Above Suspicion: The Red Dahlia 2010

Ciaran Hinds and Kelly Reilly in Above Suspicion © ITV

Ciaran Hinds and Kelly Reilly in Above Suspicion © ITV

 A new Lynda La Plante drama on ITV

Director: Laura Mackie

Writer: Lynda La Plante

Starring: Kelly Reilly, Ciarán Hinds, Shaun Dingwall, Michelle Holmes, Amanda Lawrence, Nadia Cameron- Blakey, Holliday Grainger

Production Companies: La Plante Productions, RLJ Productions

Filming Locations: Margate, Westgate-on-sea

Following the huge success of the drama series, Above Suspicion, ITV have now produced a sequel based on the second novel, The Red Dahlia, by award winning crime writer, Lynda La Plante (Trial & Retribution, Prime Suspect).

The Cast in the Office © ITV

The Cast in the Office © ITV

The new three-part thriller sees the return of ambitious female detective Anna Travis (Kelly Reilly) and her boss, Detective Constable James Langton (Ciaran Hinds).  Together they must tackle their most terrifying case to date:  the discovery of a woman’s mutilated body in the Thames indicates that they are facing a copy-cat killer who re-enacts the murders of the infamous 1940’s Black Dahlia case.

Above Suspicion was shown as a chilling two parter in January 2009 winning audience figures of up to 6.8 million, rising to 7.3 in the concluding instalment. The series was last winter’s highlight and the sequel is expected to do equally well.

The series is directed by Gillies MacKinnon (The Escapist, Pure) and written by Lynda La Plante (Widows, Prime Suspect) and stars Kelly Reilly (Pride & Prejudice, Me and Orson Welles), Ciarán Hinds (Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy, The Woman in Black), Shaun Dingwall (Colour Me Kubrick, Someone Else), Michelle Holmes (Goodnight Sweetheart, The Practice), Amanda Lawrence (28 Weeks Later, Pan), Nadia Cameron- Blakey (Batman Begins, Tomorrow Never Dies) and Holliday Grainger (Cinderella, Jane Eyre)

The cast came to Margate and Westgate-on-sea in Thanet to film parts of the new drama as the location for a gruesome murder. Some of the locations used in the Thanet area include Margate train station (a detective arriving) and St Celias House in Westgate-on-sea (doubled as the spooky sea front house).

The seaside town of Margate has a delightful sandy beach, arcades, shops in Old Town and modern architecture in the form of the Turner Contemporary gallery. The town has also seen the revival of Dreamland, thought to be the UK’s first original pleasure park. Margate has previously been used for filming by projects including Edge of Heaven (2014), The Hotel Inspector (2012) and Only Fools and Horses: The Jolly Boys’ Outing (1989).

The first part will air on ITV at 9pm on Monday 4th January with subsequent parts following on Tuesday and Wednesday.

Links

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

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

For more information about the programme visit http://www.imdb.com/title/tt1247637/

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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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Great British Railway Journeys 2010

Michael Portillo on the Train

Michael Portillo on the Train © talkbackTHAMES UK Ltd

Documentary series in which Michael Portillo travels the length and breadth of the country by train

Production Company: Talkback Thames

In this series, Michael Portillo travels the length and breadth of the country with a copy of George Bradshaw’s Victorian Railway Guidebook to look at how the railways changed the public and what of Bradshaw’s Britain remains.

His journey sees him travel from coast to coast and in this episode (Brighton to Crystal Palace via Godstone) they explore parts of Kent along the way where he visits Starborough Castle, Deal Pier, Dreamland in Margate, Caverley Grounds in Tunbridge Wells and Chatham High Street.

Starborough Castle is near the rural town of Edenbridge and the gothic-style moated pavilion, formerly ‘A Gentleman’s Folly’ is set amid beautiful landscaped grounds.

