Kent locations used: The Production was based in the County and locations are across East Kent and France
The Tunnel: Vengeance returns for its final and third series this December. The six-part crime-thriller is set against the backdrop of a refugee crisis in Europe, which leads British detective Karl (Stephen Dillane) to partner with Elise (Clémence Poésy) from the French National Gendarmerie. Together they investigate crimes such as the setting alight of a fishing vessel transporting refugees across the Channel. The series examines themes of terrorism, refugees and the rise of far-right political groups.
East Kent is home to spectacular coastal landscapes and historic towns, and boasts excellent transport links to London and western Europe. East Kent has been used for filming by productions such as Liar (2017) and Humans: Series 2 (2016).
Don’t miss the return of The Tunnel: Vengeance, with all the episodes available on Thursday 14 December on Sky Atlantic at 9pm.
Production Company: Kudos Productions, Matador Films
Starring: Gemma Chan, Emily Berrington, Colin Morgan, Katherine Parkinson, Carrie-Ann Moss, Tom Goodman-Hill
Kent Locations Used: Westgate-on-Sea – West Bay Café, Piggy Bank nursery, Station Road Birchington, Botany Bay, Norfolk Road, Cliftonville
Set in a parallel present, Humans returns for a second series and explores how the latest family gadgets, highly-developed robotic servants called “Synths”, affect and transform human lives, not always for the better.
Series two picks up several months after the end of the first series – Niska (Emily Berrington) is still missing and her fellow synths – Mia (Gemma Chan), Leo (Colin Morgan) and Max (Ivanno Jeremiah) are still trying to find their place in the world amidst unconfirmed reports of synths behaving erratically.
The award winning first series of Humans attracted an average of 4.8million viewers, becoming Channel 4’s highest rated drama in 20 years.
The series stars Gemma Chan (Secret Diary of a Call Girl Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit), Emily Berrington (The Inbetweeners 2 24: Live Another Day), Colin Morgan (Merlin The Fall), Katherine Parkinson (The IT Crowd, The Boat That Rocked), Carrie-Ann Moss (Jessica Jones, The Matrix) and Tom Goodman-Hill (Mr Selfridge, Everest).
The production team filmed in Thanet between April and June 2016 using locations including Westgate-on-Sea – West Bay Café, Piggy Bank nursery, Station Road in Birchington and Botany Bayand Norfolk Road in Cliftonville.
Westgate-on-Sea is a coastal town near Margate which offers a sandy beach, arcades, Dreamland amusement park, shops and restaurant plus the renowned Turner Contemporary gallery. Botany Bay is in Thanet and is a popular film location due to its blue flag beach almost 200m long with stunning chalk cliffs and rock pools. The Thanet area has previously featured on screen in productions such as The Lady in the Van (2015), True Love (2012) and Ruby Blue (2007).
Humans series 2 starts on Sunday 30th October at 21:00 on Channel 4.
The Tunnel: Sabotage is the second series of Sky Atlantic’s critically acclaimed show, re-uniting unlikely Anglo-French detective duo Karl Roebuck (Stephen Dillane) and Elise Wasserman (Clémence Poésy) on another intense investigation.
While series one was a re-imagining of Scandinavian drama “The Bridge”, the new series is an original story by Ben Richards (Outcasts, Spooks) and kicks off with two seemingly isolated events: a plane crashing into the Channel, killing everyone on board and a French couple abducted from the Eurotunnel.
Elise Wasserman (Clémence Poésy), having been promoted to French Commander, is reunited with DCI Karl Roebuck (Dillane) to investigate the two cases. The cross border teams follow a shocking trail of devastation as the victims mount up and become embroiled in a terrifying, deadly game.
The gripping eight part thriller is a Sky Atlantic and Canal+ co-production, made by Kudos and Shine Films France. Joining The Tunnel’s acclaimed production team for the second series are director Mike Barker (Broadchurch, The Smoke) and producer Julian Stevens (Hustle, The Fall).
Stephen Dillane (King Arthur, Game of Thrones) and Clémence Poésy (127 Hours, In Bruges) return in the lead roles, supported by Angel Coulby(Merlin, The Jacket), and new to series two, Emilia Fox (Silent Witness, The Wrong Mans), Clarke Peters (Notting Hill, The Wire), Paul Schneider (Parks and Recreation, The Newsroom) and William Ash (Waterloo Road, Shameless).
