Creator: Brian Clemens Starring: Edward Woodward, Kal Weber, Colin Wells, Lexa Doig, Adrian Irvine
Production Companies: David Wickes TV
Kent Locations Used: Brands Hatch
A revamped version of the 1970s TV series The Professionals, CI5: The New Professionals (1999) is a British crime-drama series about a group of specialists working in the fictional Criminal Intelligence Department 5, investigating acts of terrorism and anarchy.
Kent features in Episode 11 of the series, titled ‘High Speed’. Production visited Brand’s Hatch in Fawkham, which doubled as the Bluckner Race Track where some illegal gold smuggling was taking place.
Brands Hatch is a truly unique location – a motor racing circuit with views across almost all the Indy circuit, surrounded by woodland. The site also contains a rally course and off-road 4×4 course which are available for filming. Other productions to shoot at Brands Hatch include Grand Prix (1966) and Rush (2013).
CI5: The New Professionals aired on Sky One in 1999 and is now available to stream on Amazon Prime.
Writer: Anthony Shaffer Director: Robin Hardy Starring: Edward Woodward, Christopher Lee, Diane Cilento, Britt Ekland Production Company: British Lion Film Corporation Kent Location Used: Hush Heath Estate
Cult classic The Wicker Man (1973) follows Sergeant Howie (Edward Woodward) from the West Highland Police force who travels to a village on the Scottish Island Summerisle in search of a girl who has gone missing. Upon arrival, he’s told by the Pagan villagers that the girl never existed.
The gardens and orchard of the Hush Heath Estate in Staplehurst were used as the grove of Lord Summerisle’s Estate, where young, pregnant women wander through the blossom, and through which Sergeant Howie arrives on a carriage.