A Taste of Britain (2014)

Taste of Britain presenters Brian Turner and Janet Street Porter standing in the countryside

Taste of Britain presenters Brian Turner and Janet Street Porter © BBC/Cactus TV

Production Company: Cactus TV

Kent Locations: Oare Marshes, Faversham, Brogdale Farm, The Goods Shed and Snail Farm in Canterbury

A Taste of Britain is a new BBC series presented by Janet Street-Porter and Brian Turner who visit different areas around the country to see the sights and try local delicacies and food specialities.

An upcoming episode takes the duo to one of Janet Street-Porter’s favourite places – Kent. They explore Oare Marshes and historic Faversham before visiting one of the UK’s only snail farms near Canterbury which inspires Brian to make a snail frittata.

The Goods Shed in Canterbury is the next stop for Janet and Brian, where chef Rafael Lopez creates a delicious lunch of lamb cutlets with vegetables using local ingredients.

The pair also visits Brogdale near Faversham which is in the throes of peak cherry season and spurs Brian on to bake a stunning cherry pastry cake.

The Oare Marshes Nature Reserve is located in the South Swale, in Harty Ferry, and has freshwater dykes, open water scrapes, reedbed, saltmarsh and a seawall which is favoured nesting place for many species of migrating birds. Previous productions which have filmed at Oare Marshes include Channel 4 drama Southcliffe (2013) and feature film Great Expectations (2012).

The historic market town of Faversham  has nearly 500 listed buildings and is home to Britain’s oldest brewery, Shepherd Neame. The area has many restaurants, shops and beautiful landscapes such as the picturesque Faversham Creek. Faversham has been previously seen on screen for productions such as Great British Railway Journeys (2014), Peter Andre’s 60 Minute Makeover (2013) and Our Food (2012).

The Goods Shed in Canterbury is a popular Famer’s Market, restaurant, and food hall. Canterbury is a vibrant City which boasts the historic Cathedral, shopping areas, parks and open spaces as well as neighbouring quaint, traditional towns. Previous productions that have shot in Canterbury include Goodbye To Canterbury (2013), The Family (2008) and Last Orders (2008).

The Kent episode of A Taste of Britain will be shown on BBC One on Monday 22nd September 2014 at 15:45.

Links:

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

For more information about A Taste of Britain: http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b04gtx26

For more information about Oare and Faversham: http://www.faversham.org/

For more information about The Goods Shed: http://thegoodsshed.co.uk/

For more information about The Snail Farm: http://www.snailfarm.org.uk/

For more information about Canterbury: http://www.canterbury.co.uk/

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Gadget Man (2014)

 

Gadget Man Presenter Richard Ayoade in an orange suit and blue tie

Gadget Man Presenter Richard Ayoade © Channel 4/North One Television

Production company: North One Television

Kent Locations: House in Faversham, Wye National Nature Reserve, Leeds Castle, Teapot Island Maidstone

Channel 4’s Gadget Man returns as Richard Ayoade takes a look at the world of gadgets and how new technology can help to make everyday life a little bit easier.

In the third series, Richard finds gadgets that can help tasks such as cooking, shopping, moving house and even going out or staying in. Guest stars who help Richard test the latest technology offerings include Richard E Grant, Allison Steadman, Tim Vine and David Mitchell.

Richard Ayoade and Phill Jupitus sitting on chairs with gadgets on their legs

Richard Ayoade and Phill Jupitus © Channel 4/North One Television

The Gadget Man team visited Kent where they used a private residence in Faversham for Richard’s house which features throughout the series as well as Wye National Nature Reserve in Ashford and Leeds Castle which are in episode three where Richard looks at gadgets that can solve “staycation” issues.

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 area has been used as a film location for productions such as Great British Railway Journeys (2014), Channel 4 drama Southcliffe (2013) and Great British Story: A People’s History (2012).

The 133 hectares of Wye National Nature Reserve consists of chalk grassland and woodland on steep coombes and offers spectacular views over the Romney Marsh and Weald. Ashford and surrounding areas has been used for filming with previous visiting productions including The Monuments Men (2014), The Secret Removers (2012) and Emma (2009).

Leeds Castle is set in 500 acres of beautiful parkland and formal gardens in Maidstone. The castle itself was built in 1119 and has state rooms a mote. Leeds Castle has previously been featured in productions such as The Hairy Bikers Food Tour of Britain (2009), Lady Jane (1987) and Kind Hearts and Coronets (1949).

