The Escape (2018)

Gemma Arterton staring at the camera with a plain brown background behind her,

Gemma Arterton in the escape (2017) © Improvised Films LTD

 

Writer: Dominic Savage

Director: Dominic Savage

Starring: Gemma Arterton, Dominic Cooper

Production Company: Shoebox Films, Lorton Entertainment

Kent Locations Used: Dartford, Gravesham

The film The Escape follows the story of a young woman (Gemma Arterton) at a crossroads in her life, as she struggles to chase her dreams alongside her responsibilities as a mother and a wife. She decides on a change and heads off to Paris to find herself.

Director, writer, Dominic Savage, has previously worked on BBC films Born Equal and Freefall. Gemma Arterton has starred in high-profile films such as Hansel & Gretel: Witch-Hunters and Clash of the Titans. Dominic Cooper has been credited in Captain America: The First Avenger and Mamma Mia! .

Scenes were filmed in and around the Gravesend area, including Northfleet Nursery which was used as Tara’s son’s day centre. Imperial Business Park also features, as Tara’s local place for shopping.

Production also filmed in and around Dartford, at a property in Caspian Way which features as the family’s home. Crayland Primary School features as Tara’s daughter’s school and the park off of Broomfield Road is visited by the whole family at the weekend.  As well as filming at a nearby kids’ playground in Swanscombe, and Ebbsfleet International Station, where Tara (Gemma Arterton) watches the trains on one occasion and later leaves for Paris.

The Escape was released in the UK on Friday 3rd August 2018.

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BBC’s Imagine (2018)

Artist Rose Wylie and presenter Alan Yentob pictured standing together in Rose's home against a messy painted wall.

Rose Wylie and Alan Yentob ©BBC One

 

Directors: Lindsey Hanlon and Katy Homan

Starring: Alan Yentob, Rose Wylie, and Tacita Dean

Production Company: BBC Studios

Kent Locations Used: Faversham and Romney Marsh

BBC’s series Imagine returns this weekend with presenter and executive producer Alan Yentob. Imagine is an arts series which was first broadcast in 2003. The latest series contains three episodes. Each episode is based on a different topic, and two episodes were filmed in Kent.

Rose Wylie: This is Blooming

This first episode of the series, produced by Lindsey Hanlon, tells the story of artist Rose Wylie, now at the prime of her profession at the age of 83. Her unlikely subjects are drawn from the world around her – from footballers and popular movies, to memories of her childhood during the London Blitz, to the stuff of everyday life. Alan Yentob meets Rose Wylie and delves into her colourful world to discover how her memories and experiences have helped shape the artist that she is today.

This episode was filmed in the home of Rose Wylie near Faversham. Faversham is a beautiful historic market town in the Swale Borough of Kent. Previous productions which filmed there include Hetty Feather Series 3 (2018) and Walks With My Dog (2017).

The Rose Wylie episode will air this Sunday 22nd July 2018 on BBC One at 10:30pm.

Tacita Dean: Looking to See

image of artist Tacita Dean smiling at the back of a mans head towards the camera wearing a grey jumper.

Image of artist Tacita Dean ©BBC One

The second episode, produced by Katy Homan, focuses on the life of internationally renowned British artist Tacita Dean, who is exhibited in three of London’s leading galleries, and is celebrated for her works on analogue film. Alan Yentob joins Tacita Dean in various locations throughout the episode to discuss her poetic and thought-provoking work, and the medium which inspires her – film.

Tacita Dean grew up in the county of Kent and production visited various locations on the Romney Marsh to illustrate this, inclusing Whitehall Farm.  Romeny Marsh covers around 100 square miles from Rye to Hythe and is renowned for its unique natural beauty. It has previously been used as a film location for British Art at War: Paul Nash – The Ghosts of War (2014) and Books That Made Britain – Writers of Rye (2016)

The Tacita Dean episode will air on Sunday 29th July 2018 on BBC One at 10:30pm.

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Long Lost Family: What Happened Next – Series 8 (2018)

 

 

Close up of presenters Davina McCall and Nicky Campbell smiling at the camera. Nicky wearing a blue suit and red jumper, Davina wearing a red jacket and shirt.

