Coast (2014)

Richard Taylor-Jones on Margate beach

Richard Taylor-Jones in Margate © BBC

Production Company: BBC

Kent Locations: Margate

BBC Two series Coast sees presenters including Mark Horton, Neil Oliver and Nick Crane tour the British Isle where they uncover fascinating stories, wildlife and history behind our coastline.

The finale of the ninth series “Winter”, sets out to discover a secret season for Britain’s coast. Nick Crane explores the dramatic history of the Cornish coast, and its’ tolerance for storms, Neil Oliver experiences the Viking Fire Festival on Shetland and wildlife cameraman Richard Taylor-Jones visits Margate to see which creatures make the Kent town their home for winter.

The seaside town of Margate boasts a sandy beach, harbour, arcades, quirky shops, trendy cafes and gallery the Turner Contemporary. Margate has previously welcomed productions such as ITV comedy Edge of Heaven (2014), BBC One’s drama True Love (2012), and The Apprentice (2009).

Don’t miss the Margate feature of Coast which is shown on Tuesday 19th August 2014 on BBC Two 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.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b006mvlc

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

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Sweets Made Simple (2014)

Sweets Made Simple - Kitty Hope and Mark Greenwood in the kitchen making sweets

Sweets Made Simple – Kitty Hope and Mark Greenwood © BBC/Screenchannel Television

Production Company: Screen Channel TV

Kent Locations Used: Littlestone- on- Sea, Shepway

Sweets Made Simple is a new BBC Two series featuring award-winning confectioners Kitty Hope and Mark Greenwood as they lovingly make childhood favourites such as Sherbet Dippers and Turkish Delight as well as modern treats, including Gingerbread Latte Fudge and Tequila Chilies.

The four part series will see the couple who share their passion for all things sugary and sweet, travel across the UK to try and find the best ingredients including tailored gin in Cambridge and the world’s best butter in Country Antrim.

The Sweets Made Simple team visited Kitty Hope and Mark Greenwood at their Kent home in Littlestone- on- Sea and filmed them on the beach.

Littlestone- on- Sea is a coastal village which lies between Greatstone and St Marys Bay, and has a beach consisting of shingle, mudflats and sand as well as a sea wall, promenade, beach huts and lifeboat station. Littlestone featured in The Harry Hill Movie (2013)and nearby Dungeness is a popular film location having been used by productions such as Parade’s End (2012), The Poison Tree (2012) and Countrywise Kitchen (2011)

Sweets Made Simple starts on Friday 8th August 2014 on BBC Two at 20:30.

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/mediacentre/latestnews/2014/sweets-made-simple

For more information about Littlestone- on- Sea visit: http://kent.villagenet.co.uk/littlestone.php

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Ade at Sea (2014)

Ade Edmondson sitting on a boat

Ade at Sea © ITV

Production Company: ITV Studios

Kent Locations used: Thames Estuary – Redsand Forts, Whitstable Harbour, The Historic Dockyard Chatham

ITV’s new 5 part series, Ade at Sea, sees actor and presenter Ade Edmondson set sail to explore the history of Maritime Britain and meet people whose lives are still influenced by the sea today.

In the second episode of the series, Ade travels along the Thames Estuary visiting Kent locations such as The Historic Dockyard Chatham, Whitstable Harbour and Redsand Forts, also known as The Maunsell Forts.

With its cobbled streets, Georgian and Victorian architecture and period features spread across 80 acres, The Historic Dockyard Chatham is a popular filming location having been seen on screen in productions such as Mr Selfridge (2013-2014), Les Miserables (2012) and The Mummy (1999).

Whitstable is a seaside town near Canterbury and is famous for its annual Oyster Festival as well as the delightful harbour, shingle beach, busy high street and strong arts and culture scene.  Whitstable has been previously seen on screen in productions such as Who Do You Think You Are? (2013), Cook Me The Money! (2013) and Things I Haven’t Told You (2008).   