Deal is a coastal town situated between Dover and Ramsgate and boasts independent shops, eateries and delightful seafront with a pier and maritime clock. Previous productions that have filmed in the Deal area include Legacy (2012), Little Dorrit (2008) and Ruby Blue (2008).

Margate which offers a sandy beach, arcades, Dreamland amusement park, shops and restaurant plus the renowned Turner Contemporary gallery. The Margate area has  been used for filming by projects including The Carer (2016), The Apprentice (2015) and Only Fools and Horses: The Jolly Boys’ Outing (1989).

Tunbridge Wells is a town in West Kent, home to a host of historic buildings, specialist shops, churches, a busy town centre and beautiful park spaces including Caverley Grounds. 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).

Chatham is a town that sits on the River  Medway and has a rich maritime heritage with The Historic Dockyard Chatham. The Medway area has previously been seen on screen in Jekyll and Hyde (2015), The Mystery of Edwin Drood (2012) and Sherlock Holmes (2009).

Great British Railway Journeys will be shown on BBC TWO 3 January at 6.30pm

Links

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

For more information about the programme visit: http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b00pykgg

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

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The Apprentice (2009)

Sir Alan Sugar sitting at a desk

Sir Alan Sugar © BBC/Talkback Thames

Sir Alan Sugar is back and looking for his next Apprentice!

Production Company: Talkback

Kent Locations: Margate

The popular reality show is back on BBC One for its fifth series. This year 15 contestants will do battle in Sir Alan Sugar’s boardroom to become the winner of the apprenticeship with the six figure salary.

Over 12 weeks, the participants will be split in to teams and put to the test on various tasks. The losing team will then face Sir Alan and one of them will be ‘Fired’.

This year the show visited Kent to film some of the tasks, and whilst we can’t tell you what they were and how it went; we can say, watch out for Margate!

In addition, two of this year’s contestants, Lorraine Tighe and Mona Lewis, come from Kent. To see if they survive the boardroom experience tune in to The Apprentice every Wednesday night at 9pm on BBC1.

The quintessential coastal town, Margate offers a sandy beach, arcades, Dreamland amusement park, shops and restaurant plus the renowned Turner Contemporary gallery. Margate has previously featured on screen in productions such as Edge of Heaven (2014), Mary Queen of the High Street (2013) and Last Resort (2000).

The episode featuring Margate aired on 13th May 2009 at 9pm!

Links

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

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

For more information about the series: http://www.bbc.co.uk/apprentice/

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The Hotel Inspector (2009)

Alex Polizzi sitting on a bed in a hotel room

Alex Polizzi © Channel Five

Alex Polizzi is back to sort out Britain’s hotels

Production Company: TwoFour

Kent locations used: Walpole Bay Hotel, Margate

A new series of The Hotel Inspector sees Alex Polizzi visit the Walpole Bay Hotel in Margate to help the owners give the hotel a new lease of life.

Alex Polizzi is a hotelier in her own right as well as the niece of Sir Rocco Forte owner of The Balmoral Hotel and Brown’s Hotel amongst others and using her

The Owners of Walpole Bay Hotel standing in front of the hotel

The Owners of Walpole Bay Hotel © Channel Five

knowledge of the industry, she advises owners of hotels and Bed & Breakfasts on how to spruce up their tired businesses and attract new customers.

Walpole Bay Hotel is located near Margate and was built in 1914. It still retains some of its original Edwardian features despite being extended in 1927 and it’s sprung, maple floor ballroom is still used today. Will Alex be able to help improve the hotel?

Margate is a delightful seaside town with a sandy beach, harbour, arcades, and period housing with lots to offer including galleries, quirky shops and trendy cafes. Margate is a popular film location having previously welcomed productions such as BBC One drama True Love (2012), The Apprentice (2009) and feature film Last Orders (2002).

The Walpole Bay Hotel episode was shown on Monday the 13th July 2009 at 9pm on Five.

