Victorian Sensations: Electric Dreams – Series 1 (2019)

Presenter Hannah Fry pictured in a black jumper smiling at the camera. Red theatre chairs are seen behind her with an electrical machine and spark.

Hannah Fry in Victorian Sensations ©BBC

Director: Andy Hall
Starring: Hannah Fry
Production Company: Academy 7 Productions
Kent Locations Used: The Historic Dockyard Chatham

Victorian Sensations (2019) is a brand-new three-part series, which explores the thrilling era of the 1890s, a period of rapid discovery and change.

In the first episode, ‘Electric Dreams’, mathematician Dr Hannah Fry (Size Matters, Horizon) investigates how science and technology transformed Britain during this time, giving rise to the modern world, as well as many present-day anxieties.

For the filming of this particular episode, production visited the Ropery Complex at The Historic Dockyard Chatham.

The Historic Dockyard in Chatham is set over 80 acres and contains over 100 Georgian and Victorian buildings. It has previously been used as a film location for productions such as Call the Midwife (2012-2022) and The Crown (2016).

Victorian Sensations can be seen on BBC Four on Wednesday 22nd May 2019 at 9pm. The Kent episode, Electric Dreams, will be the first of the three episodes to air.

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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. 

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