The Apprentice (2015)

The Apprentice Contestant with Karren Brady, Lord Sugar, Claude Littner

The Apprentice Contestant with Karren Brady, Lord Sugar, Claude Littner © BBC/Boundless/Jim Marks

 

Production company: Talkback

Kent Locations: Dover Castle, Margate, Ramsgate, Sandwich, Dover, Whitstable, Ashford 

The Apprentice is a popular BBC One show where ambitious entrepreneurs compete to avoid hearing the famous line “You’re Fired” and win Lord Sugar’s £250,000 investment.

The 18 candidates will have to show their commercial insight and business sense throughout the 12 tough tasks which are closely watched by Lord Sugar’s advisors Baroness Karren Brady and, replacing Nick Hewer, Claude Littner.

In episode three of series 11, “Cross-Channel Discount Buying”, Lord Sugar summons the group to the wartime tunnels underneath Dover Castle where the two teams “Connexus” and “Versatile” are given their task – half of the team must stay in Kent and the other half must travel to France to find nine items and negotiate the best possible price. The team that spends the least amount of money will win.

During the task, the teams visit Kent towns including Margate, Ramsgate, Sandwich, Dover, Whitstable and Ashford.

With the mission over, the teams head back to the boardroom to find out who won and which candidates are in the firing line.

Margate and Ramsgate are coastal towns in the Thanet District of Kent offering gorgeous beaches, historic towns and a harbour. The area has previously featured in productions such as Eastenders (2015), Edge of Heaven (2013) and True Love (2012).

Situated on the River Stour is the medieval town of Sandwich which has some of the best-preserved half-timbered houses in the country, eateries and B&B’s. The area has been used for filming on projects including Steph and Dom Meet Nigel Farage (2014), World War Z (2013) and Britain’s Craziest Christmas Lights (2013).

Dover is home to the infamous White Cliffs of Dover, Dover Castle and the Port of Dover, Europe’s busiest passenger port. Productions which have previously filmed in the Dover area include Avengers: Age of Ultron (2015), Mr Selfridge Series 3 (2015) and Missing (2009).

Whitstable is a seaside town near Canterbury, famous for its annual Oyster Festival as well as the delightful harbour, shingle beach, busy high street and strong arts and culture scene.  Terry and Mason’s Great Food Trip (2015), James May’s Man Lab (2013) and Tipping the Velvet (2002) have previously chosen to film in Whitstable.

Ashford is a market town with many shops, eateries, and a designer outlet shopping centre with London and Europe are just a train ride away through Ashford International train station. Ashford and surrounding areas has been used as a film location from visiting productions including Gadget Man (2014), The Monuments Men (2014) and Emma (2009).

Don’t miss the Cross-Channel Discount Buying episode of The Apprentice featuring Kent which will be shown on Wednesday 21st October 2015 at 21:00 on BBC One.

Links:

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

For more information about the programme visit: http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b06kk8y6

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

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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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LAMDA-on-Sea

Still from 'Lost Village'

Still from ‘Lost Village’

On Tuesday 12th May, LAMDA (the London Academy of Music & Dramatic Art) will be screening five shorts, all set in Whitstable, at the Curzon in Soho.

Four professional writers were commissioned by LAMDA to write five short films, which graduating actors on the Foundation Degree in Professional Acting star in. As well as being directed and edited by industry professionals, the films were supported by students on the Stage Management and Technical Theatre Foundation Degree.

All students at LAMDA graduate with a show reel, voice reel and experience of shooting a short film with a professional director, screenwriter, editor, director of photography and crew.

Still from Driftwood

Still from ‘Driftwood’

The films examine a range of different topics and situations all centred around the coastal town. Bride of Blood is a tale of love; a gothic couple taking a romantic break to Whitstable. Meanwhile, Driftwood identifies directly with the students as Ella finishes university and struggles with her friendships. Ebb and Flow presents a divide in friendships and finding an unexpected body on the beach. House of Dreams presents two characters inheriting a huge sum of money and their decision on whether they should buy their dream house. Lastly, Lost Village explores four people divided by personalities and differences.

