Phil Spencer’s Stately Homes – Series 3 (2020)

Phil Spencer wearing a purple jumper standing on the grass in front of the entrance to Leeds Castle.

Phil Spencer’s Stately Homes Series 3 Episode 4 Leeds Castle © Thomas Alexander / Channel 4

 

Executive Producer: Marcus Stephenson

Writers: Harry Williams, Jack Williams

Starring: Phil Spencer and Liz Smith

Production Company: Mayfly Television

Kent Locations Used: Leeds Castle, Maidstone

Phil Spencer (Kirstie & Phil’s Love It or List It (2015)Relocation, Relocation (2003)) returns for a grand tour of some of the country’s finest country houses to uncover the stories behind their creation in Series 3 of Stately Homes for Channel 4.

Phil, accompanied by Conservation Architect Liz Smith ,is given unprecedented access into fascinating stately home archives to reveal the incredible ambition of the house’s creators, as well as the huge quantities of materials, labour and money involved in turning their flights of fancy into bricks and mortar.

With a chance to try his hand at craft and restoration, and insight from the current custodians, Phil discovers how these homes became symbols of power – and play – and what the buildings and estates are really like to own.

The series is produced by Mayfly Television and written by Harry Williams and Jack Williams. The executive producer is Marcus Stephenson with Clemency Green Commissioning Editor for Features.

During filming in 2019 the production visited Leeds Castle in Kent in the year the castle celebrated its 900th anniversary. Filming took place inside the Castle when Phil interviewed staff members including Leeds Castle Curator Annie Kemkaran-Smith as well as a descendant of the last private owner Lady Baillie.  During the episode Phil went punting on the moat and visited the clock tower to raise Lady Baillie’s flag.

Set in the outskirts of the county town of Kent, Maidstone is the beautiful Leeds Castle which is set over 500 acres and boasts stunning period rooms, gardens, a moat, woodlands, maze with shell grotto and a falconry centre. Leeds Castle has previously been used as a film location by factual TV programmes Celebrity Antiques Road Show – Series 8 (2018)Secrets of Great British Castles (2016) and Richard E. Grant on Ealing Comedies (2016).

Phil Spencer’s Stately Homes – Leeds Castle is due to air on More4 on Thursday 12th March 2020 at 9pm.

Exterior shot of Leeds Castle in the distance, taken from the ground behind some trees.

Phil Spencer Stately Homes S3 Ep4 Leeds Castle GV © Channel 4

 

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The Great Pottery Throw Down – Series 3 (2020)

Keith Brymer Jones sits on a stool with Sue Pryke and Melanie Sykes stood besides him smiling at the camera. Wooden wall with varied containers is in the background.

The Great Pottery Throw Down with Sue Pryke, Keith Brymer Jones and Melanie Sykes (Channel 4/PA)

 

Starring: Melanie Sykes,  Keith Brymer Jones, Sue Pryke

Production Company: Channel 4

Kent Locations Used: Dover

The Great Pottery Throw Down, now in its third series, is produced by the company behind The Great British Bake Off. The TV show sees home potters strive to create their most intricate and imaginative works as they compete to be crowned best at the wheel.

The programme has moved to Channel 4 with new host Melanie Sykes fronting the series. Master potter Keith Brymer Jones returns to judge alongside award-winning ceramicist Sue Pryke.

Master potter Keith Brymer Jones, a born and bred Londoner and a potter by trade, started his career in a studio in Whitstable, Kent, which is housed inside an old bakery. Here he throws shapes on his pottery wheel for various designers, a leading retailer and clients such as the National Trust.

One of the 12 contestants is Rainna Erbas who grew up in Bow, east London, but moved to Kent when she was 14, where she began her love affair with potting. She uses her whole house as a studio, including the kitchen and conservatory, but she can mainly be found throwing in a converted garden shed.

Kent contestant Rainna Erbas smiling at the camera sitting at a potting wheel in an apron with a red background behind her.

Kent contestant Rainna Erbas (Channel 4/PA)

During filming production visited the woods behind Coxhill Gardens in Dover to go bird watching with Rainna.

Dover is the site of the famous The White Cliffs of Dover and has been used in previous productions such as Britain’s Most Historic Towns – Series 2 (2019) and Flog It! Series 17 (2019).

Whitstable is a bohemian seaside town which was famous for its oysters and is now famous for the harbour where sunbathing, swimming and water sports are popular including jet skiing. Furthermore, it has one of the oldest yacht clubs. Previous filming here includes Flirty Dancing – Series 2 (2019)and Who Do You Think You Are? (2018).

Episode One airs on Wednesday 8th January at 9pm on More4 and Sunday 12th January at 6.45pm on Channel 4.

 

 

 

 

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Britain at Low Tide – Series 3 (2019)

Dr Tori Herridge and his team of three smiling at the camera standing on the beach with the sea in the background.

Dr Tori Herridge and the team at Tankerton ©Channel 4

 

Director: Michael Waterhouse
Starring: Dr Tori Herridge, Dr Alex Langlands
Production Company: Tern Television Productions Ltd
Kent Locations Used: Tankerton, Whitstable, Port of Ramsgate, Port

The third series of Britain at Low Tide will return to our screens this week. The show features archaeologists Dr Tori Herridge and Dr Alex Langlands as they explore coastal areas and their historical treasures as the tide goes out.

