Hetty Feather Series 1 – 6 (2015 – 2020)

Close up of Hetty (Isabel Clifton) wearing a checkered dress pictured smiling at something in the distance.

Isabel Clifton as Hetty in the Hetty Feather series ©BBC

 

Producer: David Collier
Starring: Isobel Clifton, Tabitha Byron, Rhianna Merralls, Eva Pope, Dasharn Anderson, Polly Allen, Gus Barry, Matthew Ashforde, Aaron Niles, Eleanor Worthington Cox, Isabelle Allen
Production Company: BBC
Kent Locations Used: Belmont House and Gardens – Faversham, The Historic Dockyard Chatham, Maidstone TV Studios, Cobham Hall

Nineteenth century hit children’s drama, based on the characters in Jacqueline Wilson’s novel, Hetty Feather, is portayed on screen over six series. The children’s period drama focuses on the life of Hetty Feather (Isabel Clifton), an orphan, who begins her story at a Victorian Foundling Hospital and later goes into service with Lady Grenfell at Calendar Hall along with her fellow foundlings Gideon and Sheila. Aided by friends and thwarted by enemies, Hetty battles to win her independence and find her real mother.

The series stars Isabel Clifton (The Dumping Ground) as Hetty Feather, with support from Eva Pope (Coronation Street, Waterloo Road), Dasharn Anderson (Doctor Who, Truckers), Polly Allen (The Dumping Ground), Gus Barry (Black Sea, Deadly Intent), Ava Merson O’Brien, Ann Mitchell (‘EastEnders’, ‘Widows’), Matthew Ashforde (Oblivious, The Last Englishman), Susan McArdle (Sightseers, Emmerdale), Rosalyn Wright (Star Stories, Doctors) and many more including Tabitha Byron (Femi), and Rhianna Merralls (Carters Get Rich).

Hetty Feather was entirely filmed in Kent, where production visited Cobham Hall as the main orphanage location in Series 1 – 3 and 6 as well as The Maidstone Studios to build various orphanage sets, including classrooms, the kitchen and a library. The Historic Dockyard Chatham doubles as the streets of London throughout all six series with scenes featuring a workhouse, London docks, a railway station, prison, church and market to name but a few. From Series 4 onwards the elegant 18th century Belmont House and Gardens in Faversham features as Calendar Hall and gardens.

In Series 6: The Final Chapter Hetty finds herself in the firing line when tragedy strikes Calendar Hall. The concluding series is told over three parts and features Cobham Hall, Belmont House and Gardens and The Historic Dockyard Chatham.

Isabel Clifton is dressed in a victorian maid's costume as character Hetty Feather stood near a brick wall

Isabel Clifton as Hetty in Hetty Feather Series 6 ©BBC

Cobham Hall is a private boarding school near to Gravesend located in 150 acres of Grade II listed parkland. The interiors boast a stunning ball room, library, cobbled courtyards, formal gardens, classrooms as well as sports facilities, including a swimming pool. Cobham Hall has been used as a film location by The Great Fire (2014), Wild Child (2008) and Bleak House (2005).

Belmont House and Gardens in Faversham is set in gardens and parkland with stunning views over the Estate. The estate also includes 700 acres of woodlands.

The Maidstone Studios  is the UK’s largest independent HD TV studio facility with 5 studios, a sound stage, post production facilities, storage, viewing rooms and parking. The Maidstone Studios has been the film studio for many popular entertainment shows including Take Me Out (2011-2016) and  Later…With Jools Holland (2014-2016).

The Historic Dockyard Chatham lies on the River Medway and boasts a variety of Georgian and Victorian architecture, maritime environment, dry dock, cobbled streets, and industrial buildings. The Historic Dockyard Chatham continues to be a popular film location for Hetty Feather, as well as other previous productions such as Junk Rescue (2019) and Call the Midwife (2012-2018).

Hetty Feather Series 1 first aired on 11th May 2015 on CBBC and series one to five are available to view on Amazon Prime.

