Country File (2012)

Countryfile presenters Matt Baker, Ellie Harrison and John Craven

Countryfile presenters Matt Baker, Ellie Harrison and John Craven © BBC

Production Company: BBC

Kent locations used: Godmersham, Godmersham Park

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 Ashford and 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.

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/b006t0bv

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

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Mud Men (2012)

Mud Men filming on Folkestone Beach

Mud Men filming on Folkestone Beach © Town Unearthed

Production Company: ITN

Kent locations used: Folkestone

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 .

Folkestone is 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.

Links:

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

For more information about the programme: http://www.history.co.uk/shows/mud-men.html

For more information about Folkestone: http://www.discoverfolkestone.co.uk/

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BBC Doorstep Crime 999 (2012)

Gloria Hunniford

 Gloria Hunniford © BBC

Production Company: BBC

Kent locations 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.

The Sevenoaks area is home to racing track Brand’s Hatch and has many beautiful filming locations including Knole House, Castle Farm’s lavender fields, and Chiddingstone Castle.

Maidstone is in West Kent and has plenty to offer, including thriving shopping areas, parks, nearby attractions include Leeds Castle and the Hop Farm. It is also home to The Maidstone Studios, which is the UK’s largest independent HD TV studio, where previous hits such as Take Me Out (2012), Got to Dance (2010) and The Door filmed here.

Medway has many unique filming locations including Buckmore Park Kart Circuit, Fort Amherst and the Historic Dockyard Chatham. Previous productions that have filmed in Medway include Call the Midwife (2013), Sherlock Holmes (2009) and The Golden Compass (2007).

The series has 10 episodes and kicks off on Monday 20th February 2012 on BBC1 at 11:00, watch out to see if you can spot the various locations in Kent.

Links:

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

For more information about Sevenoaks:http://www.visitheartofkent.com/site/five-kentish-towns/sevenoaks

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

For more information about Medway: http://www.visitmedway.org/

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Sky Arts at Turner Contemporary (2012)

Tim Marlow sitting on a chair

Tim Marlow © Sky

Production Company: Sky Arts

Kent locations used: Turner Contemporary, Margate

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.

Links:

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

For more information about Sky Arts programmes:  https://www.sky.com/watch/channel/sky-arts

For more information about The Turner Contemporary: http://www.turnercontemporary.org/

For more information about Margate: http://www.visitthanet.co.uk/destinations/margate/10537?microSiteId=210

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Bargain Hunt (2012)

Bargain Hunt presenter Tim Wonnacott

Bargain Hunt presenter Tim Wonnacott © BBC

Production Company: BBC

Kent Locations Used: Kent County Showground, Chiddingstone Castle, Canterbury Auction Galleries, Canterbury

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!

BBC’s Bargain Hunt has been running since 2000 and the current series is the 31st. In episode 18 of the series, the Bargain Hunt team come to Kent County Showground.  Tim Wonnacott also visits Chiddingstone Castle where he discovers a murder mystery.  Other upcoming Kent episodes feature Canterbury Auction Galleries as well as the historic city of Canterbury.

Kent County Showground, is in Detling, near Maidstone. It hosts the renowned Kent County Show every July as well as many other events such as wedding fares and conferences.

The City of Canterbury is a popular tourist destination and has lots to offer, including historic buildings, shops, universities, sports venues and theatres. It is has also welcomed filming from A Canterbury Tale, Hairy Bikers County Map of Britain, and Songs of Praise .

Don’t miss the Kent episodes, which are being shown from 21st February at 12:15pm on BBC1.

Links:

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

For more information about Bargain Hunt: http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b006nb9z

For more information about Canterbury: http://www.canterbury.co.uk/

For more information about  Canterbury Auction Galleries: http://www.thecanterburyauctiongalleries.com/

For more information about Kent County Showground: http://kentshowground.co.uk/

For more information about Chiddingstone Castle: http://chiddingstonecastle.org.uk/

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A Dickensian Christmas – Songs of Praise (2011)

 Songs of Praise presenters Pam Rhodes, Aled Jones, Diane-Louise Jordan - standing in a church

Songs of Praise presenters Pam Rhodes, Aled Jones, Diane-Louise Jordan © BBC

Production Company: BBC

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.

Aled Jones comes to Kent to investigate the life and faith of Charles Dickens. The programme includes contributions by Dickens’ great-great-grandson and Rochester Cathedral Choir. St George’s Church in Gravesend became the central location for this Dickensian episode of the programme. Singing well known hymns and carols, members of the congregation were invited to attend wearing period costume!

