Tuesdays and Fridays (2021)

Jhataleka Malhotra as Sia and Anmol Dhillon as Varun are stood together smiling with trees behind them. The man has black hair and a beard and wears a black jacket, and the woman has long brown hair and wears a red top.

Jhataleka Malhotra and Anmol Dhillon in Tuesdays and Fridays (2021) ©IMDb


Writer:
Taranveer Singh
Director: Taranveer Singh
Starring: Anmol Dhillon, Jhataleka Malhotra, Zoa Morani
Production Company: Bhansali Productions
Kent Locations Used: Danemore Park

Varun (Anmol Dhillon) and Sia (Jhataleka Malhotra) do not trust relationships completely because of their upbringing. They try to figure out a way to live with their commitment issues by being a couple only on Tuesdays and Fridays.

Directed and written by Taranveer Singh (Kahat Hanuman Jai Shri Ram, Anni Dya Mzaak Ae by Whistle) the romantic comedy stars acting newcomer Anmol Dhillon as Varun and Jhataleka Malhotra (Femina Miss India) as Sia in the lead roles, supported by Zoa Morani as Kajal (Yeh Crazy Dil, Bhaag Johnny) and Niki Walia (Puncch Beat) as Dr. Radhika Malhotra.

Production filmed in Danemore Park for part of the filming. The house plays the role of a community home ran by Nimmi (Anooradha Patel), the mum of lead character Vahun Sarin (Anmol Thakeria Dhillon). Various key scenes in the story take place at the house including one scene set during a fireworks party.

Danemore Park is a Grade II listed Georgian country house in 80 acres, with stable block, woodland and long driveway in the district of Royal Tunbridge Wells. The town is known for its Georgian and Victorian architecture, a shopping centre, bars, restaurants, and live music scene. Previous productions to visit the area include Catastrophe Series 4 (2019) and The Royals Season 4 (2018).

Tuesdays and Fridays was released on Netflix UK on 15th July 2021 after a delayed release due to the covid pandemic.

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This Way Up Season 2 (2021)

The image is an overhead view of Aisling Bea as Aine lying on an unmade bed. She is wearing a stripey purple, grey and yellow top, grey hairband and red and black pyjama bottoms. She is holding a phone and on the bed is a messy pile of paperwork, a laptop and other small items.

This Way Up S2 – Ep1 Aine (Aisling Bea) © Channel 4 | Rekha Garton

 

Writer: Aisling Bea

Director: Alex Winckler

Starring: Aisling Bea, Sharon Horgan, Tobias Menzies

Production Company: Merman

Kent Locations Used: Tunbridge Wells

This Way Up is a TV comedy that follows Aine, Aisling Bea (Quiz, Living with Yourself), as she recovers from a teeny little nervous breakdown. Sisters Aine and Shona Sharon Horgan (Catastrophe, Women on the Verge) share an unshakeable bond and Aisling Bea who is the show’s creator describes their relationship as “passionate, caring, often-angry, always-hilarious. In the darkest moments, when faced with overwhelming loneliness and sadness, the two sisters will always save each other and bring each other back into the light.” Season Two follows Aine as she is starting to leave her time in rehab behind and live less cautiously, which may not be entirely wise.

This Way Up was directed by Alex Winckler (My Mad Fat Diary, Traitors ) and was created by and stars Aisling Bea (Quiz, Living with Yourself) with Sharon Horgan (Catastrophe, Women on the Verge)  playing her older sister. Aine’s love interest, Richard, is played by Tobias Menzies (The Crown (2016-2020),The Terror).

During filming production visited Tunbridge Wells where they filmed in a private house in Speldhurst for several days.

Tunbridge Wells is in West Kent and is officially known as Royal Tunbridge Wells due to King Edward VII commemorating the town due to his mother Queen Victoria’s love for the town. It is home to a host of historic buildings, specialist shops and a busy town centre. Previous productions to have filmed there include Rupert, Rupert and Rupert (2019) and Catastrophe (2019).

The first of the six-part second season of This Way Up will air on Channel 4 on Wednesday 14th July 2021 at 10pm.