Davina McCall and Nicky Campbell ©DailyPost

 

 

Director: Rachel Ozers

Starring: Davinia McCall and Nicky Campbell.

Production Company: Wall to Wall Media Ltd (ITV)

Kent Locations Used: Ramsgate, Tonbridge and Tunbridge Wells

Season 8 visits family members reunited on previous Long Lost Family series to see what happened after the initial reunion.

There will be three episodes catching up with Cathie Cutler Evans, John Ayton, and Maureen Charlton (episode 1); Marion Williams and James McDonnell, Ray Jones, and Laura Aker (episode 2); Deborah Ozturk, Mary Davies, and Vicki Haskell (episode 3).

Presented by Davinia McCall and Nicky Campbell the series visited Ramsgate for an update as well as recording presenter links with Davina McCall in and around Tonbridge and in Royal Tunbridge Wells throughout the series.

Ramsgate is a thriving seaside town with beautiful Georgian terraced housing, Marina, Port and Promenade. Often doubling for London streets. It has previously featured in TV productions such as The Tunnel: Sabotage (2016) and Hancock and Joan (2008).

Tonbridge is a riverside town with picturesque castle, churches and historic buildings. It was also featured in Long Lost Family Series 7 (2017) and other TV productions, including BBC’s Harry Potter: A History of Magic (2017) and Secret Britain (2016).

Royal Tunbridge Wells is a historic spa town that is renowned for the historic houses and gardens and has been a place of interest for over 400 years. It is popular in TV productions including Long Lost Family Series 7 (2017), The Royals Season 4 (2018) and Hunted Series 2 (2016).

The new season is released on 11th June 2018 at 9pm on ITV, the following episodes will broadcast on 18th and 25th June. 

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The Hotel Inspector – Series 14 Episode 4: Westward Ho! Hotel, Folkestone

 

Image of presenter Alex Polizzi wearing a white top in a hotel smiling at the camera

Presenter Alex Polizzi ©Channel 5

 

 

Director: Tom Weston
Starring: Alex Polizzi
Production Company: Twofour (Channel 5)
Kent Locations Used: Folkestone

Alex Polizzi comes to Folkestone in her quest to improve some of Britain’s hotels and B+B’s.

The long running series is presented by hotelier Alex Polizzi (Restaurant Rescue), and in this episode, Polizzi visits Westward Ho! hotel and its owner in Folkestone to offer her sound business advice.

Scenes were filmed around Folkestone, including the Leas and seafront. Folkestone is popular as a filming location, some recent examples include David Jason’s Secret Service (2017), The Channel: The World’s Busiest Waterway (2017), and  Coast v Country (2017). As a location, Folkestone offers a seaside town with an elegant Victorian clifftop promenade, a creative quarter, gardens, a coastal park, and fishing harbour.

The Westward Ho! Hotel episode will broadcast on Channel 5 at 9pm on Tuesday 26th  June 2018.

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Who Do You Think You Are? (2018)

 

Actress Michelle Keegan smiling at the camera in a pink jumper. Who do you think your are? written in white

Michelle Keegan ©BBC One

 

Writer: Stuart Elliot

Starring: Michelle Keegan, Olivia Coleman, Boy George, Shirley Ballas, Lee Mack, Marvin Humes, Judge Rinder and Jonnie Peacock.

Production Company: BBC One

Kent Locations Used: General Views in and around Margate.

Returning to our screens for its 15th series, the hit TV series Who Do You Think You are? focuses on tracing back our much-loved celebrities’ ancestry, giving them the opportunity to discover family secrets.

DJ, presenter and former member of band JLS, Marvin Humes, travelled to Margate to investigate the history of his great grandfather, Frederick Buckingham. Frederick, who suffered from Tuberculosis, was admitted to the Margate Metropolitan Infirmary from a workhouse. Marvin also visits the beach as the seawater in Margate was important, being part of the treatment for the illness.

