Little Britain, Season 1 (2003)

Little Britain Characters

Little Britain Poster © BBC

Writers: David Walliams, Matt Lucas

Starring: Matt Lucas, David Walliams, Tom Baker, Paul Putner, Anthony Head, Charu Bala Chokshi

Production Company: BBC, Little Britain Productions

Kent Locations Used: Herne Bay

Little Britain is a character-comedy sketch show from creators David Walliams and Matt Lucas, both of whom also star in the show. Exploring a variety of unusual and amusing characters residing across the British Isles, the first season of Little Britain was partly filmed in Herne Bay.

Heading the show as numerous characters are David Walliams (Big School, Come Fly With Me) and Matt Lucas (Bridesmaids, Come Fly With Me), also featuring other famous faces like Tom Baker (Doctor Who, Monarch of the Glen) as the narrator, Paul Putner (Kidulthood, The Peter Serafinowicz Show), Anthony Head (Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Merlin) and Charu Bala Chokshi (Gandhi, A Fish Called Wanda) as supporting characters.

Little Britain screenshot at Herne Bay

Little Britain screenshot at Herne Bay

A number of different locations in Herne Bay appear in Season 1 of Little Britain as the home of cross dresser Emily Howard. The interior and exterior of the Bun Penny, the once well-known pub on Herne Bay’s seafront, features in episode one, while the clock tower appears in both episode three and episode eight. Other locations used include Central Parade and Central Avenue. Some of the Lou and Andy sketches are also filmed at Herne Bay.

Herne Bay is a traditional seaside town located on the Kent coast, with interesting Victorian architecture and a splendid seafront boasting glorious beaches. The town is a popular location, with previous productions such as Boomers (2014), Big Bad World (2013) and Got to Dance (2012) choosing to film there.

Little Britain ran for three more seasons and is available to buy on DVD.

Links:

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

For more information on the programme: http://www.bbc.co.uk/comedy/littlebritain/

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

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


Only Fools and Horses: The Jolly Boys’ Outing (1989)

L-R Rodney Trotter (Nicholas Lyndhurst), Derek 'Del Boy' Trotter (David Jason), Uncle Albert Trotter (Buster Merryfield), Boycie (John Challis), Trigger (Roger Lloyd Pack) and Mike Fisher (Kenneth MacDonald) at a theme park

Only Fools and Horses The Jolly Boys’ Outing © BBC

Director: Tony Dow

Writer: John Sullivan

Starring: David Jason, Nicholas Lyndhurst, Buster Merryfield, Paul Barber, John Challis, Sue Holderness, Roger Lloyd-Pack, Kenneth MacDonald, Gwyneth Strong, Tessa Peake-Jones.

Production Company: BBC

Kent Locations: Margate, Dreamland, Broadstairs, Herne Bay

The Jolly Boys’ Outing is the 1989 Christmas Special of the popular BBC series Only Fools and Horses and sees the Trotter brothers go on their annual coach trip to Margate with the Nag’s Head regulars. However, the trip doesn’t go to plan and forces the gang to stay overnight where Del bumps into his old flame Raquel.

Renowned British comedy Only Fools and Horses is about the Trotter brothers who live in Peckham, South London and the highs and lows they face trying to get rich. The sitcom was created and written by John Sullivan (The Two Ronnies, Roger Roger) and ran from 1981 – 2003, becoming one of the most loved sitcoms.

The Jolly Boys’ Outing episode was directed by Tony Dow (Babylon 5, Honey, I Shrunk the Kids: The TV Show) and stars David Jason (Open All Hours, The Darling Buds of May) as Derek ‘Del Boy’ Trotter and Nicholas Lyndhurst (Goodnight Sweetheart, Rock & Chips) as Rodney Trotter and Buster Merryfield (Shroud for a Nightingale, Strangers and Brothers) as Uncle Albert.

The supporting cast also boasts many familiar face including Roger Lloyd-Pack (The Vicar of Dibley, Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire), Tessa Peake-Jones (Marchlands, Holby City) and Paul Barber (The Full Monty, Coronation Street).

Margate was the main destination in the episode where the boys visit theme park Dreamland. The former Broadstairs Police Station also features in the episode as well as the now closed Roman Galley Pub in Herne Bay which was used for the pitstop location where the gang stop off on their journey to Margate.

Margate is a delightful seaside town with a sandy beach, harbour, arcades, and period housing. The area has been seen on screen before featuring in productions such as BBC One’s improvised drama True Love (2012), The Apprentice (2009) and feature film Last Orders (2002). 