The hit first series was largely filmed in Kent and the county welcomed The Tunnel: Sabotage production team once again to their base at Discovery Parkin Sandwich. Filming took place in a number of East Kent locations between April and July 2015 including:
D-Day: The Last Heroes is a two part BBC One drama-documentary, which focuses on the events that culminated in the D-Day Normandy landings of World War II in 1944. Presented by historian Dan Snow, the series examines how the analysis of 3D aerial photos helped the Allied Forces win.
Minnis Bay is a long sandy beach with facilities nearby such as a children’s outdoor play area and a sailing club.
Northdown Park is in the Palm Bay area of Margate and has delightful small walled gardens and a large open space, sports pitches and children’s play area.Also in the park is Northdown House which is a popular wedding venue due.
East Northdown Farm and Nursery is in Margate and has extensive gardens and nurseries, particularly coastal and chalk loving plants.
Don’t miss D- Day: The Last Heroes which will be shown on Sunday 9th June 2013 at 21:10 on BBC One and Monday 10th June 2013 at 21:00 on BBC One.
Thaandavam is an Indian film directed by Vijay (God’s Own Child) and is a mix of action, thriller and sci-fi with traditional Indian song and dance. The film stars some big Bollywood names and is about a blind man who has a special ‘Echolocation’ power on a revenge mission.
Thaandavam is a Tamil film and is one of the first Indian films to have shot action scenes using Hollywood technology and techniques. There is a star studded cast includingChiyaan Vikram winner of India’s National Film Awards (God’s Own Child), Anushka Shetty (God’s Own Son) Lakshmi Rai (Mankatha) and English model, actress and former Miss Teen World, Amy Jackson who has become a big name in Bolllywood.
The Thaandavam crew came toBotany Bayback in April of this year, and the stunning beach was used for a dance sequence with a sand artist.
Botany Bay is in Thanet and is a popular film location due to its blue flag beach almost 200m long with stunning chalk cliffs and rock pools. Productions that have previously filmed at Botany Bay include Sky Atlantic comedy Hunderby (2012), BBC drama True Love (2012) and ITV’s The Fixer (2008).
Don’t miss the action packed Thaandavam, which is out at selected cinemas from 27th September 2012!
This new seven-part dark comedy series is written by and starring Julia Davis, best known for her creation of award winning BBC series, Nighty Night. Set in the 19th century, it follows the story of a shipwreck survivor, Helene, who is washed ashore near a small English village where she meets and marries a widowed pastor. However her new husband’s housekeeper is trying to drive a wedge between them and it appears that Helene is hiding some dark secrets. Expect comedy, chaos and twists and turns!
Hunderby dives into a world of repression and morals, depicting tales of love affairs and relationship rifts and is a must see for comedy fans! According to Lucy Lumsden, the Head of Comedy for Sky, Davis’ “sick and twisted sense of humour has found its natural home,” promising great things for the upcoming series.
Expect many famous faces including Julia Davis herself who plays Dorothy the housekeeper, Alex MacQueen (The Inbetweeners), Alexandra Roach (The Iron Lady), Rosie Cavaliero (Spy), Rufus Jones (Holy Flying Circus), Alexander Armstrong (The Armstrong & Miller Show), Rebekah Staton (Spy), Kevin Eldon (This Is Jinsy), Jane Stanness (Nighty Night), and Ben Bishop (Whitechapel).
Earlier this year, the cast and crew of Hunderby came to Botany Bayin Thanet to make the most of the quiet stretches of sandy beach and picturesque white cliffs which served as a beautiful backdrop for the shipwreck scenes in the period drama. Botany Bay has proved a popular filming location, having also been used for upcoming Bollywood film Thaandavam (2012), Washed Up (2008) and The Fixer (2008), to name a few.
Don’t miss Hunderby which premiers on Monday 27th August 2012 at 22:00 on Sky Atlantic.
True Love has many familiar faces including David Tenant (Doctor Who) Billie Piper (Secret Diary of a Call Girl), Jane Horrocks (Absolutely Fabulous), Vicky McClure (This is England), Lacey Turner (Eastenders), Ashley Walters (Inside Men), Jamie Winstone (Kidulthood), and David Morrissey (The Other Boleyn Girl).
