Hestons Feast Series 2 2010

Chef Heston tries all things Willy Wonka © Channel 4 Picture Publicity

Chef Heston tries all things Willy Wonka © Channel 4 Picture Publicity

Celebrity Chef Heston Blumenthal sets out to reinvent famous period and mythical feasts.

Production Company: Optomen Television

Kent Filming Locations:   Blean Woods, Canterbury

The second series of Heston’s Feasts follows celebrated chef Heston Blumenthal as he sets out on a gastronomic adventure to reinvent famous period and mythical feasts for the ultimate 21st century banquets.

In each episode, Heston explores a period of extraordinary gastronomic innovation, recreating ‘lost’ recipes, and discovering forgotten flavours and ingredients.  He also travels to remote areas to source unusual foods and in this series we see him finding mushrooms in Blean Woods near Canterbury.

At over 11 square miles, Blean Woods is one of the largest areas of ancient woodland in England and sits by historic cathedral city Canterbury which has parks and open spaces, shopping areas, bars and restaurants. 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).

To see the results of his culinary quests, watch the new series of Heston’s Feasts on Channel 4 from Tuesday 6th April at 9.00pm

Links 

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

For more information about the series visit: http://www.channel4.com/programmes/hestons-feasts

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

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How To Live A Simple Life 2010

Peter Owen Jones goes back to basics shown holding a chicken under each arm © BBC

Peter Owen Jones goes back to basics shown holding a chicken under each arm © BBC

Anglican priest, Peter Owen Jones, recreates the live of St Francis of Assisi

Production Company: BBC

Kent Filming Locations:   Greyfriars, Canterbury

In this major new BBC TWO series, Anglican priest, Peter Owen Jones, has challenged himself to live a more simple life, inspired by St Francis and Jesus’ sermon in the Gospel to live a life of “voluntary poverty” as the key to deeper relations with both nature and our fellow beings.

Over the course of three one-hour episodes, viewers will see Peter grow his own crops, raise chickens, barter his skills for cuts of meat and even live without money. He has to rely on the kindness of his community in Firle, Sussex and even total strangers as he searches for food and accommodation.

Some of the filming for this series took part in the Greyfriars area of Canterbury where it follows a Fransciscan procession from Greyfriars to Canterbury Cathedral.

After living a simple life, will Peter find that real meaning comes from helping one another rather than from mindless spending and are the best things in life really free?

Canterbury is a vibrant City that offers with two universities and offers 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).

How To Live A Simple Life will be shown on BBC TWO at 21:00 on 7th May 2010

Links 

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

For more information about the series visit: http://www.bbc.co.uk/tv/comingup/how-to-live-a-simple-life/

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

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Alan Davies Teenage Revolution (2010)

Alan Davies Teenage Revolution © Channel 4

Alan Davies Teenage Revolution © Channel 4

This three-part documentary is a quirky history of the Eighties, told through Alan Davies’ eyes as a teenager growing up in the decade.

Production Company: Oxford Film and Television Production

Kent Filming Locations:  Cathedral gate and Buttermarket areas of Canterbury

In this series, Alan Davies returns to his Essex roots to rediscover his rebellious schoolboy years and explore the eighties through the heroes that defined the decade for him.

It’s also a story of racial tensions, as Alan looks at Britain at a time of mass unemployment and inner city riots.  He sets out to confront the leader of the local skinhead gang who  terrorised his teenage years, but he also explores some uncomfortable truths about his own conduct as a teenager along the way.

Filming in Kent took place in the cathedral gate and Buttermarket areas of Canterbury .

Canterbury is a historic cathedral city with parks and open spaces, shopping areas, bars and restaurants and has previously featured on screen in projects such as Take Me Out – Series 8 (2016) Terry and Mason’s Great Food Trip (2015) The Apprentice (2014).

Alan Davies’Teenage Revolution will be shown Channel 4, Thursday 9 September, 9pm

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Oz and Hugh Raise the Bar 2010

Wine expert Oz Clarke and comedian Hugh Dennis "cheers" with pint glasses

Wine expert Oz Clarke and comedian Hugh Dennis © BBC

 This series sees wine expert Oz Clarke and comedian Hugh Dennis trying to set up the UK’s most patriotic drinking establishment.

Production Company: BBC

In Oz and Hugh Raise The Bar, wine expert Oz Clarke and comedian Hugh Dennis are on a mission to set up the UK’s most British drinking establishment; a place that exclusively serves local produce, which is drunk according to tradition and customs.

On their journey across the UK and Ireland, the duo will meet people with the passion to produce the best British drinks known to man as well as try to buy a range of drinks as potential stock for their cellars.  Each of them has their own bar in the ‘drinking den’ and they will be competing against each other.

