Great British Railway Journeys Series 11 (2020)

A person standing on a railway station platform

Michael Portillo in Great British Railway Journeys Series 11 © BBC

 

Director: Titus Ogilvy
Starring: Michael Portillo
Executive Producer: John Comerford
Production Company: Boundless West
Kent Locations Used: Canterbury, Maidstone, Chartwell House in Westerham

Great British Railway Journeys is a documentary series in which Michael Portillo travels the length and breadth of the country by train referring to his 1930s Bradshaw’s Guide stopping at places of interest.

Produced by Boundless West for the BBC, the episode is directed by Titus Ogilvy with John Comerford as Executive Producer.

In episode 11 Michael Portillo takes a journey from Canterbury to Alexandra Palace exploring the east of England in the inter-war period. Beginning in Canterbury, Michael treads the boards as he uncovers the political message behind a play published in 1936.

In Maidstone, Michael learns of the international origins of the most British symbol of remembrance, before paying his respects at a war memorial based on London’s Cenotaph.

Michael stopped off in Sevenoaks and travelled to nearby Westerham where he visited the country home of one of his political heroes, Sir Winston Churchill and discovers how the 1930s were wilderness years at Chartwell.

Canterbury is a vibrant City that offers a variety of locations ranging from the modern day city, parks and open spaces, historic streets and the world heritage site of Canterbury Cathedral. Canterbury is a popular filming location and has previously been used as a location for filming for Britain’s Christmas Story (2019) and Britain’s Great Cathedrals with Tony Robinson (2018).

As the county town of Kent Maidstone plays an important part in Kent’s history. The River Medway runs though the town centre linking it with other towns such as Rochester and Chatham. The Borough of Maidstone is a popular town for filming, previous productions include Celebrity Antiques Road Show – Series 8 (2018)  and popular Netflix show Black Mirror.

Chartwell House, Churchill’s former home. Set in delightful gardens, Chartwell is a National Trust property in Westerham, just outside Sevenoaks, and the rooms remain much as they were when Churchill lived there. Chartwell has previously been used as a film location by productions such as Flog It! (2014) and feature film Darkest Hour (2018).

Episode 11 Canterbury to Alexandra Palace airs on BBC Two at 630pm on Monday 20th January 2020.

Links

For more information on filming in Kent please visit: https://www.kentfilmoffice.co.uk

For more information on Great British Railways please visit: https://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/m000dl5b

For more information about Canterbury please visit: https://www.canterbury.co.uk/

For more information about Maidstone please visit: https://www.visitmaidstone.com/

For more information about Chartwell House please visit: www.nationaltrust.org.uk/chartwell

 


This is our Family (2020)

A group of people standing in front of a house

This Is Our Family 2017 ©Sky UK ltd

Director: Ellena Wood
Executive Producers: Ben Gale, Helen Littleboy, Natasha Bondy, Marvyn Benoit
Production Company: Little Gem
Kent Locations Used: Margate

“This Is Our Family” follows four families from across the UK, to tell the stories of their lives over a three year period. This ambitious docu-series began filming four years ago and is split into four 60-minute episodes.

The episode directed by Ellena Wood (Louis Theroux: Talking to Anorexia (2017)) and co-directed by Holly Moy, follows three generations of strong women living under one roof in Margate. Maree Miles lives with her three daughters, Ellie, Lily and Dolce in her mum Irene’s house. 86 year-old Irene has dementia and her condition seems to be getting worse.

Executive Producers are Ben Gale and Helen Littleboy for Little Gem, with Natasha Bondy as Creative Director. Marvyn Benoit is Executive Producer for Sky.

Production visited Margate to film at the participants’ homes as well as the seafront, including wide aerial drone shots that show the true scale of the town.

Margate is a seaside town complete with sandy beach, harbour, amusement park, period housing and the ultra-modern art gallery Turner Contemporary  which offers exhibitions, events and various educational opportunities.

Other productions to visit Margate include Interior Design Masters (2019), The Empty Housing Scandal (2019) and George Clarke’s Amazing Spaces – Series 8 (2018).

The ‘The Miles Family’ episode will debut on Sky Atlantic at 10PM on Tuesday 14th January 2020.

Links

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

For more information on “This is Our Family” please visit: https://tbivision.com/2019/10/21/sky-atlantic-readies-longitudinal-doc-series-this-is-our-family/

For more information about Margate please visit: https://www.visitthanet.co.uk/see-and-do/margate/

 


The Great Pottery Throw Down – Series 3 (2020)

Three people pose for a photo

The Great Pottery Throw Down with Sue Pryke, Keith Brymer Jones and Melanie Sykes (Channel 4/PA)

 

Starring: Melanie Sykes,  Keith Brymer Jones, Sue Pryke

Production Company: Channel 4

Kent Locations Used: Dover

The Great Pottery Throw Down, now in its third series, is produced by the company behind The Great British Bake Off. The TV show sees home potters strive to create their most intricate and imaginative works as they compete to be crowned best at the wheel.

