Great British Railway Journeys – Series 7 (2016)

Michael Portillo standing on a steam train

Michael Portillo, Great British Railway Journeys © BBC/Boundless, part of FremantleMedia UK

 

Production company: Talkback Thames

Kent Locations used: Dover, Romney Marsh, Dungeness, Ashford, Sevenoaks, Knole Park

Series seven of Great British Railway returns to BBC Two, as presenter Michael Portillo travels on the great train routes of Europe and retraces the journeys featured in George Bradshaw’s 1913 Continental Railway Guide.

In episode six of the new series, Portillo embarks on a new railway journey along the south coast of England which starts at the port of Dover where he is inspired by a brave Victorian sea captain to plunge into the English Channel. Next he takes the spectacular Romney, Hythe & Dymchurch miniature steam railway through the Romney Marsh to Dungeness before heading to Eastbourne.

Episode 16 sees Michael Portillo journey from Ashford to Sevenoaks starting by lending a hand at a state-of-the-art train maintenance plant which is home to the High Speed 1 trains. Next he tracks east to Marden and is moved by music played on Queen Victoria’s personal piano before ending his journey in Sevenoaks where he ends the journey at Knole Park, seat of the Sackville-West family.

Dover is home to Europe’s busiest ferry port as well as the iconic White Cliffs of Dover and Dover Castle. Productions which have previously filmed in the Dover area include Avengers: Age of Ultron (2015), Mr Selfridge Series 3 (2015) and Poirot – The Clocks (2009).

Romney Marsh is renowned for its unique natural beauty, diverse wild life and extensive coastline. The Romney Marshes have been used as a film location for The Honourable Woman (2014), Parade’s End (2012) and Dr Syn: The Scarecrow of Romney Marsh (1964).

The desolate landscape of Dungeness is largely made up of shingle with wooden houses, power station, lighthouses and extensive gravel pits. The Dungeness area has previously been seen on screen on Homes By The Sea (2014), Nicki Minaj ‘Freedom’music video (2012) and Eastenders (2007).

The market town of Ashford has shops, eateries, a designer outlet shopping centre and has great links with London and Europe which are just a train ride away through Ashford International train station. Ashford and surrounding areas has been used as a film location from visiting productions including The Apprentice (2015), The Monuments Men (2014) and Emma (2009).

Sevenoaks is a town in West Kent with vibrant shopping streets, architectural treats and historic buildings including Knole Park which is nestled in a medieval deer-park and full of hidden treasures.  The area has welcomed filming from productions such as Rush (2013), BBC Doorstop Crime 999 (2012) and Pirates of the Caribbean On Stranger Tides (2011)

The Dover to Lewes episode of Great British Railway aired on Monday 11th January 2016 at 18.30 on BBC Two and the Ashford to Sevenoaks episode is on Monday 25th January 2016 at 18.30 on BBC Two .

Links

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

For more information about the show: http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b00xgqxy

For more information about Dover: http://www.whitecliffscountry.org.uk/Home.aspx

For more information about Romney Marsh: http://www.visitkent.co.uk/destinations/folkestone-hythe-and-romney-marsh/11313

For more information about Dungeness: http://www.dungeness-nnr.co.uk/

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


Great British Railway Journeys (2014)

Great British Railway Journeys © BBC/Boundless, part of FremantleMedia UK

Great British Railway Journeys © BBC/Boundless, part of FremantleMedia UK

Production Company: Talkback Thames

Kent locations used: Gravesend, Rochester, Faversham, Dover, Tonbridge

This BBC Two series follows journalist and broadcaster Michael Portillo as he travels the country by train and looks into how Britain’s railways have shaped the country as well as the impact trains have had on our lives. 

On the journey between cathedral cities Norwich and Chichester, Michael Portillo travels across the South East and visits some delightful Kent locations. In episode 18 of the fifth series, he visits Gravesend where he discovers how army officer General Gordon influenced the town before he travels to Rochester to explore the one time home of renowned writer Charles Dickens.

Michael Portillo, John Owen at Shepherd Neame brewery © BBC/Boundless, part of FremantleMedia UK

Michael Portillo, John Owen at Shepherd Neame brewery © BBC/Boundless, part of FremantleMedia UK

In the next episode, Michael starts his journey in Faversham where he visits one of the oldest breweries in the country, Shepherd Neame, to investigate how railways helped the brewery transport beer. He then visits Dover to explore the fortification at Western Heights before heading to Tonbridge where he learns how railways helped Tonbridge School to cricketing glory. 

Gravesend is on the south bank of the River Thames and has a cast iron pier, promenade and high street as well as international links at the nearby Ebbsfleet International station. Gravesend has welcomed other film productions such as Piggy (2012), Britain’s First Photo Album (2012) and Ashley Banjo’s Secret Street Crew (2012).

Rochester is a historic City that boasts an impressive cathedral and castle that links back to the medieval period. The City has strong connections with Charles Dickens, and many TV and film adaptations of his famous novels have filmed in the area such as The Mystery of Edwin Drood (2012), Oliver Twist (2007) and  Great Expectations feature film (1989).

Faversham is a beautiful, historic market town which boasts nearly 500 listed buildings and is set on the picturesque Faversham Creek. It has many restaurants, shops, attractions and beautiful walks and has been used for various productions including Channel 4 drama Southcliffe (2013), Great British Story: A People’s History (2012) and the nearby Oare Marshes were used in feature film Great Expectations (2012).

Dover is home to the infamous White Cliffs of Dover and Europe’s busiest passenger port. The area has been used for many filming projects such as Stiff Upper Lip – An emotional history of Britain (2012), Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows (2011) and The Other Boleyn Girl (2008).

Tonbridge is a West Kent market town with a rich cultural heritage and spectacular scenery. The area is surrounded beautiful countryside and boasts castles, stately homes, gardens, farms, as well as sports and leisure facilities. Productions that have previously filmed in the area include Piers Morgan’s Life Stories – Dame Kelly Holmes (2012), BBC drama Missing (2010) and Countryfile (2009).

Don’t miss the Kent episodes of Great British Railway Journeys which will be shown on Wednesday 29 January 2014 at 18:30 on BBC Two and Thursday 30 January 2014 at 18:30 on BBC Two.

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/b00xgqxy

For more information on Gravesend: http://www.gogravesham.co.uk/ 

For more information on Rochester: http://www.visitmedway.org/destinations/rochester

For more information on Faversham: http://www.faversham.org/visit_faversham.aspx 

For more information on Dover: http://www.whitecliffscountry.org.uk/Home.aspx

For more information on Tonbridge: http://www.visitkent.co.uk/destinations/tonbridge/6327

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


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/

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