Strictly star Len Goodman returns to BBC One for another series of Holiday of My Lifetime. Each episode of the nostalgic show features Len and a celebrity reliving their British childhood summer holidays.
The new series will include a variety of stars including actress Pam St Clement, model and presenter Mel Sykes, journalist Jennie Bond, actress and chef Lisa Faulkner, weather presenter Carol Kirkwood and comedian and actor Jasper Carrot.
Kent will feature throughout the new series where Len Goodman visits Margate with and writer Eve Pollard and Herne Bay with presenter Lucy Alexander.
Herne Bay has a shingle beach, bandstand and seafront gardens as well as many shops and eateries, amusement arcades, and a windmill. Previous productions which have filmed in Herne Bay include Boomers(2014), Big Bad World (2013) and Got To Dance (2012).
Don’t miss the Kent episodes of Holiday of My Lifetime: Margate will air on Wednesday 24th February 2016 at 15:45 on BBC One and Herne Bay will air on Tuesday 1st March 2016 at 15:45 on BBC One.
Set in modern day London and following the lives of a fictional British Royal Family headed up by Queen Helena (Elizabeth Hurley), American television drama series The Royals is set to return on E! for a second series.
The series picks up after the murder of King Simon by an unknown assailant, where his brother Cyrus has taken the throne after deeming the Prince and Princess illegitimate, with the help of the Queen to fabricate the paternity results. Convinced the Queen is on his side, her majesty has her own agenda to change the succession of the Royal Family and make the power shift to the queen if anything should happen to yet another king. Meanwhile, Liam vows to bring his father’s murderer to justice and teams up with an unlikely ally to do so.
The show was created by Mark Schwahn (Coach Carter, One Tree Hill) and the ensemble cast includes Elizabeth Hurley (Austin Powers: International Man of Mystery, Gossip Girl), Andrew Bicknell (The Dark Knight, The Meaning of Life), William Mosely (The Chronicles of Narnia: The Voyage of the Dawn Treader, Run), Alexandra Park (The Elephant Princess, Home and Away), Jake Maskall (EastEnders, Centurion) and Tom Austen (Grantchester, Unforgotten).
The Royals production made use of two locations in Kent for the second series: Boughton Monchelsea Place which can be seen in episode three as the manor house that Princess Eleanor (Alexandra Parks) and Jasper (Tom Austen) visit. Allington Castle which features in episode seven where Princess Eleanor (Alexandra Parks) and Queen Helena (Elizabeth Hurley) visit.
Chefs Jamie Oliver and Jimmy Doherty are back on Channel 4 with their third series of Friday Night Feast packed to the brim with show stopping recipes, serving dishes with the help of celebrities and the relaunch of their fight against food waste.
The series is based in Jamie and Jimmy’s Café in Southend and in the last episode of the series, the team visit The Quadrangle Trust in Sevenoaks for a mini food festival.
Also in the episode, actress Anna Friel learns how to cook Balinese stew, Jamie makes mega-meatball subs, and Jimmy Doherty shows how to prepare mozzarella using a few simple ingredients and a cafetiere. The duo also tries to save “ugly” fruit and vegetables from the bin and get them into the nation’s fridges.
Returning to BBC One for a fifth series, popular Sunday night drama Call The Midwife is set in 1950’s East End London and follows the lives of a group of nuns and midwives who face challenges working in a poverty-stricken area of the city.
The series is based on the memoirs of Jennifer Worth and following the 2015 Christmas Special, the new series picks up just before Easter when the nuns and midwives of Nonnatus House find themselves delivering a baby with severe deformities and struggling to help the parents understand and care for their child. Meanwhile, Trixie (Helen George) starts a new exercise class which leads her to realise that women sometimes lack a basic understanding of their own bodies, an issue she aims to rectify one patient at a time.
Narrated by Vanessa Redgrave (Mission: Impossible, Deep Impact), the cast includes many familiar faces such as Helen George (The Three Musketeers, The Monster), Miranda Hart (Spy , Miranda), Jenny Agutter (The Avengers, Walkabout), Pam Ferris (The Darling Buds of May, Matilda), Bryony Hannah (Jupiter Ascending, Cemetery Junction), Ben Caplan (RocknRolla, Leap Year), Emerald Fennell (The Danish Girl, Anna Karenina), Charlotte Ritchie (Fresh Meat, Siblings) and Judy Parfitt (Girl with a Pearl Earring, Ever After: A Cinderella Story).