Herne Bay boasts 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 Peter Andre’s 60 Minute Makeover (2013), Got To Dance (2012) and Things I Haven’t Told You (2008). 

The Jolly Boys’ Outing episode of Only Fools and Horses was first shown on Christmas Day 1989 and is now available on DVD.

Links

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

For more information about the programme: http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b006xthd

For more information about Margate:http://www.visitthanet.co.uk/destinations/margate/10537?microSiteId=210

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

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


The Medusa Touch (1978)

 

The Medusa Touch Movie Poster © Columbia Broadcasting System (CBS)

Directed By: Jack Gold

Written By: Peter Van Greenaway (novel), John Briley (screenplay)

Starring: Richard Burton, Lee Remick and Lino Ventura

Production Company: Coatesgold, Incorporated Television Company (ITC)

Kent Filming Locations Used: Herne Bay & Reculver

The Medusa Touch is the chilling tale of a man with a gift for disaster. Richard Burton (Cleopatra, Where Eagles Dare) is John Morlar, a man with astonishing powers of telekinesis. When French detective Brunel (Lino Ventura-Army of Shadows) is tasked with investigating John Morlar’s murder whilst on assignment with Scotland Yard, he discovers that the victim is not as dead as he first appears. Working with Morlar’s psychiatrist Doctor Zonfeld (Lee Remick- The Omen), the detective reconstructs Morlar’s mysterious life.

It is in the childhood memories of John Morlar that Kent makes its debut. The “Welcome Hotel”, where Morlar and his parents spend their holidays, stands in the coastal town of Herne Bay. Although the Hotel may have been fictional, the building remains the same. Spanning numbers 37-40 Central Parade in Herne Bay, the building is now a row of residential properties next to the Royal British Legion Headquarters.

On their holiday the family also visit the nearby Reculver Towers for a seaside picnic. It is in this scene that Morlar first makes use of his powerful telekinetic abilities.

Although the film was released in 1978, the Reculver Towers have stayed unchanged and are. a distinctive landmark on the Kent Coast They are the  remains of a 12th Century church that once stood there among the ruins of a Roman Saxon Shore fort and a Saxon monastery,  and part of  Reculver Country Park which is a Special Protection area due to its rare cliff top meadows and the yearly migrating birds.

The nearby coastal town of Herne Bay offers two miles of seafront lined with café’s, amusement arcades and fish and chip shops,  all overlooked by  stunning examples of Victorian Architecture. In true spirit of an English seaside town, brightly coloured huts line the beach and the location is popular with tourists every summer. The town is home to several antique shops and hosts one of Kent’s biggest markets every Saturday. Productions that have filmed in the area include  Got To Dance (2012), Things I Haven’t Told You (2008) and French Dressing (1964).

The Medusa Touch is now available to buy on DVD.

Links

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

For more information about the Reculver Towers: http://www.english-heritage.org.uk/visit/places/reculver-towers-and-roman-fort/

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

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


Upstairs Downstairs – The Sudden Storm (1974)

The cast of Upstairs, Downstairs

Upstairs, Downstairs © London Weekend Television (LWT)

Starring: Angela Baddeley, Jean Marsh, Meg Wynn Owen, Simon Williams, David Langton, Gordon Jackson

Production Company: London Weekend Television (LWT), Sagitta Productions Ltd.

Kent Locations: Herne Bay

Upstairs, Downstairs is an ITV drama series set in a townhouse in Belgravia and charts the lives of the wealthy Bellamy family and their servants during the First World War and the interwar years.

The show which ran between 1971 and 1975, stars Jean Marsh (Willow, The Changeling), Angela Baddeley (Zoo Baby, Quartet), Meg Wynn Owen (Pride & Prejudice, Love Actually), Simon Williams (The Gathering Storm, Another Day in Paradise), David Langton (The Whistle Blower, Quintet) and Gordon Jackson (The Professionals, The Great Escape).

Herne Bay, including the beach by the former pier and Central Bandstand, features in series three, episode thirteen “The Sudden Storm”, when the staff take a day out to the seaside.

Located near to Canterbury, Herne Bay has a delightful beach with a bandstand and seafront gardens, as well as many shops and eateries, amusement arcades, and a windmill. The area has previously featured in filming projects such as Boomers (2014), Little Britain – Season 1 (2003) and The Medusa Touch (1978).