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Jagame Thandhiram (2021)

Actor Dhanush with brown hair and a beard is shown flipping a pancake in a kitchen, wearing a red shirt. The movie title Jagame Thandhiram and ‘coming soon’ Netflix is printed on a black background to the right of the actor.

Dhanush in Jagame Thandhiram (2020) © IMDb

Writer: Nick Bain

Director: Karthik Subbaraj

Starring: James Cosmo, Dhanush, Aishwarya Lekshmi

Production Company: Reliance Entertainment

Kent Locations Used: Faversham, Herne Bay, Knowlton Court – Canterbury, Chillenden Windmill – Dover, Ramsgate

Jagame Thandhiram is a Tamil action thriller about an Indian who emigrates to the UK to start a new life. Having succeeded in developing a successful business, he inadvertently offends a local gangster who then seeks to take revenge.

The film was written by Nick Bain (The Man Who Knew Infinity (2015), The Boabab Boys (2016)) and directed by Karthik Subbaraj (Petta (2019), Jigarthanda (2014)).

The cast is led by Dhanush (Vada Chennai (2018), Raanjhanaa (2013)) and is supported by Aishwarya Lekshmi (Varathan (2018), Mayaanadhi (2017)) and stars Game of Thrones actor James Cosmo (Highlander (1986), His Dark Materials (2019)).

The production filmed several day and night scenes in the centre of Faversham where they converted various shops, set up a street market and staged a large dance sequence. Production also filmed on the creek at Iron Wharf in Faversham. Herne Bay Pier, Neptune Arm and the Promenade provided the location for a wedding scene. Further driving scenes were staged around Chillenden Windmill near Dover, including a snowy scene on Goodnestone Road.

Filming also took place at Knowlton Court country estate near Canterbury in both the house and on estate lands. Belle Alliance Square and the exterior of Weatherspoons at the Port of Ramsgate were used for fight scenes.

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 Bollywood film Pagalpanti (2019) and Walks With My Dog (2017).

Herne Bay is a seaside town which has a pier and shingle beach and is set just outside of the historic City of Canterbury. Previous productions which have filmed in the area include The 1900 Island – Series 1 (2019)and Blue Planet UK – Series 1 (2019).

Chillenden Windmill is a Grade ll listed building and distinctive local landmark, standing on an exposed site at Goodnestone, Dover. The windmill is on high open ground with fine views to Knowlton Court to the east and Ramsgate to the north. It is also situated on a circular walk taking in Chillenden, Rowling and Goodnestone.

Knowlton Court is a much-loved family home within a stunning and extensive country estate of over 1,900 acres nestled in the heart of Kent. Described as a ‘timeless work of Tudor history’, Knowlton was built in 1585 and has sweeping tree-lined driveway and seven holiday cottages. The Tunnel: Sabotage (2016) filmed here and the main hall is now available for weddings and events.

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 Baptiste (2019) and The Tunnel: Vengeance (2017).

Jagame Thandhiram will be released directly to streaming service Netflix on 18th June 2021.

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After Love (2021)

Actress Joanna Scanlan as Mary Hussain in a scene from the film. Joanna wears a patterned top and black headscarf and is looking into the distance. Behind her is grass.

Joanna Scanlan in After Love (2021) © IMDb

After Love (2021) is a BFI funded film directed by Aleem Khan (Three Brothers, Diana). It follows Mary Hussain played by Joanna Scanlan (Stardust, Getting On) in the wake of her husband Ahmed’s unexpected death played by Nasser Memarzi (Knightfall, The Honourable Woman). She leaves her hometown of Dover behind to cross the channel to Calais where she hopes to uncover secrets in her husband’s past.

The film also stars Nathalie Richard (Never Let Me Go, Caché) and focuses on the beauty of cultural differences and the effects of physical distance on people’s relationships.

Production visited The White Cliffs of Dover whilst filming, as well as a private residence in Kingsdown, near Dover. One scene was filmed showing Mary (Joanna Scanlan) boarding a ferry at the Port of Dover, as she travels to the Continent.

The White Cliffs of Dover are an iconic landmark, affording spectacular views across the Channel. Dover is a popular film location which also boasts the historic Dover Castle. The White Cliffs of Dover have previously featured in Sherlock Holmes – A Game of Shadows (2011), On A Clear Day (2005) and Those Magnificent Men in Their Flying Machines (1965).

