Pilgrimage with Simon Reeve (2013)

Simon Reeve at Canterbury Cathedral © BBC and Lion TV

Simon Reeve at Canterbury Cathedral © BBC and Lion TV

Production Company: Lion TV, Iridescent Films

Kent Locations: Canterbury, Canterbury Cathedral

In a new BBC Two series, author and broadcaster Simon Reeve retraces the exciting adventures of British pilgrims exploring the faith, hopes and desires that keep them on the road. Meeting inspirational modern travellers, Simon visits some extraordinary sights and learns about the forgotten aspects of pilgrimage.

In the first episode, Simon sets out on a 500-mile journey from the Holy Island of Lindisfarne off the coast of Northumberland to Canterbury. The production visited Canterbury in May 2013 to visit the shrine of Thomas Beckett at Canterbury Cathedral.

Canterbury is a vibrant City in East Kent that offers a variety of locations ranging from the modern day city, parks and open spaces, shopping areas to neighbouring quaint, traditional towns. Previous productions that have shot in Canterbury include Martin Lewis Money Show – The Twelve Saves of Christmas (2013) Bargain Hunt (2012), and A Canterbury Tale (1944).

Pilgrimage with Simon Reeve will be shown on Tuesday 3rd December 2013 at 21:00 on BBC Two.

Links

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

For more information about Canterbury: http://www.canterbury.co.uk/

For more information about the programme: http://www.bbc.co.uk/mediacentre/proginfo/2013/49/pilgrimage-with-simon-reeve.html

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Martin Lewis Money Show – The Twelve Saves of Christmas (2013)

Martin Lewis holding a Christmas stocking and Saira Khan wearing reindeer ears

Martin Lewis and Saira Khan © ITV

Production company: Shiver Productions

Kent Location: Canterbury Cathedral, City of Canterbury

The Martin Lewis Money Show returns with a Christmas special to help viewers save money in the run up to Christmas and enjoy the New Year debt-free. The financial expert offers clever shopping tips as well as new concepts to save money, such as his ‘advent’ calendar which predicts big discounts from retailers.

Along with reporter Saira Khan, Martin delivers his 12 Saves of Christmas including banning unnecessary Christmas presents and finding the best deals. Martin visited Canterbury Cathedral and Canterbury City to meet the Archbishop of Canterbury Justin Welby who offers his own money-saving tips.

Canterbury Cathedral is one of the oldest and most famous places of worship in the country.  Canterbury itself is a historic yet 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.  Previous productions that have been filmed in Canterbury include Superscrimpers (2013), BBC Sports Relief John Bishop’s Week of Hell (2012) and Songs of Praise (2011).

Don’t miss Martin Lewis Money Show – The Twelve Saves of Christmas which will be aired on Tuesday 12th November 2013 at 20:00 on ITV1.

Links

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

For more information about the programme: http://www.itv.com/presscentre/ep1week46/martin-lewis-money-show

For more information about Canterbury: http://www.canterbury.co.uk/

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Goodbye To Canterbury (2013)

The enthronement of Archbishop Rowan Williams at the Cathedral

Enthronement of Archbishop Rowan Williams © Canterbury Cathedral

Production Company:  BBC

Kent Locations Used: Canterbury, Canterbury Cathedral, Pegwell Bay

Goodbye To Canterbury is a one-off BBC Two documentary, which gives a unique insight into Dr Rowan Williams’ life as the Archbishop of Canterbury, on the eve that he is retiring after 10 years in the job.

The 104th Archbishop provides a detailed account of some of the exciting historical events that have shaped and the stories that surround Canterbury Cathedral. This hour long programme explores the 2000 years of English ecclesiastic art and architecture and observes the current tensions between Church and State.

The production visited the beautiful city of Canterbury, and Canterbury Cathedral itself. 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. Previous productions that have shot in Canterbury include Bargain Hunt (2012), Songs of Praise (2011) and A Canterbury Tale (1944).