Don’t miss Gadget Man which starts on Monday 25th August 2014 at 20:30 on Channel 4 and the staycation episode will be shown on Monday 8th September 2014 at 20:30 on Channel 4.

Links:

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

For more information about the programme: http://www.channel4.com/programmes/gadget-man 

For more information on Faversham: http://www.faversham.org/

For more information on Wye National Nature Reserve:  http://www.naturalengland.org.uk/ourwork/conservation/designations/nnr/1006164.aspx

For more information on Leeds Castle: http://www.leeds-castle.com/home

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Great British Railway Journeys (2014)

Great British Railway Journeys © BBC/Boundless, part of FremantleMedia UK

Great British Railway Journeys © BBC/Boundless, part of FremantleMedia UK

Production Company: Talkback Thames

Kent locations used: Gravesend, Rochester, Faversham, Dover, Tonbridge

This BBC Two series follows journalist and broadcaster Michael Portillo as he travels the country by train and looks into how Britain’s railways have shaped the country as well as the impact trains have had on our lives. 

On the journey between cathedral cities Norwich and Chichester, Michael Portillo travels across the South East and visits some delightful Kent locations. In episode 18 of the fifth series, he visits Gravesend where he discovers how army officer General Gordon influenced the town before he travels to Rochester to explore the one time home of renowned writer Charles Dickens.

Michael Portillo, John Owen at Shepherd Neame brewery © BBC/Boundless, part of FremantleMedia UK

Michael Portillo, John Owen at Shepherd Neame brewery © BBC/Boundless, part of FremantleMedia UK

In the next episode, Michael starts his journey in Faversham where he visits one of the oldest breweries in the country, Shepherd Neame, to investigate how railways helped the brewery transport beer. He then visits Dover to explore the fortification at Western Heights before heading to Tonbridge where he learns how railways helped Tonbridge School to cricketing glory. 

Gravesend is on the south bank of the River Thames and has a cast iron pier, promenade and high street as well as international links at the nearby Ebbsfleet International station. Gravesend has welcomed other film productions such as Piggy (2012), Britain’s First Photo Album (2012) and Ashley Banjo’s Secret Street Crew (2012).

Rochester is a historic City that boasts an impressive cathedral and castle that links back to the medieval period. The City has strong connections with Charles Dickens, and many TV and film adaptations of his famous novels have filmed in the area such as The Mystery of Edwin Drood (2012), Oliver Twist (2007) and  Great Expectations feature film (1989).

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 and has been used for various productions including Channel 4 drama Southcliffe (2013), Great British Story: A People’s History (2012) and the nearby Oare Marshes were used in feature film Great Expectations (2012).

Dover is home to the infamous White Cliffs of Dover and Europe’s busiest passenger port. The area has been used for many filming projects such as Stiff Upper Lip – An emotional history of Britain (2012), Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows (2011) and The Other Boleyn Girl (2008).

Tonbridge is a West Kent market town with a rich cultural heritage and spectacular scenery. The area is surrounded beautiful countryside and boasts castles, stately homes, gardens, farms, as well as sports and leisure facilities. Productions that have previously filmed in the area include Piers Morgan’s Life Stories – Dame Kelly Holmes (2012), BBC drama Missing (2010) and Countryfile (2009).

Don’t miss the Kent episodes of Great British Railway Journeys which will be shown on Wednesday 29 January 2014 at 18:30 on BBC Two and Thursday 30 January 2014 at 18:30 on BBC Two.

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/b00xgqxy

For more information on Gravesend: http://www.gogravesham.co.uk/ 

For more information on Rochester: http://www.visitmedway.org/destinations/rochester

For more information on Faversham: http://www.faversham.org/visit_faversham.aspx 

For more information on Dover: http://www.whitecliffscountry.org.uk/Home.aspx

For more information on Tonbridge: http://www.visitkent.co.uk/destinations/tonbridge/6327

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Peter Andre’s 60 Minute Makeover (2013)

Peter Andre in overalls holding a paintbrush

Peter Andre © ITV

Production company: Shiver Productions

Kent Locations: Faversham, Rochester, Herne Bay, Maidstone

ITV daytime show Peter Andre’s 60 Minute Makeover returns for its tenth outing with a new name and host. Reality TV star and singer Peter Andre plus a team of helpers and designers carry out surprise makeovers of deserving home-owners around the country.

With the new series there is also a change of extending the one day time limit to make over the houses, meaning bigger and better transformations with the highlights being shown in 60 minutes.

