Back to Life – Series 1 (2019)

 

Main actress Daisy Haggard's reflection seen holding up a handheld mirror and looking into it. Blood splatters a white background.. Back to Life written in black.

Back to Life series ©BBC

 

Writer: Daisy Haggard and Laura Solon

Director: Christopher Sweeney

Starring: Daisy Haggard, Geraldine James, Jamie Michie, and Christine Bottomley

Production Company: BBC Studios

Kent locations used: Dungeness, Abbot’s Cliff, Folkestone & Hythe, Lydd-on-Sea

BBC 3 comedy drama Back to Life follows Miranda ‘Miri’ Matteson (Daisy Haggard), who has just been released from prison, having spent a decade behind bars. Thirty-six years old, jobless and with no one to turn to, she has no choice but to move back in with her parents. She is desperate to go straight and move on with her life but will she be able to free herself from her past?

The series is directed by Christopher Sweeney (Parental Advisory: Disciplinary Measures, Women are from Mars), is written by Daisy Haggard and Laura Solon, and stars Daisy Haggard (Black Mirror, Outnumbered), Geraldine James (Alice in Wonderland, Sherlock Holmes), Jamie Michie (Game of Thrones, The Outlaw King) and Christine Bottomley (Hard Sun, The End of the F***ing World).

Production took filming to place across Dungeness, including Dungeness Estate, the Britannia Pub Inn and Lydd on Sea’s Lade Car Park. Dungeness has recently played host to several TV productions, including The Harry Hill Movie (2013), Parade’s End (2012), and All Or Nothing (2002).

As well as filming along the seafront of the small seaside town of Hythe, production filmed at another location in Dover, Abbot’s Cliff where production for King Lear (2018) also filmed previously.

The show is due to air on BBC 3 on Monday 15th April at 10.35pm.

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Catastrophe Series 4 (2019)

Sharon (Sharon Horgan) and Rob (Rob Delaney) cast from the series. The two are sitting on a rock by the side of the road, looking up to the sky.

Sharon Horgan and Rob Delaney ©Channel 4

 

Writers: Rob Delaney and Sharon Horgan

Director: Ben Taylor

Starring: Sharon Horgan, Rob Delaney, Mark Bonnar, Julie Hesmondhalgh, Chris Noth

Production Company: Avalon Television

Kent Locations Used: Whitstable, Royal Tunbridge Wells

Catastrophe, Channel 4’s popular comedy series,  follows the lives of American Rob (Rob Delaney) and Sharon (Sharon Horgan) his Irish wife from Ireland who first met on a business trip to London. The latest series catches up with them four years after they first met as Rob tackles his alcoholism and we see its impact on their relationship. It also includes the fictional funeral of Mia (Carrie Fisher), Rob’s mother as actress Carrie Fisher who sadly passed away after the filming of Series 3.

Starring Sharon Horgan (Game Night, Moone Boy) as Sharon Morris, Rob Delaney (Deadpool 2, Action Team) as Rob Norris, Mark Bonnar (Shetland, Take Down) as Chris, and guest starring Julie Hesmondhalgh (Coronation Street, Broadchurch) and Chris Noth (Sex and the City, Tyrant).

Filming for Mia’s funeral took place at Beacon House in the seaside town of Whitstable, which doubled as a house in Boston. The house is situated above a natural promontory, called The Street, which stretches out to sea for about half a mile. Another location used in Whitstable was The Lobster Shack, which is located at the edge of the harbour with stunning sea views.  Whitstable is a popular filming location and previous productions include Wayfaring Stranger (2008), The Things I Haven’t Told You (2008), and Mr Turner (2014).

The Pantiles in Royal Tunbridge Wells also featured in the new series and doubled as Boston. This area with shops, bars and live music offers a great shopping experience. The buildings, some of which are over 400 years old, still have some original features, though the overall impression is of a Georgian terrace that plays host to events from farmers markets to live Jazz and Christmas fairs. Royal Tunbridge Wells is credited in films and TV series such as The Royals Season 4 (2018).

The Channel 4 comedy will run over six episodes, the first of which is expected to air on 7th January 2019 at 10pm on Channel 4.

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Morgana Robinson’s Summer (2017)

Morgana Robinson looking at camera whilst on beach with comedy shorts title in background

Morgana Robinson’s Summer (C) Sky Arts/Merman

Writer: Sharon Horgan

Director: M.J. Delaney

Starring: Morgana Robinson, Sheridan Smith, Frances Barber, Aimee-Ffion Edwards, Gabby Best, Peter Singh and Edward Aczel

Production Company: Merman

Kent Locations Used: Margate

Part of Sky Art’s 2017 Comedy Short series, Morgana Robinson’s Summer is set on a hot day in Margate and centres around a heavily pregnant Trish. When friends and family gather for her baby shower, a secret is revealed which causes tempers to flare.

The comedy short filmed in various locations in Margate including Marine Terrace, Market Street and the Lifeboat pub.

Margate is a traditional seaside town boasting a sandy beach, harbour, amusement park Dreamland, period housing and modern art gallery the Turner Contemporary. Previous filming here includes The Tunnel: Sabotage (2016), Coast (2014), Last Orders (2002) and many more.

