Couples Come Dine With Me (2014)

The Come Dine With Me logo

Come Dine With Me © Channel 4

Production company: ITV Studios, Shiver Productions

Kent Locations: Bearsted, Kings Hill, Maidstone

Channel 4’s popular show returns with a twist: in this series, couples work together to host the best dinner party for a cash prize!

A table laid out for a dinner party with glasses, cutlery and napkins

Couples Come Dine With Me © Channel 4

Come Dine With Me started in 2005 and has proved very popular with audiences. In episode 10 of the new series, the show follows three West Kent couples, including married West End performers Millie and Andy, newlyweds Sam and Emma and dinner party fanatics Alex and Richard. Whose efforts will be judged victorious?

The production filmed the West Kent contestants in and around their homes in Kings Hill , Maidstone and Bearsted.

Maidstone lies on the River Medway and is the county town of Kent offering shopping areas and parks. It is close to many tourist attractions, such as Kent Life and Leeds Castle. Maidstone is also home to The Maidstone Studios which has hosted filming for TV productions such as Draw It (2014), Later…With Jools Holland (2013-2014) and Take Me Out (2010 – 2014).

Bearsted is a village near Maidstone and boasts shops, pubs and sports clubs in a countryside setting.

Kings Hill is a housing and business development built on an airfield site which was used in 1967 for The Beatles’ Magical Mystery Tour (1967) and more recently, the area was featured in Channel 4’s Cape Wrath (2008).

Don’t miss the Kent episode which will air on Friday 18th July 2014 at 17:00 on Channel 4.

Links

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

For more information about the programme visit: http://www.channel4.com/programmes/couples-come-dine-with-me

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

For more information about Kings Hill: http://www.kings-hill.com/

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In The Best Possible Taste With Grayson Perry (2012)

Grayson Perry

Grayson Perry © Channel 4

Production Company: Seneca Productions

Locations used: Tunbridge Wells, Kings Hill

Artist Grayson Perry comes to Tunbridge Wells to explore the tastes of the British Middle Classes for the second episode of ‘The Best Possible Taste’, using his discoveries of the area as inspiration for a work of art.

During the series, Grayson Perry surrounds himself with people across the social spectrum as he tries to get to grips with society’s differing takes on taste. In this episode he seeks to explore the taste obsessions of the modern middle class person, including vintage furniture, original art and organic food.

He starts this mission in Kings Hill before visiting Tunbridge Wells, a town known for its middle class residents.

Using his experiences as inspiration, Perry creates a set of six tapestries from his findings, two for each of the classes. He hopes that it will tell a story of British class mobility in the 21st Century.  In conclusion to each episode, contributors are invited to view his creations.

Tunbridge Wells is a town in West Kent, home to a host of historic buildings, specialist shops, churches and a busy town centre. Productions which have previously filmed in the area include Britain’s Best Bakery (2012), Terry and Mason’s Great Food Trip (2015) and Hunted (2012).

Kings Hill is a housing and business development built on an airfield site which was used for The Beatles’ Magical Mystery Tour (1967) and more recently, the area has featured in Couples Come Dine With Me (2014) and Channel 4’s Cape Wrath (2008).

In The Best Possible Taste With Grayson Perry airs on Tuesday 12th June 2012 on Channel 4 at 22.00.

Links

For more information about this programme visit: http://www.channel4.com/info/press/programme-information/all-in-the-best-possible-taste-with-grayson-perry

For more information about Tunbridge Wells visit: http://www.visittunbridgewells.com

For more information about Kings Hill: http://www.kings-hill.com/

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

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Cape Wrath (2007)

Cape Wrath Cast in front of houses at Leybourne Lakes

Cape Wrath Cast at Leybourne Lakes © Channel 4

Director: Duane Clark, Andrew Gunn

Writer: Robert Murphy

Starring: David Morrissey, Lucy Cohu, Ralph Brown, Tom Hardy

Production Company: Ecosse Films

Kent Filming Locations: Leybourne Lakes, Mote Park Leisure Centre, Whatman warehouse Maidstone, Kings Hill, Imperial College-Wye Campus

Cape Wrath is a 7-part thriller which is known in the US as Meadowlands. This sinister series followed the lives of the Brogan family, headed by David Morrissey, as they relocate to the seemingly safe suburban town of Meadowlands as part of a witness protection programme. The Brogan family begin to doubt just how safe the village of Meadowlands truly is when it turns out that they’re not the only ones with secrets to hide.

Starring David Morrissey (The Walking Dead, The Reaping, The Other Boleyn Girl) as Danny Brogan and Lucy Cohu (Becoming Jane, Broadchurch, The Queen’s Sister) as his ever-patient wife Evelyn, Cape Wrath also showcases a number of well-known talents including Felicity Jones (The Theory of Everything, Like Crazy, The Diary of Anne Frank), Tom Hardy (Inception, The Dark Knight Rises, Mad Max: Fury Road), Ralph Brown (Withnail and I, Star Wars: Episode 1 -The Phantom Menace, Wayne’s World 2) and Nina Sosanya (Love Actually, Last Tango in Halifax, Code 46).