The Redsand Forts are metal and concrete structures which were built as bombing defences during the Second World War and are located 6 miles out into the Thames Estuary off the coast of Whitstable. They have previously been used on screen for projects such as a Prodigy music video and a Red Bull challenge!

Don’t miss the Thames Estuary episode of Ade at Sea which airs on Thursday 27th March 2014 at 20:30 on ITV1.

Links:

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

For more information about the programme: http://www.itv.com/presscentre/press-packs/ade-sea

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

For more information about the Redsand Forts: http://www.project-redsand.com/

For more information about Whitstable Harbour: http://whitstableharbour.org/

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Britain’s Best Bakery (2014)

 

Britain’s Best Bakery Judges Mich Turner and Peter Sidwell © ITV

Britain’s Best Bakery Judges Mich Turner and Peter Sidwell © ITV

Production company: Shine Limited

Kent locations used:  Whitstable

Britain’s Best Bakery returns to ITV for a second series in the search for the best independent bakery in the UK.

The expert judges Mitch Turner (TV chef, author and owner of Little Venice Cake Company) and Peter Sidwell (TV chef, cookery writer and restaurateur) must whittle 60 competitors down to one champion as they travel across the UK to choose their favourite bakeries from each region. The remaining contestants will then compete in ‘baking challenges’ to fight for the crown.

In June 2013, the production visited Geoff Champs of Champs Bakery in Whitstable to learn about his business and passion for baking. Will Champs Bakery make it through to the South East final?

Whitstable is a seaside town near Canterbury and is famous for its annual Oyster Festival as well as the delightful fishing harbour, shingle beach, busy high street and strong arts and culture scene. The area has been previously seen on screen in productions such as Superscrimpers (2013), James May’s Man Lab (2013) and Venus (2007).

Don’t miss the episode featuring Kent bakery Champs which airs on Thursday 6th January 2014 on ITV at 16:00.

Links:

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

For more information about Britain’s Best Bakery: http://www.itv.com/presscentre/ep21week7/britains-best-bakery

For more information about Whitstable: http://www.canterbury.co.uk/canterbury-district/Whitstable.aspx

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Great British Railway Journeys (2014)

Great British Railway Journeys © BBC/Boundless, part of FremantleMedia UK

Great British Railway Journeys © BBC/Boundless, part of FremantleMedia UK

Production Company: Talkback Thames

Kent locations used: Gravesend, Rochester, Faversham, Dover, Tonbridge

This BBC Two series follows journalist and broadcaster Michael Portillo as he travels the country by train and looks into how Britain’s railways have shaped the country as well as the impact trains have had on our lives. 

On the journey between cathedral cities Norwich and Chichester, Michael Portillo travels across the South East and visits some delightful Kent locations. In episode 18 of the fifth series, he visits Gravesend where he discovers how army officer General Gordon influenced the town before he travels to Rochester to explore the one time home of renowned writer Charles Dickens.

Michael Portillo, John Owen at Shepherd Neame brewery © BBC/Boundless, part of FremantleMedia UK

Michael Portillo, John Owen at Shepherd Neame brewery © BBC/Boundless, part of FremantleMedia UK

In the next episode, Michael starts his journey in Faversham where he visits one of the oldest breweries in the country, Shepherd Neame, to investigate how railways helped the brewery transport beer. He then visits Dover to explore the fortification at Western Heights before heading to Tonbridge where he learns how railways helped Tonbridge School to cricketing glory. 

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

Rochester is a historic City that boasts an impressive cathedral and castle that links back to the medieval period. The City has strong connections with Charles Dickens, and many TV and film adaptations of his famous novels have filmed in the area such as The Mystery of Edwin Drood (2012), Oliver Twist (2007) and  Great Expectations feature film (1989).

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 (2013), Great British Story: A People’s History (2012) and the nearby Oare Marshes were used in feature film Great Expectations (2012).

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).