As well as beer and wine, the pair will be looking at snacks, soft drinks, British spirits and even pub games.

The production filmed in Kent at The George & Dragon Pub in Speldhurst and the Beano Cafe in Canterbury

The George & Dragon Pub in Speldhurst is a traditional 13th Century Inn with roaring log fires and oak beams, is also the second oldest pub in the country. Speldhurst is in the Tunbridge Wells area of Kent which has been used for filming by projects such as Britain’s Best Bakery (2012), Terry and Mason’s Great Food Trip (2015) and Hunted (2012).

The vibrant City of Canterbury has a Cathedral, busy shopping areas, parks and open spaces and two universities. The Canterbury area has previously been seen on screen on Rustom (2016), The Apprentice (2014) and A Canterbury Tale (1944).

Oz and Hugh Raise The Bar will be shown from BBC TWO 23 December, 9pm

Links

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

For more information about the programme visit:
http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b00x334f

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

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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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Ruby Blue (2007)

Jack (Bob Hoskins) lurking in the doorway of a fishmongers. He is standing next to a display of frozen fish which has been laid out to cathc the eye of people walking past.

Jack (Bob Hoskins) © Medb Films

Directed and Written by: Jan Dunn

Starring: Bob Hoskins, Josiane Balasko, Jody Lathum, Jessica Stewart,Josef Altin

Production Company: Medb Films ,Entertainment Motion Pictures ,Le Tax Shelter du Gouvernement Fédéral de Belgique , uFilm

Kent Filming Locations: Ramsgate, Barnsole Vineyard

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Jann Dunn on set with actress Angelica O’Reilly at Barnsvole Vineyard © Medb Films

Written and directed by Jan Dunn (The Calling, Gypo), Ruby Blue stars Bob Hoskins (Hook, Enemy at the Gates), Josiane Balasko (My Life is Hell, French Fried Vacation), Jody Lathum (Shameless, EastEnders), Jessica Stewart (Genie in the House) and Josef Altin (Game of Thrones,Les Miserables).

The film is set in Ramsgate and several locations feature as themselves such as The Falstaff Inn, Ellington Park, The Granville, Ramsgate Port, and the High Street. Ramsgate is England’s only Royal Harbour, boasting of a rich history and has high speed rail links to London. Also Thanet Offshore Wind Farm, which can be seen in the film, is visible from the coastline on a clear day.  Ramsgate has since welcomed further media productions such as Big Bad World (2013), True Love (2012) and The Calling (2009).

Barnsole Vineyard in Canterbury is used as the location of Rosie’s (Angelica O’Reilly) place of work in the film. The same Vineyard also features in The Calling (2009).

Ruby Blue was first released in cinemas in 2007 and is now available to buy on DVD.

Links:

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

For  more information about the film: http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0816635/

For more information about Thanet: http://www.visitthanet.co.uk/

For more information about Deal: http://www.aboutdeal.co.uk/

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ROAR Series 2 (2007)

 

Matthew and Rani sitting on a rock with a giraffe in the background

Matthew and Rani with a giraffe © Cheetah Television

Production Company: BBC

Kent Filming Locations: Port Lympne & Howletts  Wild Animal Parks

The second series of this fun, informative wildlife programme sees presenters Matthew Skilton and new addition Rani Price (Best of Friends) going behind the scenes at Port Lympne & Howletts  Wild Animal Parks.

They gain an insight in to the adventures of animal keepers and vets at the parks near Hythe and Canterbury.

Given the extensive range of animals kept at both parks, the show covers follows the destinies of a huge variety of species from the smallest insect to the large mammals in a way children will enjoy.

Some of the stars they will meet are Dishi, a mischievous gorilla who lives in the world’s largest gorillarium at Port Lympne and Janu, the baby elephant part of the UK’s largest of African elephants, cared for in Howletts.

Rani and Matthew come face to face with some of the 1000 animals and 90 different species at Port Lympne and Howletts. This includes monkeys, tigers, rhinos, snakes and exotic creepy crawlies. By interacting so closely with the animals, children see the bond with their keepers and the extraordinary things done to keep the animals happy and healthy.

Set up in 1957 by the late John Aspinall, the parks protect and breed rare and endangered animals with the intention to return them to safe areas in their natural habitat whenever possible.

The series was shown on weekdays from February 2007 on BBC 2 at 7.30 am.

Links

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

For more information about Roar visit http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b006xh2k

For more information on Port Lympne & Howletts  Wild Animal Parks:  http://www.aspinallfoundation.org/

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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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