As the busiest passenger port in Europe, The Port of Dover is a very sought-after filming location. Previous productions to film at the Port include Disney’s Christopher Robin (2018) and Will (2011).

After Love was screened as part of the BFI London Film Festival 2020 in October 2020.

After Love (2021) will be released in UK cinemas on 4 June 2021.

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Breeders Series 2 (2021)

Daisy Haggard as Ally and Martin Freeman as Paul lean against railings overlooking a beach with their backs to the camera. Daisy has blonde hair and wears a cream hooded coat and blue jeans. Martin wears a black coat and dark jeans. In the distance is a couple on the beach by the sea

Breeders Series 2 – Daisy Haggard as Ally & Martin Freeman as Paul ©Sky UK Limited

 

Writer: Chris Addison, Simon Blackwell, Martin Freeman

Director: Chris Addison, Ben Palmer

Starring: Martin Freeman, Daisy Haggard, Alun Armstrong, Joanna Bacon, Patrick Baladi, Stella Gonet

Production Company: Avalon Television, Sky

Kent Locations Used: Broadstairs

Martin Freeman and Daisy Haggard star in 10-part comedy Breeders Series 2 (2021) as Paul and Ally, a married couple who are navigating the turbulent waters of parenthood.

Directed by Chris Addison (The Thick of It, Skins) and Ben Palmer (The Inbetweeners, Bo’ Selecta!) and starring Martin Freeman (Black Panther, The Hobbit Trilogy, Sherlock), Daisy Haggard (Harry Potter), Black Mirror), Alun Armstrong (Frontier, New Tricks), Joanna Bacon (The Bill, Love Actually), Patrick Baladi (The Office, Stella) and Stella Gonet (The Cry, The House of Eliott).

Various scenes for  Breeders Series 2 (2021) were filmed in Broadstairs, Thanet and shot on location at The Funicular Coffeehouse, Victoria Parade, Louisa Bay, Harbour Street and Ocean Drive.

Broadstairs in East Kent is a picturesque coastal town with several beautiful beaches, restaurants, bars and walking trails which provide visitors with a real Kentish seaside town experience.

Victoria Parade provides visitors with a leisurely walk alongside Victoria Gardens and has stunning clifftop views of Viking Bay and Louisa Bay which have been featured in other shows, including Edge of Heaven (2014) and Derek (2013).

Once part of the Broadstairs Cliff Railway, The Funicular Coffeehouse overlooks Viking Bay which has welcomed films like Juliet, Naked (2018) and Hurricane (2018).

Breeders Series 2 (2021) returns to Sky One and streaming service NOWTV on Thursday 27th May, with all 10 episodes being made available on demand.

 

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Whitstable Pearl Series 1 (2021)

Kerry Godliman as restaurant owner Pearl Nolan is centre of the image wearing a green top and blue apron. She has blonde hair and behind her is a pebble beach with boats and fishing huts

Whitstable Pearl stars Kerry Godliman as restaurant owner Pearl Nolan © Acorn TV

Writer: Julie Wassmer, Øystein Karlsen, Mike Walden, Rachel Flowerday, Alastair Galbraith
Directors: David Caffrey, Jon Jones
Starring: Kerry Godliman, Howard Charles, Frances Barber
Production Company: Buccaneer Media
Kent Locations Used: Whitstable, Canterbury, Faversham, Herne Bay, Margate, Ramsgate, Detling

Based on the much loved series of novels ‘The Whitstable Pearl Mysteries’ by Kent resident Julie Wassmer (EastEnders, London’s Burning), Whitstable Pearl (2021) is a six part detective series for Acorn TV. The story follows big-hearted local restaurant owner Pearl Nolan (Kerry Godliman) who sets up a local detective agency after undergoing police training in an earlier career. She is soon embroiled in her first case when she discovers the body of close friend, Vinnie. Pearl forms an unlikely partnership with DCI Mike McGuire (Howard Charles) and finds herself pulled into the dark underbelly of the picturesque town she calls home.

