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/


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

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


ROAR Series 2 (2007)

 

Matthew and Rani sitting on a rock with a giraffe in the background

Matthew and Rani with a giraffe © Cheetah Television

Production Company: BBC

Kent Filming Locations: Port Lympne & Howletts  Wild Animal Parks

The second series of this fun, informative wildlife programme sees presenters Matthew Skilton and new addition Rani Price (Best of Friends) going behind the scenes at Port Lympne & Howletts  Wild Animal Parks.

They gain an insight in to the adventures of animal keepers and vets at the parks near Hythe and Canterbury.

Given the extensive range of animals kept at both parks, the show covers follows the destinies of a huge variety of species from the smallest insect to the large mammals in a way children will enjoy.

Some of the stars they will meet are Dishi, a mischievous gorilla who lives in the world’s largest gorillarium at Port Lympne and Janu, the baby elephant part of the UK’s largest of African elephants, cared for in Howletts.

Rani and Matthew come face to face with some of the 1000 animals and 90 different species at Port Lympne and Howletts. This includes monkeys, tigers, rhinos, snakes and exotic creepy crawlies. By interacting so closely with the animals, children see the bond with their keepers and the extraordinary things done to keep the animals happy and healthy.

Set up in 1957 by the late John Aspinall, the parks protect and breed rare and endangered animals with the intention to return them to safe areas in their natural habitat whenever possible.

The series was shown on weekdays from February 2007 on BBC 2 at 7.30 am.

Links

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

For more information about Roar visit http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b006xh2k

For more information on Port Lympne & Howletts  Wild Animal Parks:  http://www.aspinallfoundation.org/

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