Also featured in the programme is Pegwell Bay, which is between Sandwich and Ramsgate and has a distinctive sandy bay with sea cliffs, lots of wildlife and a rich history. It is managed by Kent Wildlife Trust and was previously used as a filming location by BBC’s True Love (2012).

Goodbye To Canterbury will be on Tuesday 1st January at 17:30 on BBC Two.

Links

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

For more information about Canterbury: http://www.canterbury.co.uk/canterbury-district/Canterbury.aspx

For more information about Pegwell Bay: http://www.kent.gov.uk/leisure-and-community/parks-and-outdoor-activities/pegwell-bay-country-park

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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

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Last Orders (2002)

Last Orders Movie Poster © Metrodome Distribution Ltd.

Last Orders Movie Poster © Metrodome Distribution Ltd.

Director: Fred Schepisi

Writer: Graham Swift (Novel) and Fred Schepisi

Starring: Michael Caine, Helen Mirren, Ray Winston, David Hemmings, Bob Hoskins, Tom Courtenay

Production Company: Future Films, MBP, Scala Productions, Winchester Films 

Kent Locations: Rochester, the Historic War Memorial in Chatham, The Mount – Old Wives Lees near Chilham, Canterbury Cathedral, Margate

Last Orders is based on the novel of the same name by Graham Swift, and tells the story of how one man’s death affects the lives of those close to him as his best friends make a journey to pursue his final wish to have his ashes scattered at sea.

Throughout the journey, Jack’s companions share their own individual memories of him and how he made an impact on their lives. Flashbacks are used throughout the film stretching through six decades telling the story of the group of London pals as they make their heart felt journey to say goodbye to their friend.

Directed by Fred Schepisi (Six Degrees of Separation, A Cry in the Dark) and starring a host of acting talent including Michael Caine (The Italian Job, Batman Begins), Ray Winston (The Departed, The Sweeney), Bob Hoskins (Made in Dagenham, Ruby Blue), David Hemmings (The Rainbow Jacket, Gangs of New York), Tom Courtenay (Doctor Zhivago, The Golden Compass) and Helen Mirren (Calendar Girls, The Queen).

Rochester was used as a stop off during the friend’s journey and you can see them drive over Rochester Bridge and also walk down the high street. Rochester is a historic City that boasts an impressive cathedral and castle and has many links with Charles Dickens. Previous productions to have filmed in the area include Long Lost Family (2012), The Mystery of Edwin Drood (2012)and Veer (2009).

The Historic War Memorial in Chatham features in film for the scenes where the men stop off and reminisce about their time at war. Nearby, The Historic Dockyard Chatham is a popular location having been used for productions such as Dom Hemingway (2013) Call The Midwife (2012-2013) and Children of Men (2006).

The Mount in Old Wives Lees was also one of the stop offs on the groups journey and is used for the flashback scenes of how Jack met his wife Amy. Neighboring village to Chilham, has a remarkable fifteenth century square of black and white timbered buildings and has been used for a variety of filming projects including Top Gear (2011), Channel 4 comedy Chickens (2011)and Miss Marple – The Moving Finger (2005).

Canterbury Cathedral was used within the film as the characters make a stop to the grounds and look around the Cathedral. Canterbury is a vibrant City with parks and open spaces, shopping areas and neighbouring quaint, traditional towns. Previous productions that have shot in Canterbury include Goodbye To Canterbury (2013), Songs of Praise (2011) and A Canterbury Tale (1944).

Margate features in the final scenes of the film where the men scatter Jack’s ashes from the harbor arm. Margate is a delightful seaside town with a sandy beach, harbour, arcades, and period housing. The Old Town has lots to offer including galleries, quirky shops and trendy cafes. Margate is a popular location having previously welcomed productions such as Mary Queen of the High Street (2013), BBC One’s improvised drama True Love (2012), The Apprentice (2009).

Last Orders was released in UK cinemas in January 2002 and is now available to buy on DVD.

