Country File is the long running BBC series that explores the stories, people and issues in the British countryside, and is presented by John Craven, Matt Baker and Ellie Harrison.
County File has been running since 1988, and not only is it a popular programme, it also publishes a bi-monthly magazine. It used to be aired on Sunday mornings, but since 2009, has moved to an early evening slot, which now pulls in over 5 million viewers a week.
The village of Godmersham lies by the river Stour between Ashfordand Canterbury and is a gorgeous and picturesque place rich in wildlife. Godmersham Park House was built in 1732, and was owned by Jane Austen’s brother, her novels Pride and Prejudice, Emma and Mansfield Park are thought to be inspired by the village and characters of Godmersham.
Watch the Godmersham episode of Country File on Sunday 11th March 2012 on BBC1 at 19:00.
Mud Men, is the History Channel series which follows members of the Mudlarks Society as they hunt for items on the British foreshores. Presenters Johnny Vaughan and Steve Brooker come to Folkestone to see what they can discover!
The Mud Men – Johnny Vaughan, TV and radio presenter and Steve Brooker, the chairman of the Mudlarks Society, meet some archaeologists who are trying to save the remains of Roman villa on Folkestone’s East Cliff which is inevitably falling into the sea. They also look back at how the Romans lived, including their diet, clothing and entertainment. Johnny and Steve even try their hand at chariot racing .
Folkestoneis a delightful seaside town with an elegant cliff top promenade, lower coastal park, fishing harbour and Victorian water-powered clifftop lifts. In addition, it has a modern centre which has been re-generated and includes shops and leisure facilities as well as art galleries and an exhibition centre.
Watch the Folkestone episode of Mud Men on Thursday 23rd February 2012 on the History Channel at 22:00.
Kentlocations used: Sevenoaks, Bligh’s Meadow shopping centre, Maidstone, Whatman Park, Rainham High Street
New BBC series Doorstop Crime 999 presented by Gloria Hunniford filmed in various locations around Kent. The series speaks to ordinary people that have been conned and scammed, and also gives advice on how to avoid them.
Gloria talks to the general public in various locations in Kent, as well as to the Maidstone Trading Standards to find out what types of crimes are happening and how people can avoid them. The show is produced by Objective Productions, who also make BBC3 series The Real Hustle.
Gloria Hunniford, who lives in Kent, is one of Britain’s much loved TV and radio stars. She is best known for popular programmes such as Songs of Praise, Cash in the Attic, Heaven and Earth with Gloria Hunniford! Gloria also finds time for charity work and set up The Caron Keating Foundation after her daughter died of cancer in 2004, aged 41.
Sky Arts documentary Turner Contemporary looks at what the gallery offers and the effect it has on local businesses. The programme makers visit the opening of the “Turner and the Elements” exhibition showing 88 pieces exploring wind, water, air and fire.
The documentary is hosted by Tim Marlow, who is known for his Channel 5 series Tim Marlow on…. and other art programmes. In addition to reviewing the art works, Tim looks at the impact the gallery has had on tourism for Margate.
The Turner Contemporary is an art gallery which offers exhibitions, events and various educational opportunities. Situated on Margate seafront, the brand new building was designed by award winning architect practice David Chipperfield Architects. Light is an essence in the design, as well as extensive sea views.
Margate is a popular seaside town complete with a sandy beach, harbour, arcades, and period housing. The Old Town has become a buzzing place, with lots to offer including galleries, quirky shops and trendy cafes. Previous productions that have filmed in Margate include 2001 film Last Orders which starred Michael Caine, Helen Mirren and Ray Winstone as well as BBC drama True Love (2012).
Fans of art and Margate, make sure you don’t miss Sky Arts at Turner Contemporary on Sky Arts 2 on Monday 20th February 2012 at 20:50.
Popular daytime show Bargain Hunt visits Kent in four upcoming episodes to discover what hidden treasures the competing teams can find!
Tim Wonnacott hosts the competition, where two teams have one hour and £300 to choose the best antiques from a fair with the help from an antiques expert. They then auction these items, and whoever makes the most money from the items they have carefully selected wins! An eye for a bargain is essential!
Kent Locations Used: St George’s Church in Gravesend & Rochester.
To celebrate the Charles Dickens bicentenary and for a special Christmas episode as well as an episode for Lent, the production crew for popular BBC programme Songs of Praise came to Kent to film in November.
ITV is cooking up a feast as comedian Ade Edmondson takes a culinary road trip around Britain.
The show follows Ade as he takes his land rover on a trip around Britain. On his travels he meets some of the people behind the many famous local delicacies in the country. As well as a love for cookery, the comedian delights in local British culture. Throughout the show Ade experiences many traditions and customs, such as cheese rolling and Morris dancing.
Each of his humorous and insightful journeys celebrates years of unique food heritage while giving him the chance to cook up a storm on his trusty gas powered oven.
It was while filming in the picturesque Kent village of Hernhillthat Ade met the local Morris dancers on the village green whilst mixing up a tasty dish in his very own teardrop caravan!
Popular CBeebies programme I Can Cook filmed in Kent earlier this year. The show teaches children under 6 how to cook by serving up a selection of tasty meals and top tips. The show’s host, Katy, welcomes children into her kitchen to cook the recipe of the day. As well as learning simple kitchen skills, the children are taught where their ingredients are sourced.