Links

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

For more information about The Hotel Inspector: http://www.channel5.com/show/the-hotel-inspector

For  more information about Walpole Bay Hotel: http://www.walpolebayhotel.co.uk/

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

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Dickens Secret Lover (2008)

(L-R) David Haig as Dickens looking into the distance and Amy Shiels as Nelly looking at him

David Haig as Dickens and Amy Shiels as Nelly © Channel 4

Director: Sarah Aspinall

Writer: Jim Barton

Production Company:  Flame Television Production Ltd.

Kent Filming Locations: Charles Dickens Chalet at Eastgate House Rochester and Theatre Royal Margate.

Dickens’ Secret Lover is screening on Channel 4 as part of their Victorian Passions season, examining Charles Dickens’ private life. The programme reveals the secret life of the literary giant,  in which he abandons his wife for a long lasting affair with a very young actress.

Charles Dance presenting Dickens

Charles Dance presenting Dickens

The programme is presented by Charles Dance, an actor who was seen most recently in the BBC adaptation of Bleak House as the callous Tulkinghorn. Dance takes on the role of detective in this drama-documentary, questioning five Dickens’ experts on how the affair affected his writing and his public character of a virtuous Victorian. Key scenes are dramatised to give the viewer a more in depth understanding of Dickens (played by David Haig) and his secret life with actress Nelly, played by Amy Shiels.

Charles Dickens’ is arguably Kent’s most famous author, having lived both at Gad’s Hill in Higham and at Broadstairs in Bleak House, Kent is understandably rich in historical links to the author. Many of his novels were penned here and many of the locations used in his novels echo real life locations in Kent. For example Westgate House in the Pickwick Papers is widely reported to be based on Eastgate House in Rochester.

The programme filmed on location both at Rochester in Charles Dickens’ Chalet at Eastgate House in Rochester and the  Theatre Royal in Margate.

The Swiss Chalet, a present from a French actor to Dickens, was originally constructed in the grounds of his home at Gad’s Hill before moving to Cobham Hall in Gravesham, where the recent BBC series Bleak House was filmed. Nowadays, the Chalet can be seen in the garden at Eastgate house in Rochester.

Exterior shot of Eastgate House - red brick building with windows

Eastgate House © Medway Council

The Theatre Royal in Margate was chosen because  the crew wanted to visit locations that Dickens was passionate about. A performer himself, he frequently read his works to the public throughout the UK, and of course in Kent.

Eastgate House, situated in Rochester was formerly a large private town house. Built by Sir Peter Buck; it has now been restored and is owned by Medway Council. Productions such as Jekyll and Hyde (2015),  BBC’s The Mystery of Edwin Drood (2012) and Great Expectations (1989) have previously filmed in the Rochester area.

The Theatre Royal is situated in the heart of Margate which is a vibrant seaside resort, with complementary historic and modern architecture. Margate has welcomed other productions including The Apprentice (2015), Last Orders (2002) and Only Fools and Horses: The Jolly Boys’ Outing (1989).

In 2012 England will celebrating the bicentenary of his birth.

Dickens’ Secret Lover will be shown on Channel 4 at 9pm on the 16th June 2008.

Links

For more information about the programme visit http://www.imdb.com/title/tt2165719/

For more information about Eastgate House and Charles Dickens Chalet in Rochester visit http://www.medway.gov.uk/leisurecultureandsport/localhistoryandarchives/museums/eastgatehouse.aspx

For more information about the Theatre Royal visit  http://www.theatreroyalmargate.co.uk/

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

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Jetsam (2008)

Alex Reid standing on a beach

Alex Reid in Jetsam © Simon Welsford

Director/Writer: Simon Welsford

Production Company: Skyman Films

Kent Locations: Margate

Washed up on a deserted beach with no recollection of how she got there and who she is, Grace’s (Alex Reid – Life on Mars, The Descent) world changes dramatically as she collides with a man (Jamie Drevan, – Billy Elliot, Ultimate Force) who is intent on killing her.