The first episode of the series starts off on the north Kent coast, as Dr Tori Herridge and the team explore the mystery of the shingle bank called The Street in Whitstable, explore a shipwreck in Tankerton, which can only be accessed once every year at very low tides. These areas have previously hosted productions such as The Thames: Britain’s Great River With Tony Robinson (2019) and Celebrity Antiques Road Show (2018).

The programme also explores the remains of  Richborough Port in Pegwell Bay near Sandwich, which played a crucial part in supporting the Western Front in WWI. Sandwich is a medieval town situated on the River Stour and boasts golf clubs, eateries and B&B’s as well as a museum, windmill and Roman Fort. Productions which have previously visited the town include Celebrity Antiques Road Show (2018) and Countryfile. 

Production also paid a quick visit to the Port ofRamsgate, adjacent to the popular seaside town in Kent, that has been used in previous productions such as Ross Edgley’s Great British Swim (2018) and Britain’s Favourite Walks: Top 100 (2018).

Britain at Low Tide will air on Saturday 14th September 2019 on Channel 4 at 8pm. The series will then air each Saturday.

 

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Top Boy – Series 3 (2019)

Group of four men, two sitting and two leaning against a grey parked car in front of a block of garages. All men wearing jackets and jeans.

Top Boy Series 3 © Channel4

 

Writer: Ronan Bennett
Starring: Ashley Walters and Kane Robinson, Malcom Kamulete and Shone Romulus
Produced by: Cowboy Films
Kent Locations Used: Margate, Ramsgate and Gravesend

Top Boy is a British drama series revolving around the life of Dushane (Ashley Walters), leader of an underground drug operation, and his friend Sully (Kane Robinson). Their aim is to become the richest men in town and are joined by troubled teen Ra’Nell (Malcolm Kamulete.

Series 2 ended in 2013, with those loyal to Dushane paying a high price for their involvement in the drug business. Axed by Channel 4 in 2013, the show soon found a new home on Netflix and series 3 will be produced by none other than rapper Drake, a long-time fan of the series.

The series was written by Ronan Bennet (Gunpowder, Hidden) and stars Ashley Walters (Figures of Speech, Bulletproof) and Kane Robinson (Tower Block, Point Blank

Filming took place in Margate at Walpole Bay and Fulsam Rock Beach and nearby streets including Athelstan Road. Production also visited Ramsgate, where they filmed at Jacob’s Ladder, outside the Rose of England pub on the High Street and Ramsgate Train Station.

Margate seafront in the district of Thanet is a popular film location and has been used as in various productions such as in feature films King of Thieves (2018) and King Lear (2018). Ramsgate is also a popular location in Thanet and has featured in several productions such as Baptise (2019), Hurricane (2018) and The Tunnel: Sabotage (2016).

In addition, Gordon Place in Gravesend played the role of the fictional ‘Summerhouse Estate’ in London.

Gravesend is on the southern bank of the River Thames and boasts a cast iron pier, promenade and high street as well as international rail links at the nearby Ebbsfleet International station. The Gravesend area has previously welcomed film productions such as Killing Eve (2018), The Escape (2018), and Doctor Strange (2017).

Top Boy will be released on Netflix on Friday 13th September 2019.

 

 

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Kathy Burke’s All Woman (2019)

 

Black and white close up of comedienne and actress Kathy Burke looking at the camera smiling.

Kathy Burke in Kathy Burke’s All Woman ©Channel 4

 

Director:  Louise McGregor, Lucy Wilcox
Starring:  Kathy Burke
Production Company: Flicker Productions
Kent Locations Used: Tankerton Beach, Whitstable

British comedienne and actress Kathy Burke presents this three-part documentary series for Channel 4, discussing the challenges of what it means to be a woman in our era. Topics include motherhood, beauty, work, personal image, sex and relationships.

Kathy Burke is known for her character Kevin in Harry Enfield Presents Kevin’s Guide to Being a Teenager. She has also appeared in other productions such as Absolutely Fabulous: The Movie, as well as participating in regular comedy panel shows such as 8 out 10 Cats Does Countdown, and The Last Leg.

In episode 3 Kathy Burke visits Whitstable town and beaches where she speaks to the women of PEG – the Profanities Embroidery Group.

Other productions have also visited Whitstable, including Britain at Low Tide (2018), Catastrophe Series 4 (2019), and The Apprentice (2015).

Kathy Burke’s All Woman will air on Channel 4 on Tuesday 13th August 2019 at 10pm.

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Britain’s Most Historic Towns – Series 2 (2019)

 

Presenter Alice Roberts wearing a pink top and headband seen driving a green tractor in a field in Dover, Kent.

Alice Roberts exploring Dover, Kent ©Channel 4 Television

 

Starring: Alice Roberts

Production Company: IWC Media and Channel 4 Television

Kent Locations Used: Canterbury and Dover

Documentary series Britain’s Most Historic Towns returns this week, where presenter Alice Roberts (Digging for Britain) explores the UK’s past, by focusing on six key eras as she travels to different towns which best illustrate each of these.

