Cowboy Traders (2012)

Cowboy Traders presenters Dominic Littlewood and Melinda Messenger with the happy couple

Cowboy Traders presenters Dominic Littlewood and Melinda Messenger with the happy couple © Five

Production Company: Ricochet

Kent locations used: Chilham, Ashford, Sittingbourne, Canterbury, Tunbridge Wells, Hever Castle, Sevenoaks

Popular Channel 5 series Cowboy Traders returns for series 7, and comes to Kent to help people who have fallen victims at the hands of rogue traders.

In the opening episode, presenters Dominic Littlewood (Don’t Get Done, Get Dom, The One Show) and Melinda Messenger (To Buy or Not to Buy, Live From Studio 5) help two couples who were conned by a wedding company. The shop promised to give them perfect weddings, they just had to pay for the package, and the company would deliver everything from dresses and suits, to the car and cake. Sadly, this did not happen for either couple and the shop subsequently shut down. They had paid several thousand pounds for their big day and received nothing in return.

While Dom sets to find the owners of the shop and get some answers, Melinda helps the couple who are in debt from paying for their wedding twice as well as  organise the wedding of a lifetime for a second couple who had to cancel their wedding altogether.

The Cowboy Traders team came to film in various locations in Kent including Chilham, Ashford, Sittingbourne, Canterbury, Tunbridge Wells, Hever Castle and Sevenoaks.

Chilham is a village in the Ashford borough of Kent with a stunning fifteenth century square of black and white timbered buildings. Chilham has been chosen as a film location by  Top Gear (2011), Emma (2009) and Miss Marple – The Moving Finger (2005).

Ashford is a small market town, with historic buildings, lots of eateries and several shopping facilities. Ashford’s International Eurostar train station means that it is well connected with the rest of the country, as well as Europe. Ashford and surrounding areas has been used as a film location from productions including The Apprentice (2015), The Monuments Men (2014) and Emma (2009).

Sittingbourne is also a market town which has historical houses, museums, beautiful gardens and fascinating nature reserves. For fans of action, it also has a Greyhound Racing track and Go Karting, as well as a skate park. The area has been used by projects such as  A Taste of Britain (2014), Southcliffe (2013) and The Riddle (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. The location has featured in various productions including Inkheart (2008), The Other Boleyn Girl (2008) and Anne of a Thousand Days (1969).

Canterbury is a historic City boasting the magnificent Canterbury Cathedral and St Augustine’s Abbey as well as parks and open spaces as well as neighbouring quaint, traditional villages.  Previous productions that have filmed in Canterbury include Pilgrimage with Simon Reeve (2013) BBC Sport Relief John Bishop’s Week of Hell (2012) and Last Orders (2008).

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)

Chilham is a remarkable village with fifteenth century square of black and white timbered buildings as well as a church, school and many shops and pubs. The area was welcomed filming from a variety of filming projects including Top Gear (2011), BBC’s Emma (2009), and Hercule Poirots Christmas (1995).

Tunbridge Wells is a town in West Kent, home to a host of historic buildings, specialist shops, churches and a busy town centre. 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).

Don’t miss the first episode of Cowboy Traders on 4th April 2012 on Channel 5 at 20:00.

Links:

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

For more information about the programme: http://www.channel5.com/shows/cowboy-builders

For more information about Ashford: http://www.visitashfordandtenterden.co.uk/

For more information about Sittingbourne: http://www.visitkent.co.uk/explore/swale-faversham-sittingbourne-isle-of-sheppey.asp

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

For more information about Sevenoaks: http://www.visitkent.co.uk/destinations/sevenoaks/6334

For more information about Tunbridge Wells: http://www.visittunbridgewells.com/

For more information about Chilham visit: http://www.enjoychilham.org.uk/

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Four Weddings 2010

Four Weddings contestants © Virgin Media/Living TV

Four Weddings contestants © Virgin Media/Living TV

Four Brides battle it out for a dream Honeymoon

Production Company: ITV Studios

Kent Filming Locations: The Royal Wells Hotel, Tunbridge Wells

The series which sees four brides battling it out for their dream honeymoon returns to our screens this month. One of the most talked about shows last year, Four Weddings sees more brides judging each others big day. Emotions are always guaranteed to run high as the women and men give scores on each others choice of venue, food, presentation and of course the dress!

The last series saw traditional weddings pitted against medieval banquets, Cinderella style carriages, enormous meringue dresses and drag queen extravaganzas. In this new series, we see one of the contestants selecting the beautiful The Royal Wells Hotel in Tunbridge Wells as their wedding venue.

Tunbridge Wells is a town in West Kent, home to a host of historic buildings, specialist shops, churches and a busy town centre. 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).