Upstairs, Downstairs The Sudden Storm was shown in 1974.

Links:

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

For more information about the programme please visit: http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0066722/?ref_=ttco_co_tt

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

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

 


Some Mothers Do ‘Ave ‘Em, Series One (1973)

Michele Dotrice as Betty and Michael Crawford as Frank Spencer standing in front of a train

Michele Dotrice as Betty and Michael Crawford as Frank Spencer © BBC

 

Director: Michael Mills

Writer: Raymond Allen

Starring: Michael Crawford and Michele Dotrice

Production Company: BBC

Kent Locations used: Herne Bay

Some Mothers Do ‘Ave ‘Em is a BBC sitcom following the accident-prone Frank Spencer (Michele Dotrice) and his ill-fated attempts to hold down a job and look after his family.

There were three series and four Christmas Specials which ran between 1973 and 1978. The show was created and written by Raymond Allen and starred Michael Crawford (The Phantom of the Opera, Hello Dolly!) as Frank Spencer and Michele Dotrice (Death in Paradise, Inside No.9) as his long-suffering wife, Betty.

Herne Bay was used as a location for two episodes of the programme’s first series. The High Street and William Street featured in the very first episode, The Job Interview, where Frank (Michael Crawford) arrives at a shop for a job interview.

The Railway Station and the Carlton Hotel feature in the episode four, Have a Break, Take a Husband ,for scenes on Frank (Michael Crawford) and Betty’s (Michele Dotrice) ill-fated second honeymoon.

Herne Bay is located on the Kent coast and boasts a delightful beach with a bandstand and seafront gardens as well as many shops and eateries, amusement arcades and a windmill. Other productions which have filmed in Herne Bay include Boomers (2014), Little Britain, Series One (2003) and Only Fools and Horses, the Jolly Boys’ Outing (1989).

The first series was originally broadcast between 15th February – 29th March 1973, and is now available to purchase on DVD.

Links:

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

For more information about this programme please visit: http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0069634/

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

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

 


French Dressing (1964)

 

French Dressing Poster

French Dressing Poster © Warner-Pathé Distributors

Director: Ken Russell

Starring: James Booth, Roy Kinnear, Marisa Mell

Production Company: Associated British Picture Corporation, Kenneth Harper Production

Kent Locations Used: Herne Bay, Kings Hall, Medway Queen Paddle Steamer

French Dressing is a comedy film set in the fictional seaside town of Gormleigh-on-Sea about a deckchair attendant, Jim Stephens (James Booth) who is deputised to organise a film festival. After finally convincing French movie star pin-up Françoise Fayol (Marisa Mell) to attend, a series of unplanned mishaps threatens the festival’s success.

The directorial debut of Ken Russell (Tommy, The Devils, The Lair of the White Worm), French Dressing stars James Booth (Zulu, Keeping Mum, Pray for Death), Roy Kinnear (Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory, Help!, The Hill) and Marisa Mell (Marta, One on Top of the Other One, Casanova ’70).

French Dressing Screenshot - a man taking a picture on Herne Bay beach

French Dressing Screenshot on Herne Bay beach © Warner-Pathé Distributors

French Dressing Screenshot at Herne Bay - men walking alongside blow up people on the seafront

French Dressing Screenshot at Herne Bay © Warner-Pathé Distributors

French Dressing Screenshot - men exiting the Kings Hall building

French Dressing Screenshot at Kings Hall © Warner-Pathé Distributors

French Dressing Screenshot - men walking along Herne Bay seafront

French Dressing Screenshot at Herne Bay seafront © Warner-Pathé Distributors

The film was almost entirely filmed in Herne Bay which doubles as Gormleigh-on-Sea and the Kings Hall doubles as the Council Offices. The Medway Queen Paddle Steamer is used in the scenes when Jim Stephens (James Booth) and Henry Liggott (Roy Kinnear) take the boat to France.

Herne Bay is a traditional seaside town offering two miles of splendid coast including a delightful beach with colourful beach huts, bandstand and seafront gardens as well as many shops and eateries and amusement arcades. Herne Bay has been used as a film location on projects such as Boomers (2014), Big Bad World (2013) and Things I Haven’t Told You (2008).

French Dressing was released in 1964 and is now available on DVD.

Links

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

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

For more information on Kings Hall: http://www.thekingshall.com/

For more information on the Medway Queen Paddlesteamer: https://www.medwayqueen.co.uk/

For more information about the film: http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0057073/

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