Whitstable Pearl (2021) was adapted for screen by Norwegian filmmaker Øystein Karlsen (One Night, Dag). Other writer credits include Mike Walden (Marcella), Rachel Flowerday (MarcellaMalory Towers) and Alastair Galbraith (Coronation Street). David Caffrey (The Alienist: Angel of DarknessPeaky Blinders) is lead director joined by Jon Jones (We Hunt Together, Mr Selfridge (2013)).

Kerry Godliman (After Life, Call the Midwife (2019)) headlines the show as Pearl Nolan alongside Howard Charles as DCI Mike McGuire (Shadow and Bone, Liar Series 2 (2020)) and Frances Barber (Cold Feet, Queens of Mystery (2019)) as Pearl’s mum Dolly.

A woman with red hair and a black hat (Frances Barber as Dolly) walks along the sea shore with a woman wearing a black coat carrying a box (Kerry Godliman as Pearl Nolan). In the distance is the shoreline with houses and a beach

Frances Barber as Pearl’s mother Dolly (left) and Kerry Godliman as Pearl Nolan © Mark Bourdillon / Acorn TV

Most of the filming took place in and around Whitstable itself, including scenes filmed by the coast at Whitstable Harbour, Whitstable West Beach, Whitstable Yacht Club and Tankerton Beach. Whitstable High Street features and local shops were filmed including Iain’s Plaice (fish and chip restaurant) and art gallery Chappell Contemporary as Houlihan’s Hardware store. Other Whitstable businesses filmed include the Cemetery, Football Ground, MFA Bowl and Seaview Holiday Park, which features as the trailer park where Vinnie lives. Several private residences were used for filming including Beacon House as Pearl’s House located on Tankerton Beach.

The Kent Events Centre was used as a studio build location for interiors of Pearl’s seafood restaurant. Meanwhile, Margate in Thanet features in the series with Margate Beach and The Walpole Hotel doubling for Whitstable seaside scenes. Production also filmed at Mathers Church and Canterbury Road in Westgate-on-Sea. The Port of Ramsgate and Royal Harbour Marina double for the Port of Dover cruise terminal and Dover Marina.

Interior scenes were filmed at St Martin’s Hospital in Canterbury doubling as a police station and a hospital, while The Citadel doubles as a Police Station and a children’s home. Other filming locations include a field near Faversham at Belmont Park and private residences in Herne Bay.Whitstable is a 16th century thriving seaside resort in Kent. Known for its native oysters, Whitstable boasts a working fishing harbour, shingle beach and busy high street.

Whitstable Yacht Club. Recent productions to film in the town include The Great Pottery Throw Down – Series 3 (2020) and The Thames: Britain’s Great River With Tony Robinson (2019).

Beacon House is a colonial clapboard wooden turn of the century Beach House.  Set above beach on a private sea road, the grounds include wild woodland gardens and views out to sea and lines of beach huts. Catastrophe Series 4 (2019) filmed at this location.

The Kent Events Centre based in Detling is the largest, most flexible conference and exhibition venue in Kent, offering 7,000 sqm of indoor space available to film productions as studio space and 200 acres of outdoor space.

Margate is a traditional seaside town complete with sandy beach, harbour, amusement park, period housing and ultra modern art gallery Turner Contemporary. The Walpole Hotel was built for discerning guests in 1914 and extended in 1927.  Built over 5 floors it has 42 Bedrooms, 2 flats and a newly-added small museum space. Westgate-on-Sea is a charming Victorian town, steeped in Heritage with quaint shops and two fantastic blue flag beaches. Margate is popular as a film locations with recent productions including Two Weeks to Live (2020), Pandemonium (2020) and Top Boy – Series 3 (2019).

The Port of Ramsgate offers 32 acres of dedicated Port Land including 3 modern Ro-Ro bridges and Water and bunker facilities on all berths. It is often used as ‘stand-in’ for the Port of Dover. Royal Harbour Marina offers 700 finger moorings set in a picturesque and historic harbour setting. Crime dramas to previously film at the Port of Ramsgate include The Tunnel: Vengeance (2017) and Baptiste (2019).

The Citadel, located on Dover’s Western Heights was constructed in the late 1700’s as a port of defence during the Napoleonic war. Most recently it has been used as a borstal, prison, and immigration detention centre up until its closure in 2015. It is now becoming popular as a filming location and has welcomed several productions over the past year – soon to broadcast.

