The Fight (2019)

Main actor and director/writer of The Fight movie, Jessica Hynes, pictured on the front cover looking into the distance.

Movie Poster for The Fight ©IMDb

 

Writer: Jessica Hynes
Director: Jessica Hynes
Starring: Jessica Hynes, Shaun Parkes, Christopher Fairbanks, Anita Dobson, and Russel Brand.
Production Company: Dignity Film Finance and Unstoppable Entertainment
Kent Locations Used: Folkestone

BAFTA-winning actress Jessica Hynes has wrapped her new feature film The Fight. Best known for her talent as both writer (Up the Women) and performer (W1A, The Royle Family), her directorial debut  first screened at the London Film Festival on 17th October 2018.

The Fight tells the story of mother of three, care worker and amateur boxer, Tina (Jessica Hynes), whose life in a quiet seaside town is anything but –Tina and husband Mick (Shaun Parkes) are juggling full time jobs and childcare, her daughter Emma is being bullied and Tina’s mother Gene (Anita Dobson) is threatening to leave her father Frank (Christopher Fairbank). Determined to come to terms with her pent-up anger, Tina puts on her fighting gloves by quite literally stepping into the boxing ring.

The film stars Jessica Hynes, Shaun Parkes (The Mummy Returns), Christopher Fairbank (Taboo), Anita Dobson (EastEnders), and Russel Brand (Get Him to the Greek).

Production filmed in and around Folkestone, shooting almost entirely in the county. Locations included Cornwallis Avenue, Folkestone Harbour Arm, Folkestone Coastal Park, The Warren, and Lower Radnor Park.

Folkestone is a seaside town with an elegant clifftop promenade, a coastal park, fishing harbour and Victorian cliff-top lifts. Previous productions which were based here include Everyone’s Going to Die (2013) and Is Anybody There (2009).

The Fight is due to be released in UK cinemas on Friday 15th March 2019.

Links:

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

For more information on The Fight visit: https://www.imdb.com/title/tt7511368/

For more information on Folkestone: https://www.visitkent.co.uk/destinations/folkestone-hythe-and-romney-marsh/

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


Child Genius Series 6 (2019)

 

Image of presenter Richard Osmon with book shelves pictured in the background.

Presenter Richard Osmon ©Channel 4

Starring: Richard Osman

Production Company: Wall to Wall

Kent Locations Used: Maidstone and Tunbridge Wells.

The competition to find UK’s brightest children continues on Channel 4. The competition is in association with British Mensa and tests twenty 8-12-year old’s in areas like spelling, mathematics or niche history to establish whether these children are deserving of the title Child Genius, as well as a unique view inside the childhood of the prodigies, who are from varying backgrounds.

Richard Osman, co-presenter of Pointless, uses his quick wit to test the nation’s sharpest children.

Maidstone Library was used in an upcoming episode, where one of the children was visiting. Southwood Road Recreation Ground, Tunbridge Wells also features.

Maidstone has been a popular site for TV programmes, productions include Don’t Tell The Bride (2013) and DIY SOS: The Big Build (2013). Tunbridge Wells has also been an attractive location for TV programmes like Question Time (2016) and series two of Hunted (2016).

Series six starts on Monday 25th of February 2019 on Channel 4 at 8pm and will consist of 5 episodes that will air daily till Saturday 2nd March 2019.

 

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

For more information on Child Genius visit: https://www.channel4.com/programmes/child-genius

For more information on Maidstone: https://www.visitmaidstone.com/ 

For more information on Tunbridge Wells: https://www.visittunbridgewells.com/


Long Lost Family Special: Born Without Trace (2019)

Presenters Davina McCall and Nicky Campbell pictured standing together outdoors.

Davina McCall and Nicky Campbell Presenting Long Lost Family Special: Born Without Trace ©ITV

 

Starring: Davina McCall and Nicky Campbell

Production Company: ITV Studios

Kent Locations Used: Maidstone

In this special episode of the popular series, we see the real-life stories of three foundlings. There is the man who, as a newborn, was abandoned in a hospital car park, the five-day old baby left in a cardboard box in Manchester and the woman abandoned on a doorstep in Scotland. All three are desperately searching to identify their biological parents and find the answer as to why they were abandoned.