In a desperate attempt to recall her memories and stay alive, Grace goes on the run. I her mind, the chaos of the city mixes with the bleak and savage coast and she begins to piece together her past, frantically working out how she became embroiled in a world of betrayal and espionage.

Filmed on a budget of less than £3000, Jetsam premiered at this year’s London Film festival to packed cinemas, forecasting a very promising future for the film.

Simon Welsford, a Kent resident, was inspired by his surroundings and the Margate coast provided the perfect backdrop for the moody, volatile atmosphere the thriller demanded. The weather was even on hand to help reflect the mood.

Margate is a coastal town that offers a sandy beach, arcades and period shopping areas in Old Town. Margate has welcomed filming from a variety of projects including The Apprentice (2015), Last Orders (2002) and Only Fools and Horses: The Jolly Boys’ Outing (1989).

Jetsam was shown at various film festivals around the world including the Slamdance Festival and the London Film Festival.

Links:

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

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

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Donovan Slacks (2007)

Ashley Penrose as Donovan Slacks

Ashley Penrose as Donovan Slacks © Scott Robinson

Writer/Director: Kivmars Bowling

Production Company: Dog Animal Films

Kent  Filming Locations: Margate

Donovan Slacks on Set © Scott Robinson

Donovan Slacks on Set © Scott Robinson

Filmed predominantly in Margate, with a largely local cast, Donovan Slacks tells the story of a hospital patient who discovers the bitter truth about his past and leads a fishermen’s uprising against the Government.

Donovan Slacks (Ashley Penrose), is based on the real life leader of a militant fisherman’s uprising on the Kent coast in the 1920’s.  Shot partly as a silent movie, partly as a talkie, it mixed Super-8 film with digital video to great effect. The movie received backing both from Screen South and the UK Film Council.

Despite working on a micro budget, the production managed to recreate 1920’s Britain complete with a cast of over 75, vintage cars, trains, bathing machines, cliff stunts, and battle scenes.

Margate is a seaside town with a pleasant mix between a charming Old Town and modern architecture such as the Turner Contemporary. Traditional theme park Dreamland has also reopened in the town. Margate has been used as a film location in a number of productions including Coast (2015), Edge of Heaven (2014) and True Love (2012).

Links

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

For more information on Donovan Slacks visit www.donovanslacks.com

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Exodus (2007)

Penny Directing on the set of Exodus

Penny Directing on the set of Exodus © Phil Fisk/Channel 4 Television

Writer/Director: Penny Woolcock

StarringBernard Hill,  Ger Ryan, Daniel Percival, Clare-Hope Ashitey

Production Company: Artangel Media, Arts Council of England, Channel 4 Television Corporation

Kent Filming Locations: Margate and surrounding areas.

Produced and commissioned by Artangel in collaboration with Channel 4 and the Arts Council UK, EXODUS is a retelling of the Old Testament story of Moses’ search of the Promised Land in a contemporary setting. Filmed entirely in Thanet, the feature length drama is directed by Penny Woolcock, featuring artwork by Anthony Gormley (Angel of the North).

The film stars Bernard Hill (Lord of the Rings, Titanic) as the Pharaoh and Ger Ryan (Queer as Folk, Fat Friends) as his wife. Moses is played by Daniel Percival (Vital Signs) and Zipporah by Clare-Hope Ashitey (Children of Men). All other characters, as well as the supporting cast, were played by people from Margate and the Isle of  Thanet who also assisted behind the scenes.