Herne Bay is a coastal resort popular for filming along the Kent coast. Kate & Koji (2020) is a recent production to film here. Faversham is a beautiful historic market town set on Faversham Creek. TV productions to film in the area include Hetty Feather Series 1 – 6 (2015 – 2020) and Celebrity Antiques Road Show – Series 8 (2018).

St Martin’s Hospital is a large building on the outskirts of busy Canterbury town centre. It has hosted filming for crime drama The Tunnel: Sabotage (2016) and The Tunnel: Vengeance (2017).

Whitstable Pearl (2021) will be available as a box set on Acorn TV on Monday 24th May 2021.

Official trailer: https://youtu.be/hDA4KWtw7JU

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The Nevers (2021)

Laura Donnelly and Ann Skelly are standing arm in arm looking into the distance. They are dressed in Victorian clothes in a London street with washing hanging behind them.

Laura Donnelly and Ann Skelly in The Nevers – Hanged (2021) © HBO / Keith Bernstein


Creator and Director:
Joss Whedon
Producers: Bernie Caulfield, Jane Espenson, Doug Petrie, Joss Whedon
Starring: Laura Donnelly, Olivia Williams, Ben Chaplin, Eleanor Tomlinson, James Norton, Pip Torrens, James Norton, Nick Frost, Denis O’Hare
Production Company: HBO
Kent Locations Used: The Historic Dockyard Chatham, Fort Amherst

This 12-part, direct to TV series is an epic science fiction drama about a gang of Victorian women who find themselves with unusual abilities, relentless enemies and a mission that might change the world.

The Nevers (2021) was co-written by Joss Whedon (Avengers: Age of Ultron,  Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., Buffy the Vampire Slayer) and Buffy co-writers Jane Espenson, Doug Petrie and was directed by Whedon. Bernie Caulfield (Game of Thrones). Jane Espenson, and Doug Petrie executive produce alongside Whedon. This is not the first time Whedon has filmed in Kent as he filmed at Dover Castle for Avengers: Age of Ultron (2015).

Laura Donnelly (Outlander, Tolkien) leads the cast as Amalia True, the most reckless, hero of her time. Olivia Williams (Miss Austen Regrets) plays the role of Lavinia Bidlow, wealthy spinster and champion of The Touched, who funds the orphanage where Amalia lives. Eleanor Tomlinson (Poldark) plays Mary Brighton, a gentle but resilient woman who pursues her dream of singing on stage despite a disappointing career.

Ben Chaplin (The Children Act) is deeply moral Detective Frank Mundi, a man caught between the powerful and The Touched.  (Pip Torrens (The Crown Series 1 – 4 (2016-2020)) is the unflappable Lord Massen, a former general determined to protect the established order from The Touched.  Nick Frost (Fighting With My Family) portrays Declan Orrun, aka the Beggar King, a low-level crime lord. Denis O’Hare (Big Little Lies) plays Dr. Edmund Hague, a gifted American surgeon who uses his skills in the most brutal way possible and James Norton (Grantchester) plays pansexual posh boy, Hugo Swann.

In 2019 production visited The Historic Dockyard Chatham, making use of multiple areas at the location as London doubles for Victorian streets including the Ropery exterior, Anchor Wharf, Stables and Officers’ Terrace. In Episode One a stunt scene filmed on Ropery Street appears with masked horsemen chasing the protaganists Amalia True (Laura Donnelly), Penance Adair (Ann Skelly) and Myrtle Haplisch (Viola Prettejohn). The rear of the Ropery building also stands in as a theatre stage door entrance. The Stables houses stand in for Dr Horatio’s (Zackery Momoh) home and Officer’s Terrace stands in for the London street where Maladie (Amy Manson) is led away to an “asylum for the psychologically deranged.” The Historic Dockyard Chatham also provided a unit base for cast and crew during filming at Fort Amherst. Production also filmed at Fort Amherst to depict colonial scenes.