During production, the crew visited a family home in the county town of Maidstone, Allington Lock and The Museum of Kent Life.

The show is presented by Davina McCall (Long Lost Family) and Nicky Campbell (The Big Questions), who continue to work together to bring solace to many families across the UK.

The Borough of Maidstone has been a popular site for filming, productions include Don’t Tell The Bride (2013) and DIY SOS: The Big Build (2013).

The Long Lost Family Special: Born Without will air on Monday 25th February 2019 at 9pm on ITV.

 

Links:
For more information about filming in Kent please contact: filmoffice@kent.gov.uk
For more information about Long Lost Family Born Without Trace visit: https://www.itvmedia.co.uk/programmes/programme-planner/long-lost-family
For more information about Maidstone visit: https://www.visitmaidstone.com/

For more information about Kent Life visit: https://kentlife.org.uk/

For more information about Baskervilles Coffee Shop visit: https://www.baskervillescoffeehouse.com/

For more information about Allington Lock visit: http://allingtonlock.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/


Sky Kids Programme ‘The Athena’ produced by Kent based production company Bryncoed is now available to watch!

 

Series poster for The Athena series featuring teenagers on the front cover

Sky Series ‘The Athena’ ©Bryncoed

 

The brand new Sky Kids 26-part series The Athena, created by Kent based production company Bryncoed. It is their first young adult commission and is now available to watch.

The 30 minute episodic drama has been produced by Foz Allan’s Production Company Bryncoed, which is situated in Canterbury, Kent and the successful show has been distributed internationally by ZDF Enterprises. Executive Producer and owner of the company Foz Allan has extensive experience working in Children’s Drama and has an impressive track record of BAFTA award winning shows including CBBC’s Wolfblood, The Dumping Ground, Hetty Feather and Harriet’s Army.

The lead writer of the show is Holly Phillips renowned for writing Australia’s hit drama Dance Academy 2, whilst director Isabelle Sieb (Three Women Wait for Death) will make her first exciting television debut. Up-and-coming actress Ella Balinska, who is set to star in the new Charlie’s Angels remake later on this year, takes on the lead role of Nyela Malik in the series.

Image of main actress Ella Balinska starring as Nyela

Episode 26 – Nyela ©Bryncoed

The Athena follows the young model Ella Balinska as she wins a place at London’s most prestigious art school, The Athena, and sees her career implode after standing up for herself when a famous fashion designer treats her like an object. The series follows her realisation that she wants to create her own clothes rather than be a puppet for other fashion designers.

The Athena season one is now available on Sky and Now TV as of the 15th February 2019.


The Empty Housing Scandal (2019)

Series poster for The Empty Housing Scandal - an image of a blue door in a run-down looking house

The Empty Housing Scandal ©BBC

 

Starring: Matthew Allwright

Production Company: TwoFour

Kent Location Used: Various properties around Thanet and Folkestone

This five-part series focuses on Britain’s housing crisis as every day 140 new families become homeless, whilst over 2000,000 domestic properties lie empty. Each episode features four to five stories, concentrating on an empty house at some point in its journey to be but back into use as a home. Presenter Matt Allwright wants to expose the empty housing scandal. He also may occasionally have to investigate to track down lost owners or property agents, as he travels around the UK scoping empty houses and pairing them with people who desperately need a home.

 

Presenter Matt Allwright for BBC One’s The Empty Housing Scandal standing in front of some brown houses

Presenter Matt Allwright for BBC One’s The Empty Housing Scandal ©TwoFour

 

The series was commissioned by TwoFour (The Hotel Inspector, The Jump). It is presented by Matt Allwright (Space Truckers, Watchdog) and will include various properties throughout the districts of Thanet and Folkestone & Hythe.

