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 inBlean Woods near 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 Greyfriarsarea of Canterburywhere it follows a Fransciscan procession from Greyfriarsto 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?
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.
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.
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!
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.
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 Ramsgateand several locations feature as themselves such as The Falstaff Inn, Ellington Park, The Granville, Ramsgate Port, and the High Street. Ramsgateis 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. Ramsgatehas 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.
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.
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.
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 Canterburysteals 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 Cathedralwhich is the oldest in England. Canterburyis 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 Cathedralitself paid homage to A Canterbury Tale in 2006 when the film was screened in the Cathedral Nave.