Hunderby (2012)

Actors running towards the camera on botany bay beach, white cliffs behind

Hunderby © Sky Atlantic HD

Executive produced by: Henry Normal, Armando Iannucci and Lindsay Hughes

Produced by: John Rushton

Starring: Julia Davis, Alex MacQueen, Alexandra Roach, Rosie Cavaliero, Rufus Jones, Alexander Armstrong, Rebekah Staton, Kevin Eldon, Jane Stanness and Ben Bishop  

Production company: Baby Cow Productions

Kent Locations Used: Botany Bay, Thanet

This new seven-part dark comedy series is written by and starring Julia Davis, best known for her creation of award winning BBC series, Nighty Night. Set in the 19th century, it follows the story of a shipwreck survivor, Helene, who is washed ashore near a small English village where she meets and marries a widowed pastor. However her new husband’s housekeeper is trying to drive a wedge between them and it appears that Helene is hiding some dark secrets. Expect comedy, chaos and twists and turns!

Hunderby dives into a world of repression and morals, depicting tales of love affairs and relationship rifts and is a must see for comedy fans! According to Lucy Lumsden, the Head of Comedy for Sky, Davis’ “sick and twisted sense of humour has found its natural home,” promising great things for the upcoming series.  

Helene being rescued in the arms of a man from the shipwreck on a sandy beach

Helene being rescued from the shipwreck © Sky Atlantic HD

Expect many famous faces including Julia Davis herself who plays Dorothy the housekeeper, Alex MacQueen (The Inbetweeners), Alexandra Roach (The Iron Lady), Rosie Cavaliero (Spy), Rufus Jones (Holy Flying Circus), Alexander Armstrong (The Armstrong & Miller Show), Rebekah Staton (Spy), Kevin Eldon (This Is Jinsy), Jane Stanness (Nighty Night), and Ben Bishop (Whitechapel).

Earlier this year, the cast and crew of Hunderby came to Botany Bay in Thanet to make the most of the quiet stretches of sandy beach and picturesque white cliffs which served as a beautiful backdrop for the shipwreck scenes in the period drama. Botany Bay has proved a popular filming location, having also been used for upcoming Bollywood film Thaandavam (2012) and The Fixer (2008), to name a few.

Don’t miss Hunderby which premiers on Monday 27th August 2012 at 22:00 on Sky Atlantic. 

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The Hide (2009)

Alex MacQueen and Phillip Campbell in the wooden Bird hide out with binoculars

Alex MacQueen and Phillip Campbell in the Bird hide out © Poisson Rouge

Director: Marek Losey  

Writer: Tim Whitnall

Starring: Alex Macqueen and Phil Campbell

Production Company: Poisson Rouge Pictures, Solution Films Limited

Kent Filming Locations: Elmley Marshes, Swale and Harty Ferry Inn 

Based on the play by Tim Whitnall and starring Alex MacQueen and Philip Campbell, The Hide tells the story of a reclusive bird watcher who spends his time on desolate marshes. His peace is disrupted by the arrival of a stranger whose dishevelled appearance initially causes him some alarm. Surprisingly, the pair strike up a friendship, discovering that they have more in common than they first thought. However a shocking police announcement on the radio throws the two friends into a deadly fight for survival in this tense thriller.

The Hide - a wooden shed surrounded by filming equipment

Behind the scenes image of The Hide © Kent Film Office


Behind the scenes image - lighting equipment on the marshes

Behind the scenes image © Kent Film Office


The Hide was erected on the marshy shores just below the Harty Ferry Inn. Other footage was shot a little further along at the Elmley Marshes on the Isle of Sheppey.  Exposed to the elements, the bleak and atmospheric coastal marshland was the perfect backdrop for this tense thriller.
Elmley Marshes is a little bit of wilderness located on the shores of the River Swale and is home to many unusual species such as the Avocet and the Marsh Harrier making it an ideal spot for twitching and indeed a film about a bird twitcher!   The marshes have previously been used by productions such as Jekyll and Hyde (2015), Great British Railway Journeys (2014) and A Taste of Britain (2014).

The film was well received on the film festival circuit, making the official selection at the Dinard Film Festival and has recently been acquired by Film4.

The Hide was released in cinemas in 2008 and is now available on DVD.

For more information about Kent’s Filming History please visit our Movie Map.