The interior designers on hand to help include Linda Barker, Julia Kendell, Leah Hughes and Ben Hillman who are experts in home renovation, recycling old furniture, and knowing how to add a personal touch to a home without the price tag.

In May 2013, the 60 Minute Makeover team visited Faversham where they transformed a house as well as Herne Bay where the team tries to transform a bedroom and office in just one hour.

In June 2013, the 60 Minute Makeover team also visited widower Steven Arnold and his daughter Charlotte in Rochester where they transformed a dining room and bedroom.

They also makeover a house in Maidstone where Linda Wheatley returns home to find that a wall has been knocked down and her lounge and dining room has been swapped over – will the shock turn into delight?

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 and has been used for various productions including Channel 4 drama Southcliffe, Great British Story: A People’s History (2012) and the nearby Oare Marshes were used in Great Expectations (2012).

Rochester is a historic city with a Cathedral and castle which date back to the Medieval times. The city is strongly connected to Charles Dickens and many TV and film adaptations of his famous novels have filmed here such as BBC’s The Mystery of Edwin Drood (2012) and Great Expectations (1989).

Herne Bay is located on the Kent coast and has beaches and seafront gardens as well as many shops and eateries, amusement arcades, and a windmill. Productions that have chosen to film in the area include Got To Dance (2012), Things I Haven’t Told You (2008) and French Dressing (1964).

Maidstone is the county town of Kent and lies on the River Medway. It boasts thriving shopping areas, and nearby idyllic.  Maidstone has been featured on programmes such as DIY SOS: The Big Build (2013), and Sarah Beeny’s Selling Houses (2013).

Don’t miss the Kent episodes of Peter Andre’s 60 Minute Makeover:

Faversham – Friday 22nd November 2013 at 14:00 on ITV1

Rochester – Monday 25th November 2013 at 14:00 on ITV1.

Herne Bay – Thursday 28th November 2013 at 14:00 on ITV1

Maidstone – Friday 29th November 2013 at 14:00 on ITV1

Links:

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

For more information about the programme please visit: http://www.itv.com/60minutemakeover/

For more information about Faversham: http://www.faversham.org/

For more information about Rochester: http://www.visitmedway.org/destinations/rochester

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

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

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Southcliffe (2013)

 

David Whitehead (Rory Kinnear) and Anthony (Al Weaver) standing at the misty marshes

David Whitehead (Rory Kinnear) and Anthony (Al Weaver) © Channel 4

Director: Sean Durkin

Writer: Tony Grisoni

Starring: Rory Kinnear, Sean Harris, Shirley Henderson, Eddie Marsan, Anatol Yusef, Nichola Burley, Joe Dempsie, Kaya Scodelario

Production company: Warp Films

Kent Filming Locations: Faversham, Faversham Recreation Ground, Oare Marshes, Uplees Cottage, Whitstable, East Kent Railway,  Grain Power station, Teynham Court Farm, Canterbury Hospital, Sittingbourne Community College and Police Station and many more

Southcliffe is a new four part Channel 4 drama that tells the story of a fictional English town devastated by a series of shootings that take place on a single day. The story is told from the point of view of a journalist who returns to his childhood town to try and unravel the reasons behind the shocking events. The entire series was filmed in Kent, with Faversham doubling as the town “Southcliffe”.

The Warp Films (This is England) production has an array of talent behind it including award-winning writer Tony Grisoni (Red Riding, The Unloved) and directed by 2011 winner of the Sundance Film Festival Directing Award, Sean Durkin (Martha Marcy May Marlene).

The series stars many familiar faces including Rory Kinnear (Black Mirror), Eddie Marsan (Tyrannosaur), Shirley Henderson (Anna Karenina), Sean Harris (Prometheus), Kaya Scodelario (Skins), Joe Dempsie (Game of Thrones), Anatol Yusef (Boardwalk Empire) and Nichola Burley (Wuthering Heights).

In October 2012, Kent welcomed the Southcliffe production team, who based themselves at the East Kent Storage Centre in Faversham and made use of the surrounding beautiful and unique locations such as Faversham, Faversham Recreation Ground, Oare Marshes, Uplees Cottage, Whitstable, East Kent Railway, Grain Power station, Teynham Court Farm, Canterbury Hospital, Sittingbourne Police Station, Sittingbourne Community College as well as various other farms, pubs, churches and cafes.  