Series 6 airs on CBBC from 13th April 2020 and is currently available to stream on BBCiPlayer

 

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The Great Fire (2014)

CHARLES DANCE as Denton, ROSE LESLIE as Sarah, ANDREW BUCHAN as Thomas, JACK HUSTON as The King, DANIEL MAYS as Pepys and PERDITA WEEKS as Elizabeth all standing in a row with a burning village behind them

The Great Fire L-R Sarah (ROSE LESLIE), Charles II (JACK HUSTON), Sam Pepys (DANIEL MAYS), Thomas Farriner (ANDREW BUCHAN), Lord Denton (CHARLES DANCE) © Ecosse Films/ITV

Writer: Tom Bradby

Starring: Andrew Buchan, Rose Leslie, Charles Dance, Jack Huston, Daniel Mays

Production company: Ecosse Films

Kent Locations: Penshurst Place and Cobham Hall

The Great Fire is a new four part ITV drama inspired by the historical events of 1666, where the capital was devastated by fire.

Set against the decadent backdrop of King Charles II’s Court, the drama focuses on the circumstances which led to the catastrophic fire. It looks at Thomas Farriner’s family life at the bakery in Pudding Lane where the fire started the King’s extravagant lifestyle, and diarist Samuel Pepys, whose recordings chronicled the turbulent Regency period.

The series was written by British journalist and novelist Tom Bradby and stars a host of acting talent including Andrew Buchan (Broadchurch, Cranford), Rose Leslie (Game of Thrones, Downton Abbey), Charles Dance (Game of Thrones, Alien 3), Jack Huston (American Hustle, Boardwalk Empire) and Daniel Mays (Mr Biggs, Public Enemies).

Jack Huston as Pepys in a garden with guards in a row against the hedges behind him

Jack Huston as Pepys at Penshurst Place Gardens © Ecosse Films/ITV

The Great Fire team visited Kent and filmed at Penshurst Place, doubling as King Charles II’s Court and Cobham Hall , which was used to represent Arundel House as well as various London streets.

Penshurst Place is a Medieval and Tudor fortified style manor house set in gorgeous parkland and boasts formal Elizabethan gardens. A popular film location, Penshurst Place has previously hosted productions such as The Hollow Crown – Henry V (2012), The Other Boleyn Girl (2008) and Anne of the Thousand Days (1969).

Cobham Hall is a private school near to Gravesend located in 150 acres of Grade II listed parkland and has a stunning ball room, library, cobbled courtyards, formal gardens, classrooms as well as sports facilities, including a swimming pool. Cobham Hall has been used as a film location by Wild Child (2008) and Bleak House (2005).

Don’t miss The Great Fire which starts on Thursday 16th October 2014 at 21:00 on ITV1.

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Wild Child (2008)

Emma Roberts (Poppy), Linzey Cocker (Josie), Sophie Wu (Kiki), Kimberley Nixon (Kate) and Juno Temple (Drippy) all dressed in fancy dress posing at the camera.

Emma Roberts (Poppy), Linzey Cocker (Josie), Sophie Wu (Kiki), Kimberley Nixon (Kate) and Juno Temple (Drippy) on the set of Wild Child. Giles Keyte: copyright: © 2008 Universal Studios. ALL RIGHTS RESERVED.

 

Directed by: Nick Moore

Written by: Lucy Dahl

Starring: Emma Roberts, Natasha Richardson, Aidan Quinn, Alex Pettier, Shirley Henderson

Production Company: Universal Pictures, StudioCanal, Relativity Media, Working Title Films

Kent Locations: Cobham Hall

Emma roberts soaking wet emptying water from a red shoe with her bed behind

Poppy (Emma Roberts) Giles Keyte Copyright: © 2008 Universal Studios. ALL RIGHTS RESERVED.