The series based and filmed in Kent, utilising an empty warehouse in Rusthall to create a number of central sets which were used for most of the interiors. The main characters homes were filmed at housing development next to Leybourne Lakes Country Park which double as “Meadowlands”. Liberty Square at Kings Hill features as the local town centre and The Kings Hill Golf Course is also used for a number of scenic exterior shots. Wye College also features as Samantha’s Father’s place of work in London. The Gym, the sports hall and the exterior of Maidstone Leisure Centre also feature frequently throughout the series.

Leybourne Lakes and Kings Hill are new developments in the Tonbridge and Malling district. The areas have great transport links, local amenities, a network of cycle paths and a number of sports facilities including The Kings Hill Golf Course. The area has previously has been seen on Great British Railway Journeys (2014), Couples Come Dine with Me (2014) and Missing Series Two (2010).

Maidstone is the county town of Kent which lies on the River Medway and boasts lovely parks and gardens such as Mote Park where Mote Park Leisure Centre, is situated. The town also has many shops, bars and restaurants and is home to The Maidstone Studios an independent TV studio complex on an 11 acre site offering 5 television studios, dubbing facilities, edits suites, office space and parking. Productions which have previously filmed in the area include Later… with Jools Holland (2015), Don’t Tell the Bride (2013) and Missing (2009).

Cape Wrath was originally shown on Channel 4 in July 2007 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 Cape Wrath visit: http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0865546/

For more information on The Maidstone Studios, visit: http://www.maidstonestudios.com/

For more information on the Leybourne Lakes, go to: http://www.leybournelakewatersports.co.uk/

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

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Magical Mystery Tour – The Beatles (1967)

Magical Mystery Tour Screenshot - the band playing instruments on concrete runway

Magical Mystery Tour Screenshot

Stars: George Harrison, John Lennon, Paul McCartney, Ringo Starr

Production Company: Apple Corps, BBC

Kent Locations Used: West Malling Airfield now Kings Hill

Magical Mystery Tour is a 52-minute British television film starring The Beatles – John Lennon, Paul McCartney, George Harrison and Ringo Starr showing the band tour in a themed bus with fans.

In September 1967, The Beatles arrived in West Malling where they filmed various interior and exterior shots at the old airfield, including the Mystery Marathon. The band also performs I Am the Walrus on the airfield by the blast shelter, which later became the official music video for the song.

The Beatles previously filmed in Kent at Knole Park for the music videos Strawberry Fields Forever and Penny Lane.

Kings Hill is a housing and business development built on the former West Malling airfield site. The area has been used as a film location by projects such as Couples Come Dine With Me (2014), In The Best Possible Taste With Grayson Perry (2012) and Channel 4’s Cape Wrath (2008).

The film was released on 26 December 1967 and is 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: http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0061937/

For more information about Kings Hill: http://www.kings-hill.com/

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The Beatles in Kent (1967)

The Beatles Strawberry Fields Forever - the band standing in front of a tree

The Beatles Strawberry Fields Forever

Kent Location Used: Knole Park, Sevenoaks, West Malling Airfield now Kings Hill.

Legendary English band The Beatles who were formed in 1960, became world favourites with their huge catalogue of catchy rock and pop songs. The band,  John Lennon, Paul McCartney, George Harrison and Ringo Starr filmed several music videos in Kent in 1967 including Strawberry Fields Forever, Penny Lane and I Am The Walrus.

In 1967, The Beatles visited Knole Park in Kent to film the music video for their double-A side single of Strawberry Fields Forever and Penny Lane.

The Strawberry Fields Forever video features Knole Park where the band members walk across the park and climb on and off a tree which is attached to their piano.

The video for Penny Lane includes the band riding their horses through the Knole Park archway, down towards the ponds. The group then dismount and sit at a table where they are served with their instruments by liveried footmen.

I Am The Walrus was entirely filmed at West Malling Airfield now Kings Hill, where the band perform the song on the airfield.

Historic house Knole is set in a medieval deer-park in Sevenoaks. The National Trust location is over 500 years old and was once the palace of archbishops and royal property of the Tudor dynasty. Knole has previously featured in productions such as Sherlock Holmes: Game of Shadows (2011), Pirates of the Caribbean On Stranger Tides (2011) and The Other Boleyn Girl (2008).

Kings Hill is a housing and business development built on an airfield site which was has been featured as a film location on Couples Come Dine With Me (2014), In The Best Possible Taste With Grayson Perry (2012) and Channel 4’s Cape Wrath (2008).

The Strawberry Fields Forever music video can be seen here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8UQK-UcRezE

The Penny Lane music video can be viewed here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=S-rB0pHI9fU .

The I Am The Walrus music video can be viewed here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UKIs1J_nB4A

Links:

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

For more information about Strawberry Fields Forever and Penny Lane: http://www.thebeatles.com/photo-album/shooting-penny-lane-and-strawberry-fields-forever-promo-films

For more information about Knole: http://www.nationaltrust.org.uk/knole/

For more information about Kings Hill: http://www.kings-hill.com/

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