This Morning “Supernatural Week” (2012)

This Morning presenters Holly Willoughby and Phillip Schofield

This Morning presenters Holly Willoughby and Phillip Schofield © ITV

Production Company: ITV Studios

Kent locations used: Pluckley – Elvey Farm, Black Horse Pub, St Nicholas Church, Pluckley Farm Shop, The Dering Arms, Dering Woods, Giles Farm

Popular daytime show This Morning comes to Pluckley to discover why it has the reputation of being Britain’s Most Haunted Village!

Presenter Jeff Brazier will visit various sites in Pluckley that are renowned for being haunted. He will have dinner in the haunted Dering Woods, sleep in a haunted room and spend the evening in a haunted pub.

Jeff will also be talking to locals about their thoughts on the village, and any spooky experiences they’ve had.

Watch out for the five three-minute segments that were filmed in Pluckley, and will be screened throughout Supernatural Week.

This Morning, presented by Phillip Schofield and Holly Willoughby, won the Most Popular Factual Programme award at the National Television Awards on 25th January 2012.

The long running magazine show features news, health, food, showbiz, fashion, beauty, home and garden, and real life stories.

Pluckley is a very popular place to film, having previously welcomed The Darling Buds of May, Top Gear, and Most Haunted.

Tune in to This Morning’s “Supernatural Week” from Monday 6th February – Friday 10th February 2012 at 10:30am on ITV1.

Links:

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

For more information about This Morning: http://www.itv.com/thismorning/

For more information about Pluckley: http://www.pluckley.net/

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Age of Heroes (2011)

Age of Heroes cast L-R John Dagleish as Rollright, Danny Dyer as Rains, William Houston as Mac, Guy Burnet as Riley, Sean Bean as Jones, Askel Hennie as Steinar

Age of Heroes cast L-R John Dagleish as Rollright, Danny Dyer as Rains, William Houston as Mac, Guy Burnet as Riley, Sean Bean as Jones, Askel Hennie as Steinar © Age of Heroes Ltd.

Director: Adrian Vitoria

Writers: Ed Scates, Adrian Vitoria

Starring: Sean Bean, Danny Dyer, Aksel Hennie,  James D’Arcy

Production Company: Atlantic Swiss Productions/Cinedome/Cinema Five/Giant Films

Kent Filming Locations: Connaught Barracks, Dover, Gravesend Civil Defence Bunker, Pluckley

Age of Heroes Sean Bean as Jones with a gun

Age of Heroes Sean Bean as Jones © Age of Heroes Ltd.

Age of Heroes is a film based on the real-life events of Ian Fleming’s 30 Commando during the Second World War; a team that was one of the most secretive and exclusive Special Forces regiments and created the mould for the modern day SAS.

The film captures the mentally and physically gruelling training endured by the men before they are assigned to a highly dangerous mission behind enemy lines in occupied Norway.  The mission doesn’t go to plan and they find themselves in a deadly situation, outnumbered by enemy soldiers.  It’s then that they rise above being normal soldiers and become heroes.

Adrian Vitoria (The Crew Hollyoaks: Crossing the Line) directs as well as co-wrote the screenplay alongside Ed Scates. Sean Bean (The Lord of the Rings, The Martian), Danny Dyer (Doghouse, Eastenders), Aksel Hennie (Headhunters, Hercules) and James D’Arcy (Master and Commander, Cloud Atlas) star.

In 2010 film crews arrived in Kent to shoot the action packed thriller – local village Pluckley, famous as the setting for the popular TV programme The Darling Buds of May, were used in several driving shots with actor Sean Bean.

James D'Arcy as Ian Fleming at a desk

James D’Arcy as Ian Fleming © Age of Heroes Ltd.

The Gravesend Civil Defence Bunker, built in 1954 as an underground command post to be used in the event of nuclear attack during the Cold War, features in the film. It was used to represent the Cabinet War Rooms in London’s Whitehall.  Nearby Cobham Hall, currently a boarding school for girls is a firm favourite for filming in the district of Gravesham. The site was the perfect location to feature as a boarding school in the 2008 film Wild Child (2008).

