Children in Need – The Rickshaw Challenge (2015)

Pudsey the bear in the studio with Team Rickshaw

The One Show’s Rickshaw challenge 2015 – Team Rickshaw. (l-r) Alex Jones, Lucy, George G, Pudsey, Erin, Amira, Matt Baker, George D, Elliot © BBC

Kent Locations: Tunbridge Wells, Maidstone, Chatham, The Historic Dockyard Chatham, Rochester, Gravesend, Dartford

Returning in 2015 for its fifth year is The One Show Rickshaw Challenge, in aid of BBC Children in Need. With help from The One Show presenters Matt Baker and Alex Jones, six young riders embark upon an epic 470-mile journey pedalling a rickshaw.

Across eight days the team will cycle from Land’s End to the East End, beginning their pursuit on Friday 6th November 2015. The end of Day Six will see the team touch down in Brighton, before beginning the sixty miles plus journey to The Historic Dockyard Chatham the following day. The expedition will take the team through a number of towns in Kent, including parts of Tunbridge Wells, Maidstone, Chatham, Rochester, Gravesend and Dartford . The team’s full journey can be found and followed here: http://pudsey.viewranger.com/

The cumulative total of money raised so far by The Rickshaw Challenge is over £7.9 million, all of which goes towards supporting disadvantaged young people in the UK.

Tunbridge Wells is a town in West Kent, home to a host of historic buildings, specialist shops, churches and a busy town centre. Productions which have previously filmed in the area include Britain’s Best Bakery (2012), Terry and Mason’s Great Food Trip (2015) and Hunted (2012).

Maidstone is the county town of Kent, home to a number of parks and shopping facilities, as well as The Maidstone Studios which is the UK’s largest independent High Definition TV studio facility. Productions which have filmed in the area include Take Me Out (2015), Later… with Jools Holland (2015) and Couples Come Dine With Me (2014).

Rochester offers beautiful cobbled streets, parks and the Cathedral and castle while Chatham is home to The Historic Dockyard Chatham, Day Seven’s final destination before Team Rickshaw makes their way up to Elstree to finally complete the challenge.  The Historic Dockyard Chatham is a popular filming location on account of its Georgian and Victorian architecture and authentic cobbled streets (which the rickshaw riders might be hoping to avoid!). The Medway area has previously been seen on screen in Jekyll and Hyde (2015), The Mystery of Edwin Drood (2012) and Sherlock Holmes (2009).

The town of Gravesend is situated in North West Kent, with exceptional transport links up to London. Gravesend has previously hosted productions including Babylon (2014), The Interceptor (2015) and Great British Railway Journeys (2014).

Dartford is situated close to Bromley and Bexley and boasts great travel links in and out of Kent. Full of quaint architecture and great guesthouses and hotels, Dartford has hosted other productions in the past such as Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows – Part 1 (2010), Jo Brand’s Big Splash (2011) and The Inbetweeners (2010).

Tune into The One Show on BBC One at 19:00, BBC One to follow Team Rickshaw’s progress from Friday 6th November until Friday 13th November, when the Children in Need Appeal Show will be airing.

Links:

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

For more information about Children In Need visit: http://www.bbc.co.uk/corporate2/childreninneed

For more information about The Rickshaw Challenge visit: http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/articles/vgrPhwRvgf4Gb4XkM0NXXB/the-rickshaw-challenge-2016

For more information about the locations: http://www.visitkent.co.uk/

For more information on The Historic Dockyard: http://www.thedockyard.co.uk/

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Sean Bean on Waterloo (2015)

Fort Amherst

View from Fort Amherst ©Kentfilmoffice

 

Starring: Sean Bean

Production Company: Wavelength Films

Kent Locations: Chatham, Fort Amherst

On the 18th June 1815, The Battle of Waterloo was fought between France and the Seventh Coalition; this year will mark the 200th anniversary of that Battle. To honour that anniversary, a two part documentary will air, presented by actor Sean Bean. The documentary will feature evidence from eye witness accounts, along with modern military experts to help tell the story of the conflict. Alongside military experts, Sean Bean will be testing tactics and weapons that were used during the battle and compare them with present day strategies. This documentary is hoping to “provide a ground level perspective” on the Battle.