Anna (Kaya Scodelario) running along a country road

Anna (Kaya Scodelario) © Channel 4

Paul Gould (Anatol Yusef) standing in a country road which the police have closed off

Paul Gould (Anatol Yusef) and police © Channel 4

Andrew (Eddie Marsan) and Anna (Kaya Scodelario) at night at a street concert

Andrew (Eddie Marsan) and Anna (Kaya Scodelario) © Channel 4

Stephen (Sean Harris) in an army uniform

Stephen (Sean Harris) © Channel 4

The production also made use of the Kent Film Office’s legal powers to close roads for filming, using traffic management and even road closures at various locations.

The Kent County Council Film Office was involved from the early stages actively supporting the production’s location filming. Gabrielle Lindemann, Kent Film Officer explains: “Since Faversham is truly a busy market town, hosting a high-profile drama while keeping disruption to the community to a minimum takes a lot of co-operation between local organisations.

“For example, Faversham Enterprise Partnership liaised between the local community and the production, Kent Highway Services and Kent Police helped to accommodate some tricky road filming, including a key scene on the A299 Thanet Way; Kent Wildlife Trust and Natural England helped with some of the surrounding nature reserves and Swale Borough Council assisted in finding parking spaces for the not inconsiderable number of equipment trucks.”

The Faversham community were thrilled to have such a high profile show choose their town as a backdrop with Laurence Young, of the Faversham Enterprise Partnership, saying: “Local people loved having filming take place around the town and really enjoyed helping the cast and crew.”

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 and has been seen many times on the small screen for productions such as  Cook Me The Money (2013), Great British Story: A People’s History (2012) and Our Food (2012).

Don’t miss the first episode of Southcliffe which will be shown on Sunday 4 August 2013 on Channel 4 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.channel4.com/info/press/press-packs/southcliffe-press-pack

For more information about Faversham visit: http://www.faversham.org/

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

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Cook Me The Money! (2013)

 

 

Cook Me The Money logo © ITV

Cook Me The Money logo © ITV

Production company: Shiver Productions

Kent locations used: Whitstable Harbour, Faversham

Cook Me The Money is a new daytime ITV series presented by Adam Shaw and sees three teams of amateur chefs competing to sell their dish during a days trading. The team that takes the biggest profit keeps their winnings as well as the takings that the other couples made – let the battle commence!

Cook Me The Money at Whitstable Harbour - catering vans with crowds outside them

Cook Me The Money at Whitstable Harbour © Mike Wier

The Cook Me The Money team visited Whitstable and Faversham in September 2012. The three teams set up catering vans in Whitstable harbour and sold burritos, tagine and a concoction called Love Puffs and in Faversham the teams offered locals chocolate cake made from vegetables, pancakes and tiramisu – but which dishes did the locals enjoy most?

Whitstable is a quaint seaside town in East Kent and boasts a shingle beach and harbour as well as modern art galleries, shops, cafes, pubs and restaurants and has previously been seen on screen on Double the House for Half the Money (2012) Our Food (2012) and Coast (2009).

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 and has been used for various productions including Southcliffe (2013), Great British Story: A People’s History (2012) and the nearby Oare Marshes were used in Great Expectations (2012).

The Whitstable episode of Cook Me The Money will be shown on Tuesday 2nd April 2013 at 14:00 on ITV1 and the Faversham episode will be shown on Tuesday 9th April 2013 at 14:00 on ITV1.

Links:

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

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

For more information about Faversham: http://www.faversham.org/

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Rory and Will – Champions of The World (2013)

L - R Rory McGrath and Will Mellor pointing at each other sitting in deck chairs with a car in the background

Rory and Will © Channel 5

Production Company: IWC Media

Kent Locations Used: Hernhill, Faversham

Rory and Will – Champions of The World is a brand new Channel 5 series which sees Rory McGrath and Will Mellor competing in the most unusual World Championship events held across the UK to see if they can win a new world title – the challenges they face include onion eating, thumb wrestling, coin-tossing and crazy golf.

In the second episode of the series, comedian and writer Rory McGrath (They Think It’s All Over) and actor Will Mellor (Two Pints of Lager and a Packet of Crisps) visit Hernhill in Kent to take part in the prestigious wheelie bin racing event.

The whacky event takes place every year in July and sees teams of four race against each other by pushing modified, standard wheelie bins along with pure man power and drinking a half-pint of local ale at each checkpoint. Will the guys be able to take the title?

Hernhill is a historic village in Swale surrounded by countryside and only 3 miles away from Faversham which has welcomed filming from Great Expectations (2012) Our Food (2012) and upcoming Channel 4 drama Southcliffe.

