Top Gear – Series 22, Episode 3 (2015)

 James May, Jeremy Clarkson, Richard Hammond ©BBC Worldwide Ltd

James May, Jeremy Clarkson, Richard Hammond ©BBC Worldwide Ltd

Production company: BBC

Kent Locations Used: MOD Training Area – Lydd

Jeremy Clarkson, Richard Hammond and James May return to Kent to conduct research into the public health services in their attempt to revamp, enhance and improve the Ambulance.

Porsche 944 Turbo crashes through a wall ©BBC Worldwide Ltd

Porsche 944 Turbo crashes through a wall ©BBC Worldwide Ltd

They begin with a joint belief that the very big diesel vans are in need of an upgrade. Putting their thinking caps on, the presenters each focus on one area of the vehicle they feel they could improve.

While Hammond focuses on getting other drivers out of the way more effectively, May tries to reevaluate passenger comfort and Clarkson, unsurprisingly, aims to create a ‘sports ambulance’.

Who will get to the scene first and whose new ambulance reacts best in an emergency?

Catch the team in Lydd where the presenters test their vehicles to the limit. Lydd Ranges is a large training area on East Sussex border and boasts barrack style camps, seafront, lakes and whole villages marked as training areas. It was previously used in Ginger and Rosa (2012).

Episode 3 of Top Gear is aired on Sunday 8th February  2015at 8:00pm on BBC2.


James May’s Man Lab (2013)

 

James May sitting at a desk in his Man Lab surrounded by objects such as a train, lamp

James May’s Man Lab © BBC/Plum Pictures/Guy Levy

Production Companies:  Blockhead and May, Plum Pictures

Kent Locations:  Whitstable

James May’s Man Lab is a BBC Two television series which sees James and his team explore traditional skills that are being lost on modern men, showing them why they are valuable and how not to lose these skills forever. Throughout the series he has taken part in a variety of activities including making his own pizza oven, competing in the Rock Paper Scissors World Championships, and with the assistance of a memory champion James has commentated on the Grand National.

In the fifth and final episode of the third series, Top Gear presenter James May challenges his hapless sidekick Rory to run a whelk (sea snail) stall at Whitstable Harbour, with the help of a renowned seafood company based in Whitstable – West Whelks.

Also featured in the episode: James attempts a stunt involving a monster, invents a new type of table football and ensures a cup of tea is never wasted by creating the Cup Of Tea Alarm.

Whitstable is a charming seaside town near Canterbury and boasts a harbour, shingle beach, busy high street and a strong arts and culture scene, and is also the home of the popular Oyster Festival every July. Whitstable has previously been used in television and film projects alike, for Cook Me The Money (2013) Tipping the Velvet (2002), and Venus (2007).

Catch the Whitstable episode of James May’s Man Lab on BBC Two at 20:00 on Thursday 25th April 2013.

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/b0105yvp 

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

For more information about West Whelks: http://www.westwhelks.co.uk/

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Top Gear – The Sweeney (2012)

Top Gear presenters Richard Hammond, Jeremy Clarkson and James May

Top Gear presenters Richard Hammond,

Jeremy Clarkson and James May © BBC

Production Company:  BBC

Kent locations used: Isle of Sheppey

Popular car TV series Top Gear came to Kent to take over shooting the stunt scenes of the upcoming movie remake of the popular 70’s show – The Sweeney.

Presenters Jeremy Clarkson and Richard Hammond take control of the climax of the movie – the chase scene, with some hilarious results.  Richard upsets the stars Ray Winstone and Plan B, while Jeremy wants to keep the action realistic.  The director is not too pleased and turns into the angriest man in the world. Make sure you watch to the end if you want to have a sneak preview of how the final edit looks.

The team came to film on the Isle of Sheppey, because Kent County Council can legally close public highways for filming. The Sweeney is due for release at the end of 2012.

The episode aired on BBC2 on Sunday 12th February 2012 at 20:00 and is a must see! 

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/b006mj59

For more information about the Isle of Sheppey: http://www.visitkent.co.uk/explore/swale-faversham-sittingbourne-isle-of-sheppey.asp

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Top Gear – Jaguar Special (2011)

L-R Richard Hammond, Jeremy Clarkson, James May

L-R Richard Hammond, Jeremy Clarkson, James May © BBC

Production Company: BBC

Kent locations: Chilham 

To celebrate the 50th birthday of the Jaguar E-type, Jeremy Clarkson and his ‘team’ of E-types recently visited the village of Chilham in Kent. In true Clackson style, the celebrations are anything but low key, involving live music, classic fighter planes and a group of Royal Marines.

The Top Gear team made the most of Kent Film Office’s legal powers to close roads for filming and closed Chilham square to film the episode.

Behind the scenes image of Top Gear filming in Chilham

Behind the scenes image of Top Gear filming in Chilham © Phil Lightman

Jaguars lined up in Chilham

Jaguars lined up in Chilham © Phil Lightman

Also in the programme, Richard Hammond is in South Africa for a test drive and James May meets up with gold medal winning British Olympian Amy Williams.

Chilham is a beautiful village with a remarkable fifteenth century square of black and white timbered buildings, church, school and many shops and eateries. Chilham has been used for a variety of filming projects including BBC’s Emma (2009), Channel 4 comedy Chickens (2011) and Miss Marple – The Moving Finger (2005).

The show was aired on Sunday 26th of June 2011 on BBC2 at 20.00hrs and the series is now available to buy on DVD.

Links:

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

For more information about BBC Top Gear visit the Official Website 

For more behind the scenes images

For more information about Chilham visit: http://www.enjoychilham.org.uk/

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