Various locations in the Medway area provided unit base facilities to support The Nevers cast and crew during filming. The Dockside Retail Outlet Chatham and The Medway Campus of Greenwich University provided car parking and Gillingham Football Club provided a base for Supporting Artists. The Historic Dockyard Chatham provided unit base facilities in the exterior car parks and on Anchor Wharf, while the Fitted Rigging House was utilised for crowd holding between scenes.

Set on the River Medway The Historic Dockyard Chatham was once an active Royal Navy shipyard and is one of the most popular Kent filming locations, particularly for period dramas looking for London street doubles. Recent period drama TV productions include Pennyworth Series 1 (2019), Belgravia (2020) and The Crown Series 1 – 4 (2016-2020).

The Nevers (2021) series will arrive on Sky Atlantic and NOW on Monday 17th May 2021. The series will be available to view as a box set on both Sky Atlantic and NOW. The first series has been split into two parts, with the second six-episode part set to arrive in 2022.

The Nevers Official Trailer:

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This Time With Alan Partridge – Season 2 (2021)

Actor Alan Partridge stands in the foreground on grass wearing a blue jumper and jacket and is pulling a silly expression. Behind him is a stone archway and monks gardening.

This Time with Alan Partridge © BBC / Baby Cow / Gary Moyes

 

Writers: Steve Coogan, Neil Gibbons, Rob Gibbons

Directors: Neil Gibbons, Rob Gibbons

Starring:  Steve Coogan, Susannah Fielding, Felicity Montagu

Production Company: BBC / Baby Cow Productions

Kent Locations Used: Aylesford priory, Blue Bell Hill Country Park, Maidstone Studios,

Alan Partridge starring Steve Coogan (Holmes & Watson (2018), Stan & Ollie, Mid Morning Matters with Alan Partridge) returns to BBC One with a second series of the BBC evening magazine show ‘This Time’ where he is now established as the show’s co-presenter. This Time with Alan Partridge follows Alan on air and off as he tries to cling on to his position in the face of behind-the-scenes upheaval and his fears that his relevance is dwindling.

The show was written by Steve Coogan, Neil Gibbons (The Witchfinder, Hang Ups) and Rob Gibbons (Mid Morning Matters with Alan Partridge, Hounded) and also stars Susannah Fielding (Life, Silent Witness) as co-presenter Jenny, Felicity Montagu (Four Weddings and a Funeral, The Durrells) as Lynn Benfield and Tim Key (The Witchfinder, The Irregulars) as Simon Denton.

During filming production filmed at Maidstone Studios standing in as the BBC studios, Blue Bell Hill Country Park and Aylesford Priory. Filming also took place at private residences, a nursery and on local roads around Blue Bell Hill and in the county town of Maidstone.

Just 45 minutes from London, Maidstone Studios is the UK’s largest independent studios.  We are classed as a regional studio facility and have been home to some of the industry’s best loved television programmes from ‘Later Live – with Jools Holland’ through to ‘Take Me Out’.

Aylesford Priory situated at The Friars is an ancient religious house of the Carmelite Friars dating back to the 13th Century. The Friars is a place of peace where visitors can enjoy walks around the breathtaking grounds and stunning medieval buildings or visit the pottery to see local artisans at work. Bollywood film Rustom (2013) was partly filmed at Aylesford Priory.

Blue Bell Hill Country Park is located on the North Downs Way near Aylesford with uninterrupted views across the Weald valley. The five-hectare site is part of a Nature Reserve with the Kent Wildlife Trust.

This Time with Alan Partridge Season 2 begins on BBC One on Friday 30th April 2021 at 930pm and is available for catch up on iPlayer.

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Too Close (2021)

Connie Mortenson (played by Denise Gough) and psychiatrist Dr Emma Robertson (played by Emily Watson) stand side by side looking to camera with a dark background, the mood of the image is sinister.

Too Close (2021) © ITV images

Writer: Clara Salaman
Director:  Bruce Goodison
Starring: Emily Watson, Denise Gough, Eileen Davies
Production Company: Snowed-In Productions Ltd, All3Media for ITV
Kent Locations Used: Kingsferry Bridge – Isle of Sheppey, Swale

Too Close (2021) is a psychological drama for ITV starring Emily Watson. The three-part mini‑series tells the story of a forensic psychiatrist who must assess a criminal suspect – only to fall victim to their manipulative nature.