The documentary has been produced by Independent company, Wavelength Films, and has been commissioned by A+E networks UK. Sean Bean has previously played fictional British soldier, Richard Sharpe on the historical war drama ‘Sharpe’ (5 May 1993 –9 November 2008). Bean himself said “I have always been interested in the story of Waterloo especially since I played the role of Richard”. He also stated that “[Sharpe’s] adventures were based on real events 200 years ago”. When this documentary was first announced Sean Bean stated “I am excited to be following the footsteps of Sharpe and those who fought in the Battle of Waterloo to tell the story of the iconic battle on history.”

Filming for this special documentary has taken place in Belgium and England, and has also included iconic locations like Fort Amherst in Chatham, Medway, Kent which has been used for weapons testing and re-enactments of the battle.

Fort Amherst has tunnels that have featured in many films, such as Sherlock Homles: A Game of Shadows (2011- the tunnels were used as the escape tunnels at the French Resistance in Paris) and The Mission (1986- Fort Amherst’s tunnels were used as part of the convent where Mendoza (Robert De Niro) is being held after he kills his brother).

http://https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lYDyggj2xl4

The program will air on Sunday June 14th June at 10pm on the History UK channel, Sky: 529 and 530 (+1), Virgin Media: 234, BT: 327, TalkTalk: 327.


Our Food (2012)

The Our Food team l-r Lucy Worsley, Alex Langlands, Giles Coren, Alys Fowler and James Wong

The Our Food team l-r Lucy Worsley, Alex Langlands, Giles Coren, Alys Fowler and James Wong © BBC

Production Company: BBC

Kent locations used: Upchurch, Chatham, River Medway, Isle of Sheppey, Queenborough,  Allington Lock, Maidstone, Kent Life, Faversham, Whistable, Romney Marsh

In a brand new BBC series, well-known presenters and experts including food critic Giles Coren, take us on a journey around Britain to discover how food is grown around the country and explore how the landscape, history and climate shape what kind of food we grow.

The Kent episode sees Giles sail on the River Medway, following old trade routes as he and the team visit various places to discover the history of Kentish foods such as the hops and beer, cherries, Romney Marsh sheep, native oysters, lavender and cobnuts.

The presenting team is headed up by Giles Coren (Gordon Ramsay’s The F-Word), who is joined by some familiar faces including historian Lucy Worsley (If Walls Could Talk: The History of the Home), archaeologist Alex Langlands (Time Team), gardener Alys Fowler (Gardener’s World), and Ethnobotanist James Wong (Countryfile).

During his Kent visit, Giles discovers what British beer tasted like before hops arrived from Europe when he visits Kent Life, Alys investigates the origin of English cherries, and Lucy heads to Whistable in search of shellfish. They also visit Romney Marsh to learn about the lives of shepherds.

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 Favershamarea has been used as a film location for A Taste of Britain (2014), Southcliffe (2013) and Great Expectations (2012).

The Isle of Sheppey is an island off the northern coast of Kent and has beautiful landscapes such as the RSPB Elmley Marshes and coastline.  Queenborough is a delightful harbour town on the Isle of Sheppey, with an impressive maritime history. The Hide (2009), Great Expectations (1989) and Top Gear – The Sweeney (2012) have previously used The Isle of Sheppey as a film location.

Chatham is part of historic Medway and has many unique filming locations including Fort Amherst and The Historic Dockyard Chatham. Previous productions that have filmed in Medway include Call the Midwife (2013), The Mystery of Edwin Drood (2012) and The Golden Compass (2007).

Maidstone is the county town of Kent. The River Medway runs through the centre of the town, linking it to Rochester and the Thames Estuary. The Kent Life Museum is situated by the M20, only 5 minutes away from Maidstone, and is a great family day out. It boasts 28 acres of land, hops, oast houses, some adorable animals, and fascinating historic buildings from various periods. Productions that have filmed in Maidstone include Rustom (2016), Later… with Jools Holland (2015) and Couples Come Dine With Me (2014).

Whitstable is a seaside town near Canterbury, famous for its annual Oyster Festival as well as the delightful harbour, shingle beach, busy high street and strong arts and culture scene. Projects that have also filmed in the area include Terry and Mason’s Great Food Trip (2015), James May’s Man Lab (2013) and Tipping the Velvet (2002).

Romney Marsh is a diverse landscape perfect for walkers and cyclists and has featured in Parades End (2012), Great Expectations (2012) and The Inspector Lynley Mysteries – Natural Causes (2006).

This programme is a must see for all foodies, don’t miss the Kent episode on BBC2 Wednesday 18th April 2012 at 20:00.