Links:

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

For more information about the film: http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0253200/

For more information about Canterbury: http://www.canterbury.co.uk/

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

For more information about Chatham and Rochester: http://www.visitmedway.org/

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

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A Canterbury Tale (1944)

 

A Canterbury Tale © Granada International

Directed  and Written by: Michael Powell & Emeric Pressburger

Starring: Eric Portman, John Sweet, Shelia Sim and Dennis Price

Production Company:  The Archers, Independent Producers

Kent Filming Locations: City of Canterbury, Canterbury Cathedral, Chilham, Fordwich, Little Stour, Selling, Wickhambreaux and Wingham

Inspired by the Chaucer tales, this classic film by cinema legends Powell and Pressburger tells the story of a modern day pilgrimage to the beautiful city of Canterbury. Set in the 1940’s amidst the drama of World War II, the film opens with the chance meeting of American G.I Bob Johnson (John Sweet), Land Girl Alison Smith (Shelia Sim) and British Soldier Peter Gibbs (Dennis Price).

On disembarking a train headed for Canterbury, the three arrive in the sleepy fictional village of Chillingbourne. Soldier Peter Gibbs has been stationed at a nearby Army Camp, Alison is due to start work on a local farm and G.I Bob accidentally got off the train believing it to be the stop for Canterbury. On leaving the station to walk to the town hall, Alison is attacked by the Glue Man, a mysterious assailant who pours glue onto the hair of local girls. The three decide to stay in the area in order to do some sleuthing.

Dennis Price as Peter Gibbs playing the Organ

Dennis Price as Peter Gibbs playing the Organ © Granada International

The two soldiers in a cafe

The two soldiers in a cafe © Granada International

Filmed at Denham Studios and on location around Kent, the film is a visually stunning walk through some of the most scenic locations in the county. Selling Train Station cameos as Chillingbourne Station, where the three main protagonists first meet.  Several Kentish villages were used for the fictional location of Chillingbourne.  The historical village of Wingham was established in Roman times but it has been inhabited since the Stone Age.  In 1286, the Archbishop of Canterbury founded a college in the area and many of the local buildings date back to this time, including The Red Lion Inn which was used for exterior shots of The Hand of Glory Inn for the film.

Another local Kent village, Fordwich was used for r exterior shots of “Chillingbourne” village. Before the Wantsum Channel, a stretch of water that divided The Isle of Thanet from Kent, dried up Fordwich was the main port serving Canterbury.

Near the picturesque village of Chilham, Chilham Mill provided the perfect backdrop for the charming scene where American soldier Joe sails in a row boat with the local children. The mill is the best preserved on the River Stour. It is said that the village itself was inspiration for the name of fictional village Chillingbourne in the film and if true, this would certainly not be the last time Chilham inspired filmmakers. A popular tourist attraction for the county, TV drama’s such as Miss Marple (2006) and Poirot (1995) have filmed in the village.

Another local mill in nearby village Wickhambreaux also appeared in the film. As Joe and land girl Alison ride on a cart through the beautiful Kent countryside, the mill features in the background of the shot. The perfect rural setting, the village was once home to Joan of Kent who was wife to Edward Plantagenet, the father of infamous English King Richard II.

The City of Canterbury steals the show at the end of the film as the setting for the dramatic parade of soldiers through the main High Street.  The city skyline is dominated by the stunning Cathedral which is the oldest in England. Canterbury is a place that is both steeped in heritage and tradition and a modern, bustling city.  A Canterbury Tale gives a modern day viewer an insight into how the Second World War affected the city, but even with visible bomb damage, many of the streets used can still be recognised today.  The Cathedral itself paid homage to A Canterbury Tale in 2006 when the film was screened in the Cathedral Nave.

A Canterbury Tale is now available to buy on DVD.

Links

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

For more information about the village of Selling: http://www.faversham.org/pages/standard.aspx?i_PageID=1184

For more information about the village of Wingham: http://www.wingham.org.uk/

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

For more information about Wickhambreaux: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wickhambreaux

For more information about the City of Canterbury: http://www.canterbury.co.uk/canterbury-district/canterbury.aspx

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

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