The programme has moved to Channel 4 with new host Melanie Sykes fronting the series. Master potter Keith Brymer Jones returns to judge alongside award-winning ceramicist Sue Pryke.

Master potter Keith Brymer Jones, a born and bred Londoner and a potter by trade, started his career in a studio in Whitstable, Kent, which is housed inside an old bakery. Here he throws shapes on his pottery wheel for various designers, a leading retailer and clients such as the National Trust.

One of the 12 contestants is Rainna Erbas who grew up in Bow, east London, but moved to Kent when she was 14, where she began her love affair with potting. She uses her whole house as a studio, including the kitchen and conservatory, but she can mainly be found throwing in a converted garden shed.

A woman sitting at a potting wheel

Kent contestant Rainna Erbas (Channel 4/PA)

During filming production visited the woods behind Coxhill Gardens in Dover to go bird watching with Rainna.

Dover is the site of the famous The White Cliffs of Dover and has been used in previous productions such as Britain’s Most Historic Towns – Series 2 (2019) and Flog It! Series 17 (2019).

Whitstable is a bohemian seaside town which was famous for its oysters and is now famous for the harbour where sunbathing, swimming and water sports are popular including jet skiing. Furthermore, it has one of the oldest yacht clubs. Previous filming here includes Flirty Dancing – Series 2 (2019)and Who Do You Think You Are? (2018).

Episode One airs on Wednesday 8th January at 9pm on More4 and Sunday 12th January at 6.45pm on Channel 4.

 

 

 

Links:

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

For more information on the programme, please visit: https://www.channel4.com/programmes/the-great-pottery-throw-down

For more information on Dover, please visit: https://www.whitecliffscountry.org.uk/Explore/Dover/Dover.aspx

For more information on Whitstable, please visit: https://www.canterbury.co.uk/info/37/whitstable

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


Strictly Come Dancing Christmas Special (2019)

A group of people posing for a photo

Strictly Come Dancing 2019 ©BBC /Ray Burmiston


Starring:
Craig Revel Horwood, Motsi Mabuse and Shirley Ballas

Production Company: BBC

Kent Locations Used: Leeds Castle

Strictly Come Dancing is a dance competition where celebrities compete to be crowned the winner. Each week a dance couple is kicked out of the competition decided by the judges scores and viewer votes. For the Christmas Special the judges will share some yuletide joy, treating viewers to a host of group and paired performances.

The popular TV entertainment show, is produced by the BBC and has been running since 2004. The show stars judges Craig Revel Horwood, Motsi Mabuse and Shirley Ballas featuring guest celebrity dancers Chizzy Akudolu, Debbie McGee, Gemma Atkinson, Mark Wright, Joe Sugg and Richard Arnold.

The 2019 Christmas Special was partly filmed at the 900 year old Leeds Castle located near Maidstone in Kent. Production visited Leeds Castle to film various exterior scenes on Castle Island and interior scenes in the Library. The dancers also visited the Christmas Market on the Cedar Lawn.

Leeds Castle is a 900 year old castle with medieval themed rooms, 1920’s style interiors and a 500 acre estate boasting beautiful gardens, a moat, woodlands, and a maze. The Castle is a popular film location for film and TV productions and has recently hosted De De Pyaar De (2019), Celebrity Antiques Road Show – Series 8 (2018) and The Hollow Crown: The Wars of the Roses (2016).

View the exclusive show preview via the BBC Strictly Come Dancing Facebook page.

The Strictly Come Dancing Christmas Special (2019) airs on BBC One on Wednesday 25th December 2019 at 4:40pm

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

For more information about this programme visit: https://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/m000csm1

For more information about Leeds Castle visit: https://www.leeds-castle.com/

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

 


Dracula (2020)

A person in a dark room

Dracula (CLAES BANG) © BBC/Hartswood Photographer: Robert Viglasky


Writer
: Mark Gatis, Steven Moffat, Bram Stoker

Director: Paul McGuigan, Damon Thomas, Jonny Campbell

Starring: Claes Bang, Jonathan Aris, Mark Gatiss, Dolly Wells…

Production Company: Hartswood Films, BBC, Netflix

Kent Locations Used: Joss Bay, Broadstairs

From the makers of Sherlock, Dracula is a brand new drama based on Bram Stoker’s novel, Set in Transylvania in 1897, this time the blood-sucking count will be plotting against Victorian London.

The cast of the 3 feature length episodes is led by Claes Bang starring as Dracula (The Square, The Girl in the Spiders Web), and is supported by Jonathan Aris (Sherlock, The end of the f*cking world), Mark Gatiss (The Favourite, Sherlock) and Dolly Wells (Bridget Jones’s Diary, Pride and Prejudice and Zombies).