Tonbridge is a West Kent market town with a rich cultural heritage and spectacular scenery. The area is surrounded beautiful countryside and boasts castles, stately homes, gardens, farms, as well as sports and leisure facilities. Productions that have previously filmed in the area include Piers Morgan’s Life Stories – Dame Kelly Holmes (2012), BBC drama Missing (2010) and Countryfile (2009).

Don’t miss the Kent episodes of Great British Railway Journeys which will be shown on Wednesday 29 January 2014 at 18:30 on BBC Two and Thursday 30 January 2014 at 18:30 on BBC Two.

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/b00xgqxy

For more information on Gravesend: http://www.gogravesham.co.uk/ 

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

For more information on Faversham: http://www.faversham.org/visit_faversham.aspx 

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

For more information on Tonbridge: http://www.visitkent.co.uk/destinations/tonbridge/6327

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Britain’s Craziest Christmas Lights (2013)

 

Britain's Craziest Christmas Lights © Channel 5

Britain’s Craziest Christmas Lights © Channel 5

Production Company: Reef Television
Kent Locations: Sandwich

Britain’s Craziest Christmas Lights looks at four families around the UK as they transform their homes into a festival of glittering Christmas lights.

The Channel 5 documentary is narrated by Slade’s Noddy Holder, famous for the classic Christmas song “Merry Xmas Everybody”, and contains laughs, cries and smiles as the Christmas-obsessed characters plan to create the biggest display of festive lights in the UK. We follow the progress of the families as they plan their decorations months in advance all the way to the big night of turning them on.

The production visited a family in the Sandwich area to see their extensive winter wonderland display.

Sandwich is a medieval town situated on the River Stour and boasts golf clubs, eateries and B&B’s as well a museum, windmill and Roman Fort. Sandwich has been seen on screen for projects such as Son of Rambow (2008) as well as nearby Discovery Park being used for The Tunnel (2013) and World War Z (2013).

Don’t miss Britain’s Craziest Christmas Lights which will be shown on Channel 5 on Wednesday 18th December 2013 at 21:00.

Links:

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

For more information about the programme: http://www.channel5.com/show/britains-craziest-christmas-lights

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

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Pilgrimage with Simon Reeve (2013)

Simon Reeve at Canterbury Cathedral © BBC and Lion TV

Simon Reeve at Canterbury Cathedral © BBC and Lion TV

Production Company: Lion TV, Iridescent Films

Kent Locations: Canterbury, Canterbury Cathedral

In a new BBC Two series, author and broadcaster Simon Reeve retraces the exciting adventures of British pilgrims exploring the faith, hopes and desires that keep them on the road. Meeting inspirational modern travellers, Simon visits some extraordinary sights and learns about the forgotten aspects of pilgrimage.

In the first episode, Simon sets out on a 500-mile journey from the Holy Island of Lindisfarne off the coast of Northumberland to Canterbury. The production visited Canterbury in May 2013 to visit the shrine of Thomas Beckett at Canterbury Cathedral.

Canterbury is a vibrant City in East Kent that offers a variety of locations ranging from the modern day city, parks and open spaces, shopping areas to neighbouring quaint, traditional towns. Previous productions that have shot in Canterbury include Martin Lewis Money Show – The Twelve Saves of Christmas (2013) Bargain Hunt (2012), and A Canterbury Tale (1944).

Pilgrimage with Simon Reeve will be shown on Tuesday 3rd December 2013 at 21:00 on BBC Two.

Links

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

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

For more information about the programme: http://www.bbc.co.uk/mediacentre/proginfo/2013/49/pilgrimage-with-simon-reeve.html

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Martin Lewis Money Show – The Twelve Saves of Christmas (2013)

Martin Lewis holding a Christmas stocking and Saira Khan wearing reindeer ears

Martin Lewis and Saira Khan © ITV

Production company: Shiver Productions

Kent Location: Canterbury Cathedral, City of Canterbury

The Martin Lewis Money Show returns with a Christmas special to help viewers save money in the run up to Christmas and enjoy the New Year debt-free. The financial expert offers clever shopping tips as well as new concepts to save money, such as his ‘advent’ calendar which predicts big discounts from retailers.