Morgana Robinson’s Summer airs on Sky Arts on Thursday 20th July 2017 at 9pm is available to view now on Sky Arts On Demand

 

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Boomers Series 2 (2016)

Boomers Maureen (STEPHANIE BEACHAM), John (RUSS ABBOT), Carol (PAULA WILCOX), Trevor (JAMES SMITH), Alan (PHILIP JACKSON), Joyce (ALISON STEADMAN) having a picnic in a park under a tree

Boomers – Maureen (STEPHANIE BEACHAM), John (RUSS ABBOT), Carol (PAULA WILCOX), Trevor (JAMES SMITH), Alan (PHILIP JACKSON), Joyce (ALISON STEADMAN) © BBC/Hat Trick

Starring: Russ Abbot, Stephanie Beacham, Philip Jackson, James Smith, Paula Wilcox, Allison Steadman

Production Company: Hat Trick Productions

Kent Locations: Studd Hill, Herne Bay

Boomers is back on our screens for another series following the lives of retired couples that live in a fictional seaside town in England.

The series stars Phillip Jackson (My Week With Marilyn, Agatha Christie: Poirot), Russ Abbot (Last of the Summer Wine), James Smith (The Iron Lady, The Thick of It), Stepthanie Beacham (Trollied, Love and Other Disasters), Alison Steadman (The Syndicate, Gavin & Stacey) and Paula Wilcox (Mount Pleaseant, Emmerdale).

In series one the programme was filmed in Herne Bay and Studd Hill and the production team returned again for seies two to Studd Hill in the Herne Bay area.

Herne Bay is located on Kent’s coast and is home to a pier, shops and eateries and seafront gardens with a bandstand. Other productions filmed at Herne Bay are Big Bad World (2013) and Little Britain – Season 1 (2003).

Series two of Boomers started on 25 March 2016, catch it on BBC One at 21:30 on Friday evenings.

 

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Comedy Showcase: Chickens (2011)

Joe Thomas (George), Simon Bird (Cecil) and Johnny (Bert) standing next to each other in front of a blue background staring at feathers

Joe Thomas (George), Simon Bird (Cecil) and Johnny (Bert) © Channel 4

A quirky British comedy like no other, Chickens follows the antics of three young men who are left at home while other British men are fighting the Great War.

Production Company: Big Talk Productions

Kent Filming Locations: Chilham 

Written by and starring Simon Bird, Joe Thomas (The Inbetweeners) & Jonny Sweet, Chickens tells the story of three young men who are at home in a sleepy English village while other British men are on foreign soil fighting the Great War.

Meet George, Cecil and Bert.  George is a conscientious objector. The army won’t have Cecil because of his flat feet.  Bert is a philandering scardicat, who’s on the run from the draft and insists on hanging around with them.

As far as the other villagers are concerned, they’re all the same : Chickens.

As the only twenty-something males in a world of women, children and the infirm, they have only each other for company.  Unsurprisingly they’re treated with contempt by the women in the village, but with every other man away they’re working hard to win over the ladies on the home front.

Behind the scenes of Chickens filming in Chilham- three actresses walking along the street in costume in front of a tutor style house

Behind the scenes of Chickens filming in Chilham © Kent Film Office

Behind the scenes of Chickens filming in Chilham- camera crew filming on a driveway next to the garden

Behind the scenes of Chickens filming in Chilham © Kent Film Office

Chickens is a sitcom about three young guys in a women’s world, not being useful, not being proper men, not contributing to their country – but trying to make the best of it, trying to be helpful, trying to enjoy themselves…and above all, trying not to be rubbish.

Some of the filming took place in Chilham which is a village in the Ashford borough of Kent and has a stunning fifteenth century square of black and white timbered buildings. Chilham has been the backdrop for many filming projects including  Emma (2009) and Miss Marple – The Moving Finger (2005).

Chickens was shown on Friday 2nd September 2011 on Channel 4 at 10.30pm.

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Those Magnificent Men in Their Flying Machines (1965)

Dover beach huts on the pebbles, men and women are waiting outside

Those Magnificent Men in Their Flying Machines screenshot of Dover Beach © Twentieth Century Fox Film Corporation

Writer: Jack Davies, Ken Annakin

Director: Ken Annakin

Starring: Stuart Whitman, Sarah Miles, James Fox, Robert Morley, Jean-Pierre Cassel

Production Company:  Twentieth Century-Fox Productions

Locations used: Dover Seafront, The White Cliffs of Dover

Those Magnificent Men in Their Flying Machines is a British comedy set in 1910 about a newspaper mogul who offers a large cash prize to the first pilot who can successfully fly over the English Channel. Aviation experts from around the world attend the race and some compete not only for the prize, but the affections of Lord Rawnsley’s daughter.

Directed by Ken Annakin (Battle of the Bulge, The New Adventures of Pippi Longstocking, Hotel Sahara) who also co-write alongside Jack Davies, the film stars Stuart Whitman (The Comancheros , Cimarron Strip,The Mark), Sarah Miles (Blow-Up, Hope and Glory, The Servant), James Fox (Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, Sherlock Holmes, Patriot Games), Robert Morley (The African Queen, Around the World in Eighty Day, Beat the Devil) and Jean-Pierre Cassel (The Crimson Rivers, Murder on the Orient Express, The Discreet Charm of the Bourgeoisie).

Dover seafront was used for the scenes where the competitors have some seaside fun before the race. The White Cliffs of Dover also feature in the film where the contestants fly cross the Channel.

Long shot of dover cliffs and sea

Those Magnificent Men in Their Flying Machines screenshot of Dover © Twentieth Century Fox Film Corporation

Dover beach and sea, people paddling in the sea and sunbathing on deck chairs

Those Magnificent Men in Their Flying Machines screenshot of Dover beach © Twentieth Century Fox Film Corporation

Dover is a coastal town in East Kent home to The White Cliffs of Dover as well as Europe’s busiest passenger port. The area has been used for many filming projects such as Avengers: Age of Ultron (2015), The Boats That Made Britain: A Time Team Special (2014) and The Other Boleyn Girl (2008).

Those Magnificent Men in Their Flying Machines is available to purchase on DVD.

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