Time Team Special Dover Castle (2009)

The Kings Bedroom - a chair next to a table with a chess set on it and a four poster bed in the background

The Kings Bedroom © Channel 4

Production Company: Picture House Television Company, The Channel 4 Television Corporation, Videotext Communications

Kent Locations: Dover Castle

Since it was built by Henry II in 1180, Dover Castle has towered over Kent’s iconic White Cliffs defending our shores. The truth, however, is, that the castle was initially built as a calling card for the newly formed British nation rather than a defensive fort. For 12th Century standards, the castle was a grand extravagance, furnished with opulent tapestries and fittings.

In 2008, English Heritage undertook the mammoth task to transform the castle’s interior to reflect Henry II’s time. Over 150 craftsmen, historians and designers came together to design an authentic 12th Century feel.  Over £2 million pounds was allocated to the project,  which went towards authentically designed furnishings as well as the creation of historical scenarios using light and sound effects.

Aerial view of Dover Castle © Channel 4

Aerial view of Dover Castle © Channel 4

Time Team were invited to observe the transformation and record the tower before it officially opened to the public. In this one off programme, Tony Robinson meets with the experts involved in the restoration, providing viewers with exclusive access to this exciting project.

Dover Castle is one of the most iconic of all the English fortresses and boasts a beautiful medieval interior, secret wartime tunnels and set overlooking the English Channel, Dover Castle is a popular film location having previously welcomed productions such as The Hollow Crown: The Wars of the Roses (2016),  Avengers: Age of Ultron (2015) and To Kill a King (2003).

Time Team Special ” Dover Castle will be shown on Channel 4 at 8pm on the 19th December 2009.


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

For more information about the programme visit: http://www.channel4.com/programmes/time-team-specials

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

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