Take Me Out – Series 6 (2014)

Paddy McGuiness surrounded by the 30 girls on the steps of the Take Me Out set

Take Me Out – Series 6 © Thames and ITV

Production Company: Thames

Kent locations usedThe Maidstone Studios

King of matchmaking, Paddy McGuiness, returns for the sixth series of ITV’s popular dating show Take Me Out, where 30 single ladies are all looking for their dream date on the Isle of Fernando with one of the eligible bachelors that arrive via the Love Lift.

The cheeky show sees four brave bachelor boys trying to impress the Flirty Thirty through various rounds, but with the shows catchphrase being “no likey, no lighty”,  the women turn their lights off when they are no longer interested in the man, and the boys could face a black out which precedes a lone departure to Celine Dion’s All By Myself.

The new series introduces a twist:  the men can choose to opt for a mystery girl based on the sound of her voice.First up are an IT consultant from Leeds, a Birmingham entrepreneur and a music student from Brighton. 

The Maidstone Studios is the UK’s largest independent HD TV studio facility and is based in Maidstone, Kent.  The facility boasts 5 studios, a sound stage, post production facilities, storage and over 400 free parking spaces and has previously played host to productions such as Later…With Jools Holland (2013), Was It Something I Said? (2013) and Got To Dance (2010).

Don’t miss the new series of Take Me Out which starts on 4th January 2014 at 20:50 on ITV1.

Links:

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

For more information about Take Me Out visit: http://www.itv.com/takemeout/

For more information about The Maidstone Studios visit: http://www.maidstonestudios.com/

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The Choir: Sing While You Work (2013)

Gareth Malone conducting the P&O choir as they stand on a stage

Gareth Malone conducting the P&O choir © BBC, Twenty Twenty, Pete Dadds

Production company: twentytwenty

Kent Locations: P&O, Dover, The Port of Dover 

BBC2 series The Choir: Sing While You Work follows choirmaster Gareth Malone on his search to get Britain’s workforce singing as he aims to create distinctive choirs at five of the biggest businesses in Britain before they compete for the crown of best workplace choir.

In the first episode of the second series, Gareth visits employees at P&O which is the UK’s longest-running cross-Channel ferry service where he faces the challenge of getting the choir members together as they are all based in different locations – Dover, France and even at sea! Will they be able to rehearse enough to blow the competition out of the water? 

In the final episode shown on Sunday 22nd December 2013, the P&O ferries choir went on to win the show – a massive congratulations to them!

From May to October 2013, the production followed Gareth and the P&O employees on their musical journey and filmed them at P&O ferries, The Port of Dover and Dover itself.

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).

The first episode of The Choir: Sing While You Work was shown on Monday 4th November 2013 at 21:00 on BBC2.

Links

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

For more information about the programme: http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b008y125

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

For more information about P&O: http://www.poferries.com/

For more information about The Port of Dover: http://www.doverport.co.uk/

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Peter Andre’s 60 Minute Makeover (2013)

Peter Andre in overalls holding a paintbrush

Peter Andre © ITV

Production company: Shiver Productions

Kent Locations: Faversham, Rochester, Herne Bay, Maidstone

ITV daytime show Peter Andre’s 60 Minute Makeover returns for its tenth outing with a new name and host. Reality TV star and singer Peter Andre plus a team of helpers and designers carry out surprise makeovers of deserving home-owners around the country.

With the new series there is also a change of extending the one day time limit to make over the houses, meaning bigger and better transformations with the highlights being shown in 60 minutes.

The interior designers on hand to help include Linda Barker, Julia Kendell, Leah Hughes and Ben Hillman who are experts in home renovation, recycling old furniture, and knowing how to add a personal touch to a home without the price tag.

In May 2013, the 60 Minute Makeover team visited Faversham where they transformed a house as well as Herne Bay where the team tries to transform a bedroom and office in just one hour.

In June 2013, the 60 Minute Makeover team also visited widower Steven Arnold and his daughter Charlotte in Rochester where they transformed a dining room and bedroom.

They also makeover a house in Maidstone where Linda Wheatley returns home to find that a wall has been knocked down and her lounge and dining room has been swapped over – will the shock turn into delight?

