Grand Designs: House of the Year is a Channel 4 property where presenter Kevin McCloud explores homes in the running for the RIBA House of the Year Award, focusing on properties that create space from the smallest of sites.
In episode three of the new series, the team visit North Vat House at Dungenesswhich blends beach living and high architecture. Although the exterior looks compact, the interior is open planned with a modern design and breath-taking views of the shingle beaches and ocean at Dungeness.
Series seven of Great British Railway returns to BBC Two, as presenter Michael Portillo travels on the great train routes of Europe and retraces the journeys featured in George Bradshaw’s 1913 Continental Railway Guide.
In episode six of the new series, Portillo embarks on a new railway journey along the south coast of England which starts at the port of Dover where he is inspired by a brave Victorian sea captain to plunge into the English Channel. Next he takes the spectacular Romney, Hythe & Dymchurchminiature steam railway through the Romney Marsh to Dungeness before heading to Eastbourne.
Episode 16 sees Michael Portillo journey from Ashfordto Sevenoaks starting by lending a hand at a state-of-the-art train maintenance plant which is home to the High Speed 1 trains. Next he tracks east to Marden and is moved by music played on Queen Victoria’s personal piano before ending his journey in Sevenoaks where he ends the journey at Knole Park, seat of the Sackville-West family.
The market town of Ashfordhas shops, eateries, a designer outlet shopping centre and has great links with London and Europe which are just a train ride away through Ashford International train station. Ashfordand surrounding areas has been used as a film location from visiting productions including The Apprentice(2015), The Monuments Men (2014) andEmma(2009).
More 4 series, Homes By The Sea, follows architect and designer Charlie Luxton as he seeks out the finest, quirkiest, most spectacular and unusual homes that can be found on Britain’s beautiful coastline.
In episode 4, the Homes By The Sea team visits a home made from a railway carriage in Dungeness and a converted Martello Tower in Dymchurch.
Dymchurch is a village on the east Kent coast and boasts a sandy beach and sea wall, amusements, cafes and ice cream parlours.
‘The Poison Tree’ is an atmospheric and psychological TV drama based on the popular book of the same name by Erin Kelly. The two 60 minute episodes tell the tale of Karen Clarke (MyAnna Buring), who has been waiting twelve long years for the release of her partner Rex (Matthew Goode), from prison.
With her partner now free, Karen is looking forward to settling down as a normal family with their daughter, Alice (Hebe Johnson). However, Karen starts to receive phone calls and anonymous text messages and she realises that her family are being watched. Despite her best efforts to keep their past a secret, someone knows the truth about what she and Rex did twelve years ago. How far will Karen go to protect her family?
‘The Poison Tree’ was written by Emilia di Girolamo, lead writer/Co-producer of Law & Order UK seasons 5 and 6 and directed by Marek Losey who previously made his debut feature film ‘The Hide’, which was also filmed in Kent.
Filming took place on the Dungeness Estate, which has a rich and diversified history with film and television. The BBC filmed episodes of Dr Whoduring the 1970’s and the 1998 film ‘I Want You’staring Rachel Weisz and Alessandro Nivola, which was set in and around Dungeness.
In an interview with Broadcast magazine in December 2012, writer of the TV adaption Emilia di Girolamo said: “First we decided to change the setting. Relocating the story to Dungeness gave us an immensely powerful and evocative landscape to work with. Abandoning the traditional dimly lit world of the thriller for the bleached out, desert-like exteriors, the power station. Brooding in the distance, gave a real sense of there being nowhere to hide for Karen, upping the dramatic tension.”
The Poison Tree was shown in December 2012 on ITV 1 and is now available to buy on DVD.
Parade’s End is based on Ford Madox Ford’s novels written between 1924 and 1928, with the screenplay adapted by renowned English playwright and screenwriter Sir Tom Stoppard. The costume drama features a stellar cast and is set in the midst of the First World War with a love triangle threatening to question everything lead character Christopher Tietjens stands for.
Shown in five parts, at the centre is English aristocrat Christopher Tietjens played by Benedict Cumberbatch (Sherlock, Warhorse, Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy) who enters a turbulent relationship with socialite Sylvia played by Rebecca Hall(Vicky Cristina Barcelona, The Town, The Awakening). After Sylvia falls pregnant, Christopher decides to follow his morals and marry her, even though he is uncertain if the child is his.
The couple have a rocky relationship but Christopher vows to stay faithful to his wife, however when he meets strong willed suffragette Valentine Wannop (Adelaide Clemens – X-Men Origins: Wolverine) he finds himself falling in love with her. With his morals questioned, will he follow his heart, or stay with his wife?
Dorton House is a school in Sevenoaks run by The Royal London Institute for the Blind and caters for pupils with visual impairments. The Grade-II listed building saw its dining room transformed into a gentleman’s club, with the library serving as the Cabinet War Office and the Wedgewood Room as the bedroom of Valentine Wannop.
Dungeness and St Mary’s Bay also briefly feature in the programme, in scenes with a girl cycling past. Dungeness is a unique expanse of shingle beach with cottages and lighthouses and is a popular filming location having previously welcomed Doctor Who, Countrywise Kitchen and photo shoots for Vogue and Harrods Magazine. St Mary’s Bay is a delightful coastal village between Dymchurch and south to Littlestone and this is its big screen debut.
Parade’s End was shown from Friday 24th August 2012 at 21:00 on BBC Two and is now available to buy on DVD.
Countrywise Kitchen, hosted by Paul Heiney and featuring Chef Mike Robinson, explore areas of Britain where the best locally sourced food is produced. More than a trip around the Countryside, Countrywise Kitchen highlights the possibilities and benefits of home grown foods. On their journey, they create recipes to satisfy your taste buds from fresh, locally produced ingredients.