Frederick served in the merchant navy, so Marvin Humes meets expert Harry Bennett at Chatham Historic Dockyard where they talk about the importance of the merchant navy to the economy.

Written by Stuart Elliot, the series will feature eight well known celebrities: Michelle Keegan (Our Girl and former Corrie Star), Olivia Coleman (The Crown), Boy George (Musician, DJ, fashion designer and British icon), Shirley Ballas (Strictly Come Dancing’s Head Judge), Lee Mack (Comedian/Not Going Out), Marvin Humes (Former JLS member/Presenter), Robert Rinder (Barrister/Judge Rinder) and Jonnie Peacock (Gold medal winning Paralympian).

Margate is a seaside town in the district of Thanet in Kent, England. It is well known for its amusement park, Dreamland, which first opened in 1880. Having been closed for over seven years, Dreamland re-opened in June 2015 to the public, featuring retro seaside rides and amusements.

Dreamland and Margate haven used previously as a location in TV series The Tunnel: Sabotage (2016) as well as Only Fools and Horses: The Jolly Boys’ Outing (1989).

Who Do You Think You Are? aired on 6 June 2018 at 9pm on BBC One. More episodes coming soon!

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Suffragettes – How Women Won the Vote (2018)

Portrait of three suffragettes characters in formal clothing at Commissioner's House with stairs in the background. The centre characters is looking at the camera whilst the two on the outside are looking in the distance.

Image of Suffragettes ©BBC

 

Director: Emma Frank

Starring: Lucy Worsley

Production Company: Brook Lapping Productions

Kent Locations Used: Chatham Dockyard, Commissioner’s House, Tarred Yarn Store, Captains House and the ropey foot tunnel, as well as the Assistant Queens Harbourmaster’s House.

Suffragettes with Lucy Worsley is part of a group of BBC programmes marking the 100s anniversary of women gaining the vote in the UK.

In this drama documentary, Lucy Worsley explores, a group of less well known, but equally astonishing, young working-class suffragettes who decided to go against the rules and expectations of Edwardian society.

Worsley reveals what life was like for young women, what drove them to break the law and how they used their own PR to counteract the negative portrayals they received from the press of the day.

Lucy Worsley has been a writer and presenter for Our Food (2012), A Very British Romance (2015) and If Walls Could Talk: The History of the Home (2011).

Scenes from Suffragettes with Lucy Worsley was filmed in various locations at The Historic Dockyard Chatham, such as the Commissioner’s House, the Tarred Yarn Store, the Captains House and Ropery foot tunnel, as well as the Assistant Queens Harbourmaster’s House.

Suffragettes by Lucy Worsley airs on BBC1, Monday 4th June at 20.30.

To see the official trailer visit: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=r_Y2e79lBTw

 

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Ross Edgley’s Great British Swim 2018

 

Image of Ross Edgley swimming in the sea in a black wetsuit and goggles.

Ross Edgley ©Red Bull

 

Vlogger: Ross Edgley

Production Company: Red Bull

Kent Locations Used: Margate Harbour

This vlog series records Ross Edgley’s progress of swimming around the entirety of mainland Great Britain.

Ross Edgley is an UK strongman who previously rope climbed the height of Everest and who swam 100km in the Caribbean while tied to a tree. His new goal is to be the first man to swim around mainland Great Britain.

As part of his journey he plans not to touch shore until he returns to London’s Tower Bridge, an estimated 100 days later. He will only stop to sleep and eat on the support boat, from which he will plot the route and vlog his progress.

Watch Ross start his journey in Margate in episode 2 and get into a little trouble barely a couple of hours into his challenge when a deep fog catches up with him in Dover. Having successfully crossed the busiest shipping lane in Europe, The Dover Strait, he leaves the Kent coast behind in week one of his adventure.

Update: Ross Edgley has now completed his historic Great British Swim in Margate, surviving 157 days and 2,000 miles at sea in gruelling conditions!

Margate is a seaside town complete with beach, harbour, amusement park, period housing and ultra-modern art gallery, Turner Contemporary. Margate Harbour previously featured in TV productions, including ITV’s Britain’s Favourite Walks: Top 100 (2018) and BBC’s True Love (2012).