The five shorts are screened as part of the students’ final year degree programme.

Many well-known actors have graduated from LAMDA demonstrating its reputation for finding and developing talent. Alumni include Benedict Cumberbatch (2015 Golden Globe, BAFTA and Oscar nominee for The Imitation Game), Chiwetel Ejiofor (nominated for the 2014 Best Actor Oscar for 12 Years a Slave) and David Oyelowo (nominated for the 2015 Best Actor Golden Globe for Selma).

All students at LAMDA graduate with a show reel, voice reel and experience of shooting a short film with a professional director, screenwriter, editor, director of photography and crew.

 

Tickets cost £5 and are available for purchase from Wednesday 6th May at noon by calling the Box Office on 020 8834 0550 or online via the LAMDA website.

 

Links:

 

For more information about LAMDA: http://www.lamda.org.uk/drama-school

For more information about the Curzon: http://www.curzoncinemas.co.uk/soho

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


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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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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Superscrimpers (2013)

Mrs Moneypenny in a green dress standing in a town centre

Mrs Moneypenny © Simon Ridgway, UNP, Channel 4

Production company: Remarkable Television

Kent Locations Used: Whitstable, The Beacon House

SuperScrimpers is the Channel 4 hit series in which journalist and entrepreneur Mrs Moneypenny and Daily Telegraph writer Harry Wallop show people how to save money in tough economic times.

For the SuperScrimpers Summer Savings Special, Mrs Moneypenny visited Whitstable to hold a cash clinic at The Beacon House for members of the public, advising them on getting the best deals for everything summer related from holiday insurance to last minute getaway deals.

Whitstable is a charming seaside town near Canterbury and boasts a harbour, shingle beach, busy high street and a strong arts and culture scene, and is also the home of the popular Oyster Festival every July. Whitstable has previously been seen on screen for projects such as James May’s Man Lab (2013), Cook Me The Money! (2013) and Our Food (2012).

The Beacon House is a delightful New England style house with wide wooden frontage, distinctive verandah and wrap-around decking and is a popular self catering cottage to let and photography location.

The Whitstable Summer Savings episode of SuperScrimpers will be aired on Wednesday 17 July at 20:00 on Channel 4.

Links

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

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

For more information about The Beacon House: http://www.thebeaconhouse.co.uk/

MMFor more information about Kent’s Filming History please visit our Movie Map: http://kentfilmoffice.co.uk/kent-movie-map/moviemap-live-2/


Southcliffe (2013)

 

David Whitehead (Rory Kinnear) and Anthony (Al Weaver) standing at the misty marshes

David Whitehead (Rory Kinnear) and Anthony (Al Weaver) © Channel 4

Director: Sean Durkin

Writer: Tony Grisoni

Starring: Rory Kinnear, Sean Harris, Shirley Henderson, Eddie Marsan, Anatol Yusef, Nichola Burley, Joe Dempsie, Kaya Scodelario

Production company: Warp Films

Kent Filming Locations: Faversham, Faversham Recreation Ground, Oare Marshes, Uplees Cottage, Whitstable, East Kent Railway,  Grain Power station, Teynham Court Farm, Canterbury Hospital, Sittingbourne Community College and Police Station and many more

Southcliffe is a new four part Channel 4 drama that tells the story of a fictional English town devastated by a series of shootings that take place on a single day. The story is told from the point of view of a journalist who returns to his childhood town to try and unravel the reasons behind the shocking events. The entire series was filmed in Kent, with Faversham doubling as the town “Southcliffe”.

The Warp Films (This is England) production has an array of talent behind it including award-winning writer Tony Grisoni (Red Riding, The Unloved) and directed by 2011 winner of the Sundance Film Festival Directing Award, Sean Durkin (Martha Marcy May Marlene).