St George’s Church has a fascinating history: it is said that the body of Pocahontas, a Native American who left her home in Virginia to marry an English man, was interred in the vicinity of the church after her previous resting place was damaged by fire.The church has been a place of worship for over 250 years.

Situated in North West Kent is the town of Gravesend  which has exceptional transport links up to London, a cast iron pier, promenade and high street. Gravesend has previously hosted productions including The Interceptor (2015), Babylon (2014) and Great British Railway Journeys (2014).

The historic town of Rochester has cobbled streets, parks and the Cathedral and castle . The Medway area has previously been seen on screen in Jekyll and Hyde (2015), The Mystery of Edwin Drood (2012) and Sherlock Holmes (2009).

A Dickensian Christmas will be shown on Sunday 11th December on BBC One at 4:55pm – 5:30pm

The Songs of Praise Lent Programme will be shown on Sunday 19th February 2012.

Links

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

For more information on St. George’s Church: http://www.stgeorgesgravesend.org.uk/

For more information on Rochester: http://www.visitmedway.org/

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Ade in Britain (2011)

Ade Edmondson sitting in front of a car on the road

Ade In Britain © Tony Ward/ITV

Production Company: Shiver

Kent Locations Used: Hernhill in Swale

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 Hernhill that Ade met the local Morris dancers on the village green whilst mixing up a tasty dish in his very own teardrop caravan!

From the Kentish orchards and hop gardens to a shell strewn beach, Hernhill is known for its rich variety of landscape. Only 3 miles away from the heritage town of Faversham and only 7 from the City of Canterbury, it is the perfect country location. The area around Hernhill has featured on screen in Rustom (2016), Great British Railway Journeys (2014) and Our Food (2012).

The Kent episode of Ade in Britain will be shown on Friday December 2nd 2011 at 4pm on ITV 1

Links

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

For more information about Hernhill: http://www.faversham.org/pages/standard.aspx?i_PageID=1177

For more information about the City of Canterbury: http://www.canterbury.co.uk/

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I Can Cook (2011)

 

The Kent and East Sussex Railway

The Kent and East Sussex Railway © Kent Film Office

Production company: Endemol UK

Kent Filming Locations: Headcorn Aerodrome, Kent and East Sussex Railway & Sandhurst Windmill.

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, the Kent 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.

Links

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

For more information about CBeebies I Can Cook: http://www.bbc.co.uk/cbeebies/shows/i-can-cook

For more information about Headcorn Aerodrome: http://www.headcornaerodrome.co.uk/

For more information about the Sandhurst Windmill and surrounding area: http://sandhurst.kent-towns.co.uk/

For more information about Kent and East Sussex Railway: http://www.kesr.org.uk/

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The Great British Food Revival (2011)

 

Gary Rhodes holding Cherries in Great British Food Revival © BBC

Gary Rhodes holding Cherries in Great British Food Revival © BBC

Production Company: Outline Productions

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 Rhodes up a ladder in Great British Food Revival © BBC

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.

Links

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!

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

For more information on The Great British Food Revival: http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b016pc6r

For more information about the Kent County Show: http://kentshowground.co.uk/

For more information about the Park Farm Community Cherry Group: http://www.lynsted-orchard.org.uk/

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Find My Past (2011)

Find My Past: Battle of Britain Chris Hollins in fron of an old army airplane

Find My Past: Battle of Britain © Pete Dadds Yesterday UKTV

Production Company: Lion TV

Kent Locations: Royal Engineers Museum, Dover Castle, Ramsgate Royal Harbour and The Historic Dockyard Chatham

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 Harbour and 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 to The 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 the Royal 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.

Ramsgate is a vivid coastal town situated in East Kent, home to one of the largest marinas on the south coast, museums and a glorious beach. Ramsgate has featured in a variety of film projects such as The Apprentice (2015), EastEnders (2015) and Big Bad World (2013).

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 Castle has previously welcomed productions such as Into The Woods (2015), BBC One’s drama Wolf Hall (2015), and The Other Boleyn Girl (2008).

The Historic Dockyard Chatham is a 17th century dockyard set over 80 acres, containing over 100 buildings dating from the Georgian and Victorian Periods. A popoular film location, The Historic Dockyard Chatham has previously featured in productions such as Rustom (2016), Les Miserables (2013) and Downton Abbey (2013).

Find My Past is on this Thursday (27th October) at 9pm on Yesterday (Sky Channel 537, Virgin Media Channel 203, Freeview 12)

Links

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

For more information about Ramsgate Royal Harbour: http://www.portoframsgate.co.uk/

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

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

For more information about the Royal Engineers Museum: http://www.re-museum.co.uk/

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

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