The vlog has already been released.

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My Floating Home – Series 2 – Episode 4 & 8

 

Image of presenter Mark Evans in a blue shirt with his arms crossed, water and canal boats behind him.

Image of presenter Mark Evans ©Channel 4

 

Director: Matt Fletcher and Tristan Goodley (episode 4), Timothy Clarkson (episode 8)

Starring: Mark Evans

Production Company: Windfall Films, for Channel Four Television

Kent Locations Used: River Medway, Paddock Wood, Medway Wharf Marina, “The Basin” at East Farleigh

Returning for its second series My Floating Home follows seven families on their adventure of building their watery dream homes.

The river Medway is firstly introduced in episode 4. In this episode, Mark Evans meets Lee and Justine Oakley, who need to transform an old steel hull boat into a 2-story floating house that provides the perfect platform to soak in spectacular views of the River Medway.

The crew returns to the River Medway in episode 8 when Mark Evans follows Laurence Kent in his quest to build his ‘Riverpod’ floating home on the river. It will travel down river from Wateringbury to ‘The Basin’ at East Farleigh.

The River Medway is Kent’s longest river and today, many of people either live on the water or use it for leisure pursuits. The Medway featured previously in Great Expectations (1999) and Canterbury Tales – The Man of Laws’ Tale (2003).

Other Kent locations were featured in episode 8, including Paddock Wood, where the boat is constructed, Medway Wharf Marina, where the Riverpod is lowered into the water, and ‘The Basin’ at East Farleigh, where it is moored.

The latest episode of My Floating Home series 2 aired on 29 May on All4.

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King Lear (2018)

 

Portrait shot of character King Lear sitting on a chair with his three daughters by his side in the palace. Background is black and white chequered floor with black wall panels.

King Lear and his three daughters ©BBC

 

Director: Richard Eyre

Starring: Anthony Hopkins, Emma Thompson, Emily Watson, Florence Pugh, Jim Broadbent, Andrew Scott, John Macmillan, Jim Carter, Christopher Eccleston, Tobias Menzies, Anthony Calf and Karl Johnson

Production Company: Playground Entertainment, Amazon Studios and BBC

Kent Locations Used: Dover

King Lear is a modern-day adaptation of William Shakespeare’s play of the same name. The film tells the tragic story of King Lear (Anthony Hopkins) who abdicates his throne in favour of his two corrupt daughters Regan (Emily Watson) and Goneril (Emma Thompson), rejecting his loving and honest third daughter Cordelia (Florence Pugh) when she fails his test of flattery.

Director, Richard Eyre, has previously worked on films Notes on a Scandal, Iris, and Stage Beauty. Anthony Hopkins who plays King Lear, is best known for his role in The Silence of the Lambs, Hannibal, and Hitchcock. Emma Thompson as eldest daughter Goneril, was previously in Love Actually and The Remains of the Day.

Scenes were filmed in various locations in Dover, such as at Dover Castle, Samphire Hoe, and Abbot’s Cliff.

King Lear will air on Monday 28 May 2018 at 9:30pm on BBC Two.

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Britain’s Great Cathedrals with Tony Robinson (2018)

 

 

Headshot of presenter Tony Robinson standing in a cathedral with his blue coat on.

Presenter of the series Tony Robinson ©Channel 5

 

Director: Tom Cunningham and Mark Williams

Starring: Tony Robinson

Production Company: Channel 5

Kent Locations Used: Canterbury Cathedral and Town

The brand new series Britain’s Great Cathedrals is presented by actor and history enthusiast Tony Robinson (Walking Through History, Time Team, Tony Robinson’s Time Travels). The series examines six monumental British cathedrals and explores their history. In episode two the production visits Canterbury and the beautiful Canterbury Cathedral, seat of the Church of England.

Canterbury is a popular filming location and has previously been used as a location for filming for BBC Bargain Hunt and Time Team Special.

The series can be seen on Channel 5 every Friday at 8pm and Episode 2 featuring Canterbury Cathedral is available on My5.

 

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