Sissinghurst Castle – dates back to the 12th century and is owned by the National Trust. Over 70% of the ingredients used in the kitchen of the ‘Granary Restaurant’ is organic and grown onsite.
The Weald – The Weald is a place of natural beauty stretching from the marshes of Kent to the New Forest in Hampshire. Attractions include the 35 acre Chiddingstone Castle Grounds, Biddenden Vineyard and the Kent and East Sussex Railway.
Dungeness– The coastal town is a popular filming location for Kent and has been used in programs such as Doctor Who(1971), The Inspector Lynley Mysteries(2006) and Jools Holland. It is part of a SSSI site where many uncommon plants, spiders and insects make their home and shape this unique landscape. In Mondays show the Countrywise Kitchen team take a trip to Dungeness to fish for local mackerel.
Countrywise Kitchen aired on ITV1 on Monday 29th August 2011 at 8pm.
Starring Tilda Swinton (The Lion, Witch and the Wardrobe, Michael Clayton) and directed by Issac Julien, DEREK explores the many faces of Derek Jarman and looks at his life as an artist and filmmaker. The film is based around previously unseen footage of an interview which was conducted with Jarman in 1991, which is interwoven with clips of his work including pop promos and feature films, as well as rare home movies depicting his family life.
In 2007, Tilda Swinton and Issac Julien visited Kent to film at Derek Jarman’s home ‘Prospect Cottage’ on the Dungeness estate. His garden, made from shingle, driftwood and other material salvaged from the beach, is much treasured and continues to attract both visitors and film crews alike.
Derek Jarman died in 1994 after a long battle with AIDS and he is now buried at St Clements Church in Old Romney.
DEREK was originally shown on More 4 as part of the Jarman Season and has garnered critical acclaim across the globe. This summer the documentary was shown at the Sundance Festival and at TheBerlin Film Festival.
Eastenders is a BBC One soap set in East London about the lives of the Albert Square residents. In the hour long special broadcast in March 2007, viewers find that Kevin (Phil Daniels) is still alive after he disappeared following the revelation that he wasn’t the biological father of his children Deano and Carly.
Kevin befriends a man called Jed (Burn Gorman) who can’t remember where he is or how he got there following a stag do. Jed steals Kevin’s stuff and boards a bus which then crashes. Jed dies in Kevin’s arms saying he wishes he could see his family, which makes Kevin decided it is time to return to Albert Square.
The series was created by Julia Smith and Tony Holland and first aired in 1985. The soap has become a fan favourite and won a number of awards including six BAFTA’s.
The episode was directed by Paul Annett and written by Julia Honour, starring Phil Daniels (Quadrophenia, Chicken Run, Time Gentlemen Please) and Burn Gorman(The Dark Knight Rises, Pacific Rim, Layer Cake).
The Inspector Lynley Mysteries is a BBC One drama series about Detective Inspector Thomas Lynley of Scotland Yard and Detective Sergeant Barbara Haves who work together to solve unusual murder cases.
In ‘Natural Causes’, Detective Barbara Havers has been left without a partner after Detective Lynley’s suspension for threatening a suspect and is called in to solve the murder of a young woman, whose body was found after her car was shunted into a lake. Detective Lynley can’t help getting involved in the investigation, but will his participation help or hinder the case?
The series stars Sharon Small (About a Boy, Dear Frankie), Nathaniel Parker (Far From the Madding Crowd, Haunted Mansion), Mary Stockley(V for Vendetta, The Woman in Black), Ben Lannoy(Judge John Deed), Liza Tarbuck(Mount Pleasant Bonkers),Nicholas Gleaves(Scott & Bailey, Waterloo Road) and Adrian Rawlins(Dickensian, Harry Potter series).
Dungenesswas used in Natural Causes as the area where the victim lived and Detective Barbara Havers (Sharon Small) and Detective Inspector Fiona Knight (Liza Tarbuck) interviewed the victim’s family and questioned suspects. The end of the episode culminates in a dramatic scene at the top of the Old Lighthouse in Dungeness.
Dungenessis a vast, natural space on the Kent coast and has a shingle beach, two lighthouses and power station. Dungenessis a popular film location having been used for ITV drama The Poison Tree (2012), Nicki Minaj music video, BBC drama series Parades End(2012) as well as various photo shoots.
The Inspector Lynley Mysteries Natural Causes was shown on BBC One in July 2006 and is now available to buy on DVD.
All Or Nothing is a film set on a London housing estate and centres around three working-class families and the struggles they face; including unemployment, violence unplanned pregnancy and alcoholism.
The film was nominated for many awards and won two at the London Critics Circle Film Awards – British Film of the Year and British Actress of the Year for Lesley Manville.
The film is directed by the acclaimed Mike Leigh (Secrets & Lies, Happy-Go-Lucky, Vera Drake) and stars Timothy Spall (Mr Turner, The King’s Speech, Enchanted), Lesley Manville (Maleficent, Another Year, Secrets & Lies) Ruth Sheen (Run Fatboy Run, Misfits, Vanity Fair) and James Corden (Begin Again, Into the Woods, The History Boys).
Dungenessfeatures in the film when Phil drives to the beach to contemplate his problems.
Set in the Shepway district of Kent, Dungenessis a unique location with a shingle beach, old and modern homes, two lighthouses, a historic railway station and a Power Station. Dungenesshas been used as a film location by productions such as Ginger and Rosa (2012), Derek(2008) and I Want You (1998).
All Or Nothing was released in cinemas on 18th October 2002 and is now available to buy on DVD.