Who Do You Think You Are? (2014)

Twiggy standing with her arms crossed in a run down empty room

Twiggy – Who Do You Think You Are? © BBC/Wall to Wall/Stephen Perry

Production company: Wall to Wall

Kent Locations: Farningham in Sevenoaks and Darenth in Dartford

Who Do You Think You Are? is the hit BBC series where celebrities trace their ancestry and discover secrets and surprises from their past.

The eleventh series has featured actresses Julie Walters and Sheridan Smith, comedian Billy Connolly and Bake Off star Mary Berry, with the final episode of the series focusing on model and actress, Twiggy.

Twiggy, whose real name is Lesley Lawson, takes a journey into discovering her family’s descent and visits Farningham and Darenth in Kent along the way.

Farningham is a quaint village located on the River Darent in the Sevenoaks district of Kent. The village is said to have been visited by Charles Dickens where he fished trout.

In neighbouring Dartford is Darenth which has a church, public halls as well as acres of woodland such as Darenth Woods and Darenth Country Park.

The Sevenoaks area has welcomed filming from productions such as Rush (2013) and Strawberry Fields (2012).

Dartford has hosted Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 1 (2010).

Don’t miss Twiggy’s Who Do You Think You Are? episode which will be shown on Thursday 9th October 2014 at 21:00 on BBC One.

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Free Speech (2014)

Free Speech presenters Rick Edwards and Tina Daheley with empty chairs behind them. Free speech is written in white

Free Speech presenters Rick Edwards and Tina Daheley

Production company: Mentorn Media

Kent Location: Margate Winter Gardens

Free Speech is the BBC Three debate and discussion show where viewers get the chance to speak up about the biggest issues the country faces.

The next episode is an immigration special coming live from Margate Winter Gardens and is presented by Rick Edwards with Interactive Presenter Tina Daheley adding to the debate with the live social media feed.

Panellists including Suzanne Evans, deputy chairman of the UK Independence Party, journalist and author of The Establishment, Owen Jones and Lord Bilimoria, the founder of Cobra beer, will debate and answer audience questions around the pros and cons of immigration.

Now in its third series, the show has previously explored tough subjects such as addiction, young parenting, and unemployment.

Margate Winter Gardens is an event and theatre venue in the seaside town of Margate. The town itself boasts gallery the Turner Contemporary which is set on the sandy beach as well as a harbour, arcades, quirky shops and trendy cafes. Margate has previously been seen on screen in BBC’s Coast (2014), ITV comedy Edge of Heaven (2014) and BBC One’s drama True Love (2012).

Don’t miss Free Speech which will be coming live from Margate Winter Gardens on Tuesday 7th October 2014 on BBC Three at 20:00.

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A Taste of Britain (2014)

Taste of Britain presenters Brian Turner and Janet Street Porter standing in the countryside smiling at the camera

Taste of Britain presenters Brian Turner and Janet Street Porter © BBC/Cactus TV

Production Company: Cactus TV

Kent Locations: Oare Marshes, Faversham, Brogdale Farm, The Goods Shed and Snail Farm in Canterbury

A Taste of Britain is a new BBC series presented by Janet Street-Porter and Brian Turner who visit different areas around the country to see the sights and try local delicacies and food specialities.

An upcoming episode takes the duo to one of Janet Street-Porter’s favourite places – Kent. They explore Oare Marshes and historic Faversham before visiting one of the UK’s only snail farms near Canterbury which inspires Brian to make a snail frittata.

The Goods Shed in Canterbury is the next stop for Janet and Brian, where chef Rafael Lopez creates a delicious lunch of lamb cutlets with vegetables using local ingredients.

The pair also visits Brogdale near Faversham which is in the throes of peak cherry season and spurs Brian on to bake a stunning cherry pastry cake.

The Oare Marshes Nature Reserve is located in the South Swale, in Harty Ferry, and has freshwater dykes, open water scrapes, reedbed, saltmarsh and a seawall which is favoured nesting place for many species of migrating birds. Previous productions which have filmed at Oare Marshes include Channel 4 drama Southcliffe (2013) and feature film Great Expectations (2012).