Another Ministry of Defence location, the Connaught Barracks were also used for filming as a WWII training base. Situated in the district of Dover, the Connaught Barracks are not the only location to have been used for filming in recent years. The historic Dover Castle is a Kent film location favourite as it has been the star location in a number of productions from Lady Jane (1987) to The Other Boleyn Girl (2008).

Age of Heroes was released in 2011 and is now available on DVD.

Links

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

For more information about Pluckley: http://www.pluckley.net/

For more information about the Gravesend Civil Defence Bunker: http://www.discovergravesham.co.uk/gravesend/civil-defence-bunker.html

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


Four Weddings 2010

Four Weddings Logo © Living TV

Four Weddings Logo © Living TV

The series is back with more brides battling it out for a dream honeymoon.

Production Company: ITV Studios
Kent Filming Locations: Pluckley, Maidstone, and Teynham

Four Weddings is back for its run and this time it’s going international. The hit series sees four brides battling it out each week to win a luxury honeymoon. The contestants judge each other’s big day and score the dress, the venue, the catering and the overall presentation.  Who can stage the perfect day, and who will be in the throws of wedding day disasters?

There will also be more celebrity appearances this series, including magician Paul Daniels renewing his vows with wife Debbie McGee, a Shameless actress getting hitched and a Big Brother star and a glamour model allowing viewers to watch as they tie the knot.

Filming for this series included the Kent locations of Pluckley, Maidstone and Teynham.

Pluckley is a historic village in Ashford  situated close to the picturesque North Downs. Pluckley has previously welcomed filmed from This Morning (2012) and The Darling Buds of May (1991-1993).

Maidstone is the county town of Kent, home to a number of parks and shopping facilities, as well as The Maidstone Studios which is the UK’s largest independent High Definition TV studio facility. Productions which have filmed in the area include Take Me Out(2015), Later… with Jools Holland (2015) and Couples Come Dine With Me (2014).

Teynham is a large village in the Swale borough of Kent and lies between Sittingbourne and Faversham. The Swale area has previously featured in projects including A Taste of Britain (2014), Strawberry Fields (2012) and Southcliffe (2013).

Four Weddings will be shown on Living TV at 9pm on Tuesdays.

Links

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

For more information about the series visit: www.livingtv.co.uk/shows/four-weddings

For more information about Pluckley: http://www.pluckley.net/

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

For more information about Teynham: http://www.teynham.org/

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Drama Trails (2008)

The cast of The Darling Buds of May - L-R Pam Ferris, David Jason, Catherine Zeta Jones and Philip Franks standing infront of a fence

The cast of The Darling Buds of May © ITV

Production Company: Tiger Aspect Productions

Kent Locations: Pluckley

This ten part series looks at links between some of ITV’s most popular dramas. Each week the programme examines at seven different shows and how they are intrinsically linked to each other with an actor from the original drama guiding the viewer through their experiences of the filming.

In episode eight, Drama Trails investigates the links from Secret Diary of a Call Girl to London’s Burning taking in the programme that made rural Kentish life famous – The Darling Buds of May.

The Kent section of Drama Trails is fronted by Abigail Rokison who played Primrose Larkin in the original series. In this episode she visits the village of Pluckley, which was the main filming location for the Larkin Family home.

The Darling Buds of May is an important part of Kent’s filming history. The beloved series was a runaway success when it first aired in 1991 and continues to attract new fans today. Filmed entirely throughout the county, the programme is thought to depict the ‘perfick’ Kent lifestyle.

Pluckley has previously had filming from a variety of projects including Age of Heroes (2011), Four Weddings (2010) and The Darling Buds of May (1991-1993).

The show airs on ITV3 every Wednesday at 9pm and is repeated throughout the week.

The Kentish episode is on ITV3 on Saturday the 9th August 2008 at 21:00.

Links 

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

For more information on the series: http://www.imdb.com/title/tt1291488/companycredits?ref_=tt_dt_co

For more information about Pluckley: http://www.pluckley.net/

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The Great Garden Detectives (2007)

Chris Beardshaw standing in front of a garden and The Great Garden Detectives logo

Chris Beardshaw and The Great Garden Detectives advert © Tiger Aspect – Photographer Peter Dadds

Production Company: Tiger Aspect Productions

Kent Locations: Pluckley

The Detectives are focusing their hunt on looking into Britain’s gardens made famous by their appearance in film and television series. Chris Beardshaw, TV presenter and renowned Chelsea Gold medal winner, guides the viewers through the locations capturing their historical interest and giving coveted gardening tips.

