Digging for Britain (2011)

Dr Alice Roberts presenter of Digging for Britain standing in a field

Dr Alice Roberts presenter of Digging for Britain © 360 Production

 

Production Company: 360 Production for BBC

Kent Filming Locations: Roman Villa on East Cliff, Beach and Folkestone library and museum

Presented by Dr Alice Roberts, Digging For Britain documents historically important archaeological finds around the country. The programme explores both new sites and those that are already well established as national treasure troves.

In its first series, the show featured preparations for the first sailing of a replica bronze age ship, the uncovering of Shakespeare’s first theatre and new information about the largest ever find of Anglo-Saxon treasure.

The second series began this month and the first programme included details of the dig at the Roman Villa ruins in Folkestone, Kent , where local residents took part in unearthing  some of Kent’s Roman history.

Folkestone is an ideal location for filming with a stunning coast line and many unique settings. The Folkestone area was used for The Darling Buds of May (1991-1993) series and Hawkinge airfield featured in the Michael Caine film The Battle of Britain (1969).

The Kent episode was shown in September 2011 on BBC Two.

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

To learn more about Folkestone: http://www.visitkent.co.uk/explore/thedms.asp?dms=13&venue=3032656

For more information on the programme: http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b014hl0d

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Amish: Worlds Squarest Teenagers 2010

The Amish Teenagers © Channel 4

The Amish Teenagers © Channel 4

A four-part documentary granting rare access to a group of young Amish as they leave their closed communities in mid-west USA for the first time and travel to Britain.

Production Company: KEO films
Kent Filming Locations: Rochester town centre, Joss Bay, Margate and Folkestone.

This documentary observes an extraordinary cultural exchange and follows five Amish young people as they leave their strictly sheltered lives to experience the outside world through a rite of passage called ‘Rumspringa’, which usually begins at the age of 16 and lasts as long as the teenager needs, before full baptism into the Amish Church.

This group has decided to travel to Britain where the five Amish youngsters live with groups ranging from London street dancers to castle-dwelling aristocrats. They hope to share their clean-living values with their British counterparts as well as learning and understanding what British teenage life is all about.

The programme includes scenes filmed in Rochester town centre, Joss Bay, Margate and Folkestone.

The historic city of Rochester has beautiful cobbled streets, parks and the Cathedral and castle. Rochester has previously been seen on screen in Jekyll and Hyde (2015), Great British Railway Journeys (2014) and Great Expectations feature film (1989).

In Thanet, Joss Bay is a 200-metre sandy beach in Broadstairs whilst Margate is a vibrant seaside resort, with complementary historic and modern architecture. The Thanet area is popular for filming having been used for projects such as  The Carer (2016), The Lady in the Van (2015) and The Great British Bake Off (2014).

Folkestone is a seaside town which boasts an elegant clifftop promenade, a coastal park, fishing harbour and Victorian cliff-top lifts. It has featured in productions The Tunnel: Sabotage (2016), Is Anybody There? (2009) and Moon and Son (1992).

The Kent episode of Amish: World’s Squarest Teenagers will be shown on Channel 4 at 8pm on 1st August 2010

Links

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

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

For more information about Joss Bay and Margate visit: http://www.visitthanet.co.uk/

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

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The Love Bus 2010

Zoe Salmon onboard the Love Bus © Five

Zoe Salmon onboard the Love Bus © Five

Production Company: Carbon

Kent Filming LocationsFolkestone

This new dating show sees TV presenter Zoe Salmon helping singletons find love on board an especially kitted-out double-decker bus.

One person seeking love travels around their home town, where other singles wait at special love bus stops along the way.  The potential dates have only one stop to wow the person doing the picking or be thrown off the bus.  The chooser can keep a date on board for more than one stop, but will risk missing someone better.  The couple still on the bus at the end of the journey win an all-expenses-paid date together.
The Love Bus visited Folkestone  in Kent.

