New six-part drama Guerrilla follows political activist couple Jas (Freida Pinto) and Marcus (Babou Ceesay) who have formed an underground cell. When they capture and restrain Ken (Idris Elba) as their political prisoner, their relationship and values are tested. Set in the 1970s, the story explores the UK’s social upheaval and political activism of the decade.
The new series stars Idris Elba (Prometheus, Luther), Freida Pinto(Slumdog Millionaire, Rise of the Planet of the Apes), Babou Ceesay(Free Fire, Eye in the Sky and Rogue One), Wunmi Mosaku (Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice, Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them, Philomena) and Giorgio Spiegelfeld (United, Strings).
The production filmed at Chatham Docks and on the River Medway.
Chatham’s riverside runs from Ship Pier in the West, past Sun Pier to the Council Offices in the East. It fronts the River Medway at the Limehouse Reach. The riverside has previously welcomed Great Expectations (1999).
Guerrilla will premiere on Sky Atlantic on Thursday 13th April at 9pm
In a brand new BBC series, well-known presenters and experts including food critic Giles Coren, take us on a journey around Britain to discover how food is grown around the country and explore how the landscape, history and climate shape what kind of food we grow.
The Kent episode sees Giles sail on the River Medway, following old trade routes as he and the team visit various places to discover the history of Kentish foods such as the hops and beer, cherries, Romney Marshsheep, native oysters, lavender and cobnuts.
The presenting team is headed up by Giles Coren (Gordon Ramsay’s The F-Word), who is joined by some familiar faces including historian Lucy Worsley (If Walls Could Talk: The History of the Home), archaeologist Alex Langlands (Time Team), gardener Alys Fowler (Gardener’s World), and EthnobotanistJames Wong (Countryfile).
During his Kent visit, Giles discovers what British beer tasted like before hops arrived from Europe when he visitsKent Life, Alys investigates the origin of English cherries, and Lucy heads to Whistable in search of shellfish. They also visit Romney Marshto learn about the lives of shepherds.
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. The Favershamarea has been used as a film location for A Taste of Britain(2014), Southcliffe (2013) and Great Expectations(2012).
Maidstone is the county town of Kent. The River Medway runs through the centre of the town, linking it to Rochester and the Thames Estuary. The Kent Life Museum is situated by the M20, only 5 minutes away from Maidstone, and is a great family day out. It boasts 28 acres of land, hops, oast houses, some adorable animals, and fascinating historic buildings from various periods. Productions that have filmed in Maidstone include Rustom (2016), Later… with Jools Holland(2015) and Couples Come Dine With Me(2014).
Canterbury Tales is a BBC adaptation of a handful of Geoffrey Chaucer’s 14th century stories of the same name which are still set along the traditional Pilgrims’ route to Canterbury, but in the 21st century.
The stories include themes such as love, adultery, jealousy and revenge.
The six single dramas feature an all-star cast including Julie Walters (Mamma Mia!, Calendar Girls Billy Elliot), James Nesbitt (The Missing, Murphy’s Law, Cold Feet), Billie Piper (Doctor Who, Secret Diary of a Call Girl, Penny Dreadful), John Simm (Human Traffic, Life on Mars, The Village), Keeley Hawes (Death at a Funeral, The Bank Job, The Avengers) and Dennis Waterman (New Tricks, The Sweeney, Back in Business).
Rochesteris the principal setting for The Pardoner’s Tale with the castle, Cathedral, Chertsey Gate, the High Street, Esplanade and various streets, pubs and restaurants featuring.
The river scenes in The Man of Laws’ Tale were filmed on the River Medway and The Medway Estuary.
The River Medway starts in Sussex and runs through Tonbridge, Maidstone and Medway before flowing into the Thames Estuary near Sheerness. Stangate Creek is part of the River Medway and has been used as a film location by productions such as Mr Turner(2014), Great Expectations (2012) and The Long Memory(1953).
