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.
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’sEnd (2012), The Poison Tree (2012) and Countrywise Kitchen (2011).
Sweets Made Simple starts onFriday 8th August 2014 on BBC Two at 20:30.
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 Thursday27th March 2014 at 20:30 on ITV1.
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 visitedGeoff 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.
This BBC Two series followsjournalist 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 thejourney 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 Gravesendwhere he discovers how army officer General Gordon influenced the town before he travels to Rochesterto explore the one time home of renowned writer Charles Dickens.
In the next episode, Michael starts his journey in Favershamwhere he visits one of the oldest breweries in the country, Shepherd Neame, to investigate how railways helped the brewery transport beer. He then visits Doverto explore the fortification at Western Heights before heading to Tonbridge where he learns how railways helped Tonbridge School to cricketing glory.
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.
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.
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 Canterburyin May 2013 to visit the shrine of Thomas Beckett atCanterbury Cathedral.
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, Martindelivers his 12 Saves of Christmas including banning unnecessary Christmas presents and finding the best deals. Martin visited Canterbury Cathedral andCanterburyCity to meet the Archbishop of Canterbury Justin Welby who offers his own money-saving tips.
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 Canterburyand is famous for its annual Oyster Festival as well as the delightful harbour, shingle beach, busy high street and strong arts and culture scene.
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
Now in its third series, the Love Your Gardenteam visited Lou and Andy Webb in July 2013 at their home in Tonbridgewhich 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.