Penelope Keith’s Hidden Villages (2015)

Penelope Keith standing in a picturesque British village

Penelope Keiths Hidden Village © Reef Television Limited Channel 4

Production Company: Reef TV

Kent locations used: Upnor, Birchington, Biddenden and Tenterden.

Returning to More4 for a second series, Penelope Keith’s Hidden Villages explores quintessentially British villages to discover their hidden features and study rural traditions.

Actress Penelope Keith, best known from her roles in The Good Life (1975) and To The Manor Born (1979) uses travel guides which were published 80 years ago, to look at the locations from a different perspective and consider the effects urbanisation and tourism could have on their future.

In episode four, Penelope explores villages in Sussex and Kent and the production visited Upnor, Birchington, Biddenden and Tenterden between May and June 2015.

Upnor is a small picturesque village in Medway with many houses finished in Kentish weatherboard. The village is home to Upnor Castle and is backed by rolling, wooded hills. Previous productions that have filmed in the area include Magwitch (2012), The Legend of Dick and Dom (2009) and Great Expectations (1989).

Birchington lies on the North Coast of Kent between Herne Bay and Margate and has a glorious beach, Minnis Bay. BBC Three drama The Things I Haven’t Told You (2008) has previously been filmed in the area.

Biddenden lies in the picturesque Weald of Kent countryside, has a cobbled high street with half-timbered medieval and Jacobean buildings and is the home of the famous Biddenden Cider. Nearby Tenterden has white-painted weatherboarding buildings and a market as well as quaint cafes and eateries. The area has been used as a film location for Mapp and Lucia (2014), Don’t Tell the Bride (2013) and Last Passenger (2013).

You can catch the Kent and Sussex episode of Penelope Keith’s Hidden Villages on Tuesday 22nd September on More4 at 21:00.

Links:

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

For more information about the locations: http://www.visitkent.co.uk/

For more information about the show: http://www.channel4.com/programmes/penelope-keiths-hidden-villages/episode-guide/series-2/

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Terry and Mason’s Great Food Trip (2015)

(L-R) Mason McQueen, Terry Wogan at a table with countryside in the background

(L-R) Mason McQueen, Terry Wogan © BBC/Curve Media Ltd

Production Company: Curve Media

Kent Locations Used: Canterbury – Cathedral, The Goods Shed and Kent County Cricket ground, Whitstable, Tunbridge Wells – Penshurst Place, The Pantiles, Rosemary Shrager’s Cookery School,  Chiddingstone

Television royalty, Sir Terry Wogan, and London Cabbie, Mason McQueen (A Cabbie Abroad), join forces to embark on the foodie’s ultimate adventure around the UK. Along the way, they check out the weird and wonderful British cuisine and look at how tastes have changed.

The 20 part series has taken its inspiration from the 1963 book, British Bouquet: An Epicurean Tour of Britain, by Samuel Chamberlain. Wogan and McQueen set off in Chamberlain’s footstep in search of the great British foods of today and exploring their social history. Sampling the foods mentioned in the book, they compare ‘then and now’ and piece together their evolution from all the knowledge preserved by the local people they meet.

Episode five focuses on Canterbury when the pair visit Canterbury Cathedral, The Goods Shed and Kent County Cricket ground. They also head to Whitstable, to sample local Oysters and Whelks and soak up the atmosphere of the working harbour and fishery before heading to The Sportsman, Seasalter’s local gastropub with a Michelin Star.

Episode nine sees the duo visit the historic town of Chiddingstone, where they sample the local Kentish ales at Larkins Brewery and The Pantiles, Tunbridge Wells and Rosemary Shrager’s Cookery School before heading to Penshurst Place.

L-R - Mason McQueen, Rosemary Shrager, Terry Wogan at Rosemary's cooking school

L-R – Mason McQueen, Rosemary Shrager, Terry Wogan at Rosemary’s cooking school © BBC/Curve Media Ltd

Mason McQueen, Philip Sidney and Terry Wogan at the Great Hall in Penshurst Place

Mason McQueen, Philip Sidney and Terry Wogan at Penshurst Place © BBC/Curve Media Ltd

Canterbury is a vibrant City which boasts a Cathedral, busy shopping areas, parks and open spaces. Nearby is the seaside town of Whitstable which has a strong arts and culture scene and offers a harbour, shingle beach and busy high street.  The area has previously featured on productions such as Who Do You Think You Are? (2013), Songs of Praise (2011) and A Canterbury Tale (1944).