Production filmed a sunrise sequence at Joss Bay, Broadstairs.

Joss Bay is a popular sandy beach sheltered by steep chalk cliffs and backing onto the North Foreland Golf Course. Several film productions have visited the location including Coast and Country (2016), Amish: Worlds Squarest Teenagers (2010).

The beach is reputedly named after an eighteenth-century smuggler Joss Snelling. Joss Bay is Kent’s best-known surfing beach and is home to the longest established surf school on this coast. The site offers an ideal set for many film productions.

The Dracula mini-series will air on BBC One on three consecutive days starting at 9pm on 1st January 2020. The series will subsequently be available to stream on Netflix.

Links:

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

For more information about the programme please visit: https://www.imdb.com/title/tt9139220/?ref_=nm_flmg_act_2

For more information on Joss Bay please visit: https://www.visitthanet.co.uk/outdoor-digital-interpretations/joss-bay/

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

 

 


Britain’s Christmas Story (2019)

A man in a suit and a vicar stand in front of the altar in the cathedral

Caption: Gareth Malone and the Archbishop of Canterbury ©BBC

 

Starring: Gareth Malone, Karen Gibson

Production Company: BBC

Kent Locations Used: Canterbury Cathedral, Canterbury High Street and Dane John Gardens

This two-part series ‘Britain’s Christmas Story’ presented by Gareth Malone and Karen Gibson uncovers some of the origins of our British Christmas traditions and reveals that in the past, our festive season and Christmas Carols were as much about dancing as singing.

Production filmed in Canterbury for part of the series at Canterbury Cathedral, Canterbury High Street and Dane John Gardens.

A camera crew film two men inside a cathedral

Filming of Gareth Malone and the Archbishop of Canterbury for Britain’s Christmas Traditions ©BBC

Canterbury Cathedral is a world heritage site and is the oldest and most renowned cathedral in England. Dane John Gardens is an historic park, which dates to 1551. The gardens afford an excellent view of the city and have the city wall along their border.

Canterbury is a popular filming location and has previously been used as a location for filming for Britain’s Great Cathedrals with Tony Robinson (2018) and Coast v Country (2017).

The two-part series airs on BBC One on Sunday 15th December 2019 at 10:40am and on Sunday 22nd December at 09.05am.

 

Links

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

For more information about this programme visit: https://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/m000cfnr

For more information about Canterbury Cathedral visit: http://www.canterbury-cathedral.org/

For more information about Canterbury visit: https://www.canterbury.co.uk/

For more information about Dane John Gardens visit: https://explorekent.org/activities/dane-john-gardens/

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


Pagalpanti (2019)

Close up of the three main actors pulling comic expressions and wearing yellow goggles

Arshad Warsi, John Abraham and Pulkit Samrat in Pagalpanti (2019)


Writers
: Anees Bazmee, Shreya Dev Verma

Director: Anees Bazmee

Starring: Kriti Kharbanda, John Abraham, Ileana D’Cruz

Production Company: Panorama Studios, T-Series Films

Kent Locations Used: Faversham, The Historic Dockyard Chatham


Pagalpanti
is an action comedy about three men, considered as losers by the people in their lives, who plan to get rich along with their girlfriends by robbing two gangsters. The title of the film ‘Pagalpanti’ is Hindi for ‘insanity’ which accurately describes the comic theme of the film.

The film was written and directed by Anees Bazmee (Mubarakan,Welcome back, No Entry) and co-written by Shreya Dev Verma (Section 375, Poorna) as content head.

The Bollywood cast is led by Kriti Kharbanda (Karwaan, Bruce Lee: The Fighter), John Abraham (Batla House, Romeo Akbar Walter), and Ileana D’Cruz (Rustom, Mubarakan) and is supported by Anil Kapoor (Slumdog Millionaire), Arshad Warsi (Total Dhamaal), Urvashi Rautela (Kaabil), Pulkit Samrat (Jai Ho), and Saurabh Shukla (Bala).

The production filmed scenes in Faversham at Market Square where they converted the Guild Hall into a fireworks shop and The Historic Dockyard Chatham for various stunt driving scenes along Anchor Wharf and Museum Square.

Faversham is a beautiful historic market town in the Swale Borough of Kent. The historic town boasts over 500 listed buildings. Previous productions in the town include Hetty Feather Series 3 (2017) and Walks With My Dog (2017).

The Historic Dockyard Chatham was established in the mid-16th century and is located on the River Medway. The site offers maritime, industrial, Georgian and Victorian architecture and cobbled streets, an ideal set for many film productions. Recent films that have used the Dockyard in their productions include The Aeronauts (2019) and Farming (2019).

Pagalpanti will be released in cinemas on 22nd November 2019.