The historic market town of Faversham  has nearly 500 listed buildings and is home to Britain’s oldest brewery, Shepherd Neame. The area has many restaurants, shops and beautiful landscapes such as the picturesque Faversham Creek. Faversham has been previously seen on screen for productions such as Great British Railway Journeys (2014).

The Goods Shed in Canterbury is a popular Famer’s Market, restaurant, and food hall. Canterbury is a vibrant City which boasts the historic Cathedral, shopping areas, parks and open spaces as well as neighbouring quaint, traditional towns. Previous productions that have shot in Canterbury include Last Orders (2008).

The Kent episode of A Taste of Britain will be shown on BBC One on Monday 22nd September 2014 at 15:45.

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British Art at War: Paul Nash – The Ghosts of War (2014)

Artists of War presenter Andrew Graham-Dixon in front of a Paul Nash painting

Artists of War presenter Andrew Graham-Dixon © BBC/DNA Arts

Production Company: DNA Arts Productions Ltd

Kent locations: Dymchurch

This new BBC Four series with art historian and broadcaster Andrew Graham-Dixon explores how three British artists responded to the cataclysm of World War One.

The show focuses on the works David Bomberg, Walter Sickert and Paul Nash. The first episode explores the life and art created by Paul Nash – one of Britain’s great landscape artists, whose work was influenced by his time serving in both World Wars.

Paul Nash and his wife lived in Dymchurch from 1921 -1925 and produced a series of paintings of the seawall and surrounding landscape of Romney Marsh therefore the production visited the area to discover the landscapes which inspired him.

Dymchurch is a village on the south east Kent coast and is a popular summer beach resort due to its delightful sandy beach, sea wall and amusements as well as many cafes and ice cream parlours. The area has been featured on screen before in productions such as The Honourable Woman (2014), Parade’s End (2012) and Dr Syn: The Scarecrow of Romney Marsh (1964).

British Art at War starts on Sunday 14th September 2014 at 21:00 on BBC Four. 

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Later… with Jools Holland (2014)

Jools Holland perched on a stool next to the stage

Later… with Jools Holland © ASC

Production Company: BBC

Kent Locations Used: The Maidstone Studios

Popular music show Later… with Jools Holland returns for a 45th series with performances from legendary musicians as well as brand new acts from around the world.

The BBC Two late night show is broadcast live on Tuesday nights with a longer show being shown on Friday nights and the first episode of the new series welcomes Alt-J, Ryan Adams, Jungle, Banks, The O’Jays and Vance Joy.

The programme first aired in 1992 and is a major hit in both the UK as well as America and various European countries.

The Maidstone Studios is an independent TV studio complex on an 11 acre site with 5 television studios, dubbing facilities, edits suits, a fully saturated lighting grid and office space. The Maidstone Studios has previously welcome shows such as Draw It! (2014) and Got to Dance (2010).

The new series of Later… with Jools Holland will return on BBC Two at 22:00 on Tuesday 16th September 2014.

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The Boats That Made Britain: A Time Team Special (2014)

Tony Robinson smiling at the camera

Tony Robinson © Channel 4

Production Company: Picture House Television Company, The Channel 4 Television Corporation, Videotext Communications

Kent locations used: Dover

This Time Team special sees Tony Robinson join a team of experts as they attempt to reconstruct a bronze age Dover Boat, one of the oldest seagoing boats in the world, using only materials and tools from the time.

Little evidence survives of what life was like three and a half thousand years ago however in 1992, archaeologists in Dover town centre unearthed the most intact Bronze Age boat ever found and in 2012, the Time Team crew including Sir Tony Robinson, Phil Harding and Francis Pryor worked alongside a team of experts as they strive to reconstruct the Dover Boat and unlock secrets of this mysterious time.

The production team visited Dover to explore the area where the boat was found. The Bronze Age Boat is now on display at Dover Museum.