The Hernehill episode of Rory and Will – Champions of The World will be shown on Monday 4th February 2013 at ­­­­­­­­­­­­21:00 on Channel 5.

Links:

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

For more information about the programme: http://www.channel5.com/show/rory-and-will-champions-of-the-world

For more information on Hernhill: http://www.faversham.org/community/villages/hernhill.aspx 

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Great British Story: A People’s History (2012)

The Great British Story: The Peoples History presenter Michael Wood

The Great British Story The Peoples History © BBC Maya Vision

 

Production Company: Maya Vision International

Kent locations used: Faversham

The BBC’s new series Great British Story: A People’s History is presented by historian Michael Wood, who investigates the history and fascinating lives of the ordinary person in a specific time period, from the Viking invasions, across the Industrial Revolution to the Second World War.

This episode saw Michael Wood visit Faversham Market, which is one of the oldest in Kent. It dates back nearly 900 years and is a significant landmark in terms of Faversham’s local history.

The crew followed the activities of the East Kent Historical Organisation, a local re-enactment and combat group during their activities at a local recruitment and educational drive.

Faversham is a market town in the Swale Borough of Kent and boasts over 400 listed buildings as well as being renowned for the beautiful Faversham Creek and picturesque countryside that surrounds it. The town also has excellent rail links to London, with connections enabling a fast route into the capital. Faversham is a popular filming location, having previously welcomed TV programmes such as Great British Railway Journeys (2014), Peter Andre’s 60 Minute Makeover (2013) and Our Food (2012).

Don’t miss the Faversham episode of The Great British Story: A People’s Story which is being aired on 15 June 2012 at 8pm on BBC Two.

Links

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

For more information about the programme visit: http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/p00r12j3

For more information of Faversham visit: http://www.faversham.org/visit_faversham.aspx

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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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Britain’s First Photo Album (2012)

John Sergeant on the Thames

John Sergeant on the Thames © BBC

Production Company: Reef Television

Kent Locations Used: Gravesend, Faversham, Broadstairs, Hythe

This new BBC2 series, Britain’s First Photo Album, looks at the works of Francis Frith, the pioneer Victorian photographer who spent much of the late 19th century photographing various spots of Britain, including Kent.

Francis Frith who sold his grocers business to focus on photography, set out to capture every city, town and village in Britain, and his images are thought to be some of the first of Britain.

The 10-part series is presented by journalist and broadcaster John Sergeant, who also took part in the sixth series of Strictly Come Dancing.  Following in Frith’s footsteps, the series will cover the whole of Britain concentrating on Frith’s most stunning work. John will also look at the stories behind the pictures, talk to locals, as well as taking a picture of his own to compare the  past with the present.

Several episodes will feature areas in Kent:  Gravesend, Faversham, and Broadstairs, and it will be a fascinating to find out how each of these places has changed over the years.

Gravesend is on the south bank of the River Thames and is proud home to the oldest remaining cast iron pier in the world: The Towns Pier. The historic town also boasts an unspoilt promenade, high street and two shopping centres. Nearby attractions include the clock tower, and the beautiful Windmill Hill, which offers extensive views of the Thames. Gravesham has previously welcomed filming from Age Of Heroes and The Canterbury Tales.

Faversham is a beautiful, historic market town which has nearly 500 listed buildings and is set on the picturesque Faversham Creek. It has lots to offer including restaurants, shops, attractions, and some beautiful walks.

Broadstairs is a traditional seaside town and home to Charles Dickens’ Bleak House. It has a beautiful sandy beach lined with traditional beach huts, a multitude of restaurants and large Victorian terraces.  Popular dramas The Fixer, and Hancock and Joan have previously filmed in the area.

Hythe is a small seaside town at the edge of the Romney Marshes, formerly one of the Cinque Ports, it only retains a small fishing fleet today.  The Royal Military Canal flows into the sea here and in Napoleonic times it was home to the famous Hythe School of Musketry.

Don’t miss Britain’s First Photo Album which will be on every week day for 2 weeks from Monday 12th March 2012 at 18:30 on BBC2.

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/p00nh3h3

For more information about Gravesham: http://www.gogravesham.co.uk/

For more information about Faversham:  http://www.faversham.org/visit_faversham.aspx

For more information about Broadstairs: http://www.visitthanet.co.uk/destinations/broadstairs/10538?microSiteId=210

For more information about Hythe: http://www.visitkent.co.uk/destinations/folkestone-hythe-and-romney-marsh/6438

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