The series stars many familiar faces including Rory Kinnear (Black Mirror), Eddie Marsan (Tyrannosaur), Shirley Henderson (Anna Karenina), Sean Harris (Prometheus), Kaya Scodelario (Skins), Joe Dempsie (Game of Thrones), Anatol Yusef (Boardwalk Empire) and Nichola Burley (Wuthering Heights).

In October 2012, Kent welcomed the Southcliffe production team, who based themselves at the East Kent Storage Centre in Faversham and made use of the surrounding beautiful and unique locations such as Faversham, Faversham Recreation Ground, Oare Marshes, Uplees Cottage, Whitstable, East Kent Railway, Grain Power station, Teynham Court Farm, Canterbury Hospital, Sittingbourne Police Station, Sittingbourne Community College as well as various other farms, pubs, churches and cafes.  

Anna (Kaya Scodelario) running along a country road

Anna (Kaya Scodelario) © Channel 4

Paul Gould (Anatol Yusef) standing in a country road which the police have closed off

Paul Gould (Anatol Yusef) and police © Channel 4

Andrew (Eddie Marsan) and Anna (Kaya Scodelario) at night at a street concert

Andrew (Eddie Marsan) and Anna (Kaya Scodelario) © Channel 4

Stephen (Sean Harris) in an army uniform

Stephen (Sean Harris) © Channel 4

The production also made use of the Kent Film Office’s legal powers to close roads for filming, using traffic management and even road closures at various locations.

The Kent County Council Film Office was involved from the early stages actively supporting the production’s location filming. Gabrielle Lindemann, Kent Film Officer explains: “Since Faversham is truly a busy market town, hosting a high-profile drama while keeping disruption to the community to a minimum takes a lot of co-operation between local organisations.

“For example, Faversham Enterprise Partnership liaised between the local community and the production, Kent Highway Services and Kent Police helped to accommodate some tricky road filming, including a key scene on the A299 Thanet Way; Kent Wildlife Trust and Natural England helped with some of the surrounding nature reserves and Swale Borough Council assisted in finding parking spaces for the not inconsiderable number of equipment trucks.”

The Faversham community were thrilled to have such a high profile show choose their town as a backdrop with Laurence Young, of the Faversham Enterprise Partnership, saying: “Local people loved having filming take place around the town and really enjoyed helping the cast and crew.”

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 seen many times on the small screen for productions such as  Cook Me The Money (2013), Great British Story: A People’s History (2012) and Our Food (2012).

Don’t miss the first episode of Southcliffe which will be shown on Sunday 4 August 2013 on Channel 4 at 21:00.

Links

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

For more information about the series visit: http://www.channel4.com/info/press/press-packs/southcliffe-press-pack

For more information about Faversham visit: http://www.faversham.org/

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

MMFor more information about Kent’s Filming History please visit our Movie Map: http://kentfilmoffice.co.uk/kent-movie-map/moviemap-live-2/


James May’s Man Lab (2013)

 

James May sitting at a desk in his Man Lab surrounded by objects such as a train, lamp

James May’s Man Lab © BBC/Plum Pictures/Guy Levy

Production Companies:  Blockhead and May, Plum Pictures

Kent Locations:  Whitstable

James May’s Man Lab is a BBC Two television series which sees James and his team explore traditional skills that are being lost on modern men, showing them why they are valuable and how not to lose these skills forever. Throughout the series he has taken part in a variety of activities including making his own pizza oven, competing in the Rock Paper Scissors World Championships, and with the assistance of a memory champion James has commentated on the Grand National.

In the fifth and final episode of the third series, Top Gear presenter James May challenges his hapless sidekick Rory to run a whelk (sea snail) stall at Whitstable Harbour, with the help of a renowned seafood company based in Whitstable – West Whelks.

Also featured in the episode: James attempts a stunt involving a monster, invents a new type of table football and ensures a cup of tea is never wasted by creating the Cup Of Tea Alarm.