Along with reporter Saira Khan, Martin delivers his 12 Saves of Christmas including banning unnecessary Christmas presents and finding the best deals. Martin visited Canterbury Cathedral and Canterbury City to meet the Archbishop of Canterbury Justin Welby who offers his own money-saving tips.

Canterbury Cathedral is one of the oldest and most famous places of worship in the country.  Canterbury itself is a historic yet vibrant City that offers a variety of locations ranging from the modern day city, parks and open spaces, shopping areas to neighbouring quaint, traditional towns.  Previous productions that have been filmed in Canterbury include Superscrimpers (2013), BBC Sports Relief John Bishop’s Week of Hell (2012) and Songs of Praise (2011).

Don’t miss Martin Lewis Money Show – The Twelve Saves of Christmas which will be aired on Tuesday 12th November 2013 at 20:00 on ITV1.

Links

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

For more information about the programme: http://www.itv.com/presscentre/ep1week46/martin-lewis-money-show

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

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Who Do You Think You Are? (2013)

 

Sarah Millican standing in front of a beach hut

Sarah Millican © BBC, Wall to Wall Media, Ed Miller

Production company: Wall to Wall

Kent Locations: Whitstable, Whitstable Harbour and Whitstable Museum

Who Do You Think You Are? is the popular BBC show where celebrities explore their ancestry and discover the secrets hidden in their families past.

Now in its tenth series, the show follows another ten celebrities as they travel far and wide to explore their family history. Comedienne, Sarah Millican is the seventh celebrity in the series to do so and travels to Whitstable, visiting the harbour and Whitstable Museum to find out more about the lives of her ancestors. 

Whitstable is a seaside town near Canterbury and is famous for its annual Oyster Festival as well as the delightful harbour, shingle beach, busy high street and strong arts and culture scene.

Whitstable has been previously seen on screen in productions such as Venus (2007), Superscrimpers (2013), James May’s Man Lab (2013) and Things I Haven’t Told You (2008). 

Don’t miss the Sarah Millican episode of Who Do You Think You Are? on BBC One on Wednesday 11th September 2013 at 21:00.

Links

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

For more information on the show: http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b007t575

For more information about Whitstable: http://www.canterbury.co.uk/canterbury-district/Whitstable.aspx

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Love Your Garden (2013)

 

L-R Andy Webb, Alan Titchmarsh and Lou Webb with the two children

L-R Andy Webb, Alan Titchmarsh and Lou Webb with the two children © Spungold and ITV

Production Company: Spun Gold Productions

Kent Locations Used:  Tonbridge

Love Your Garden is the hit ITV show where Alan Titchmarsh and his team of experts transform gardens from unloved and unused spaces to gorgeous yet practical environments for all the family to enjoy. 

The garden before the make over © Spungold and ITV

The garden before the make over

Now in its third series, the Love Your Garden team visited Lou and Andy Webb in July 2013 at their home in Tonbridge which presented them with their biggest challenge to date – the smallest garden to ever be transformed for a family coping with two children with a very rare condition that restricts their eyesight.

Busy parents Lou and Andy had been unable to improve the garden which had uneven surfaces and a broken greenhouse, so their friends nominated them to receive a garden makeover. While the family went away on holiday,  Alan and his team transformed the space into an area that both the adults and children can enjoy.

Tonbridge is a West Kent market town with a rich cultural heritage and spectacular scenery. The area is surrounded beautiful countryside and boasts castles, stately homes, gardens, farms, as well as sports and leisure facilities. The Tonbridge area has been used by previous productions including Piers Morgan’s Life Stories – Dame Kelly Holmes (2012), BBC drama Missing(2010) and Countryfile (2009).

Don’t miss the Tonbridge episode of Love Your Garden which will be shown on Tuesday August 6th 2013 at 20:00 on ITV1.

Links

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

For more information on the show: https://loveyourgarden2.wordpress.com/

For more information about Tonbridge: http://www.visitkent.co.uk/destinations/tonbridge/6327 

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