In the third episode of this series, Chris visits ‘Home Farm’ the fictional home of the Larkin’s in the Yorkshire TV Series  ‘The Darling Buds of May’, which is located near Pluckley in Kent.

Hop farming is a great tradition in Kent. In the Victorian era, workers from all over England would travel to Kent and pick hops for 6 weeks and many regarded this as their annual holiday, returning year after year. The hop industry at the time was the biggest industry in the county.

Hop picking has now declined in Kent. However there are still some farms that continue to grow the crop. Cobtree Museum of Kent Life still holds an annual hop picking festival in September, where visitors can pick their own bushels and see the only working coal fired Oast house in operation.

Every year there is a Darling Buds of May car show held at the Farm that provided the principal location for the Larkin family home.

Pluckley is a historic village in Ashford  situated close to the picturesque North Downs. Pluckley has previously welcomed filmed from This Morning (2012) and The Darling Buds of May (1991-1993).

The series visits Kent on Sunday 4th November 2007 on ITV3 at 20.00

Links

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

For more information on Pluckley:  http://www.pluckley.net/

For more information about Cobtree Museum of Kent Life visit http://www.kentmuseum.co.uk/CMS/webpages_public.asp?strID=Guest&strPageID=123

For more information about Hops visit http://www.producedinkent.co.uk

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Darling Buds of May (1991 – 1993)

The cast of The Darling Buds of May © ITV

Director : David Giles, Robert Tronson, Rodney Bennett, Steve Goldie

Writer: H. E Bates, Paul Wheeler, Stephen Bill

Production Company: Excelsior, Yorkshire Television

Kent Filming Locations: Pluckley, Folkestone,

Set in Kent in the 1950’s Darling Buds of May was filmed on location in Pluckley and Folkestone. The programme focused on the Larkin family who appeared to have the ideal family life living off the land.

Pop and Ma by the River

Pop and Ma by the River © ITV

Catherine Zeta Jones as Mariette with Oast House in the background © ITV

Catherine Zeta Jones as Mariette with Oast House in the background

Buss Farm Oast being worked on before filming

Buss Farm Oast being worked on before filming © Roger Holmes

Behind the scenes on Folkestone seafront

Behind the scenes on Folkestone seafront © Shepway District Council

Amazingly, ‘Pop’ Larkin (David Jason) has managed to avoid the tax man. In the first six episodes, tax inspector Cedric (Philip Franks) comes to the farm to collect debts and ends up abandoning his career to live the dream of country living and marry ‘Pop’s’ daughter, Mariette (Catherine Zeta Jones). The programme has long been accredited with launching Catherine Zeta Jones’ career.

The series was hugely successful and achieved high viewing figures throughout its run. The effects are still felt in the lovely village of Pluckley, Kent which still welcomes those seeking a glimpse of the ‘perfick’ life.

For many, Darling Buds of May reflects the dream Kentish Life, involving living in an Oast House and enjoying the countryside that Kent has to offer with family and friends. It is perhaps this, which made the series so popular.

Pluckley to this day remains a sleepy countryside village but it is not only famous for its Darling Buds of May appearances, it is also renowned for its more ghostly inhabitants. Pluckley has earned the title of the most haunted village in Britain. It is said that 12 to 16 ghosts inhabit the village and every year on Halloween tourists inundate the village to see if they too can have a supernatural experience. The village however remains unspoilt and picturesque, reminding visitors of its Kentish beauty as depicted in the series.

The series aired between 1991 and 1993 and is now available to buy on DVD.

Links

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

To view the Darling Buds of May Trail: http://kentfilmoffice.co.uk/moviemap/darlingbuds-thetrail/

For more behind the scenes images: http://brochures.moviesite.biz/view/kent/Behind_the_Scenes_on_The_Darling_Buds_of_May.html

For more information about Folkestone: http://www.discoverfolkestone.co.uk/

For more information about Pluckley: http://www.pluckley.net

Every year there is a Darling Buds of May car show held at the Farm that provided the principal location for the Larkin family home. For more information about the car show: http://www.darlingbudsfarm.co.uk/event/carshow/

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