Filming took place in a number of Kent Locations which will feature over the course of the series starting on Friday 11th of November. Featuring in the programme will be Headcorn Aerodrome, theKent and East Sussex Railway and Sandhurst Windmill.
Headcorn Aerodrome was first used for general aviation in 1927 and later in the Second World War as a base for fighter pilots. In the 1950’s it became a base for private aviation. The Aerodrome lies in the heart of the Kent Countryside and to the south is the picturesque village of Headcorn.
Kent and East Sussex Railway runs along a 10 ½ mile rural track that spans from Tenterden in Kent to Bodiam in East Sussex. It was the railway that brought tax man Charley into the lives of the Larkins in The Darling Buds of May(1991-1993). It is considered the finest example of a light railway in the country and is a popular local tourist destination.
The Sandhurst Windmill is a well known local landmark. It was last in operation in 1912. By the 1950’s it had fallen into disrepair and the timber structure was removed. It was restored as a residential property in recent years, providing its own wind generated power. The district of Tunbridge Wells, in which the Windmill resides, is also home to Groombridge Place which doubled as the home of the Bennett’s in the 2005 version of Pride and Prejudice (2005) starring Keira Knightley.
Kent Filming Locations Used: Swale House (Sittingbourne), Detling Showground & The New Gardens Estate (Teynham)
Following the success of the first series, The Great British Food Revival returns to our screens on October 26th 2011. The show aims to highlight local produce and get us all eating British once more! Some of the country’s best chefs will be championing the produce of their choice and encourage us to rethink our eating habits whilst providing mouth watering recipes that feature their chosen ingredient.
Earlier this month, Kent born celebrity chef Gary Rhodes came to the district of Swale to champion the humble British cherry. Since 1950, the UK has lost over 90% of its cherry orchards and only 5% of the cherries bought come from our own shores.
Rhodes’ campaign takes him to the cherry orchards in Teynham near Sittingbourne. While visiting the area Gary speaks to local historian from the Mid Kent Downs, Pippa Palmer. While taking in the beautiful Kent countryside they discuss the rich history that links Kent to the fruit. It was in fact in Teynham that the first commercial cherry orchards were founded during the reign of Henry VII due to the county’s perfect climate being ideally suited to the growing of fruit.
The nearby Park Farm Community Cherry Group at Lynsted was also paid a visit. The project aims to raise interest in the heritage of cherry production in the local area by developing the traditionally managed old orchard for community use.
Gary also took the cherry to the local town of Sittingbourne. While there he met with the Mayor of the town at Swale House, home to the Borough Council, to try the delectable fruit. Residents of Sittingbourne were given the opportunity to try the local produce as Gary and the filming team went into the town centre to talk to the general public.
Filming also took place at this year’s Kent County Show at Detling Showground. An annual institution for the people of Kent, the County Show is a three day event focusing on local agriculture. Every year, hundreds of visitors flock to the site to enjoy locally sourced produce, watch cookery demonstrations and talk to farmers and growers.
As the episode shows, the county of Kent has earned its name as the Garden of England. With a rich agricultural history and idyllic landscapes, it is the perfect location for any production.
The Great British Food Revival starts on the 26th of October 2011 on BBC 2 (Sky Channel 102 / Virgin Media Channel 102) at 8pm.
To watch the episode on Kentish Cherries remember to tune in on November 15th 2011 at 8pm!
Hosted by Strictly Come Dancing Winner and Watchdog Presenter Chris Hollins, Find My Past invites the public to delve into their family history.
Those on the show will have the opportunity to see how they are linked to some infamous events in modern history. Links to The Titanic, Dunkirk and Jack the Ripper are just a few of the famous connections made over the 10 episode series which starts this Thursday on UKTV’s Yesterday Channel.
Those who tuned into the first episode of the show last week may have recognised Ramsgate Royal Harbourand Dover Castle. Both locations have strong links to the Battle of Dunkirk: Ramsgate Royal Harbour was the chief embarkation point for the evacuations. Resident historians will also know that Dover Castle was the site where Operation Dynamo was carefully planned and coordinated. Due to the opening of a new exhibition earlier this year, visitors to the castle can explore the tunnels where the operation was masterminded.
This week’s episode “Find My Past: Titanic” sees presenter Chris Hollins travel toThe Historic Dockyard Chatham. Earlier this year the “Titanic- Honour and Glory” exhibition found a temporary home at the location where rare artefacts from the tragic voyage were available on public display. One of the most popular filming locations in the county, the Historic Dockyards have welcomed both TV productions, such as the 2009 drama Foyles War, and feature films like Sherlock Holmes.
Earlier this month the programme came to theRoyal Engineers Museum in Medway. Home to a vast collection of artefacts covering the long and varied history of the Corps of Royal Engineers, there is something of interest to any visitor. With Victorian architecture and a state of the art gallery, the location is also ideal for any filming project. It will be featured in “Find My Past: Firing Squad” to be aired on the 1st of December later this year.
Dover Castle is a medieval castle situated on the top of the White Cliffs of Dover. It was founded in the 12th century and has been described as ‘The Key to England’ due to its defensive significance throughout history. Dover Castlehas previously welcomed productions such as Into The Woods (2015), BBC One’s drama Wolf Hall (2015), andThe Other Boleyn Girl(2008).