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

For more information on the film, please visit: https://www.imdb.com/title/tt9495690/?ref_=ttfc_fc_tt

For more information on Faversham, please visit: http://www.visitfaversham.org/

For more information on The Historic Dockyard Chatham, please visit: https://thedockyard.co.uk/

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

 


Paul Goes to Hollywood (2019)

A person preparing food in a kitchen

Paul goes to Hollywood © Denham Productions Photo by: Arezoo Farahzad

 

Starring: Paul Hollywood

Production Company: Denhams TV

Kent Locations Used:  A kitchen at a private residence in Challock

TV judge and celebrity baker Paul Hollywood (The Great British Bake Off, The Great Holiday Baking Show) will be embarking on a 3000-mile US road trip onboard a Harley-Davidson for all-new cookery programme Paul Goes to Hollywood, sharing his passion for everything foodie, movies and motorbikes.

The five-part series will follow his journey as he explores culinary gems inspired by the movies before recreating popular American favourites in the kitchen.

Cookery scenes for the series were filmed at a private kitchen in Challock, Ashford.

Whilst it may be small in size, Challock is a beautiful rural Kentish village located in the North Downs AONB. Other similar filming locations of note on the region include Chilham, where productions of Top Gear and Miss Marple have taken place and Wormshill, where an Eastenders Easter Special was filmed back in 2007.

The series will air from Thursday 28th November 2019 on The Food Network and will run weekly for four episodes.

Links:

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

For more information on the programme, please visit: https://corporate.uktv.co.uk/news/article/good-food-dishes-new-uktv-original-commission-paul-hollywood/

For more information on Challock, please visit: http://challock.org/

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


Flog It! Series 17 (2019)

Presenter Paul Martin wear a blue suit and stands leaning on a wooden banister of a staircase

Paul Martin in Flog It! ©BBC

Caption: Paul Martin in Flog It! ©BBC
Starring: Paul Martin
Production Company: BBC
Kent Locations Used: Dover Castle

Daytime BBC TV programme Flog It! follows Paul Martin and his team as they value antiques submitted by members of the public and subsequently sell them on at auction.

Production for Series 17 filmed at Dover Castle as a valuations location as well as the seafront at St Margaret’s Bay and surrounding streets in February and March 2018. The historic Castle stands prominently on Dover’s famous white cliffs. It features structures from multiple periods of British history from a medieval keep to military tunnels dating from the Second World War. The Castle featured in a Time Team Special (2009) as well as international productions including Disney’s Christopher Robin (2018) and King Lear (2018).

The new series begins on BBC One at 17:15 on Monday 18th November 2019.

Links

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

For more information about Flog It! visit: https://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/m000bh3g

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

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


Flirty Dancing – Series 2 (2019)

Pictured are Kerry and Jordan embracing by a park bench

Pictured: Kerry and Jordan (Copyright – Channel 4)

Starring: Ashley Banjo
Production Company: Second Star production
Kent Locations Used: Whitstable, Dartford and Hythe

The objective of reality show Flirty Dancing, is to help people find a romantic partner through the art of dance. Each episode features two pairs of singletons, both will be taught one half of a choreographed dance routine; eventually meeting up for a date where they perform together.

The presenter of the show is Ashely Banjo (StreetDance 3D, Got to Dance) who also choreographs the dances.

In the second series, there will be various Kent locations featuring local contributors. Production filmed with contributors around various streets in Whitstable and Tankerton beach, Dartford including Central Park, as well as Hythe town centre and the Royal Military Canal.

Whitstable is a bohemian seaside town which was famous for its oysters and is now famous for the harbour where sunbathing, swimming and water sports are popular including jet skiing. Furthermore, it has one of the oldest yacht clubs. Previous filming here includes Who Do You Think You Are? (2018) and The Apprentice (2015).

Dartford town centre lies in a valley through which River Darent flows. Dartford became a market town in medieval times and is now mainly a commuter town for Greater London. However, it does have a long history of religious, industrial and cultural importance. Previous filming here includes Who Do You Think You Are? (2014) and Don’t Tell the Bride (2013).

Hythe is a coastal market town in the district of Folkestone & Hythe. The town has medieval and Georgian buildings and was once defended by two castles; it has a lot of sporting activities to do such as horse riding, bowling, tennis and many more. Previous filming includes Celebs on the Farm (2018) and The Love Bus (2010).

Series 2 is due to start at 8pm on Channel 4 from Friday 8th November 2019.

Links:

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

For more information on Flirty Dancing visit: https://www.channel4.com/4viewers/take-part/flirty-dancing

For more information on Whitstable visit: https://www.canterbury.co.uk/info/37/whitstable

For more information on Dartford visit: https://visitdartford.com/

For more information on Hythe visit: https://www.visitfolkestoneandhythe.co.uk/

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