The series explores love in the modern day and the many different dilemmas and situations along the way. Each story has links with the previous, either through connecting story lines or character connections and all have plenty of drama, heartbreak passion and some surprising outcomes.
The five stories that take place during the week-long serial include a married man whose life is turned upside down due to the reappearance of his first love, a school teacher who is drawn to a female pupil, a married woman who takes revenge on her cheating husband by starting an affair, a father unable to connect with his baby and a divorcee on a desperate search for new love.
In 2011, Kent welcomed the crew and stars of True Love. The production based it self inMargate, the director Savage’s home town, and used many Thanet locations including Margate Beach and promenade,Margate High Street, train station, various hotels and bars and even Thanet District Council Offices. They also used the Turner Contemporary, as well as nearby Westgate-On-Sea, Cliftonville, Pegwell Bay, Botany BayandBroadstairs.
Thanet has an astonishing 9 Blue Flag beaches and is a very popular filming location, due to its beautiful bustling seaside towns. It previously welcomed many TV and film productions, including Hancock and Joan (2008), Last Orders (2002) and a McDonald’s Happy Meal Commercial.
It is also home to the Turner Contemporary art gallery, adjacent to Margate harbour, which was built to contribute to the regeneration of the town and is fast becoming a highlight of the British visual arts scene. It also hosted the first public screening of the opening episode of True Love on 29th March 2012.
True Love will air every night on BBC One at 22.25pm from Sunday 17th – Thursday 21st June 2012.
BBC2 drama Whistle and I’ll Come To You is a modern adaptation of M R James’ Edwardian ghost story which stars John Hurt (Merlin, Hellboy)as James Parkin who after leaving his wife in a nursing home travels to their favourite destination, a quiet seaside town. On a deserted beach he has an encounter with an apparition which continues to haunt him for the rest of his stay.
The one off drama was written and adapted by Neil Cross and explores the themes of ageing, supernatural with a psychological element throughout.
The drama also stars Gemma Jones (Bridget Jones Diary, Sense and Sensibility) and Lesley Sharp (Scott & Bailey, The Full Monty).
Washed Up is a short film where the stars are the countries of the European Union. 12 people are washed up on a beach with no idea how they got there. Each person has a small piece of machinery on a chain around their neck with their country’s flag painted upon it.
Bewildered and confused, they all speak at each other in their own languages. It is only by working together and learning to understand each other, that they are able to use their individual pieces to reconstruct a clockwork box they find on the beach and unlock its secret. The 12 members of the European Union are subsequently ‘United in Diversity’ which is the main motto of E3 Films.
Joseph Martin a former student of the University of the Creative Arts was awarded funding from a European filming initiative called E3 Films. The funding is awarded to projects which seek to explore and promote the diversity of Europe’s culture and linguistics. The film, along with all the other shorts that were funded through the scheme, was entered into the Priz Europa in Berlin.
Washed Up was located entirely in Thanet’s Botany Bayusing local people as extras. Botany Bayis famous for its beautiful sandy beach making it a perfect location for the film.
Joseph said: ‘Filming was crazy; we had taken a whole army down there and were the talk of the town. Our set was filled with all this amazing equipment and talent, we had individuals there who had worked with Spielberg and another of the crew had just come straight from working on a Guy Ritchie film. Incredible.’
‘I loved working with such a large crew and in such a difficult location. It gave me the sort of experience no other student will have. I managed to cope when I could have easily been overwhelmed and now feel more proven as a director. I know now I can deal with whatever is thrown at me.’
From the award winning production company Kudos, who also brought you Hustle, Life on Mars and Spooks , comes a six part drama starring Tamsin Outhwaithe (Eastenders, Hotel Babylon), Peter Mullan (Children of Men, The Magdalene Sisters), Andrew Buchan (Cranford, Party Animals) and Jody Lee Latham (Ruby Blue, Shameless).
Retired police officer, Lenny Douglas (Peter Mullan), heads up a renegade group acting outside the law to bring order to the spiralling criminal activity in the country. He hires John Mercer (Andrew Buchan), a former Special Forces member who has just been released from prison, to fix problems by carrying out assassinations. Rose (Tamsin Outhwaite), a disgraced ex police officer, and petty thief Calum (Jody Lee Latham) help Mercer carry out his hits effectively, making them a deadly force to reckon with.
The production team visited Kent briefly in 2007 to shoot scenes at Botany Bayin Thanet.