Time Team is the popular Channel 4 series which ran for 20 series from 1994 – 2013 where each episode featured a team of specialists carrying out excavation on sites to attempt to solve archaeological mysteries. The Boats That Made Britain is one of several specials shown in 2014.

Dover is home to the infamous White Cliffs of Dover and Europe’s busiest passenger port. The area has been used for many filming projects such as The Choir: Sing While You Work (2013), Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows (2011) and The Other Boleyn Girl (2008).

Don’t miss The Boats That Made Britain: A Time Team Special which will be shown on Sunday 7th September 2014 at 20:00 on Channel 4.

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The Suspicions of Mr Whicher (2014)


Mr Whicher standing staring at the camera on a cobbled street.

The Suspicions of Mr Whicher – Paddy Considine © ITV

Production Company: Hat Trick Productions

Kent locations: The Historic Dockyard Chatham

ITV’s The Suspicions of Mr Whicher returns with two new TV films inspired by the real life career of the celebrated 19th century detective.

Paddy Considine (The Bourne Ultimatum, The World’s End) returns as Jack Whicher with the new films written by playwright Helen Edmundson. The original The Suspicions of Mr Whicher film was shown in 2011 and based on the best-selling book by Kate Summerscale. 

The first film “Beyond the Pale” is directed by David Blair (Accused, Bert & Dickie) and sees Jack Whicher has moved on from his role as Inspector at the Metropolitan Police to become a private inquiry agent. After being hired by a former Home Secretary to help investigate threats made against his son, Jack unearths the darkest secrets and finds himself in a maelstrom of betrayal and passion.

The second film “Ties That Bind” is directed by Geoffrey Sax (Endeavour, Tipping the Velvet) and is about Whicher reluctantly taking on a divorce case after the law has just passed and what seems a fairly straight-forward investigation turns out to be disturbing after one of the key witnesses fails to attend court and is found dead.

Paddy Considine walking along a street past a lady with baskets and rope. A ship can be seen in the background

The Suspicions of Mr Whicher – Paddy Considine © ITV

The Historic Dockyard Chatham was chosen as a film location where the production made use of a variety of spaces including exteriors at the street and gardens as well as HMS Gannet and interior spaces such as the Tarred Yarn Store.

The Historic Dockyard Chatham is a popular film location due to the variety of cobbled streets, industrial buildings and extraordinary Georgian and Victorian architecture. Feature films Muppets Most Wanted (2014) and Les Miserables (2012) as well as TV dramas Mr Selfridge (2012-2014) and Downton Abbey (2013) have also chosen to film at this diverse Kent location.

The Suspicions of Mr Whicher: Beyond The Pale will be shown on Sunday 7th September 2014 at 21:05 on ITV1 and The Suspicions of Mr Whicher: Ties That Bind which will be shown on Sunday 14th September 2014 at 21:00 on ITV1.

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Blood Moon (2014)

Blood Mood Film Poster- werewolf in the grey clouds with an image of a man facing him with guns. a moon and buildings can be seen in the distance. Blood Moon written in red in the centre of the poster

© Blood Mood Film Poster

Director: Jeremy Wooding

Starring: Shaun Dooley, George Blagden, Anna Skellern, Ian Whyte

Kent Locations: Laredo Wild West town near Longfield

Blood Mood is a horror-western set in Lassiter, Colorado, a town beset by outlaws, gunslinger and a creature known to the Native Americans as the Skinwalker, which appears on nights of a blood red moon to feast on human flesh.

The film is directed by Jeremy Wooding (Bollywood Queen, Peep Show) and stars Shaun Dooley (Eden Lake, The Woman in Black, TV’s Broadchurch), George Blagden (After the Dark, Les Miserables, TV’s Vikings), Anna Skellern (The Descent: Part Two, Gambit, TV’s The Musketeers) and Ian Whyte (Prometheus, Hercules, TV’s Game of Thrones).

The production filmed in Kent at Laredo Wild West town near Longfield for 4 weeks in February 2014.