Emma Roberts and Kimberley Nixon in school uniform frowning at each other in a corridor full of students

Emma Roberts (Poppy) and Kimberley Nixon (Kate) in Wild Child Giles Keyte Copyright: © 2008 Universal Studios. ALL RIGHTS RESERVED

Writen by Lucy Dahl, the daughter of literary giant Roald Dahl, “Wild Child” follows the antics of 16 year-old Poppy (Emma Roberts) on a search of self-discovery and maturity. Brought up in Los Angeles, Poppy has been living a selfish and spoiled existence. Fed up with Poppy’s attitude and behaviour, her father ships her off to an English boarding school where she’s faced with strict rules, curfews, school girl hierarchies and scary teachers. Will Poppy be able to remain the ultimate Wild Child?

Starring Emma Roberts (Hotel for Dogs, Nancy Drew), Natasha Richardson (The Parent Trap, Blow Dry), Aidan Quinn (Legends of the Fall, Unknown) Alex Pettyfer (Magic Mike, I am Number Four) and Shirley Henderson (Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets, Bridget Jones Diary Franchise).

Shot on location, “Wild Child” was mostly filmed at Cobham Hall, near Gravesend, in Kent. Already a boarding school for girls, the location was perfect for the film. The country house has become an increasingly popular filming location and has played host too many productions including The Great Fire (2014), the BBC’s adaptation of Bleak House (2005), and Agent Cody Banks (2003).

Laura Goldfinch as an extra on set - standing in school uniform on a field with cars parked behind

Laura Goldfinch as an extra on set © Laura Goldfinch

Local Kent girl Laura Goldfinch was lucky enough to be an extra on the film.

“On the fourth day of filming, two women approached me and revealed Kimberley Nixon, one of the young lead actresses, was absent and they needed a stand-in for three night shoots – me!!! I found myself whisked away into my very own trailer and travelled down to set in the same cars as Juno Temple, Alex Pettyfer and the amazing Shirley Henderson!”

“When the whirlwind rush of Wild Child was over, my life went back to normal, but my attitude towards my chosen career changed for the better. To this day I am grateful for having been given this opportunity and that Kent was chosen as the location for the Wild Child Production. Since Wild Child, I have gone on to have other successes working as a supporting artiste and actress in other Film and Television productions.”

Wild Child was released in cinemas in August 2008 and is available out on DVD.

 

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Bleak House (2005)

Bleak House filming at Cobham Hall - Gillian Anderson as Lady Dedlock and Anna Maxwell Martin as Esther sat on a bench in a formal garden, cobham hall can be seen behind

Bleak House filming at Cobham Hall © BBC and Terry Curran

Written By: Charles Dickens (Novel) & Andrew Davies (Adaptation)

Starring: Gillian Anderson, Ana Maxwell Martin, Carey Mulligan, Charles Dance, Patrick Kennedy & Denis Lawson

Production Company: BBC, WGBH, Deep Indigo Productions, Smallweed Productions

Kent Locations Used: Cobham Hall

This BBC A dramatic thriller set in Victorian England. It tells the story of the beautiful but icy Lady Dedlock (Gillian Anderson). Nursing a dark secret in her past, her merciless lawyer Tulkinghorn seeks to uncover it.

Running parallel to the central story, the generous John Jarndyce struggles with his own past and takes in two young wards Richard (Patrick Kennedy) and Ada (Carey Mulligan). Like the infamous Lady Dedlock, all three are caught up in the case of Jarndyce Vs Jarndyce, a court case many years long that is yet to be resolved. When it is, the winning party will be rich beyond all imagination.

The two young wards are accompanied by Esther Summerson (Ana Maxwell Martin), a woman of questionable background. Told she will never amount to anything, is she the key to Lady Dedlock’s secret?

First published in 1852, the novel was released in 19 instalments. To mirror Dickens’ original dramatic storyline and typical cliff-hanger endings, the TV adaptation was comprised of a one hour opening episode with subsequent 30 minute programmes lasting for 14 episodes. The programme was shown twice weekly in 2005 on BBC 1 and is now available to buy on DVD.

