The Big Flower Fight (2020)

Presenters Natasia Demetriou and Vic Reeves standing in display pavilion holding flowers with flowers behind them.

The Big Flower Fight – Natasia Demetriou and Vic Reeves- ©Netflix

Starring: Natasia Demetriou, Vic Reeves, Kristen Griffith-VanderYacht
Production Company: MultiStory Media
Distributor: Netflix

The Big Flower Fight is a new Netflix reality TV series hosted by Comedian Vic Reeves (Vic and Bob’s Big Night Out, House of Fools,) and Natasia Demetriou (What We Do in the Shadows, Stath Lets Flats,) with floral expert Kristen Griffith-VanderYacht as the head judge. The series follows ten teams of experts, including sculptors, florists and designers who will compete for the chance to design and display their extravagant installations at The Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew.

The experts will compete over eight episodes to stay in the show, with each hour-long episode presenting a new challenge. At the end of each challenge, one team will be eliminated until the winners are crowned in the series finale.

The series was filmed on a private estate in the heart of Kent.

The Big Flower Fight – starts on Netflix on Monday 18th May 2020.

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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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Landscape Artist of the Year (2018)

 

Image of series logo with writing Landscape Artist of the Year 2018 in black text

Landscape Artist of the Year 2018 ©Sky Arts

 

Starring: Joan Bakewell, Stephen Mangan

Production Company: Storyvault Films

Kent Locations Used: Viking Bay, Thanet

This competition based in England allows artist to showcase their talent over many rounds to contend for a grand prize. Landscape Artist of the Year is presented by Joan Bakewell (Home at four-thirty, Meeting Point) and Frank Skinner (Shane, A little bit of Elvis). Kate Bryan (Click) is one of the judges.

The third and fourth heats were filmed on the beach at Broadstairs. Viking Bay is a beautiful beach, surrounded by the town’s Victorian architecture. The series was filmed in early summer 2018 in this iconic Kent seaside town. Plenty of scenery to offer the viewers as well as the artists.

The Thanet area boasts many beaches and Viking Bay has starred in other Television series such as Coasts vs Country (2016), The Great British Bake Off (2014), and The Calling (2009).

Landscape Artist of the Year 2018 is due to air on Sky Arts on  Tuesday 16th October 2018.

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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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Celebs on the Farm (2018)

 

Series poster of Celebs on the Farm cast- eight celebrities standing in a row with grass and trees behind.

Celebs on the Farm cast ©Goowoo Media

 

Writer: Sean Hancock

Starring: Bobby Norris, Megan McKenna, Louie Spence, Sandi Bogle, Gleb Savchenko, Lorraine Chase, Ashley McKenzie and Charlotte Dawson.

Production Company: Goowoo Media

Kent Locations Used: Romney Marsh and Faversham

The TV series previously known as The Farm is making a comeback for Channel 5 as Celebs on the Farm! This ‘city types go country’ reality show is presented by Stephen Bailey. It features eight celebrities who must live and work on a farm, whilst farmer Chris Jeffery shows them the ropes.

The celebrities take on various challenges such as handling cows, sheep and alpacas, cleaning out stables and general farm maintenance. Whoever impresses farmer Chris the most each day will then be awarded a ‘Best in Show’ rosette. However, after four days he’ll begin to send home the person who hasn’t come up to scratch.

The series stars Bobby Norris and Megan McKenna (The Only Way Is Essex), dancer Louie Spence (Swinging with the Finkles), and Sandi Bogle (Gogglebox). The cast is rounded up by Gleb Savchenko (Dancing with the Stars), actress Lorraine Chase (Emmerdale), British Judo Champion Ashley McKenzie, and Ex on the Beach star Charlotte Dawson.

The production filmed in Kent when the celebrities visited the alpacas for an afternoon in Haguelands Village on the Romney Marsh and Badlesmere Dairy Farm in Faversham for the day of milking cows.

Romney Marsh covers around 100 square miles from Rye to Hythe and is renowned for its unique natural beauty. It has previously been used as a film location for British Art at War: Paul Nash – The Ghosts of War (2014) and Books That Made Britain – Writers of Rye (2016).

Faversham is a beautiful historic market town in the Swale Borough of Kent. Previous productions which filmed there include Queen of Spain (2018) and Walks With My Dog (2017).

Celebs on the Farm airs on Monday 20th August 2018 on 5Star and will run Monday to Friday for two weeks at 10pm. It will also be available to watch on My5.

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Bake Off: The Professionals

 

Image of The Great British Bake Off hosts Tom Allen and Liam Charles sitting on stools holding cakes with pastry chef judges Cherish Finden and Benoit Blin standing behind them.

Bake Off: The Professionals – Benoit Blin, Tom Allen, Liam Charles and Cherish Finden © Metro News

 

Production Company: Channel 4

Starring: Tom Allen, Liam Charles, Cherish Finden, and Benoit Blin

Kent Locations Used: Tunbridge Wells

Bake Off: The Professionals is back on Channel 4! The series is a baking competition, which features teams of pastry chefs competing against each other through various challenges.

Hosting the show will be comedian Tom Allen who previously appeared on BBC Three series Josh and So You Think You’re Funny. Joining him will be former Bake-Off contestant Liam Charles. Judging will be top pastry chefs Cherish Finden and Benoit Blin.