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, Great British Story: A People’s History (2012) and the nearby Oare Marshes were used in Great Expectations (2012).

Rochester is a historic city with a Cathedral and castle which date back to the Medieval times. The city is strongly connected to Charles Dickens and many TV and film adaptations of his famous novels have filmed here such as BBC’s The Mystery of Edwin Drood (2012) and Great Expectations (1989).

Herne Bay is located on the Kent coast and has beaches and seafront gardens as well as many shops and eateries, amusement arcades, and a windmill. Productions that have chosen to film in the area include Got To Dance (2012), Things I Haven’t Told You (2008) and French Dressing (1964).

Maidstone is the county town of Kent and lies on the River Medway. It boasts thriving shopping areas, and nearby idyllic.  Maidstone has been featured on programmes such as DIY SOS: The Big Build (2013), and Sarah Beeny’s Selling Houses (2013).

Don’t miss the Kent episodes of Peter Andre’s 60 Minute Makeover:

Faversham – Friday 22nd November 2013 at 14:00 on ITV1

Rochester – Monday 25th November 2013 at 14:00 on ITV1.

Herne Bay – Thursday 28th November 2013 at 14:00 on ITV1

Maidstone – Friday 29th November 2013 at 14:00 on ITV1

Links:

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

For more information about the programme please visit: http://www.itv.com/60minutemakeover/

For more information about Faversham: http://www.faversham.org/

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

For more information on Herne Bay: http://www.canterbury.co.uk/canterbury-district/Herne-Bay.aspx

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

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Toast of London (2013)

L-R Jemima Gina (Morgana Robinson), Steven Toast (Matt Berry) and Susan Random (Emma Fryer) standing in front of a black background under a spotlight

L-R Jemima Gina (Morgana Robinson), Steven Toast (Matt Berry) and Susan Random (Emma Fryer) © Kuba Wieczorek and Channel 4

Starring: Matt Berry, Robert Bathurst, Harry Peacock, Doon Mackichan

Production company: Objective Productions

Kent Location: The Historic Dockyard Chatham

New Channel 4 comedy about Steven Toast (Matt Berry), an eccentric middle-aged actor with a chequered past who spends more time dealing with his problems off stage than performing on it.

This new sitcom is written by Arthur Mathews (Father Ted, Big Train) and starring Matt Berry (The IT Crowd, Snow White and the Huntsman), Robert Bathurst (Downton Abbey, Cold Feet) and Doon Mackichan (Plebs).

In the fourth episode of the series, Toast gets a job doing the voiceover for commands on board the Navy’s ships and is then invited to the launch of a refitted submarine where the production visited The Historic Dockyard Chatham to film on the HMS Cavalier  which doubled as the submarine. 

The Historic Dockyard Chatham is set over 80 acres, containing over 100 buildings dating from the Georgian and Victorian Periods and it is a popular film location having previously welcomed Downton Abbey (2013), Les Miserables (2013) and Great Expectations (2012.)

Don’t miss Toast of London which will be shown on Sunday 10th November 2013 at 22:35 on Channel 4.

Links:

For information about filming in Kent: filmoffice@kent.co.uk

For more information about the programme: http://www.channel4.com/programmes/toast-of-london

For more information on the The Historic Dockyard Chatham: http://www.thedockyard.co.uk/

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Don’t Tell the Bride (2013)

 

 

Don't Tell The Bride, Kent couple Kallie and Grantt - Kallie is on a horse and Grantt is standing next to it with green surroundings

Don’t Tell The Bride, Kent couple Kallie and Grantt © BBC, Renegade Pictures, thephotographygarden.co.uk

Production company: Renegade Pictures

Kent Locations: Gravesend, Three Dawes Pub, Darenth Country Park, Ashford, Biddenden, Tenterden, Maidstone

Don’t Tell the Bride is the popular BBC Three series where a couple is given £12,000 for their dream wedding, but there is a catch – the bride cannot be involved and has to hand every detail of the wedding over to the groom, including the all-important dress. With just three weeks to organise a perfect wedding, emotions are guaranteed to run high. Will the brave brides be happy with the weddings?

