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.


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: https://www.canterbury.co.uk/info/37/whitstable

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