Antony Gormley's Waste Man on Margate Beach

Antony Gormley Waste Man © ThierryBal (kingsgate)

A highlight of the film is ‘Exodus Day’ which culminated in the burning of ‘Waste Man’ a 25 metre structure made of unwanted rubbish by artist Anthony Gormley. It also featured a performance at Margate’s Winter Gardens by local musicians, performing songs written exclusively for Exodus by artists like Rufus Wainwright, Laurie Anderson, The Tiger Lillies and Imogen Heap. The theme for he music were the ten Biblical plagues: Blood, Frogs, Lice, Death of ivestock, Boils, Hailstones, Locusts, Darkness and death of the first born

The entire project revolved around the involvement of the local community including students and staff from Margate Adult Education Centre. The students took on speaking roles and helped to make the props and sets for the film in their classes. Programme manager, Viv Smith, even abseiled Anthony Gormley’s Waste Man to help in its creation.

The crew of Exodus were delighted at the help they received and gave their thanks in the credits of the film for KAES, the students in the film and the tutors who help build the sets and worked on textiles.

Margate is a delightful seaside town with a sandy beach, harbour, arcades, and period housing. The area has been used for filming by projects including True Love (2012), The Apprentice (2009) and Last Orders (2002). 

Exodus premiered at the 64th Venice Film Festival and will be screened in Cinemas and on Channel 4  on Monday 19th November 2007 at 10pm. 

Links

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

For more information about EXODUS visit http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0831316/

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

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Gypo (2006)

A person jumping

The Leap © Medb Films

Writer/Director: Jan Dunn

Producer: Elaine Wickham

Production Company: Medb Films, British Broadcasting Corporation, Distant Eye Films, Molinare Studio, Spotty Dog Films, VMI

Starring: Pauline McLynn, Chloe Sirene, Paul McGann, Rula Lenska

Kent Filming Locations: East Kent College, Kingsgate Bay, Margate, Pegwell Bay, Port of Ramsgate, Ramsgate, Royal Harbour Hotel and the Wig & Pen pub

Gypo is a 2005 feature length film follows the breakup of a working class family when their teenage daughter befriends a Romany Czech refugee.  Gypo told in three revelatory narratives, each from a particular character’s point of view, reveals how the disintegration of an ordinary working class family finally comes to a head when unexpected emotions are unleashed.  An innovative, gripping and engaging journey into the heart of a dysfunctional British family on the Kent coast, Gypo reveals how suburban fears and tabloid sensationalism have come to perpetuate the myths surrounding refugees.

Jan Dunn (The Calling, Ruby Blue) directs and writes the screenplay to her debut feature length film.  Pauline Mclynn (Father Ted, Eastenders, Angela’s Ashes) stars as Helen with a supporting cast including, Chloe Sirene (United 93, The Calling, Ruby Blue), Paul McGann (Alien 3, Withnail & I, Queen and the Damned).

The production filmed at a variety of locations in Thanet including East Kent College, Kingsgate Bay, Margate, Pegwell Bay, Port of Ramsgate, Ramsgate, Royal Harbour Hotel and the Wig & Pen pub.

 

 

 Chloe Sirene and Freddie Connor running along Ramsgate Harbour In Gypo

Chloe Sirene and Freddie Connor running along Ramsgate Harbour In Gypo 2005 © Medb Films

 

Director Jan Dunn and Gypo Crew at Ramsgate Harbour

Director Jan Dunn and Gypo Crew at Ramsgate Harbour © Medb Films

The Thanet area is made up of the towns Margate, Ramsgate and Broadstairs, and boasts beautiful sandy beaches and busy vibrant towns. The area has been featured on screen in productions including  The Tunnel: Sabotage (2016)The Lady in the Van (2015) and Top Dog Model (2012) .

Since their success with GYPO, Elaine Wickham and Jan Dunn, the team behind Medb Films have made a second feature set in East Kent, RUBY BLUE starring Bob Hoskins, as well as a short, MY MOTHER, both currently in post-production.

The film was released in November 2005 and is now available for DVD release.

With thanks to Jan Dunn and Elaine Wickham from Medb Films for the photos

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/tt0443526/

For more information on Thanet:  http://www.visitthanet.co.uk

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