A Dickensian Christmas – Songs of Praise (2011)

 Songs of Praise presenters Pam Rhodes, Aled Jones, Diane-Louise Jordan - standing in a church

Songs of Praise presenters Pam Rhodes, Aled Jones, Diane-Louise Jordan © BBC

Production Company: BBC

Kent Locations Used:  St George’s Church in Gravesend & Rochester.

To celebrate the Charles Dickens bicentenary and for a special Christmas episode as well as an episode for Lent, the production crew for popular BBC programme Songs of Praise came to Kent to film in November.

Aled Jones comes to Kent to investigate the life and faith of Charles Dickens. The programme includes contributions by Dickens’ great-great-grandson and Rochester Cathedral Choir. St George’s Church in Gravesend became the central location for this Dickensian episode of the programme. Singing well known hymns and carols, members of the congregation were invited to attend wearing period costume!

St George’s Church has a fascinating history: it is said that the body of Pocahontas, a Native American who left her home in Virginia to marry an English man, was interred in the vicinity of the church after her previous resting place was damaged by fire.The church has been a place of worship for over 250 years.

Situated in North West Kent is the town of Gravesend  which has exceptional transport links up to London, a cast iron pier, promenade and high street. Gravesend has previously hosted productions including The Interceptor (2015), Babylon (2014) and Great British Railway Journeys (2014).

The historic town of Rochester has cobbled streets, parks and the Cathedral and castle . The Medway area has previously been seen on screen in Jekyll and Hyde (2015), The Mystery of Edwin Drood (2012) and Sherlock Holmes (2009).

A Dickensian Christmas will be shown on Sunday 11th December on BBC One at 4:55pm – 5:30pm

The Songs of Praise Lent Programme will be shown on Sunday 19th February 2012.


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

For more information on St. George’s Church: http://www.stgeorgesgravesend.org.uk/

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

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