Queens of Mystery (2019)

Cast Julie Graham, Siobhan Redmond, and Sarah Woodward standing outside a church

Queens of Mystery (2019)- © Sly Fox Productions

Directors: Jamie Magnus Stone and Ian Emes
Starring: Olivia Vinall, Julie Graham, Siobhan Redmond, Sarah Woodward, Rebecca Grant
Production Company: Sly Fox Productions
Kent Locations Used: Ashford, Folkestone & Hythe, Sevenoaks, Tonbridge & Malling and Tunbridge Wells

Queens of Mystery follows the adventures of detective Matilda Stone (Olivia Vinall) and her three crime writing aunts Cat Stone (Julie Graham), Jane Stone (Siobhan Redmond), and Beth Stone (Sarah Woodward) as they attempt to solve crimes in a picturesque English village.

The three feature length episodes were directed by Jamie Magnus Stone (Orbit Ever After, Skyborn) and Ian Emes (The Invisible Man, Deadly Summer), and written by Mathew Thomas (Marcella, The Chameleon) and Julian Unthank (Robin Hood, Doc Martin). Starring are Olivia Vinall (The Woman in White, Where Hands Touch), Julie Graham (Survivors, Shetland), Siobhan Redmond (The Smoking Room, Captives) and Sarah Woodward (The Merry Wives of Windsor).

The series makes use of multiple filming locations in Kent.

Production visited Lympne Castle, an unspoiled 13th century Manor in the Folkestone & Hythe district of Kent that boasts stunning views of the Romney Marsh. It has previously been used as a filming location for The Honourable Woman (2014) and Great Expectations (2012).

In the Sevenoaks district, production filmed  at the Place Hotel in  Brands Hatch, The Book Store, The Bridges Pub, High Street, Mill Estate  and Charlton Manor Farm in Farningham. Sevenoaks with its many stately homes is a popular filming area and hosted productions such as Mary Queen of Scots (2019) and Vanity Fair.

Production also visited Cranbrook Union Mill, situated in the Weald of Kent, with many medieval buildings located in its area. The town has been featured in Along these Lines (2008).

The series is due to stream on Acorn TV, which will launch on 29th April 2020 and can be found here

 

Actress Olivia Vinall and actor Colin Michael Carmichael outside record store set in Cranbrook

Lead actresses Olivia Vinall and guest Colin Michael Carmichael ©Sly Fox Productions

Links

For more information about filming in Kent please contact: filmoffice@kent.gov.uk

For more information on programme visit: https://www.imdb.com/title/tt8974594/?ref_=ttep_ep_tt

For more information on Lympne Castle visit: http://www.lympnecastle.com/

For more information on Sevenoaks visit: https://getoutside.ordnancesurvey.co.uk/local/farningham-sevenoaks

For more information on Ashford visit: https://www.visitashfordandtenterden.co.uk/

For more information on Cranbrook visit: https://www.cranbrook.org/

For more information about Kent’s Filming History please visit our Movie Map: https://kentfilmoffice.co.uk/kent-movie-map/moviemap-live-2/

 

 

 

 


Flesh and Blood (2020)

The main cast is sitting on a beach posing for the camera

Flesh and Blood (2020) © ITV

Director: Louise Hooper
Writer: Sarah Williams
Starring: Russell Tovey, Claudie Blakley, Lydia Leonard, Francesca Annis, Stephen Rea, Imelda Staunton
Production Company: ITV
Kent Locations Used: Farningham near Sevenoaks, Greatstone Beach (Romney Sands)

Flesh and Blood, a new four-part series for ITV, is a modern story of three adult siblings, exploring universal themes of relationships, trust, loyalty and love against in aftermath of a tragic crime.

Russell Tovey, (Years and Years (2019)), Claudie Blakley (Manhunt (2019)) and Lydia Leonard (Gentleman Jack (2019)) lead the cast as the siblings Jake, Helen and Natalie. The series also stars Francesca Annis (King of Thieves (2018)) as their recently widowed mother with Stephen Rea (Dickensian) as her new love interest and Imelda Staunton (Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 1 (2010)) as their neighbour.

Also joining the cast are Sharon Small (Trust Me), Lara Rossi (Cheat), Keir Charles (Love Actually), Vincent Regan (Victoria), David Bamber (Valkyrie), Stephanie Langton (Ransom) and Clara Indrani (Vera).

The drama was created and written by Kent resident Sarah Williams, whose previous credits include The Long Song (2018), Case Sensitive (2012) and Poppy Shakespeare (2008). Flesh and Blood is directed by BAFTA nominee Louise Hooper (Cheat (2019), Cold Feet (2017)).

During filming production visited Farningham, near Sevenoaks, to film The Manor on the High Street as three separate location. Farningham nestles on the old London to Folkestone Road astride the River Darent. Scheduled as a Conservation Area, it includes many notable buildings and historic sites, including Farningham Mill, the site of a Roman villa and Farningham Woods SSSI and Nature Reserve.

Production also visited Greatstone Beach (Romney Sands) during filming. Greatstone is part of 26 miles of beaches in the Folkestone and Hythe District and the Dunes and Beach between Littlestone-on Sea and Lydd-on-Sea, often also referred to as Romney Sands is an area of SSSI.

Flesh and Blood will air on ITV over four consecutive nights starting on Monday 24th February 2020 at 9pm.

Links

For more information about filming in Kent please contact: filmoffice@kent.gov.uk

For more information on Flesh and Blood please visit: https://www.imdb.com/title/tt9704798/

For more information on Greatstone Beach (Romney Sands) please visit: https://theromneymarsh.net/greatstonebeach

For more information on The Lion Hotel Farningham please visit: https://www.vintageinn.co.uk/restaurants/east/thelionfarningham

For more information on Farningham Woods please visit: https://explorekent.org/activities/farningham-woods/

For more information about Kent’s Filming History please visit our Movie Map: https://kentfilmoffice.co.uk/kent-movie-map/moviemap-live-2/