Thanet is in north east Kent and is made up of resort towns Margate, Broadstairs, and Ramsgate. This district is a very popular location for films and tv shows, having been used for Only Fools and Horses: The Jolly Boys’ Outing (1989) and Mr Selfridge (2013-2016).

Folkestone is a town on the English Channel, located in the south east of Kent and has also been a popular location used in many films and tv shows, such as Moon and Son (1992) and The Darling Buds of May (1991-1993).

The first episode of The Empty Housing Scandal aired on Monday 11th February 2019 at 9.15am on BBC One. It will air each day this week till Friday 15th February 2019.

 

Links:

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

For more information on The Empty Housing Scandal visit: https://www.imdb.com/title/tt9764140/?ref_=tt_ov_inf

For information on Thanet visit:

https://www.visitthanet.co.uk/

For information on Folkestone visit:

https://www.visitkent.co.uk/destinations/folkestone-hythe-and-romney-marsh/

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


Baptiste (2019)

 

Actor Tchéky Karyo starring as investigator Julien Baptiste pictured standing in a street looking around.

Tchéky Karyo as Julien Baptiste in Baptiste Series ©BBC

 

Writers: Harry Williams and Jack Williams

Director: Börkur Sigþörsson and Jan Mattys

Starring: Tchéky Karyo, Anastasia Hille, Tom Hollander, Camille Schotte, Trystan Gravelle

Production Company: Two Brothers Pictures for BBC One

Kent Locations used: Discovery Park, Dover, Kingsdown, Deal, Ramsgate

The highly anticipated new six-part BBC drama Baptiste will be airing next week! From the creators of The Missing, this spin-off stars Tchéky Karyo as the insightful, yet stubborn investigator Julien Baptiste. Now retired and trying his best to enjoy his retirement with his family,  the investigator is contacted by Police Commissioner and former girlfriend Martha Horchner (Barbara Sarafian), who brings him a missing person’s case he can’t refuse.

The series is directed by Börkur Sigþörsson (BlackBoxTV, Trapped) and Jan Mattys (The Last Kingdom, Shetland). It was written by Harry Williams (The Missing, Liar) and Jack Williams (The Missing, Liar). Starring are Tchéky Karyo (Section Zéro, The Missing), Anastasia Hille (Prey, The Missing), Tom Hollander (American Dad, The Night Manager), Camille Schotte (The Missing, Belgian Disaster), Trystan Gravelle (The Aliens, A Discovery of Witches).

Production visited numerous Kent locations during filming for the series. These included:

A boating scene on Deal seafront. A dangerous smuggle’s haunt in the 1800s, the town boasts a wonderful collection of colourful Georgian buildings, complemented by a long shingle beach with huts, fishing boats and pier restores in the 1950’s. It is a popular filming location and has previously featured in productions such as The Tunnel: Sabotage (2016) and Liar (2017).

Further filming took place in neighbouring Kingsdown, again using the sea road and beachfronts. The village is situated south of Deal and features in the James Bond trail.

Discovery Park in Sandwich was also used in the filming, doubling as an airport. Sandwich is a town north of Deal on the Stour Estuary and was once one of the Cinque Ports. It still has many original medieval buildings, including churches, almshouses and the White Mill. This location was the base for all three series of Kudos’  The Tunnel (2013), The Tunnel: Vengeance and The Tunnel: Sabotage (2016).

The Ramsgate Harbour Approach tunnel also featured in part of the series. Ramsgate, located in the district of Thanet, is a thriving seaside town with beautiful Georgian terraced housing, Marina, Port and Promenade. Previous TV productions which filmed here include Eastenders (2015), The Tunnel: Vengeance (2017) and Hancock and Joan (2008).

Baptiste is set to air on BBC One on Sunday 17th February at 9pm.