Chiddingstone is a one-street Tudor village and has previously been used as a film location by productions such as Walking Through History (2013), A Room With A View (1986) and Elizabeth R (1971).

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 The British Animal Honours (2013), Britain’s Best Bakery (2012), and How to Look Good Naked (2009).

Penshurst Place is a Medieval and Tudor style manor house set in gorgeous parkland with formal Elizabethan gardens. Penshurst Place is a popular film location, having previously welcomed productions such as Wolf Hall (2015), The Great Fire (2014) and The Other Boleyn Girl (2008).

Catch the Canterbury episode on Friday 4th September on BBC Two at 18:30 and the Tunbridge Wells episode on Thursday 10th September on BBC Two at 18:30.

Links:

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

For more information about the series: http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b069cjc0

For more information about the locations: http://www.visitkent.co.uk/

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Coast (2015)

©Thanet District Council

The Coast team on the beach at Margate ©Thanet District Council

Production Company: BBC

Kent Location: Margate

Presenter Nick Crane and the team travel around the coast of the United Kingdom, uncovering fascinating stories, wildlife and history for popular BBC Two show, Coast.

Now in its tenth series, the Coast production team have once again chosen to visit Kent and filmed for two days in Margate, using a drone to get amazing aerial shots of the coastline.

The first episode of the tenth series sees Nick Crane follow a centuries-old tourist trail out of London to Southend on Sea then along Margate. During the visit to the Kent town, Nick discovers why the area saved lives and how it’s reinvented itself for the modern tourist by relying on some old traditions.

The coastal town of Margate boasts a sandy beach, popular gallery the Turner Contemporary, arcades, quirky shops, trendy cafes and the newly opened traditional amusement park, Dreamland. Margate has been chosen as a filming location for many productions including Free Speech (2014), ITV comedy Edge of Heaven (2014) and BBC One’s drama True Love (2012).

Don’t miss the Kent episode of Coast which will be shown on Thursday 9th July 2015 on BBC Two at 21:00.

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/b006mvlc

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

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Long Lost Family Series 5 (2015)

Nicky Campbell and Davina McCall standing in front of a window

Nicky Campbell and Davina McCall © ITV

Production Company: Wall to Wall Media 

Kent Location: Lympne, Hythe

ITV’s BAFTA award winning show Long Lost Family returns for its fifth series as presenter’s Davina McCall and Nicky Campbell continue to reunite relatives desperately seeking one another.

In episode five of the new series, the Long Lost Family team work with Elizabeth Wells and her daughter Janice from Somerset, who are searching for Elizabeth’s son Paul Meddelton whowas reluctantly given up for adoption.

The production team of Long Lost Family visited Lympne, Hythe and Westenhanger Station for one day in February 2015 whilst trying to find Paul.

The area has also welcomed filming from productions such as The Only Way is Essexmas (2014), The Tunnel (2013) and Is Anybody There? (2009).

Don’t miss the Kent episode of Long Lost Family which will air on Wednesday 1st July 2015 at 21:00 on ITV1.

Links:

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

For more information on the programme: https://www.walltowall.co.uk/longlostfamily.aspx

For more information on Hythe: http://www.visitkent.co.uk/destinations/folkestone-hythe-and-romney-marsh/6438

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Sean Bean on Waterloo (2015)

Fort Amherst

View from Fort Amherst ©Kentfilmoffice

 

Starring: Sean Bean

Production Company: Wavelength Films

Kent Locations: Chatham, Fort Amherst

On the 18th June 1815, The Battle of Waterloo was fought between France and the Seventh Coalition; this year will mark the 200th anniversary of that Battle. To honour that anniversary, a two part documentary will air, presented by actor Sean Bean. The documentary will feature evidence from eye witness accounts, along with modern military experts to help tell the story of the conflict. Alongside military experts, Sean Bean will be testing tactics and weapons that were used during the battle and compare them with present day strategies. This documentary is hoping to “provide a ground level perspective” on the Battle.