Giles Coren © BBC

Giles Coren © BBC

Links:

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

For more information about the programme: http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b01flrfl

For more information about Faversham: http://www.visitkent.co.uk/explore/swale-faversham-sittingbourne-isle-of-sheppey.asp#Faversham

For more information about The Isle of Sheppey: http://www.visitkent.co.uk/destinations/isle-of-sheppey-sittingbourne/9186

For more information about Chatham: http://www.visitmedway.org/destinations/chatham

For more information about Maidstone: http://www.visitmaidstone.com/

For more information about the Kent Life Museum: http://www.kentlife.org.uk/

For more information on Whitstable: http://www.canterbury.co.uk/canterbury-district/Whitstable.aspx

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Great British Railway Journeys 2010

Michael Portillo on the Train

Michael Portillo on the Train © talkbackTHAMES UK Ltd

Documentary series in which Michael Portillo travels the length and breadth of the country by train

Production Company: Talkback Thames

In this series, Michael Portillo travels the length and breadth of the country with a copy of George Bradshaw’s Victorian Railway Guidebook to look at how the railways changed the public and what of Bradshaw’s Britain remains.

His journey sees him travel from coast to coast and in this episode (Brighton to Crystal Palace via Godstone) they explore parts of Kent along the way where he visits Starborough Castle, Deal Pier, Dreamland in Margate, Caverley Grounds in Tunbridge Wells and Chatham High Street.

Starborough Castle is near the rural town of Edenbridge and the gothic-style moated pavilion, formerly ‘A Gentleman’s Folly’ is set amid beautiful landscaped grounds.

Deal is a coastal town situated between Dover and Ramsgate and boasts independent shops, eateries and delightful seafront with a pier and maritime clock. Previous productions that have filmed in the Deal area include Legacy (2012), Little Dorrit (2008) and Ruby Blue (2008).

Margate which offers a sandy beach, arcades, Dreamland amusement park, shops and restaurant plus the renowned Turner Contemporary gallery. The Margate area has  been used for filming by projects including The Carer (2016), The Apprentice (2015) and Only Fools and Horses: The Jolly Boys’ Outing (1989).

Tunbridge Wells is a town in West Kent, home to a host of historic buildings, specialist shops, churches, a busy town centre and beautiful park spaces including Caverley Grounds. Productions which have previously filmed in the area include Britain’s Best Bakery (2012), Terry and Mason’s Great Food Trip (2015) and Hunted (2012).

Chatham is a town that sits on the River  Medway and has a rich maritime heritage with The Historic Dockyard Chatham. The Medway area has previously been seen on screen in Jekyll and Hyde (2015), The Mystery of Edwin Drood (2012) and Sherlock Holmes (2009).

Great British Railway Journeys will be shown on BBC TWO 3 January at 6.30pm

Links

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

For more information about the programme visit: http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b00pykgg

For more information about the locations: http://www.visitkent.co.uk/

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Martina Coles Lady Killers (2008)

 

Martina Cole standing in the tunnels at Fort Amherst

Martina Cole in the tunnels at Fort Amherst © Free @ Last TV

Presenter: Martina Cole

Production Company: Free At Last TV

Kent Filming Locations: Fort Amherst

Presented by crime writer Martina Cole, Lady Killers looks into the lives and motivations of some of England’s most notorious female serial killers. Martina will examine both historical and modern cases, including Mira Hindley and Beverley Allitt.

The programme does not seek to sensationalise the crimes but tries to examine the underlying psychologcal and sociological drivers as Martina guides the viewers through the case histories.

In 2008, Martina Cole visited Fort Amherst in Chatham to use it as a backdrop for the presentation of her historical cases. Examining the profiles of Amelia Dyer the ‘Victorian Baby Farmer’, Mary Ann Cotton the ‘Victorian Black Widow’ and Elizabeth Bathory the Sixteenth Century Mass Murderess responsible for the deaths of over 600 people in Hungary, the Forts were the ideal location.

Fort Amherst contains a myriad of tunnels deep within the hills of Medway. Totalling over 750 metres in length, they were designed to serve the gun placements protecting the Naval Dockyards in Chatham. Dating back to the Napoleon Wars, the tunnels are now open to the public and frequently play host to events like Weddings or their annual Fright Fest at Halloween. Fort Amherst has also been used as a filming location by productions such as Jekyll and Hyde (2015),  Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows (2011) and The Mission (1987).