Kent couple Kallie and Grantt with heads nuzzled

Don’t Tell The Bride, Kent couple Kallie and Grantt © BBC, Renegade Pictures, thephotographygarden.co.uk

Now in its seventh series, Don’t Tell The Bride follows Northfleet couple Kallie and Grantt as the groom organises a wedding which he thinks his bride-to-be would like, and the bride looks at what her dream wedding would be. Teacher Grantt arranges an elaborate fairytale themed wedding while his science student Kallie wants a traditional wedding, will the bride approve? Throughout their journey they visit many Kent locations including Gravesend, Darenth Country Park as well as wedding locations in Ashford, Biddenden, Tenterden and Maidstone.

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 productions such as Piggy (2012), Britain’s First Photo Album (2012) and Ashley Banjo’s Secret Street Crew (2012).

Ashford is a market town which lies on the River Stour and has many shops, eateries, and a designer outlet shopping centre with beautiful countryside only a short drive away. Ashford and surrounding areas has featured in productions including The Secret Removers (2012), Cowboy Traders (2012) and Emma (2009).

Maidstone is the county town of Kent which lies on the River Medway. The town has busy shopping areas, parks, nearby stunning countryside and attractions such as Kent Life and Leeds CastleMaidstone has been featured on programmes such as DIY SOS: The Big Build (2013), Sarah Beeny’s Selling Houses (2013) and  The Maidstone Studios has hosted filming for TV productions such as Later…With Jools Holland (2013), Take Me Out (2010 – 2013) and The Biggest Loser (2012).

Don’t miss Kallie and Grantt’s episode of Don’t Tell the Bride which will be shown on Tuesday 29th October on BBC Three at 21:00. 

Links

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

For more information about the programme visit: http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b00d7mtr

For more information about Gravesend: http://www.visitkent.co.uk/destinations/gravesend-and-dartford/6892

For more information about Ashford: http://www.visitkent.co.uk/destinations/ashford-and-tenterden/6211

For more information about Maidstone: http://www.visitkent.co.uk/destinations/maidstone/6185

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DIY SOS: The Big Build (2013)

The DIY SOS team - Mark Millar, Nick Knowles, Gabrielle Blackman, Billy Byrne, Julian Perryman, Chris Frediani © BBC

DIY SOS – Mark Millar, Nick Knowles, Gabrielle Blackman, Billy Byrne, Julian Perryman, Chris Frediani © BBC

Production Company: BBC

Kent Locations: Maidstone

DIY SOS: The Big Build is the popular BBC show where the team take on large scale renovation projects to help families in need of expansion, including everything from extensions and conversions to full scale re-models.

Now in its twenty third series, Nick Knowles and his team visit the Morris family in Maidstone to help transform their house. The family are in desperate need of house renovations after royal engineer and paratrooper Mo was given a medical discharge due to damage to his knees and can no longer walk unaided. In constant pain and with Mo relying on others to help him get around the house, the DIY SOS team are on hand to assemble friends, family and local trades, transforming the house and giving Mo his independence back and taking the pressure off the whole family.

Maidstone is the county town of Kent and has thriving shopping areas and parks and nearby stunning countryside and attractions such as Kent Life and Leeds Castle. It is also home to the Maidstone Studios, the UK’s largest independent High Definition TV studio facility which has hosted filming for TV production such as Later…With Jools Holland (2013), Take Me Out (2010 – 2013) and The Biggest Loser (2012).

Don’t miss the Maidstone episode of DIY SOS: The Big Build which will be shown on Tuesday 15th October 2013 at 21:00 on BBC One.

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/b006pnjk

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

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Big Bad World (2013)

Ben Turnbell (Blake Harrison) sitting on a sofa with his family and friends

Big Bad World

Director: Tristram Shapeero

Writers: Lloyd Woolf, Joe Tucker, Kevin Cecil, Andy Riley, Rose Heiney, Jon Purkis

Starring: Blake Harrison, Seann Walsh, David Fynn, Rebecca Humphries, Caroline Quentin, James Fleet

Production company: Objective Productions

Kent Locations: Ramsgate, Port of Ramsgate, Herne Bay

Big Bad World is a new Comedy Central series about university graduate Ben Turnbell played by Blake Harrison (The Inbetweeners), who returns home to Great Yarmouth to find that not much has changed in the three years he has been away.