The seaside town of Folkestone has busy shopping areas, thriving arts scene, elegant clifftop promenade, a coastal park, fishing harbour and Victorian cliff-top lifts. It has featured in productions The Tunnel: Sabotage (2016), Is Anybody There? (2009) and The Darling Buds of May (1991 – 1993).

The Love Bus is now being shown on Five, Monday’s at 10pm

Links

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

For more information about the series visit: http://www.channel5.com/show/the-love-bus

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

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Is Anybody There? (2009)

Moveie poster Michael Caine Bil Milner standing in a bus shelter

Is Anybody There? Film Poster © Optimum Releasing

Director: John Crowley 

Writer: Peter Harness 

Starring: Michael Caine, Bill Milner, David Morrissey, Anne-Marie Duff, Ralph Riach

Production Company: Heyday Films, BBC Films, Big Beach

Kent Filming Locations: Hythe, Folkestone Central Train Station and St Peter’s CEP School in Folkestone

Set in the 1980’s, Is Anybody There? is about a young boy called Edward (Bill Milner) growing up in an old people’s home. Whilst his parents struggle with their personal problems, Edward becomes obsessed with ghosts and the afterlife. Arming himself with his trusted tape recorder and camera, he tapes the residents in his quest to find out more about what happens to people when they die.

Living a fairly solitary existence, Edward strikes up a friendship with resident magician and rebel Clarence (Michael Caine). The pair become good friends, teaching each other to live each day in the present and how to come to terms with the past.

In 2007, the production visited several Kent locations including Folkestone Central Train Station which doubled as a Yorkshire train station  Princes Parade in Hythe was turned into Yorkshire for two days where they used the sea-shelter as a bus shelter (see the movie poster!) and the road was used for the scenes where Clarence (Michael  Caine) and Edward (Bill Milner) are pushing the vehicle along the sea road after the crash.

Filming on Princes Parade in Hythe - camera crew and bus

Filming on Princes Parade in Hythe © Kent Film Office

Produced by the same company who bring Harry Potter to the big screen, the film also visited St Peter’s CEP School,  Folkestone where the children themselves were extras for a day! To thank them for their time and help they were rewarded with signed posters from the main cast of Harry Potter and Michael Caine signed their school mural.

The seaside town of Folkestone has an elegant clifftop promenade, a lower coastal park, a fishing harbour and Victorian cliff-top lifts. Hythe is a small coastal town situated between Folkestone and the Romney Marsh. The area has featured in a wide range of productions including Future Tense: The Story of H.G. Wells (2016), The Tunnel: Sabotage (2016) and Everyone’s Going To Die (2013).

The film was released on 1st May 2009 and is now available to buy on DVD.

Links 

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

For more information about the film visit http://www.isanybodytheremovie.com/

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

To view more behind the scenes images: http://brochures.moviesite.biz/view/kent/Behind_the_Scenes_in_Hythe_for_Is_Anybody_There.html

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Moon and Son (1992)

Behind the scenes, Moon and Son at Civic Centre, Folkestone

Behind the scenes, Moon and Son at Civic Centre, Folkestone © Shepway District Council

Creator: Robert Banks Stewart

Directors: Ken Grieve, Robert Tronson, Paul Harrison, Roger Tucker

Writers: Michael Aitkens, Leslie Darbon

Cast: Millicent Martin, John Michie, Laure Killing, Ian Redford, Patrick Drury, John Fitzgerald Jay

Production Company: BBC

Kent locations: Folkestone, Kent and East Sussex Railway, Oare Marshes, Chilham Castle, Crabble Corn Mill, Deal, Folkestone Harbour, Dungeness Estate, The Grand, The Leas Cliff Hall and The Romney, Hythe and Dymchurch Railway

Moon and Son is a 13-episode BBC series created by Robert Banks Stewart (Doctor Who, My Uncle Silas), which follows a professional fortune teller, Gladys Moon (Millicent Martin), and her son Trevor (John Michie) as they solve a multitude of mysteries.

