Secret Britain (2016)

Secret Britain,Chris Hollins on North Kent Marshes (RSPB & Dickens stories)

Secret Britain,Chris Hollins on North Kent Marshes (RSPB & Dickens stories) © BBC/James Harrison

Production Company: BBC

Kent Locations: Sheldwich, Bonnington, Little Chart, Tonbridge, Rochester, The White Cliffs of Dover, Cooling and North Kent Marshes, St Thomas Becket in Fairfield, Thanet

Secret Britain is a BBC series which explores the hidden corners of the UK in search of the best landscapes in the country.

Now in its third series, the production visited Kent between September and October 2015 to explore some of what Kent’s glorious countryside has to offer.

Presenters Ellie Harrison, Chris Hollins and Denise Lewis filmed at a variety of Kent locations including Sheldwich, Bonnington, Little Chart, Tonbridge, Rochester, Cooling and North Kent Marshes, The White Cliffs of Dover, Fairfield and Thanet Offshore Wind Farm.

Denise Lewis, Will Tebbutt (L-R) abseiling for rock samphire off the White Cliffs of Dover

Denise Lewis, Will Tebbutt (L-R) abseiling for rock samphire off the White Cliffs of Dover © BBC/James Harrison

The village of Sheldwich lies south of Faversham and is on the edge of the beautiful Kent Downs. The Faversham area has been used as a film location for A Taste of Britain (2014), Southcliffe (2013) and Great Expectations (2012).

In the Ashford district of Kent is the village of Bonnington with the The Royal Military Canal running through it as well as Little Chart which is home to the Ruins of St Mary’s Church. The Ashford area  has previously been used as a film location by such The Apprentice (2015), as Emma (2009) and the infamous Kentish series, The Darling Buds of May (1991 – 1993).

The West Kent market town of Tonbridge has a rich cultural heritage and spectacular scenery with beautiful countryside, castles, stately homes, gardens, farms, as well as sports and leisure facilities. Productions that have previously filmed in the area include Great British Railway Journeys (2014), BBC drama Missing (2010) and Countryfile (2009).

In the Medway district is the historic town of Rochester and village of Cooling which overlooks the gorgeous North Kent Marshes. 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 world famous White Cliffs of Dover offers spectacular views of the English Channel and Dover Castle. This location has previously featured in Sherlock Holmes – A Game of Shadows (2011), On A Clear Day (2005) and Those Magnificent Men in Their Flying Machines (1965).

St Thomas Becket in Fairfield is an isolated historic church in the middle of the Romney Marsh which dates back to 1200. The Romney Marsh area has been used as a film location for projects such as The Honourable Woman (2014), Parades End (2012) and Dr Syn: The Scarecrow of Romney Marsh (1964).

The Thanet Offshore Wind Farm consists of 100 wind turbines which stretches for seven miles. The Thanet area has previously featured on screen in productions such as The Lady in the Van (2015), Eastenders (2015) and The Hotel Inspector (2012).

Don’t miss the Kent episode of Secret Britain which will air on Wednesday 6th April 2016 at 21:00 on BBC One.

Links:

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

For more information about Secret Britain: http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b05nxcj3

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

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


Find My Past (2011)

Find My Past: Battle of Britain Chris Hollins in fron of an old army airplane

Find My Past: Battle of Britain © Pete Dadds Yesterday UKTV

Production Company: Lion TV

Kent Locations: Royal Engineers Museum, Dover Castle, Ramsgate Royal Harbour and The Historic Dockyard Chatham

Hosted by Strictly Come Dancing Winner and Watchdog Presenter Chris Hollins, Find My Past invites the public to delve into their family history.

Those on the show will have the opportunity to see how they are linked to some infamous events in modern history. Links to The Titanic, Dunkirk and Jack the Ripper are just a few of the famous connections made over the 10 episode series which starts this Thursday on UKTV’s Yesterday Channel.

Those who tuned into the first episode of the show last week may have recognised Ramsgate Royal Harbour and Dover Castle. Both locations have strong links to the Battle of Dunkirk: Ramsgate Royal Harbour was the chief embarkation point for the evacuations. Resident historians will also know that Dover Castle was the site where Operation Dynamo was carefully planned and coordinated. Due to the opening of a new exhibition earlier this year, visitors to the castle can explore the tunnels where the operation was masterminded.

This week’s episode “Find My Past: Titanic” sees presenter Chris Hollins travel to The Historic Dockyard Chatham. Earlier this year the “Titanic- Honour and Glory” exhibition found a temporary home at the location where rare artefacts from the tragic voyage were available on public display. One of the most popular filming locations in the county, the Historic Dockyards have welcomed both TV productions, such as the 2009 drama Foyles War, and feature films like Sherlock Holmes.

Earlier this month the programme came to the Royal Engineers Museum in Medway.  Home to a vast collection of artefacts covering the long and varied history of the Corps of Royal Engineers, there is something of interest to any visitor. With Victorian architecture and a state of the art gallery, the location is also ideal for any filming project. It will be featured in “Find My Past: Firing Squad” to be aired on the 1st of December later this year.

Ramsgate is a vivid coastal town situated in East Kent, home to one of the largest marinas on the south coast, museums and a glorious beach. Ramsgate has featured in a variety of film projects such as The Apprentice (2015), EastEnders (2015) and Big Bad World (2013).

Dover Castle is a medieval castle situated on the top of the White Cliffs of Dover. It was founded in the 12th century and has been described as ‘The Key to England’ due to its defensive significance throughout history. Dover Castle has previously welcomed productions such as Into The Woods (2015), BBC One’s drama Wolf Hall (2015), and The Other Boleyn Girl (2008).

The Historic Dockyard Chatham is a 17th century dockyard set over 80 acres, containing over 100 buildings dating from the Georgian and Victorian Periods. A popoular film location, The Historic Dockyard Chatham has previously featured in productions such as Rustom (2016), Les Miserables (2013) and Downton Abbey (2013).

Find My Past is on this Thursday (27th October) at 9pm on Yesterday (Sky Channel 537, Virgin Media Channel 203, Freeview 12)

Links

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

For more information about Ramsgate Royal Harbour: http://www.portoframsgate.co.uk/

For more information about Dover Castle: http://www.english-heritage.org.uk/daysout/properties/dover-castle/

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

For more information about the Royal Engineers Museum: http://www.re-museum.co.uk/

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

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