The Channel: The World’s Busiest Waterway (2017)

Image of large container ship and tugboat with the words 'The Channel: The World's Busiest Water' superimposed.

The Channel – © Channel 4

Production company: Blast! Films

Kent locations used: Ramsgate Royal Harbour and Channel Tunnel

The Channel: The World’s Busiest Waterway is an access-all-areas programme exploring the everyday workings of the Dover Strait. I addition to exploring the ocean there is also footage from inside the Channel Tunnel, including interviews with those who are responsible for maintaining the system that allows 17 million people to travel across the English Channel every year.

In June 2017, in addition to filming at Eurotunnel, the production team filmed with one of the commercial fleets based at Ramsgate Royal Harbour.

Ramsgate is accredited as the home to England’s only Royal Harbour, developed in 1976. The scenic and charming marina resides 35 miles from the western French coast. Ramsgate has been used for filming by productions such as The Apprentice (2015) and Fit To Rule: How Royal Illness Changed History (2013).

The Channel Tunnel is the rail tunnel connecting Folkestone in Kent to Calais in France in just 35 minutes. The Channel Tunnel has been used for filming by productions such as The Tunnel: Sabotage (2016) and Megastructures: Built from Disaster (2009).

The series starts on Wednesday 29th of November 2017 at 9PM on Channel Four and the fisherman’s episode will be the third instalment of The Channel: The World’s Busiest Waterway, which airs on 13th December 2017 at the same time.

Links:

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

For more information about the programme visit: http://www.channel4.com/programmes/the-channel-the-worlds-busiest-waterway

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

For more information on Ramsgate: http://www.ramsgatetown.org/

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

 


Megastructures: Built from Disaster (2009)

Aerial image of the train crash

The ICE Train disaster of Eschede © Channel Five

Production Company: Indigo Films, Screaming Flea Productions

Kent Filming Locations: Channel Tunnel, High Speed Rail link

Popular documentary series Megastructures returns to Channel Five with a new look series. Megastructures: Built from Disaster looks at how past disasters have informed the building of new structures.

Earlier this year the programme visited Kent to film both the Channel Tunnel and the new High Speed rail link.

On September 10th the programme will look at the construction of tunnels around the world and how disasters such as the Channel Tunnel fire, Mont Blanc and the Gotthard Road Tunnel have informed the building of new structures such as the Gotthard Base Rail tunnel.

Later in the series the programme examines how high speed trains have been developed taking into account some of the lessons learnt from some of recent history’s most horrifying railway disasters. From December 2009, High Speed 1 will connect Kent with Central London, allowing commuters to enjoy a super fast journey in and out of the capital.  The new trains are capable of speeds up to 140mph and will cut journey times in half, but most importantly the journeys will be safe as they have been built from disaster.

The Channel Tunnel in Folkestone is a 50.5-kilometre rail tunnel linking Kent to Calais, France. The Channel Tunnel has featured in both series of The Tunnel (2013-2016).

The series airs on Thursday evenings at 8pm on Channel Five

 Links

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

For more information about the series visit http://www.natgeotv.com/uk/megastructures

For more information on the Channel Tunnel: http://www.eurotunnel.com/uk/home/

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