The series stars Millicent Martin (Alfie, Return to Halloweentown, Days of Our Lives, From a Bird’s Eye View), John Michie (Coronation Street, Taggart, To Walk with Lions), Laure Killing (A Woman’s Revenge, The Violent Earth, Paris Criminal Inquiries), Ian Redford (The Remains of the Day, 3 Men and a Little Lady, Mary and Martha), Patrick Drury (The Awakening, Father Ted) and John Fitzgerald Jay (Roujin Z, Reign).

The production filmed at a variety of locations in Kent and in Nord-Pas-De-Calais across the Channel. Folkestone is the main UK setting and hometown of the Moons. Folkestone Harbour is also used frequently as the Moons travel between Folkestone and Boulogne. The Folkestone area has been used for previous productions including The Tunnel (2013), Everyone’s Going to Die (2013) and Mud Men (2012).

Wittersham Road Station, which is part of Kent and East Sussex Railway, features as a hideout in episode two. It is a versatile historic railway that boasts an extensive list of production credits including Mapp and Lucia (2014) and Last Passenger (2013).

The Oare Marshes appear as the location for Mr Marsh’s (Gregory Floy) business in episode two and again as the quarry lake where his body is discovered. The Oare Marshes is a reserve consisting of one the few grazing marshes left in Kent. Other productions to have filmed there are A Taste of Britain (2014), Channel 4’s Southcliffe (2013) and Great Expectations (2012).

Chilham Castle, a historic building set in the Tudor village of Chilham features as Lady Doddington’s Estate in episode nine of the series. The village of Chilham has welcomed other productions including BBC’s Emma (2009), Miss Marple – The Moving Finger (2006) and Dempsey and Makepeace ‘Cry God for Harry’ (1985).

Crabble Corn Mill also features in episode nine as Denham’s Auction House. Recognised as one of Dover’s hidden treasures, Crabble Corn Mill is one of the most complete working Georgian watermills. Dover has often been seen on screen, in particular Dover Castle, in productions such as The Apprentice (2015), Avengers: Age of Ultron (2015) and The Other Boleyn Girl (2008).

The Old Boatmen’s Room on Deal’s Marina doubled as Basil’s Chapel in episode 10. Deal boasts a stunning seafront and pier, as well as two Tudor castles and a thriving high street. Other productions to have filmed in Deal include Legacy (2013), Great British Railway Journeys (2010) and Ruby Blue (2007).

Other locations that appear in Moon and Son include the palm court at Folkestone’s The Grand, which features frequently as Gladys’ preferred haunt for tea. Additionally, The Leas Cliff Hall is home to the final show down of episode two and The Romney, Hythe and Dymchurch Railway features in episode twelve as the location of hidden diamonds.

Moon and Son aired in 1992.

Links:

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

For more information about the programme: http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0201387/

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

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Darling Buds of May (1991 – 1993)

The cast of The Darling Buds of May © ITV

Director : David Giles, Robert Tronson, Rodney Bennett, Steve Goldie

Writer: H. E Bates, Paul Wheeler, Stephen Bill

Production Company: Excelsior, Yorkshire Television

Kent Filming Locations: Pluckley, Folkestone,

Set in Kent in the 1950’s Darling Buds of May was filmed on location in Pluckley and Folkestone. The programme focused on the Larkin family who appeared to have the ideal family life living off the land.

Pop and Ma by the River

Pop and Ma by the River © ITV

Catherine Zeta Jones as Mariette with Oast House in the background © ITV

Catherine Zeta Jones as Mariette with Oast House in the background

Buss Farm Oast being worked on before filming

Buss Farm Oast being worked on before filming © Roger Holmes

Behind the scenes on Folkestone seafront

Behind the scenes on Folkestone seafront © Shepway District Council

Amazingly, ‘Pop’ Larkin (David Jason) has managed to avoid the tax man. In the first six episodes, tax inspector Cedric (Philip Franks) comes to the farm to collect debts and ends up abandoning his career to live the dream of country living and marry ‘Pop’s’ daughter, Mariette (Catherine Zeta Jones). The programme has long been accredited with launching Catherine Zeta Jones’ career.

