The Boats That Made Britain: A Time Team Special (2014)

Tony Robinson

Tony Robinson © Channel 4

Production Company: Picture House Television Company, The Channel 4 Television Corporation, Videotext Communications

Kent locations used: Dover

This Time Team special sees Tony Robinson join a team of experts as they attempt to reconstruct a bronze age Dover Boat, one of the oldest seagoing boats in the world, using only materials and tools from the time.

Little evidence survives of what life was like three and a half thousand years ago however in 1992, archaeologists in Dover town centre unearthed the most intact Bronze Age boat ever found and in 2012, the Time Team crew including Sir Tony Robinson, Phil Harding and Francis Pryor worked alongside a team of experts as they strive to reconstruct the Dover Boat and unlock secrets of this mysterious time.

The production team visited Dover to explore the area where the boat was found. The Bronze Age Boat is now on display at Dover Museum.

Time Team is the popular Channel 4 series which ran for 20 series from 1994 – 2013 where each episode featured a team of specialists carrying out excavation on sites to attempt to solve archaeological mysteries. The Boats That Made Britain is one of several specials shown in 2014.

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 The Choir: Sing While You Work (2013), Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows (2011) and The Other Boleyn Girl (2008).

Don’t miss The Boats That Made Britain: A Time Team Special which will be shown on Sunday 7th September 2014 at 20:00 on Channel 4.

Links:

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

For more information about the programme: http://www.channel4.com/programmes/time-team-specials/episode-guide

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

For more information on the Bronze Age Boat at Dover Museum: http://www.dovermuseum.co.uk/Bronze-Age-Boat/Bronze-Age-Boat.aspx

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Walking Through History (2013)

Tony Robinson walking in the countryside

Tony Robinson © Channel 4 and Richard Cannon

 

Production Companies: Wildfire Television

Kent Locations: Penshurst Place, Hever Castle, Chiddingstone, Kent’s public footpaths

Walking Through History is a new Channel 4 series presented by Tony Robinson who embarks on spectacular walks through some of Britain’s most historic and picturesque landscapes.

In the third episode, entitled “The Tudor Way”, actor and presenter Tony Robinson (Blackadder, Time Team) takes us on a 45 mile hike through the beautiful countryside of the Weald in Kent and across to East Sussex using some of Kent’s 4,400 miles of public footpaths.

Along the way, Tony stops at Penshurst Place on a quest to find out more about the Tudors. There he seeks help from best selling author Philippa Gregory (The Other Boleyn Girl). He continues to walk along what used to be secret footpaths to Hever Castle to explore the connections between Henry VIII and the Boleyn sisters.

Penshurst Place is in West Kent and a beautifully preserved Medieval and Tudor fortified style manor house with a unique Baron’s Hall and several staterooms. It is set in parkland and has Elizabethan formal gardens. Penshurst Place is a favourite with TV and film productions, having been previously seen on screen in  The Hollow Crown –  Henry V (2012) Merlin (2008) and The Other Boleyn Girl (2007).

Hever Castle is a thirteenth century castle which was once the childhood home of Anne Boleyn and boasts formal Italian Gardens and an ornamental lake. Hever Castle has been used on film by various productions including Inkheart (2008) and Anne of a Thousand Days (1969).

Don’t miss Walking through HistoryThe Tudor Way” which will be shown on Saturday 13th of April 2013 at 20:30 on Channel 4.

Links

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

For more information about the programme: http://www.channel4.com/programmes/walking-through-history

For more information on Penshurst Place: http://www.penshurstplace.com/

For more information on Hever Castle: http://www.hevercastle.co.uk/

For more information on Kent’s Public Rights of Way: http://www.kent.gov.uk/waste-planning-and-land/public-rights-of-way

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Tony Robinson’s Gods & Monsters (2012)

Tony Robinson standing in front of burning pyre.

Gods and Monsters – Tony Robinson © Channel 4

Production Company: Wildfire Television

Kent Locations Used: Penshurst Place

Tony Robinson’s Gods & Monsters reveals the weird and wonderful rituals, which have been neglected and forgotten as part of British history. The series breaks down the myths and legends of old Britain, within the context of how people lived their lives.

There are a total of five episodes, each detailing a different facet of the past. Episode 4, Witches  visited Penshurst Place. The 14th century medieval great hall, along with the magnificent gardens and parkland estate, has been used for various film and television productions, including  The Other Boleyn Girl (2008),  Henry V (2012)  and BBC Drama Merlin  in 2008.

Witches will be shown on Saturday 17 November 2012 at 20:00 on More4.

Links

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

For more information on Penshurst Place visit: http://www.penshurstplace.com/

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Time Team Special Dover Castle (2009)

The Kings Bedroom - a chair next to a table with a chess set on it and a four poster bed in the background

The Kings Bedroom © Channel 4

Production Company: Picture House Television Company, The Channel 4 Television Corporation, Videotext Communications

Kent Locations: Dover Castle

Since it was built by Henry II in 1180, Dover Castle has towered over Kent’s iconic White Cliffs defending our shores. The truth, however, is, that the castle was initially built as a calling card for the newly formed British nation rather than a defensive fort. For 12th Century standards, the castle was a grand extravagance, furnished with opulent tapestries and fittings.

In 2008, English Heritage undertook the mammoth task to transform the castle’s interior to reflect Henry II’s time. Over 150 craftsmen, historians and designers came together to design an authentic 12th Century feel.  Over £2 million pounds was allocated to the project,  which went towards authentically designed furnishings as well as the creation of historical scenarios using light and sound effects.

Aerial view of Dover Castle © Channel 4

Aerial view of Dover Castle © Channel 4

Time Team were invited to observe the transformation and record the tower before it officially opened to the public. In this one off programme, Tony Robinson meets with the experts involved in the restoration, providing viewers with exclusive access to this exciting project.

Dover Castle is one of the most iconic of all the English fortresses and boasts a beautiful medieval interior, secret wartime tunnels and set overlooking the English Channel, Dover Castle is a popular film location having previously welcomed productions such as The Hollow Crown: The Wars of the Roses (2016),  Avengers: Age of Ultron (2015) and To Kill a King (2003).

Time Team Special ” Dover Castle will be shown on Channel 4 at 8pm on the 19th December 2009.

Links

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

For more information about the programme visit: http://www.channel4.com/programmes/time-team-specials

For more information about Dover Castle visit: http://www.english-heritage.org.uk/visit/places/dover-castle/

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