Episode one of the second series kicks off in Kent, where Alice examines Britain in wartime by looking at the coastal town of Dover.

In addition to this, production also visited the historical city of Canterbury, as well as Canterbury Castle, St Augustine’s Abbey, Blean Forest and East Bridge Hospital.

Dover is the site of the famous The White Cliffs of Dover and has been used in previous productions such as The Lost Commando Raid (2018) and Celebrity Antiques Road Show – Series 8 (2018).

Canterbury is a popular filming location and has hosted a variety of filming, such as the productions for River Walks (2018) and Britain’s Great Cathedrals with Tony Robinson (2018).

Presenter Alice Roberts sitting by the river in Canterbury.

Presenter Alice Roberts exploring Canterbury ©IWC Media

 

Britain’s Most Historic Towns Series 2 is due to air on Channel 4 on Saturday 18th May 2019 at 8pm and will air on a weekly basis.

 

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Child Genius Series 6 (2019)

 

Image of presenter Richard Osmon in a blue suit holding a child genius card with book shelves pictured in the background.

Presenter Richard Osmon ©Channel 4

Starring: Richard Osman

Production Company: Wall to Wall

Kent Locations Used: Maidstone and Tunbridge Wells.

The competition to find UK’s brightest children continues on Channel 4. The competition is in association with British Mensa and tests twenty 8-12-year old’s in areas like spelling, mathematics or niche history to establish whether these children are deserving of the title Child Genius, as well as a unique view inside the childhood of the prodigies, who are from varying backgrounds.

Richard Osman, co-presenter of Pointless, uses his quick wit to test the nation’s sharpest children.

Maidstone Library was used in an upcoming episode, where one of the children was visiting. Southwood Road Recreation Ground, Tunbridge Wells also features.

Maidstone has been a popular site for TV programmes, productions include Long Lost Family: Born without Trace (2020). Tunbridge Wells has also been an attractive location for TV programmes like Question Time (2016) and series two of Hunted (2016).

Series six starts on Monday 25th of February 2019 on Channel 4 at 8pm and will consist of 5 episodes that will air daily till Saturday 2nd March 2019.

 

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George Clarke’s Amazing Spaces – Series 8 (2019)

George Clarke's Amazing Spaces Series 8 poster of acorn tree house hanging in the trees within a forest

George Clarke’s Amazing Spaces Series 8 ©Channel 4

 

Starring: George Clarke

Production Company: Plum Pictures

Kent Locations Used: Ramsgate

Channel 4’s George Clarke’s Amazing Spaces returns for a new series this year. Architect and presenter George Clarke (Amazing Spaces Shed of the Year, The Restoration Man) explores the fascinating world of small builds, with an emphasis on the creative use of small spaces. The show follows people who turn the smallest of places, such as old boats, a tree house disguised as an acorn, and a mountain-top restaurant resembling a spaceship, into places to live.

George Clarke’s Amazing Spaces series 5 previously filmed in Margate, Thanet back in 2015. Here, George met a coma survivor who transformed a family camper van and also visited a woman who turned her narrow boat into a floating bookshop.

The Kent episode of series 8 was filmed in Ramsgate, Thanet. Production filmed at Port of Ramsgate, where George follows a new restoration.

Ramsgate is a thriving seaside town with beautiful Georgian terraced housing, Marina, Port and Promenade. Often doubling for London streets. Other previous TV productions which filmed here include Fantasy Homes by the Sea – Series 7 (2018), The Channel: The World’s Busiest Waterway (2017) and Coast Vs Country (2016).

The first episode of series 8 aired on 30th December 2018 on Channel 4. However, episode eight will be the Ramsgate episode and will air on Sunday 24th February 2019 at 8pm on Channel 4.

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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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Four in a Bed – Series 12 (2018)

Four in a bed series logo on a white sign hanging in a window

Four in a Bed Series ©1 RadioTimes

Starring: Mike Adams

Production Company: Studio Lambert

Kent Locations Used: Wortham, Maidstone, and Sheerness

A brand-new series of Four in a Bed returns to Channel 4, where a different B&B is visited each day of the week and owners take it in turns to stay with each other as they compete to be crowned Best Hosts. The final day at the end of the week is reserved for feedback debates and the announcement of the winner.

The series is narrated by Mike Adams (Emmerdale) and for this series production visited a B&B in Wrotham and one in Sheerness, as well as neighbouring areas like the county town of Maidstone.

Wrotham is located in Sevenoaks and has starred in other well-known series such as, Next of Kin directed by Justin Chadwick and Jamie Childs.  Maidstone in Kent has also been a key filming location used by popular Netflix show Black Mirror.

Sheerness is the largest town on the Isle of Sheppey. Sheppey regularly wins the blue flag for its clean beaches and has many pubs, restaurants, shops and other leisure attractions. The Hide (2009) has previously used The Isle of Sheppey as a film location.

The series will start on Monday 17th September on Channel 4 at 5.30pm and will air at the same time everyday till Monday 24th September 2018.

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