The series was hugely successful and achieved high viewing figures throughout its run. The effects are still felt in the lovely village of Pluckley, Kent which still welcomes those seeking a glimpse of the ‘perfick’ life.

For many, Darling Buds of May reflects the dream Kentish Life, involving living in an Oast House and enjoying the countryside that Kent has to offer with family and friends. It is perhaps this, which made the series so popular.

Pluckley to this day remains a sleepy countryside village but it is not only famous for its Darling Buds of May appearances, it is also renowned for its more ghostly inhabitants. Pluckley has earned the title of the most haunted village in Britain. It is said that 12 to 16 ghosts inhabit the village and every year on Halloween tourists inundate the village to see if they too can have a supernatural experience. The village however remains unspoilt and picturesque, reminding visitors of its Kentish beauty as depicted in the series.

The series aired between 1991 and 1993 and is now available to buy on DVD.

Links

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

To view the Darling Buds of May Trail: http://kentfilmoffice.co.uk/moviemap/darlingbuds-thetrail/

For more behind the scenes images: http://brochures.moviesite.biz/view/kent/Behind_the_Scenes_on_The_Darling_Buds_of_May.html

For more information about Folkestone: http://www.discoverfolkestone.co.uk/

For more information about Pluckley: http://www.pluckley.net

Every year there is a Darling Buds of May car show held at the Farm that provided the principal location for the Larkin family home. For more information about the car show: http://www.darlingbudsfarm.co.uk/event/carshow/

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Someone Behind the Door (1972)

 

Someone Behind the Door movie poster - a mans face and a gun

Someone Behind the Door © GSF

Directed by: Nicholas Gessner

Starring: Anthony Perkins, Charles Bronson & Jill Ireland

Production Company: Comacico, Lira Films, Société Nouvelle de Cinématographie (SNC)

Kent Filming Locations Used: Folkestone

Filmed in 1971, Someone Behind the Door stars Charles Bronson as the violent amnesiac caught in a dysfunctional relationship between husband and wife. Anthony Perkins stars as the cuckolded husband to cheating wife Jill Ireland. When Bronson is found on the beach next to the body of a murdered girl, Perkins sees the perfect opportunity to wreak revenge by conditioning Bronson to believe that Perkins’ wife is his own and that her supposed betrayal should be punished.

A chilling crime drama, Someone Behind the Door was shot almost entirely on location in Folkestone. The stunning vista of Folkestone’s beaches and sea views are the perfect backdrop to this dramatic tale. A residential property overlooking the sea from The Leas became home to cast and crew and featured as perkins’ home. The Folkestone beach features as the scene of Bronson’s grisly crime and his inevitable capture by local police.

Folkestone and surrounding areas have been used by productions such as Sky Atlantic drama The Tunnel (2013), Is Anybody There? (2009) and The Battle of Britain (1969).

Someone Behind the Door was released in cinemas in 1972 and can now be purchased on DVD.

Links

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

For more information about the film visit: http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0067773/

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

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Lady Godiva Rides Again (1951)

Black and white image of a beauty pageant - girls on the stage with an audience watching

Lady Godiva Rides Again screenshot © London Film Productions

Director: Frank Launder

Writers: Frank Launder, Val Valentine

Starring: Pauline Stroud, Dennis Price, John McCallum, Stanley Holloway, Diana Dors

Production Company: ZSA

Kent location used: Folkestone – The Leas Cliff Hall, The Metropole, Rotunda Amusement Park and Folkestone West Train Station

Lady Godiva Rides Again is a British comedy film about a small town girl who wins a local beauty pageant and finds herself unprepared for the cutthroat world of fame when she competes in a rigged Fascination Soap beauty competition.

