be inspired by the village and characters of Godmersham.

Watch the Godmersham episode of Country File on Sunday 11th March 2012 on BBC1 at 19:00.

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/b006t0bv

For more information about Ashford: http://www.ashfordtourism.co.uk/

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