The series starts with examining the heinous crimes of Mira Hindley on ITV3 on the 13th October at 21:00.

Links:

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

For more information about the series visit http://www.radiotimes.com/tv-programme/e/q7q8/martina-coles-lady-killers-episode-guide/series-1

For more information about Martina Cole visit http://www.martinacole.co.uk/

For more information about the Forts visit http://www.fortamherst.com/

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The Saint (1997)

The Saint movie poster - Simon (Val Kilmer) with a blue misty background

The Saint movie poster © Paramount Pictures

Director: Phillip Noyce

Starring: Val Kilmer, Elizabeth Shue, Henry Goodman, Rade Šerbedžija, Alun Armstrong 

Production Company: Paramount Pictures, Rysher Entertainment, Mace Neufeld Productions, Robert Evans Company

Kent Filming Location: Fort Amherst, Chatham

Inspired by the 1928 novels and following in the footsteps of the 1960’s TV series, starring Roger Moore, The Saint is about Simon Templar (Val Kilmer – Batman Forever, Heat), a suave and sophisticated international thief who has one last job before he can comfortably retire. Known as a master of disguise, he assumes the names of saints for his false identities.  When he is tasked by the Russian Mafia with stealing the cold fusion formula created by the stunning Dr Emma Russell (Elizabeth ShueHollow Man, Back to the Future II) love proves to be a dangerous distraction.

The Saint is directed by Phillip Noyce (Salt, The Bone Collector, Patriot Games) and stars Val Kilmer (Heat, Batman Forever, Top Gun) and Elizabeth Shue (Back to the Future Part II, Hollow Man, Leaving Las Vegas), Rade Šerbedžija (Snatch, Batman Begins), Henry Goodman (Notting Hill, Avengers: Age of Ultron) and Alun Armstrong (Braveheart, Sleepy Hollow).

The atmospheric Georgian fortress of Fort Amherst, Chatham, provided the perfect location to film the scene in the sewers of Moscow where Templar and Russell hide.

Fort Amherst is a Georgian Fortress over 17 acres, including a tunnel complex, park like setting, woodland, WW2 gun battery and sloping grassland and is known as one of the most haunted forts in Britain. Fort Amherst has also been used as a filming location by Jekyll and Hyde (2015), Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows (2011) and The Mission (1987).

The Saint was released in cinemas in April 1997 and is now available to buy on DVD.

Links

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

For more information about the film: http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0120053/

For more information about Fort Amherst: www.fortamherst.com

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Great Expectations (1989)

 

Great Expectations Movieposter 1989

Great Expectations Movieposter 1989 © Buena Vista Television

Director: Kevin Connor

Writers: Charles Dickens (Novel)

Starring: Kim Thompson, Jean Simmons, Anthony Calf & Anthony Hopkins

Production Company: Harlech Television (HTV), Primetime Television Ltd., Tesauro Television, Walt Disney Television

Kent Locations Used: Harty Church, Rochester, Chatham, Upnor village

With a future as a blacksmith before him, Pip is invited to the home of the lonely spinster, Miss Havisham, abandoned on the day of her wedding. Encouraging her adopted daughter Estella to break the young boy’s heart, Pip is sent there for her own entertainment. The young boy’s fortunes change when an unknown and generous person pays for Pip to travel to London and begin a new life as a gentleman.

Starring Kim Thompson (Emmerdale Farm, 1408) as Estella, Jean Simmons (Spartacus) as the haunting Miss Havisham, Anthony Calf (New Tricks) as Pip and Anthony Hopkins (The Silence of the Lambs, Thor) as Abel Magwitch, this Disney adaptation of the Dickens classic features many Kent locations.

Filming took place at Harty Church on the Isle of Sheppey in Kent: young Orphan Phillip (Pip) Pirrup, on a visit to the graves of his parents, meets the sinister escaped convict Abel Magwitch.  The church has part-Norman origins and is visited by both tourists and historians from around the world.

The crew also came to Upnor village to film, which provides the home of Herbert Pockets’ fiancée Clara’s house. Locals to the area will notice the Upnor Lighthouse as Pip docks in the village.

Another Kentish church, St James’ church in Cooling, which is situated on the marshes near the Hoo Peninsula, inspired Dickens so much, he used the location for the dramatic scene where Pip meets prisoner Magwitch.

Links

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

For more information about Harty Church: http://www.hartychurch.org.uk/index2.html

For more information about Medway: http://www.visitmedway.org/

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