Dedicated forensic psychiatrist, Dr Emma Robinson played by Emily Watson (The Third Day (2020), Chernobyl) is sent to assess Connie played by Denise Gough (Paula, Guerrilla) who is on trial for a terrible crime When Connie quickly gains insight into Emma’s deepest insecurities and starts to brutally exploit them, their sessions become a complex psychological game. Eileen Davies (Grantchester, Peterloo (2018)) also stars as Julia de Cadenet.

Too Close (2021) is based on the book of the same name, written by Clara Salaman under the pseudonym Natalie Daniels, and is directed by Bruce Goodison (Born to Kill, Doctor Foster) for Snowed-In Productions for All3Media.

During filming, production visited Kent to film a stunt sequence on Kingsferry Bridge, a combined road and railway bridge that links the Isle of Sheppey to mainland towns Sittingbourne and Kemsley. The maximum bridge lifting height is 84 feet and when reached a claxon sound is heard to confirm the bridge is at full height. The Kingsferry Bridge is no longer as busy as it once was, traffic now able to use the New Sheppey Crossing Bridge. Previous productions to film on the bridge include Kiss Me First (2018).

Too Close (2021) is due for release on ITV on April 12th at 9pm.

 

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Ammonite (2021)

Image of two faces overlapping and facing one another - Actress Saoirse Ronan playing Charlotte Murchison and Kate Winslet playing Mary Anning.

Ammonite movie poster
© EF Neon

Writer: Francis Lee

Director: Francis Lee

Starring: Saoirse Ronan, Kate Winslet, Fiona Shaw, Gemma Jones.

Production Company: See-Saw Films, British Film Institute, BBC Films

Kent Locations Used: Romney House, School Road, Charing, The Historic Dockyard Chatham

Ammonite is film loosely based on the life of the acclaimed English fossil hunter Mary Anning (Kate Winslet) in 1840s England. Widely known for her contribution to prehistoric geology, she made ground-breaking Jurassic period discoveries as she spent time investigating the cliffs at Lyme Regis and Charmouth in Dorset. Whilst the film will clearly address Anning’s professional life, it also explores her private affairs and her struggles to make ends meet.

The film was written and directed by Francis Lee (God’s Own Country, The Farmer’s Wife) and Kate Winslet (Titanic, The Reader) stars as Anning alongside Saoirse Ronan (Hanna, Lady Bird) as her fellow geologist and companion Mrs Charlotte Murchison.

Kate Winslet as Mary Anning and Saoirse Ronan as Charlotte Murchison in Ammonite walking along a beach in Lyme Regis. Kate wears a blue coat and brown frock, her hair is plainly tied back and she carries a leather satchel across her shoulder. Saoirse wears a bonnet and black dress and walks behind. Waves are breaking behind them onto the beach and the cliffs are shrouded in mist..

Kate Winslet and Saoirse Ronan in Ammonite (2020) © See-Saw / British Film Institute / BBC / Cross City / Stage 6

A couple of scenes for the film were shot in Kent. Romney House, a grade II listed building in Charing, was used to stand in for a Lyme Regis property belonging to Dr. Lieberson (Alec Secareanu) were Mary and Charlotte attend an evening party. A further scene was filmed at The Historic Dockyard Chatham, in which Mary Anning (Kate Winslet)  alights a boat just arrived to London Docks from Lyme Regis.

Charing is a quaint, traditional and beautiful village in the Ashford district of Kent and is situated on the historic Pilgrim’s way that stretches from London to Canterbury. The high street has many old whitewashed buildings comprised of brick and tile, some also exhibiting exposed timber frames. It is also home to the famous building the Archbishop’s palace, a large manor house historically belonging to the Archbishop of Canterbury.

The Historic Dockyard Chatham was established in the mid-16th century and is located on the River Medway. A location with an extensive history, evident through its numerous buildings and exhibitions open to the public. The site offers maritime, industrial, Georgian and Victorian architecture and cobbled streets, an ideal set for many film productions. Recent feature films that have shot dockside scenes at the Dockyard include Red Joan (2019) and The Mercy (2018)..

Ammonite is scheduled for release on Amazon Prime Box Office on 26th March 2021.

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