“A Killer Slice Of Comic Book Horror” – Billy Chainsaw

“A Wild West Thrill Fest’” – James Whittington, The Horror Channel

“A Truly Great Film – ★★★★★” – Horror News.net

“A Pioneer Among The Posse -★★★★★” – TheMovieWaffler.com

“A Cracking Gothic Western” – Stuart Wright, Britflicks

The film is released in cinemas from September 28th 2015 and there will be two Kent screenings:

6th October at the Hazlitt Theatre with the Maidstone Film Society The Maidstone Film Society at 8pm, tickets £4 on the door including a screening and Q&A with director Jeremy Wooding afterwards.

3rd November in Rochester with the Rochester Film Society.

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Gadget Man (2014)


Gadget Man Presenter Richard Ayoade in an orange suit and blue tie

Gadget Man Presenter Richard Ayoade © Channel 4/North One Television

Production company: North One Television

Kent Locations: House in Faversham, Wye National Nature Reserve, Leeds Castle, Teapot Island Maidstone

Channel 4’s Gadget Man returns as Richard Ayoade takes a look at the world of gadgets and how new technology can help to make everyday life a little bit easier.

In the third series, Richard finds gadgets that can help tasks such as cooking, shopping, moving house and even going out or staying in. Guest stars who help Richard test the latest technology offerings include Richard E Grant, Allison Steadman, Tim Vine and David Mitchell.

Richard Ayoade and Phill Jupitus sitting on chairs with gadgets on their legs

Richard Ayoade and Phill Jupitus © Channel 4/North One Television

The Gadget Man team visited Kent where they used a private residence in Faversham for Richard’s house which features throughout the series as well as Wye National Nature Reserve in Ashford and Leeds Castle which are in episode three where Richard looks at gadgets that can solve “staycation” issues.

Faversham is a beautiful, historic market town which boasts nearly 500 listed buildings and is set on the picturesque Faversham Creek. It has many restaurants, shops, attractions and beautiful walks. The area has been used as a film location for productions such as Great British Railway Journeys (2014), Channel 4 drama Southcliffe (2013).

The 133 hectares of Wye National Nature Reserve consists of chalk grassland and woodland on steep coombes and offers spectacular views over the Romney Marsh and Weald. Ashford and surrounding areas has been used for filming with previous visiting productions including The Monuments Men (2014) and Emma (2009).

Leeds Castle is set in 500 acres of beautiful parkland and formal gardens in Maidstone. The castle itself was built in 1119 and has state rooms a mote. Leeds Castle has previously been featured in productions such as Lady Jane (1987) and Kind Hearts and Coronets (1949).

Don’t miss Gadget Man which starts on Monday 25th August 2014 at 20:30 on Channel 4 and the staycation episode will be shown on Monday 8th September 2014 at 20:30 on Channel 4.


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James May’s Cars of People (2014)

James May and Henri Cogi sitting in a KV Mini 1 microcar, in Landes-Le-Gaulois, France

James May © BBC Worldwide/Rod Fountain

Production Company: BBC

Kent locationsDiscovery Park

James May’s Cars of People is a new BBC Two series where the Top Gear presenter discovers how the car became an everyday part of people’s lives.

In the finale of the three part series, James explores how aspiration and wealth drove the development of some of the greatest cars ever made such as the Rolls Royce, Lamborghini and Porsche. James also reveals his ultimate people’s car which he deems to be the greatest vehicle in history.

James May visited Discovery Park in Sandwich for episode three where he drives a car around the industrial site.

James May standing by a Renault 4 and Citroën 2CV in a farmyard in front of a barn in Blois, France

James May © BBC Worldwide/Rod Fountain 2

Discovery Park is the former head quarters of the pharmaceutical company Pfizer and after a change of ownership in 2012, is fast becoming Europe’s leading science and technology park. The site offers a hub for the science, technology, business and enterprise sectors and boasts large office complexes, scientific laboratories, warehouses and plants.

Discovery Park has previously been used as a film location by productions such as feature film World War Z (2013) and Sky Atlantic thriller The Tunnel (2013).

Don’t miss the final episode of James May’s Cars of People which features Discovery Park and can be seen on Sunday 24th August 2014 on BBC Two at 21:00.


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