On the south bank of the River Thames, Gravesendhas a cast iron pier, promenade and high street as well as international links at the nearby Ebbsfleet International station. The area has previously been used as a film location in productions such as The Interceptor(2015), Don’t Tell the Bride(2013) and Age of Heroes(2011).
The Canterbury Tales aired in 2003 and is now available for DVD purchase.
Written By: Charles Dickens (Novel) & Tony Marchant (Adaptation)
Starring: Ioan Gruffudd, Charlotte Rampling, Justine Waddell, Clive Russell
Production Company: BBC, WGBH
Kent Locations Used: Sheerness Docks, Kingswear Castle Paddlesteamer, Chatham Docks & River Medway
Surrounded by memorabilia from her ill-fated wedding, Ms Havisham invites local orphan Pip to her home to amuse her as she encourages her spiteful daughter Estella to break his heart. Pip’s future as a blacksmith is forever changed when an unknown sponsor pays for him to become a gentleman.
Starring Ioan Gruffudd (Fantastic Four) as Pip, Charlotte Rampling (The Duchess) as Miss Havisham and Justine Waddell (Killing Bono) as Estella, this is the first BBC adaptation of the classic Dickens tale and was originally aired in 1999.
Filmed in a variety of Kent Locations, the BBC brought Great Expectations back to the county where it was originally conceived by Dickens. Herbert Pocket’s bride to be, Clara, provides a refuge for reformed convict Abel Magwitch at Sheerness Docks where exterior shots of her house were filmed. Pip and Herbert Pocket arrange to meet Magwitch and help his escape at Chatham Docks, where slip 8 was used for the scene and exterior shots of the prison hulk ships.
The dramatic scene where Magwitch attempts to escape is well known to fans of the Dickens classic. The local Paddle steamer, “Kingswear Castle”, was used for the scenes and the production company used Stangate Creek on the River Medway for shots of the ship on the Thames Estuary. The Kingswear Castle also features in the 1998 BBC adaptation of Dickens last novel, Our Mutual Friend, starring Anna Friel and Paul McGann.
Dickens’ features Kent locations in many of his novels. The city of Rochester, which holds annual Dickens celebrations each year, can be recognised in many of the author’s novels such as The Mystery of EdwinDrood, The Pickwick Papers and David Copperfield. The Kent Film Office celebrates Dickens history with the county including Tv and film adaptions in The Dickens Trail.
Great Expectations was shown on BBC in 1999 and is now available to buy on DVD.
Our Mutual Friend was Charles Dickens’ last complete novel. It was written in 1864-1865 when he was at the height of his fame having recently published A Tale of Two Cities and Great Expectations. The main theme of the novel is money and the effect that it can have on personal values and relationships. At it’s very core is the love triangle between repressed schoolteacher Bradley Headstone (David Morrissey – Thorne: Sleepyhead), his rival Eugene Wrayburn (Paul McGann – New Tricks)and their shared love interest Lizzie Hexam (Keeley Hawes – Upstairs Downstairs).
When John Harmon, a young man whose inheritance is dependent on his marrying a woman he has never met, is found dead in the Thames, his fortune is passed onto the Boffin family who take both Harmon’s would-be bride Bella Wilfer (Anna Friel – Pushing Daisies) and mysterious secretary Rokesmith (Steven Mackintosh – Camelot) into their home. Meanwhile, Lizzie Hexam’s father is accused of Harmon’s murder and she is relentlessly pursued by her two suitors.
Filmed at The Historic Dockyard Chatham, the location was used for the bleak side streets surrounding the workhouse. Charles Dickens’ father worked as a Naval Pay Officer at the Dockyard and it was here that Dickens developed a love of the sea, accompanying his father as a young boy. Later, these childhood adventures were a source of inspiration for novels such as Great Expectations and Our Mutual Friend.
The Kingswear Castle Paddlesteamer that is based at The Historic Dockyard Chathamwas also used for filming the scene where Bella Wilfer and the Boffin family go for a day out.