Links:

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

For more information on Baptiste visit:
https://www.imdb.com/title/tt8259142/

For more information on Deal please visit:

https://www.whitecliffscountry.org.uk/Explore/Deal/Deal.aspx

For more information on Kingsdown please visit: http://brochures.moviesite.biz/view/kent/kingsdown_-_baptiste_2019.html

For more information on Discovery Park please visit: http://brochures.moviesite.biz/view/kent/Discover_Park_-_Baptiste_2019.html

For more information on Ramsgate Harbour Approach please visit: http://www.portoframsgate.co.uk/approach/ramsgate-harbour-approach/

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


James Martin’s Great British Adventure (2019)

 

James Martin pictured standing next to a red car as he leans on it

James Martin’s Great British Adventure Series ©ITV

Starring: James Martin
Production Company: ITV Studios
Kent Locations Used: Folkestone, Canterbury

The ITV series James Martin’s Great British Adventure stars James Martin (Saturday Kitchen) and follows his journey around the UK. Guests of the series include Nick Nairn, Tom Kitchin, Lisa Allen and Paul Rankin while talking to the locals and cooking food with them.

James’ culinary tour also takes him to the county of Kent, where he meets up with local chef and restaurateur Mark Sargeant, owner of the Rocksalt. The series also sees further cooking taking place with James cooking two recipes at Folkestone’s Harbour Arm Folkestone is a popular filming location, some examples include Come Dine With Me (2012) and The Hotel Inspector (2018).

Additionally, production visited the Kentish Pip Cider Farm in Canterbury for some further filming. The City of Canterbury remains one of the largest tourism centres in England, known for its cobbled streets and wealth of historic buildings. Previous productions which filmed here were Terry and Mason’s Great Food Trip (2015) and A Taste of Britain (2014).

The series consists of twenty episodes, with one episode shown per day. The first episode can be seen on ITV on Saturday 9th February 2019 at 2pm. The Kent episode will be episode 16 airing on Sunday 24th February 2019.

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

For more information about James Martin’s Great British Adventure please visit: https://www.itv.com/presscentre/ep1week7/james-martins-great-british-adventure

For more information on Folkestone’s Harbour Arm please visit: http://folkestoneharbourarm.co.uk/

For more information on the Kentish Pip Cider Farm visit: https://www.kentishpip.co.uk/

For more information on Canterbury please visit: http://www.canterbury.co.uk/canterbury-district/Canterbury.aspx

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


Great British Railway Journeys – Series 10 (2019)

Image of presenter Michael Portillo at one of Britain's railway stations

Great British Railway Journeys ©BBC

 

Starring: Michael Portillo

Production Company: Fremantle Media Ltd.

Kent Locations Used: Gravesend, Dartford and Folkestone

BBC documentary series Great British Railway Journeys which first premiered on BBC Two in 2010, returns for its tenth series. Presenter Michael Portillo (Great Continental Railway Journeys) travels around the railway networks of Great Britain. He does this whilst referring to an 1840’s copy of Bradshaw’s Guide, comparing how various destinations have transformed since Victorian times.

For the new series, production filmed at railways in various Kent locations, such as Gravesend, Dartford and Folkestone.

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 Great British Railway Journeys (2014), The Hospice (2018) and Children in Need – The Rickshaw Challenge (2015).

Dartford is a historic town situated close to London and home to one of Europe’s largest shopping centres. Previous productions which filmed here were Who Do You Think You Are? (2014) and When I Get Older (2012).

Folkestone is a port town on the English Channel in Kent, with an elegant Victorian clifftop promenade, a creative quarter, gardens, a coastal park, and fishing Harbour. It has also been used as a popular filming location for productions such as Danny Boyle: Pages of the Sea (2018), The Channel: The World’s Busiest Waterway (2017), and Coast v Country (2017).

The new series of Great British Railway Journeys began airing on 4th February 2019 at 6.30pm on BBC Two, and the Kent episode then aired on Wednesday 13th February 2019.