The documentary has been produced by Independent company, Wavelength Films, and has been commissioned by A+E networks UK. Sean Bean has previously played fictional British soldier, Richard Sharpe on the historical war drama ‘Sharpe’ (5 May 1993 –9 November 2008). Bean himself said “I have always been interested in the story of Waterloo especially since I played the role of Richard”. He also stated that “[Sharpe’s] adventures were based on real events 200 years ago”. When this documentary was first announced Sean Bean stated “I am excited to be following the footsteps of Sharpe and those who fought in the Battle of Waterloo to tell the story of the iconic battle on history.”

Filming for this special documentary has taken place in Belgium and England, and has also included iconic locations like Fort Amherst in Chatham, Medway, Kent which has been used for weapons testing and re-enactments of the battle.

Fort Amherst has tunnels that have featured in many films, such as Sherlock Homles: A Game of Shadows (2011- the tunnels were used as the escape tunnels at the French Resistance in Paris) and The Mission (1986- Fort Amherst’s tunnels were used as part of the convent where Mendoza (Robert De Niro) is being held after he kills his brother).

The program will air on Sunday June 14th June at 10pm on the History UK channel, Sky: 529 and 530 (+1), Virgin Media: 234, BT: 327, TalkTalk: 327.


Armada: 12 Days to Save England (2015)

Anita Dobson as Queen Elizabeth I - ©BBC

Anita Dobson as Queen Elizabeth I – ©BBC

 

Presenter: Dan Snow

Historical Consultant: Geoffrey Parker

Starring: Anita Dobson

Production Company: BBC

Kent Locations Used: Penshurst Place and Gardens

Armada: 12 Days to Save England is three part docudrama focusing on Queen Elizabeth I and the attack of the Spanish Armada during the summer of 1588, when England was the closest it’s ever been to being conquered.

The show combines CGI and dramatic reconstruction with discussions from leading historians. The show hopes to bring a unique insight to the dramatic historical event, when King Philip II of Spain ordered the invasion of England. The programme benefits from historical analysis of previously unseen letters written by Spanish commanders regarding their military decisions on board the ships.

For four days in December 2014, the production team visited Penshurst Place, which they described as the ‘perfect location,’ to film in a variety of rooms, including The Crypt, Sunderland Room and the Italian Gardens.  These areas were used as Queen Elizabeth’s bedchamber, as well as King Philip’s office, bedroom and chapel. In addition, a prison cell was set up at the location.

Previously, Penshurst Place has also welcomed the productions of Wolf Hall (2015), The Hollow Crown – Henry V (2012) and The Other Boleyn Girl (2008).

Don’t miss episode 2 of Armada: 12 Days to Save England which airs on Sunday 31st May 2015 at 9.00pm on BBC2.

Links:

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

For more information on the programme: http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b05xcl07

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

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Mary Berry’s Absolute Favourites (2015)

Mary Berry - ©Shine TV

Mary Berry – ©Shine TV

Starring: Mary Berry

Production Company: Shine

Kent Locations: Kingsgate Bay, Broadstairs

Mary Berry hits the road and revisits her favourite places in the UK, using them as inspiration for her food. As part of a six part series, the first episode will feature Kent.

Using simple and easy to follow recipes, Mary Berry’s dishes are extremely user friendly. The series shows Mary Berry travelling from the seaside to the countryside, to farmers’ markets and allotments; all the while suggesting that not a lot of money is needed to make a wholesome meal for the family.

Growing up in WWII Britain, Mary Berry explains that her mother made all their family meals from scratch. Mary demonstrates her joy of getting stuck in as she forages for wild mushrooms and learns to fly fish.

The first episode shows Mary Berry exploring the Kent Coast for seafood inspired meals and desserts. In the episode, Mary even visits Morelli’s Gelato in Broadstairs, which she admits has hardly changed at all since she first visited.

Broadstairs provides sandy beaches and relaxing cliff tops walks and has been a setting for many films, such as Edge of Heaven (2014 – some parts of Broadstairs were used to double as places in Margate), Only Fools and Horses: The Jolly Boys’ Outing (1989 – Broadstairs Police Station, which is now a pub on Gladstone Road) and many more.

Viewers can also see Broadstairs in last year’s The Great British Bake Off, as the team visited Viking Bay beach.

 

 

The programme will air on Friday 15th May 2015 at 8pm on BBC Two.