There will be ten episodes in total, and in episode one we see contestants Chris and Bjarni work at The Warren restaurant, Tunbridge Wells and forage in the nearby forest.

 

Image of contestants Chris and Bjarni in their white chefs uniform at work at The Warren restaurant in Tunbridge Wells

Bake Off: The Professionals – contestants Chris and Bjarni work at The Warren restaurant © The Sun

 

Tunbridge Wells is a popular film location and has previously featured Come Dine With Me (2013) and Britain’s Best Bakery (2012).

Don’t miss the first episode which airs on Sunday 06 May at 8pm on Channel 4 and see how our Kent pastry chefs fare.

 

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The Big Painting Challenge Series 3

Image of presenters Mariella Frostrup and Rev. Richard Coles in front of a multicoloured painted background.

Image of the series presenters Mariella Frostrup and Rev. Richard Coles© BBC One

 

Production Company: BBC

Starring: Mariella Frostrup and Rev. Richard Coles

Kent Locations Used: The Historic Dockyard, Chatham

The Big Painting Challenge is back on the BBC! Presented by Mariella Frostrup and Rev. Richard Coles, along with artistic mentors Pascal Anson and Diana Ali, the programme search nationwide for the best up-and-coming amateur artists.

Mariella Frostrup previously appeared on BBC Two series World’s Most Dangerous Roads, and both her and he co-presenter  Have I Got News for You. Rev. Richard Coles have been guests on Have I Got News for You.

For the finale the production chose The Historic Dockyard, Chatham, where the first challenge was to paint a self-portrait followed by the masterclasses, all in the Tarred Yarn Store. The Final challenge meant the contestants were able to choose any motif and, unsurprisingly, there were a few paintings of ships that made it to the final exhibition in Slip 3.

The series kicks off on Easter Sunday 1st April 2018 at 6pm on BBC One, and continues weekly on Sundays with the finale airing on Sunday 6th May 2018.

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Sky Arts Landscape Artist of the Year (2017)

Frank Skinner and Joan Bakewell standing in lavender field looking up

Landscape Artist of the Year – Joan Bakewell & Frank Skinner – © Sky UK Limited.

Director: Southan Morris

Starring: Joan Bakewell and Frank Skinner

Production Company: Storyvault Films

Kent Locations Used: Castle Farm

Sky Art’s annual TV competition, which inspired British TV personality and host of the show Frank Skinner to attend art school, is returning to our screens.  The successful winner of Landscape Artist of the Year 2017 will receive a £10,000 commission for a British Institution’s permanent art collection and £500 of art materials from Cass Art.

The show visits a series of stunning locations around the UK and for the semi-finals, the competition filmed at Castle Farm Lavender, located in Shoreham, Sevenoaks. The remaining contestants battle it out to paint the stunning setting of Castle Farm which is within the largest lavender field in the UK. Visitors to the farm were invited to come along and support the artists when the episode was being filmed. Castle Farm has also previously featured in the psychological thriller Road Games (2016).

This episode of Sky Arts Landscape Artist of the Year airs on Wednesday 29th November at 8pm on Sky Arts.

 

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Sky Arts Landscape Artist of the Year (2016)

Sky Arts Landscape Artist of the Year in Margate - Joan Bakewell and Frank Skinner standing at the harbour arm in Margate

Sky Arts Landscape Artist of the Year in Margate © Storyvault Films Limited

Production Company: Storyvault Films Limited

Kent Locations Used:  Scotney Castle, Margate 

Sky Arts Landscape Artist of the Year is the annual competition searching for the nation’s best landscape painter. The artists compete for the chance to win the acclaimed title, win a £10,000 commission for the National Trust’s art collection and £500 of art materials from Cass Art.

The series is presented by Joan Bakewell and Frank Skinner and the judges are award-winning artist Tai Shan Schierenberg, independent curator Kathleen Soriano and art historian Kate Bryan.

Sky Arts Landscape Artist of the Year at Scotney Castle - artist painting in the grounds

Sky Arts Landscape Artist of the Year at Scotney Castle © Storyvault Films Limited

In June and July 2016, the Sky Arts Landscape Artist of the Year production team visited Kent where they filmed the first heat at Scotney Castle. The semi-final in Margate at the Harbour Arm by the Turner Contemporary gallery. Filming in Margate was the first time the production had filmed on location at a non-National Trust property.

Scotney Castle is a National Trust property set in beautiful Tunbridge Wells countryside. The location boasts a spectacular country house, romantic garden and 14th century moated castle. Scotney Castle has previously welcomed filming from BBC drama Hunted (2012).

The seaside town of Margate has a sandy beach, arcades, Dreamland amusement park, shops and restaurants, a cutting edge creative scene plus the renowned Turner Contemporary gallery. Margate has been used as a film location by productions including  The Carer (2016), The Tunnel: Sabotage (2016) and Coast (2014).

Episode 4 of Sky Arts Landscape Artist of the Year was filmed at Scotney Castle and will air on Tuesday November 1st 2016 at 20:00 on Sky Arts channel 121.

The semi-final was filmed in Margate and can be seen on Tuesday November 22nd 2016 at 20:00 on Sky Arts channel 121.

Turner Contemporary have an exhibition with the semi-finalists Margate paintings from 6 December 2016 – 8 January 2017, find out more here.

 

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