Behind the scenes filming of Bleak House at Cobham Hall - courtyard with people walking, horse and carriage driving past

Behind the scenes filming of Bleak House at Cobham Hall © Terry Curran

 

Behind the scenes filming of Bleak House at Cobham Hall - brick house with crew outside and a white horse on the grass in front

Behind the scenes filming of Bleak House at Cobham Hall © Terry Curran

Cast and crew filming outside at Cobham Hall gardens- fields and gardens can be seen in the background

Behind the scenes filming of Bleak House at Cobham Hall gardens © Terry Curran

cast members in costume in the gardens of Cobham hall.

Gillian Anderson as Lady Dedlockk at Cobham Hall © Terry Curran

The BBC adaption stars Gillian Anderson (The Fall, Johnny English Reborn), Ana Maxwell Martin (Becoming Jane, Philomena), Carey Mulligan (The Great Gatsby, Suffragette), Charles Dance (The Imitation Game, Ghostbusters), Patrick Kennedy (Atonement, War Horse) and Denis Lawson (New Tricks, Broken).

Cobham Hall is a private boarding school near to Gravesend located in 150 acres of Grade II listed parkland. The interiors boast a stunning ball room, library, cobbled courtyards, formal gardens, classrooms as well as sports facilities, including a swimming pool. Cobham Hall is a popular film location having previously been used for Hetty Feather series 1-2 (2012), The Great Fire (2014) and Wild Child (2008).

Bleak House features in the Kent Film Office Dickens Trail which was laucnhed in 2012: https://kentfilmoffice.co.uk/kent-movie-map/dickens-movie-trail/

Bleak House was shown on the BBC in 2005 and is now available to buy on DVD.

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Agent Cody Banks 2: Destination London (2004)

 

Agent Cody Banks 2 Destination London film poster- Cody banks running at the camera with his ID badge showing, two cast members behind him, london skyline behind him. Agent Cody Banks 2 written in orange

Agent Cody Banks 2 Destination London film poster © Dylan Sellers Productions, Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer, Splendid Pictures, Madacy Entertainment, Maverick Films

Writer: Jeffrey Jurgensen, Harald Zwart, Dylan Sellers, Don Rhymer

Director: Kevin Allen

Starring: Frankie Muniz, Anthony Anderson, Hannah Spearritt, Keith Allen

Production Company: Dylan Sellers Productions, Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer, Splendid Pictures, Madacy Entertainment, Maverick Films

Kent Locations Used: Cobham Hall

Agent Cody Banks 2: Destination London is the sequel to action movie Agent Cody Banks. The story follows teenager turned secret agent, Cody Banks (Frankie Muniz) and his new partner Derek Bowman (Anthony Anderson) as they try to stop former CIA agent, Victor Diaz (Keith Allen) who plans to use a mind control device to take over the world.

The film is directed by Kevin Allen (Trainspotting, Spice World) and is written by Jeffrey Jurgensen (Agent Cody Banks), Harald Zwart (The Karate Kid, The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones), Dylan Sellers (The Giver, Southpaw) and Don Rhymer (Surf’s Up, Rio). 

Frankie Muniz (Malcolm in the Middle, My Dog Skip) stars as Agent Cody Banks alongside Anthony Anderson (Transformers, The Departed), Hannah Spearritt (Primeval, Seed of Chucky) and Keith Allen (Trainspotting, The Others). 

The Gilt Hall at Cobham Hall was used as a film location for Agent Cody Banks 2: Destination London doubling as the Queen’s gift room at Buckingham Palace and features at the end of the film where Cody Banks (Frankie Muniz) fights Diaz (Keith Allen) in a room full of treasures.

Cobham Hall is an outstanding private school in a historic house with surrounding parkland and includes a ballroom, library, courtyards and sports facilities. It has previously been used as locations for Hetty Feather (2015-2016), Wild Child (2008) and Bleak House (2005). 

The film was released 26th March 2004 and is now available on DVD.

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