Links:

For more information on Broadstairs: www.visitbroadstairs.co.uk

For more information on Morelli’s Gelato: http://www.morellisgelato.com/stores/europe/broadstairs 

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Secrets of Great British Castles (2015)

Dan in front of Dover Castle keep

Dan in front of Dover Castle keep © Sideline/Group M

Production Company: Sideline

Kent Locations: Dover Castle

A new Channel 5 series, Secrets of Great British Castles, sees historian Dan Jones explore the history and legends of the UK’s great fortresses.

As Dan gets glimpses behind the walls of these British strongholds, he discovers the stories of drama, romance, rebellion, royalty and murder which have come to define the last 1000 years of British history.

The first episode in the series features  Dover Castle and takes Dan behind the battlements. He descends down into the underground and discovers the vast network of tunnels which were used to defend both the castle and the country for centuries.

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. It is the largest castle in England and boasts and extensive network of underground tunnels.

The castle is now open to visitors throughout the year and is managed by English Heritage.

Whilst filming at Dover Castle, the production also visiting The Grand Shaft, a unique 1800s triple spiral staircase used as a defence system for the rapid movement of troops from the cliff top to the beach in Dover.

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).

Don’t miss the first episode of The Secrets of Great British Castles featuring Dover Castle on Channel 5 at 20:00, 3rd April 2015.

Links:

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

For more information about the programme: http://www.channel5.com/show/secrets-of-great-british-castles

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

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Steph and Dom Meet Nigel Farage (2014)

Steph and Dom sitting outside their home with Nigel Farage

Steph and Dom Meet Nigel Farage © Channel 4/Pro Co2

Production Company: Studio Lambert

Kent Locations: The Salutation, Sandwich

The stars of Channel 4 series Googlebox, Steph and Dom Parker, welcome their local MP candidate, UKIP leader Nigel Farage, into their luxury B&B for an entirely different kind of interview.

Steph and Dom enjoying drinks with Nigel Farage

Steph and Dom Meet Nigel Farage © Channel 4/Pro Co2

The one off special is a spin off from Gogglebox, the popular show where different groups including families and friends watch and comment on some of the most popular, and peculiar TV from the past week. Steph and Dom have featured in the series since its launch in 2013 and are known as the “posh couple”, renowned for enjoying a tipple.

The Salutation is a grade I listed mansion in Sandwich and is set in 3.5 acres of beautiful Lutyens & Jekyll gardens. The property boasts 17 magnificent bedrooms as well as self-contained properties.

The medieval town of Sandwich is situated on the River Stour and boasts some of the best-preserved half-timbered houses in the country. The area is also home to several golf clubs, eateries and B&B’s as well a museum, windmill and Roman Fort. Sandwich has been seen on screen in Britain’s Craziest Christmas Lights (2013) with nearby Discovery Park being used for The Tunnel (2013) and World War Z (2013).

Steph and Dom meet Nigel Farage will be aired on Channel 4 on Monday 15th December 2014 at 22:00.

Links

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

For more information on The Salutation: http://www.the-salutation.com/

For more information on Sandwich: http://www.visitsandwich.co.uk/

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Flog It! (2014)

Flog It! logo

Production Company: BBC

Kent Locations: Chiddingstone Castle, Chartwell

Flog It! is a BBC One programme where members of the public bring their antiques to be examined and valued by a team of experts, with an option to sell at auction.

Chiddingstone Castle

Chiddingstone Castle

The popular show is now in its thirteenth series and in July 2014, presenter and antiques dealer Paul Martin and the Flog It! team visited Kent’s Chiddingstone Castle where experts Thomas Plant and Adam Partridge find some fascinating antiques and collectables for members of the public to take to auction. Paul also pays a visit to Chartwell, the former home of Sir Winston Churchill.

Chiddingstone Castle is a delightful historic house near Edenbridge, set in 30 acres of parkland and boasting breath-taking views of the North Downs, a rose garden, woodland and a beautiful fishing lake. Chiddingstone Castle has previously featured in Bargain Hunt (2012) and nearby one-street Tudor village Chiddingstone has been used as a film location by productions such as Walking Through History (2013), A Room With A View (1986) and Elizabeth R (1971).

Chartwell is a National Trust property set in delightful gardens and was the home to Winston Churchill from 1924 until his death in 1965. The location has previously been used by feature film The Gathering Storm (2002).

Don’t miss the Kent episode of Flog It! Which will be shown on Tuesday 9th December 2014 at 16:30 on BBC One.

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/b006mk0g

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

For more information on Chartwell: http://www.nationaltrust.org.uk/chartwell/

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