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

For more information on Great Railway Journeys visit:
https://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b00xgqxy/episodes/player

For more information on Gravesend visit: http://www.visitgravesend.co.uk/

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

For more information on Folkestone visit: https://www.visitkent.co.uk/destinations/folkestone-hythe-and-romney-marsh/

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


George Clarke’s Amazing Spaces – Series 8 (2018)

George Clarke's Amazing Spaces Series 8 poster of acorn tree house hanging in the trees within a forest

George Clarke’s Amazing Spaces Series 8 ©Channel 4

 

Starring: George Clarke

Production Company: Plum Pictures

Kent Locations Used: Ramsgate

Channel 4’s George Clarke’s Amazing Spaces returns for a new series this year. Architect and presenter George Clarke (Amazing Spaces Shed of the Year, The Restoration Man) explores the fascinating world of small builds, with an emphasis on the creative use of small spaces. The show follows people who turn the smallest of places, such as old boats, a tree house disguised as an acorn, and a mountain-top restaurant resembling a spaceship, into places to live.

George Clarke’s Amazing Spaces series 5 previously filmed in Margate, Thanet back in 2015. Here, George met a coma survivor who transformed a family camper van and also visited a woman who turned her narrow boat into a floating bookshop.

The Kent episode of series 8 was filmed in Ramsgate, Thanet. Production filmed at Port of Ramsgate, where George follows a new restoration.

Ramsgate is a thriving seaside town with beautiful Georgian terraced housing, Marina, Port and Promenade. Often doubling for London streets. Other previous TV productions which filmed here include Fantasy Homes by the Sea – Series 7 (2018), The Channel: The World’s Busiest Waterway (2017) and Coast Vs Country (2016).

The first episode of series 8 aired on 30th December 2018 on Channel 4. However, episode eight will be the Ramsgate episode and will air on Sunday 24th February 2019 at 8pm on Channel 4.

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

For more information on George Clarke’s Amazing Spaces visit: https://www.channel4.com/programmes/george-clarkes-amazing-spaces/on-demand/68208-009

For more information on Port of Ramsgate visit: http://www.portoframsgate.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/


Margate feature film Jellyfish, scoops four Hitchcock awards at Dinard Film Festival and is currently screening at the Charlton Cinema – Book your tickets now!

Feature film Jellyfish, is a beautifully shot, indie dark-comedy set against the backdrop of Kentish seaside town Margate.  It is the directorial debut of James Gardner, a NFTS graduate. It has been doing the rounds of the festival circuit – picking up an award for best film at the Rome International Film Festival, as well as several Hitchcock awards at the Dinard Film Festival in France. It is also currently on the list for the British Independent Film Awards for Most Promising Newcomer and Debut Screenwriter awards.

Jellyfish centres on a 15-year-old carer who discovers she has a hidden talent for stand-up comedy. Encouraged by her drama teacher, Sarah Taylor (Liv Hill) works on a comedy routine for the school’s graduation showcase, but as the date draws nearer, she struggles to balance everything in her life.

Starring emerging new comer  Liv Hill (Three Girls), Sinead Matthews (Mr. Turner), Cyril Nri (Cucumber),  Angus Barnett (The Pirates of the Caribbean series), and Tomos Eames (Burn Burn Burn).

Margate is the quintessential seaside town and a popular location for film and TV, having been featured as the main back drop for programmes such as Edge of Heaven (2014) and the BBC drama True Love (2012). It was also the setting for Only Fools and Horses: the Jolly Boys Outing (1989) – a Christmas special in which the gang enjoy a day out.

Filmed in an observational documentary style around Margate, notable landmarks of the town such as the Lido and Dreamland theme park can be spotted in establishing shots of the setting. Other various scenes were shot in the town centre and along the coastal path.

Public Screenings taking place at Charlton Cinema in Westgate-on-Sea:

  • The special UK Q&A tour with cast and filmmakers began on 5th February, with the next available upcoming dates being 9th February 2019 to 14th February 2019. Find out more and book your tickets on the Charlton Cinema website here.
Movie Poster for Jellyfish Screening at Charlton Cinema in Westgate

Jellyfish Movie – Screening Poster ©Charlton Cinema

 

More details abut the film can be found here: http://www.jellyfishfilm.uk/