As well as Blake Harrison, the show has many familiar faces from the world of comedy including Seann Walsh (Argumental), Rebecca Humphries (Come Fly with Me), Caroline Quentin (Men Behaving Badly) and James Fleet (Vicar of Dibley).

The series is directed by Tristam Shapeero (Green Wing, Peep Show) and has a multitude of writing talent including Lloyd Woolf (Parents), Joe Tucker (Horrible Histories), Kevin Cecil (Come Fly With Me), Andy Riley (The Armstrong and Miller Show), Rose Heiney (Miranda) and Jon Purkis (Popatron).

The Big Bad World team was welcomed to Ramsgate in May 2012 to film the pilot episode at various locations including Kings Street, Queens Street, High Street, Harbour Street and the  Port of Ramsgate. The Kent Film Office used its Filming on Highways Act 2010 for the production to close the Royal Esplanade in Ramsgate for a scene that sees main character Ben Turnbell (Blake Harrison) exit the beach soaking wet and getting into a car.    

After the series was commissioned, the production came back to Kent in November 2012 and once again filmed in Ramsgate as well as the Port of Ramsgate and Herne Bay all doubling for Great Yarmouth in the series.

The scenes they shot in Herne Bay included Lucy at work trying to raise money for charity in the High Street as well as scenes by the seafront and bandstand. 

In Ramsgate, the production once again made the most of the Kent Film Office’s Filming on Highways Act 2010 where they used traffic management to film scenes at The Old Haine Road in Ramsgate where a car travels over a speed bump and comes to a a sharp stop after the bump, stops for a while and then continues on its way. At Ramsgate Harbour they shot scenes where the characters arrive at the harbour and watch oil rig workers boarding a vessel.

Ramsgate is a beautiful coastal town which boasts a beach, amusements, arcades, shops, eateries and a theatre as well as the Thanet District Council managed Port of Ramsgate, the only Royal Harbour Marina in the country. The Port of Ramsgate has been previously used as a film location by BBC sitcom Not Going Out (2013) and Ramsgate has provided back drops for productions such as True Love (2012), Johnny English Reborn (2011) and Ruby Blue (2008).

Herne Bay is part of the Canterbury district in South East Kent and has a popular shingle beach, beautiful coastline and seafront gardens. The town also has many shops and eateries, amusement arcades, a windmill and some interesting architecture including a Victorian bandstand. Productions that have chosen to film in Herne Bay include Got To Dance (2012), Things I Haven’t Told You (2008) and French Dressing (1964).

The first episode of Big Bad World starts on Wednesday 21st August 2013 at 21:00 on Comedy Central.

Links:

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

For more information about this series: http://www.imdb.com/title/tt2662356/

For more information on Ramsgate: http://www.visitthanet.co.uk/come-explore/Come-and-Explore-Ramsgate.aspx

For more information on The Port of Ramsgate: http://www.portoframsgate.co.uk/welcome_to_the_marina.aspx

For more information on Herne Bay: http://www.canterbury.co.uk/canterbury-district/Herne-Bay.aspx

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Not Going Out (2013)

 

(L-R) Lucy Lucy (SALLY BRETTON holding a Daisy mask, Daisy (KATY WIX), holding a Lee mask & Lee (LEE MACK) holding Lucy mask.

Not Going Out © BBC, Avalon, Neil Genower

Production company: Avalon Television Arlo Productions

Kent locations: Ramsgate Harbour

Popular BBC comedy sitcom series Not Going Out is about Lee who has been drifting through life and his landlady Lucy who happens to be the woman of his dreams.

Now in its sixth series, Not Going Out is perfect Friday night viewing, with comedian Lee Mack taking the lead role, supported by Sally Bretton, Miranda Hart and Katy Wix.