Series seven of Great British Railway returns to BBC Two, as presenter Michael Portillo travels on the great train routes of Europe and retraces the journeys featured in George Bradshaw’s 1913 Continental Railway Guide.
In episode six of the new series, Portillo embarks on a new railway journey along the south coast of England which starts at the port of Dover where he is inspired by a brave Victorian sea captain to plunge into the English Channel. Next he takes the spectacular Romney, Hythe & Dymchurchminiature steam railway through the Romney Marsh to Dungeness before heading to Eastbourne.
Episode 16 sees Michael Portillo journey from Ashfordto Sevenoaks starting by lending a hand at a state-of-the-art train maintenance plant which is home to the High Speed 1 trains. Next he tracks east to Marden and is moved by music played on Queen Victoria’s personal piano before ending his journey in Sevenoaks where he ends the journey at Knole Park, seat of the Sackville-West family.
The market town of Ashfordhas shops, eateries, a designer outlet shopping centre and has great links with London and Europe which are just a train ride away through Ashford International train station. Ashfordand surrounding areas has been used as a film location from visiting productions including The Apprentice(2015), The Monuments Men (2014) andEmma(2009).
Popular ITV drama Mr Selfridge, inspired by the life of charismatic American retail entrepreneur, Harry Selfridge, returns to ITV for a fourth and final series.
Originally based on the novel ‘Shopping, Seduction and Mr Selfridge’ by Lindy Woodhead, the new series is set in 1928, nearly a decade after the events of series three, as Harry Selfridge is enjoying the roaring 20’s at the pinnacle of his wealth and celebrity. Will Harry take a dramatic fall and fritter his money away in the glamourous casinos, or can he hold on the empire that he worked so hard to create?
Jeremy Piven (Entourage, Smokin’ Aces) takes the starring role of Harry Selfridge alongside a supporting cast of Katherine Kelly (Coronation Street), Tom Goodman-Hill (The Imitation Game, Everest), Ron Cook (Chocolat, Hot Fuzz), Amanda Abbington (After You’ve Gone, Sherlock), Amy Beth Hayes (Eva, Insoma), Trystan Gravelle (Anonymous, One Chance) and Sacha Dhawan (After Earth, The History Boys).
The Mr Selfridge team returned to The Historic Dockyard Chatham to film the exteriors of the Oxford Street store. They also filmed at Kingsgate Bay where two characters walk along the beach.
ITV’s Take Me Out returns for an eighth series with Paddy McGuinness hosting the Saturday night dating show in the hope that he can find dates for the “Flirty 30” ladies looking for love.
Single men arrive by the Love Lift and through various rounds, the ladies can turn their lights off if they are no longer interested in them – “No Likey, No Lighty”. Any man who survives with more than one light on, can choose which lady he will take on a date to the Isle of Fernando.
The Kent County Council Film Office has collated the details of the feature films and TV dramas which have filmed in the county into an extensive catalogue celebrating the county’s filming history: the Kent Movie Map.
The interactive map details over 200 productions which have filmed across nearly 300 locations.
The earliest project to feature on the map dates back to 1940, feature film Contraband which filmed in Ramsgate, with the latest additions including BBC Two drama London Spy which features Isle of Grain and Dartford Bridge.
The latest production on the Movie Map in the Canterbury district is BBC One comedy series Boomers (2014), starring Russ Abbot, Stephanie Beacham, Alison Steadman and June Whitfield which used Herne Bay and Studd Hill as filming locations.
Gravesham – private school Cobham Hall is another of Kent’s screen gems and has been used for many productions including CBBC adaptation of Dame Jacqueline Wilson’s popular children’s novel Hetty Feather (2015), feature film Wild Child (2008) and BBC adaption of Dickens Bleak House (2005).
Gabrielle Lindemann from the Kent County Council Film Office said “The completion of the Movie Map is a great achievement for us and shows how popular Kent is as a filming location. The county can boast a very diverse range of locations we can offer to production complemented by the Kent Film Office services and, above all, the welcome extended by many local communities and facilities.
Last financial year production spend in Kent totalled £6.9 million and we hope to continue the trend and attract many more productions to the county we can add to our Movie Map.”