To see sparks fly and to find out whether our Kentish Bride wins the coveted Honeymoon watch the new series of Four Weddings on Living TV from the 29th March at 9pm.

Links

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

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

For more information about The Royal Wells Hotel visit http://www.royalwells.co.uk/

For more information on Tunbridge Wells: http://www.visittunbridgewells.com/

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/


How to Look Good Naked (2009)

Gok Wan standing in front of a black background

Gok Wan © Channel 4

The iconic show returns for a new series

Production Company: Maverick Television

Kent Filming Location: Tunbridge Wells

The popular life-style show How To Look Good Naked returns with a new presenter helping Gok Wan to rid Britain of their Body Hatred! Crowned Miss Naked Beauty in 2008, Shona Collins is charged with investigating why teenagers grow to hate their bodies. Shona works with parents, teachers and young people to petition the Government to add body confidence lessons to the school curriculum.

The series is unique in its approach: it does not encourage participants to lose weight or to undergo dramatic cosmetic surgery, but persuades contributors to love themselves for who and what they are. As a symbol of their new found self confidence and belief in their ‘body beautiful’, they bravely ‘bare all’ to the camera or the general public at the end of the programme!

During Shona’s quest to find out why Britain hates their bodies, she visits Tunbridge Wells to visit teen focused magazine Bliss.

Tunbridge Wells is a large town situated in West Kent with a busy town centre and a period shopping area, The Pantiles,  offering a fascinating variety of small specialist shops, antique shops, open-air cafés, restaurants and bars. Previous productions that have been filmed in Tunbridge Wells include Hunted Series 2 (2016), The British Animal Honours (2013) and Britain’s Best Bakery (2012).

The new series will be shown on Channel 4 on Tuesday evenings at 8pm from the 29th September 2009.

Links

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

For more information about the programme: http://www.channel4.com/programmes/how-to-look-good-naked

For more information about the programme: http://www.visittunbridgewells.com/

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Morrisons Christmas Commercial (2009)

Richard Hammond in the Morrisons Commercial - dressed as Santa surrounded by crew

Richard Hammond in the Morrisons Commercial © Michael Houghton

Kent Filming Locations: The Pantiles and Calverley Grounds, Tunbridge Wells, Cobham Village Hall   

This Christmas, keep your eyes pealed for the 2009 Morrison’s Christmas advert hitting our screens.

The seasonal advert stars Richard Hammond (Top Gear) and fellow celebrity, Denise Van Outen, grabbing their trolleys and buying their festive foods in the large supermarket chain.

The elegant streets of The Pantiles were transformed by Santa Elves, Reindeers and a ton of fake snow bringing a touch of Christmas festivity to the town in October!

The Calverley Grounds were also made over with a blanket of fake snow, a fun fair and ice rink proving Tunbridge Wells to be the perfect location for creating this winter wonderland.

This is Morrisons’ second visit to the town as they also filmed the 2007 Christmas advert in Tunbridge Wells. Their decision to return to the beautiful town once again, bought delight to the locals who gathered in their hundreds for a glimpse of the action and the guest stars.

 

Cobham Village Hall covered in snow

Cobham Village Hall covered in snow © Kent Film Office

 

Richard Hammond filming at The Pantiles, Tunbridge Wells - with a shopping trolley surrounded by people

Richard Hammond filming at The Pantiles, Tunbridge Wells © Michael Houghton

 

 

Children walking in the snow in Cobham

Children in Cobham © Kent Film Office

 

Filming at Calverley Grounds, a snowy park and ice rink with people skating

Filming at Calverley Grounds © Kent Film Office

The crew also visited Cobham Village Hall to film scenes for the advert where they covered the hall with a coat of snow.

Links:

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

For behind the scenes images:  http://brochures.moviesite.biz/view/kent/Behind_the_scenes_of_Morrisons_Christmas_Commercial_2009.html

For more information about Tunbridge Wells: http://www.visittunbridgewells.com/

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


We’ve Got The Toaster (2006)

 

Lance (Jamie Mander) in a school uniform sitting on a pavement

Lance (Jamie Mander) © Toaster Productions

Writer/Director: Mike Laloe

Production Company: Toaster Productions

Kent Filming locations: Tunbridge Wells

We’ve Got The Toaster was made on a tiny budget and took over 3 years from beginning to premiere.  The cast and crew was made up of over 100 people, the vast majority of whom were under 18 when they started working on the project.  Many of them had never been on a film set before. But they all had one thing in common ” they knew what it felt like to be teenager.