The Not Going Out production visited Ramsgate Harbour to film part of the last episode of the current series, entitled “Boat”. The episode is about Lee’s dad, Frank who has bought a boat and invites Lee anProduction company(s)Avalon Television Arlo Productionsd his friends down for the weekend. Lee manages to persuade Lucy to come and stay on the boat even though she cannot swim and is terrified of water, however, when they arrive at the harbour, the boat is not what everyone expected! In the episode the harbour is referred to as Eastbourne, however it was filmed at Ramsgate Harbour.

Ramsgate Harbour is managed by Thanet District Council and is the only Royal Harbour in the country. Ramsgate itself is a beautiful coastal town which boasts visually stunning Victorian architecture, a beach, amusements, arcades, shops, eateries and a theatre.  The area has welcomed productions such as True Love (2012), Songs of Praise: Pugin God’s Architect (2012) and Van Gogh: Painted With Words (2010).

Don’t miss the hilarious episode of Not Going Out “Boat” which will be shown on Friday 31st May 2013 on BBC One at 21:30.

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/b006mw70

For more information on Ramsgate Harbour: http://www.portoframsgate.co.uk/welcome_to_the_marina.aspx

For more information on Ramsgate: http://www.visitthanet.co.uk/come-explore/Come-and-Explore-Ramsgate.aspx 

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Later…with Jools Holland (2013)

Later... with Jools Holland © BBC/ASC

Later… with Jools Holland © BBC/ASC

Production Company: BBC

Kent Locations Used: The Maidstone Studios

Later…with Jools Holland is the popular BBC2 music show which features a mix of up-coming artists as well as music legends performing live in the studio. The show is in its staggering 43 series and will be filmed at its new home – The Maidstone Studios .

The show first aired in 1992 and has been a success ever since. It is hosted by musician and television presenter Jools Holland and sees a whole range of musical guests from different genres and styles. Each show includes several performances, exclusive interviews, and a short jam session with Holland on piano to open each episode.

Although an entirely British show, Later…with Jools Holland has made it big in many other European countries as well as America.

The first episode of the new series will have performances from Suede, Laura Mvula, Cat Power, and The Strypes.

The Maidstone Studios is set over an 11 acre site and boasts 5 studios, a sound stage, post production facilities, storage and over 400 free parking spaces. Hit shows such as Take Me Out The Biggest Loser (2012) and Got to Dance (2010)  have previously been recorded at The Maidstone Studios.

Don’t miss the new series of Later…with Jools Holland which will be airing live for eight weeks on Tuesday nights from 9th April 2013 on BBC2 at 22:00.

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/b006ml0l

For  more information about The Maidstone Studios: http://www.maidstonestudios.com/ 

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Derek (2013)

 

L-R Dougie (Karl Pilkington) and Kev (David Earl) on the beach. Kev has a crab in his hand and they are both looking at it

L-R Dougie (Karl Pilkington) and Kev (David Earl) © Channel 4

Production company: Derek Productions Ltd

Kent Locations Used: Broadstairs, Dumpton Gap, Viking Bay

Derek’, written and directed by Ricky Gervais, is a comedy about ‘Derek Noakes’, a 49-year-old retirement home worker with the unique hobby of autograph hunting. A pilot episode was shown in April 2011 on Channel 4 and January 2013 sees the return of Derek in a full series.

Derek (Ricky Gervais)

Derek (Ricky Gervais) © Channel 4

Derek (Ricky Gervais) is a kind, simple and selfless man with good intentions who loves listening to the funny stories told to him by the people at the retirement home about the good old days. He also has close relationships with his co-workers Dougie (Karl Pilkington) and Hannah (Kerry Godliman) – expect lots of laughs!

The Derek production team visited many locations in Thanet back in September 2012, including Broadstairs, Victoria Gardens and Viking Bay, where they shot Derek taking his residents on a day trip to the beach.

Broadstairs is a coastal town in Thanet and has a sandy beach lined with traditional beach huts as well as a band stand and large Victorian terraces.  There is also a thriving high street and plenty of food and drink establishments. Previous visiting productions to the area included Top Dog Model (2012), True Love (2012), and The Fixer (2008).

The episode featuring Broadstairs, Victoria Gardens and Viking Bay is the fourth in the series and will be shown on Wednesday 20th February at ­­­­­­­­­­­­22:00 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/derek

For more information on Thanet: http://www.visitthanet.co.uk/

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