The film was inspired by the 1950 Miss Kent beauty pageant which was held at The Leas Cliff Hall where director and writer Frank Launder was one of the judges in the competition.

The film was directed by Frank Launder (The Lady Vanishes, The Green Man, The Great St. Trinian’s Train Robbery) who also co-wrote alongside Val Valentine (We Dive at Dawn, Rich and Strange, Blue Murder at St. Trinian’s).

The cast includes Pauline Stroud (Skyport, Harpers West One), John McCallum (The Long Memory, Skippy, Boney), Dennis Price (Kind Hearts and Coronets, Tunes of Glory, Victim), Stanley Holloway (My Fair Lady, Brief Encounter, The Lavender Hill Mob) and Diana Dors (The Unholy Wife, I Married a Woman, A Kid for Two Farthings).

Cast members arriving at the Metropole Hotel Folkestone for the filming of Lady Godiva Rides Again July 1951

Cast members arriving at the Metropole Hotel Folkestone for the filming of Lady Godiva Rides Again July 1951 © Kent Photo Archive

 

Diana Dors and Dennis Hamilton arriving at the Metropole Hotel Folkestone for the filming of Lady Godiva Rides Again July 1951

Diana Dors and Dennis Hamilton arriving at the Metropole Hotel Folkestone for the filming of Lady Godiva Rides Again July 1951 © Kent Photo Archive

Parade on the Leas during filming of Lady Godiva Rides Again Folkestone July 1951

Parade on the Leas during filming of Lady Godiva Rides Again Folkestone July 1951 © Kent Photo Archive

Pauline Stroud arriving at the Metropole Hotel Folkestone for the filming of Lady Godiva Rides Again July 1951

Pauline Stroud arriving at the Metropole Hotel Folkestone for the filming of Lady Godiva Rides Again July 1951 © Kent Photo Archive

Diana Dors and Dennis Hamilton arriving at the Metropole Hotel Folkestone for the filming of Lady Godiva Rides Again July 1951 Pauline Stroud arriving at the Metropole Hotel Folkestone for the filming of Lady Godiva Rides Again July 1951

Diana Dors and Dennis Hamilton arriving at the Metropole Hotel Folkestone for the filming of Lady Godiva Rides Again July 1951 Pauline Stroud arriving at the Metropole Hotel Folkestone for the filming of Lady Godiva Rides Again July 1951 © Kent Photo Archive

Lady Godiva Rides Again screenshot exterior of at The Metropole

Lady Godiva Rides Again screenshot at The Metropole © London Film Productions

The production visited Folkestone where they filmed at The Leas Cliff Hall, which was used as the location for the beauty competition and The Metropole, which was the setting for the seaside hotel hosting the Fascination Soap Pageant. Folkestone West Train Station features in the film for the scenes where Marjorie Clark (Pauline Stroud), arrives and meets Dolores August (Diana Dors). The now closed Rotunda Amusement Park was also used for the scenes where Larry (John McCallum) and Marjorie visit and go on rides.

Folkestone is a town in the Shepway district of Kent and boasts a beach, quaint streets and many studios and galleries at the Creative Quarter. The Leas Cliff Hall is a theatre and entertainment venue offering splendid views across the channel. The Metropole is an old spa hotel which has been redeveloped into flats. The area has used for filming by productions such as The Tunnel (2013), Is Anybody There? (2009) and The Darling Buds of May (1991 – 1993).

Lady Godiva Rides Again was released in cinemas on October 1951 and is now available to buy on DVD.

With kind thanks to Kent Photo Archive for allowing us to share their images.

Links:

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

For more information about the film: http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0043719/

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

For more information on The Leas Cliff Hall: http://www.leascliffhall.co.uk/

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