Whitstable is a charming seaside town near Canterbury and boasts a harbour, shingle beach, busy high street and a strong arts and culture scene, and is also the home of the popular Oyster Festival every July. Whitstable has previously been used in television and film projects alike, for Cook Me The Money (2013) Tipping the Velvet (2002), and Venus (2007).

Catch the Whitstable episode of James May’s Man Lab on BBC Two at 20:00 on Thursday 25th April 2013.

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/b0105yvp 

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

For more information about West Whelks: http://www.westwhelks.co.uk/

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Cook Me The Money! (2013)

 

 

Cook Me The Money logo © ITV

Cook Me The Money logo © ITV

Production company: Shiver Productions

Kent locations used: Whitstable Harbour, Faversham

Cook Me The Money is a new daytime ITV series presented by Adam Shaw and sees three teams of amateur chefs competing to sell their dish during a days trading. The team that takes the biggest profit keeps their winnings as well as the takings that the other couples made – let the battle commence!

Cook Me The Money at Whitstable Harbour - catering vans with crowds outside them

Cook Me The Money at Whitstable Harbour © Mike Wier

The Cook Me The Money team visited Whitstable and Faversham in September 2012. The three teams set up catering vans in Whitstable harbour and sold burritos, tagine and a concoction called Love Puffs and in Faversham the teams offered locals chocolate cake made from vegetables, pancakes and tiramisu – but which dishes did the locals enjoy most?

Whitstable is a quaint seaside town in East Kent and boasts a shingle beach and harbour as well as modern art galleries, shops, cafes, pubs and restaurants and has previously been seen on screen on Double the House for Half the Money (2012) Our Food (2012) and Coast (2009).

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

The Whitstable episode of Cook Me The Money will be shown on Tuesday 2nd April 2013 at 14:00 on ITV1 and the Faversham episode will be shown on Tuesday 9th April 2013 at 14:00 on ITV1.

Links:

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

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

For more information about Faversham: http://www.faversham.org/

MMFor more information about Kent’s Filming History please visit our Movie Map: http://kentfilmoffice.co.uk/kent-movie-map/moviemap-live-2/


Double the House for Half the Money (2012)

Double Your House For Half the Money presenter Sarah Beeny lying on the floor

Double Your House For Half the Money presenter Sarah Beeny © Channel 4

Production Company: Red House Television

Kent Locations used: Seasalter, Whitstable

New Channel 4 property programme Double the House for Half the Money helps families who cannot afford to move by attempting to extend their houses and get the dream home they always hoped for.

The Shaw Family at their house

The Shaw Family © Channel 4

In the last episode of the series, property developer Sarah Beeny (Property Ladder, Help! My House is Falling Down) will help the Shaw family to renovate their run-down 1960’s bungalow in Seasalter into a four bedroom family home. However, with a short timescale to complete the improvements, Sarah is worried they may go over budget.

The crew filmed the progress of the renovations to the Shaw’s home earlier this year and also visited nearby Whitstable to film interviews with the family throughout the process.

Whitstable is a quaint seaside town in East Kent and boasts a shingle beach and harbour as well as modern art galleries, shops, cafes, pubs and restaurants. Nearby is the village of Seasalter which has a pebble beach surrounded by salt-marshes.

Previous productions that have filmed in Whitstable include Our Food (2012), Coast (2009) and The Man Behind the Masquerade (2009). Upcoming Channel 4 drama Southcliffe (2013) has also been filming in Seasalter and Whitstable.

Don’t miss the stunning transformation of the Shaw’s home in Seasalter which will air on Channel 4 on Tuesday 16th October 2012 at 20:00.

Links:

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

For more information about the programme visit:  http://www.channel4.com/programmes/double-your-house-for-half-the-money

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

MMFor more information about Kent’s Filming History please visit our Movie Map: http://kentfilmoffice.co.uk/kent-movie-map/moviemap-live-2/