Sinead Hanna, PR Manager of Visit Kent said: “Film tourism is a wonderful way to connect visitors to our landscape, our attractions and our people, and we actively encourage all Kent attractions, venues and locations to promote their links to the big and small screen to visitors.
“National research shows that eight out of ten tourists are influenced by films and TV when making travel plans, and the new movie map will be a fantastic resource for domestic and international visitors.
“Kent Film Office does a wonderful job of attracting and welcoming film and TV crews to our county, and we are delighted to see them showcasing the county’s cinematic successes in this map.”
Ben Thomas, general manager at Penshurst Place and Gardens said: “We are very fortunate at Penshurst Place to have been used as a filming location for a number of blockbuster film and hit TV productions.
“The historic backdrop, largely unchanged for 670 years combines with the warmth of a much-loved family home, to provide a plethora of special filming opportunity. From the Baron’s Hall built in 1341 and featured in Merlin through to the Long Gallery, the setting for much of hit TV drama Wolf Hall, the location has nooks and crannies covering every decade for 600 years.
“We are told by the film makers that visit us that it is this sense of history and informality that really sets the location apart. Also, being privately owned means we have the flexibility to meet the requirements of each individual production.
We are very grateful to the Kent Film Office. It is a valuable asset for the county and has been hugely helpful in working with us to attract location scouts and film productions to Penshurst Place. Its promotion of Kent as an excellent film location that is not too far from London ensures our beautiful county continues to be showcased in film and TV. The popularity of Kent as a filming location is clearly evident when viewing the newly launched interactive film location map.”
Harvey Edgington, Head of Filming & Locations at the National Trust said: “From the awe-inspiring White Cliffs of Dover, which recently appeared in SKY’s crime drama The Tunnel to the great 17th century house at Knole, which famously doubled up as Tudor London in The Other Boleyn Girl, the National Trust cares for a wealth of unique locations in Kent.
“We’re delighted to see so many National Trust places featured on Kent’s Movie Map and hope that lovers of the small and big screen will be inspired to follow in the footsteps of the stars to discover these special places.”
Offering a range of services to the film and TV industry, the Kent County Council Film Office supporting productions by a location finding and research service, obtaining film permits, facilitating traffic management requests via the Kent (Filming on Highways) Act 2010, sourcing local crew and trainees and mediating any disputes.
The Kent County Council Film Office has been running since 2006 and has facilitated over 5,559 filming days which has brought in an estimated £40.4 million to the Kent economy.
Victor Frankenstein is a dark, contemporary twist on the classic tale of Frankenstein, told from the point of view of Igor (Daniel Radcliffe) who befriends radical young scientist Victor Von Frankenstein (James McAvoy). Together they envisage innovative research into immortality to aid human suffering, but it is not long before the experiments go too far and Victor’s ambition leads to horrifying consequences. Can Igor save them both from Victor’s creation?
The screenplay is adapted by Max Landis (Fear Itself, Me Him Her), based on the novel by Mary Shelley, written almost 200 years ago.
The film is directed by Paul McGuigan (Sherlock, Push) with a stellar cast including Daniel Radcliffe (Harry Potter, The Woman in Black) and James McAvoy (X-Men: Days of Future Past, The Last King of Scotland), Andrew Scott (Saving Private Ryan, Spectre), Jessica Brown Findlay (Albatross, Downton Abbey), Charles Dance (The Imitation Game, Game of Thrones), Mark Gatiss (Wolf Hall, Doctor Who) and Louise Brealey (The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel, Ripper Street).
The production visited The Historic Dockyard Chatham to film some exterior scenes by the Chain and Cable store, the Tarred Yarn Store, which doubled as a hospital interior, and additional outdoor street scenes.
The Antiques Roadshow, presented by Fiona Bruce, is the popular BBC One show where members of the public can bring antiques and collectables to various locations across the UK where experts will examine and value the items.
Now in its 38th series, the team visited Walmer Castlein Deal, Kent in July 2015, which will be shown over two episodes.
The public came along to recount the stories behind their antiques, find out more about their pieces and marvel at the castle itself. Treasures brought in for valuation included a remarkable prisoner of war diary, a show stopping collection of ceramic grotesque birds by Martin Brothers and a late 18th-century round revolving table with a secret compartment intrigues.