In the definitively middle-class Royal Tunbridge Wells, 16 year old Lance (Jamie Mander) has been romantically obsessed with Steph (Emma Blake) ‘the fittest thing since sliced fit” for exactly 3 years, 11 months and 25 and a half days’. And he’s barely even spoken to her!

Filming taking place in a shop

Filming taking place in a shop © Toaster Productions

Unable to approach Steph, but desperate for something to change, Lance faces his worst fear ” of holding ‘the worst party ever’ when his parents go away for the weekend.  Enlisting his enigmatic, porn-addicted best mate Henry (Rob Smith) to help plan things, Lance tries to work out what to do when “You’ve got no girls, no idea and 24 hours to throw a party”.

“A huge-hearted comedy tour de force from a future master story-teller” – James Delow, Producer ‘That Film Show’ Rapture TV.

“A deeply amusing and I believe accurate portrayal of the teenage psyche” – Henry Thomas, former head of Universal Pictures, London.

“Packed with wit and canny observation of character. Laloe is something of a modern-day Hogarth, revealing our everyday absurdities in a hilarious but also intelligent way.” – Steve Gough, Award winning Writer/Director of ‘Elenya’ and ‘Heartland’ starring Anthony Hopkins.

Tunbridge Wells is a town in West Kent, home to a host of historic buildings, specialist shops, churches and a busy town centre. 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).

We’ve Got The Toaster premiered in Tunbridge Wells to an audience of 600 and was covered in a live report by the BBC that lasted for 4 minutes.  The film was screened in independent cinemas in locations including London, Oxford and Brighton.

Links

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

For more information about Tunbridge Wells: http://www.visittunbridgewells.com/

For more informations about We’ve Got The Toasterhttp://www.imdb.com/title/tt0880496/

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


Pride and Prejudice (2005)

Elizabeth Bennett (Keira Knightley) and Mrs Bennet (Brenda Blethyn) running through a field

Elizabeth Bennett (Keira Knightley) and Mrs Bennet (Brenda Blethyn)

Director: Joe Wright

Writer: Deborah Moggach

Starring: Keira Knightley, Brenda Blethyn, Matthew Macfadyen, Judy Dench, Talulah Riley, Kelly Reilly, Rosamund Pike, Donald Sutherland, Jena Malone, Carey Mulligan

Production Company: Focus Features, Universal Pictures, StudioCanal, Working Title Films, Scion Films

Kent Filming Locations: Groombridge Place and Gardens

Jane Austen’s classic love story “Pride and Prejudice” is adapted for the big screen with an all-star cast which follows Elisabeth Bennett (Keira Knightley) through the trials and tribulations of love in the 1800’s. A first encounter between head strong Elisabeth and the rich and cold Mr. Darcy (Matthew Macfadyen) leaves Elisabeth hating him and declaring that he is the ‘last person’ she could ever marry. Are they able to overcome their ‘pride and prejudices’ to realise that they truly are meant to be together?

Directed by Joe Wright (Atonement, Hanna) and starring a wealth of acting talent including Keira Knightley (Pirates of the Caribbean series, Anna Karenina), Brenda Blethyn (Vera, Secrets and Lies), Matthew Macfadyen (The Three Musketeers, Frost/Nixon), Judy Dench (Philomena, Skyfall), Talulah Riley (Inception,  St. Trinian’s), Kelly Reilly (Sherlock Holmes, Flight), Rosamund Pike (Jack Reacher, Die Another Day), Donald Sutherland (The Hunger Games, The Italian Job), Jena Malone (Step Mom, Sucker Punch) and Carey Mulligan (Drive, Never Let Me Go).

Elizabeth Bennett (Keira Knightley) sitting under a tree

Elizabeth Bennett (Keira Knightley) sitting under a tree at Groombridge © Groombridge Place

Groombridge Place in Tunbridge Wells was chosen for the perfect location to where they made use of the 17th century house, gardens, extensive woodlands and lake which doubled as the Bennett’s house and grounds.

Jane Austen has many connections with the county as her family originated from Kent and her brother Edward Knight owned Godmersham Park which lies between Ashford and Canterbury. Both Jane and her sister Cassandra were frequent visitors; this is perhaps why Kent appears throughout her novel Pride and Prejudice and it is therefore no surprise that Kent was chosen as the prime location for the new adaptation.

Pride and Prejudice was released in cinemas in September 2005 and can now be bought on DVD.

Links

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

For more information about the film: www.prideandprejudicemovie.net/splash.htm

For more information about Groombridge Place and Gardens: http://www.groombridgeplace.com/

For more information about Jane Austen’s Kent connections:  http://kentfilmoffice.co.uk/kent-movie-map/austens-in-kent/

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