Whitstable Pearl Series 1 (2021)

Kerry Godliman as restaurant owner Pearl Nolan is centre of the image wearing a green top and blue apron. She has blonde hair and behind her is a pebble beach with boats and fishing huts

Whitstable Pearl stars Kerry Godliman as restaurant owner Pearl Nolan © Acorn TV

Writer: Julie Wassmer, Øystein Karlsen, Mike Walden, Rachel Flowerday, Alastair Galbraith
Directors: David Caffrey, Jon Jones
Starring: Kerry Godliman, Howard Charles, Frances Barber
Production Company: Buccaneer Media
Kent Locations Used: Whitstable, Canterbury, Faversham, Herne Bay, Margate, Ramsgate, Detling

Based on the much loved series of novels ‘The Whitstable Pearl Mysteries’ by Kent resident Julie Wassmer (EastEnders, London’s Burning), Whitstable Pearl (2021) is a six part detective series for Acorn TV. The story follows big-hearted local restaurant owner Pearl Nolan (Kerry Godliman) who sets up a local detective agency after undergoing police training in an earlier career. She is soon embroiled in her first case when she discovers the body of close friend, Vinnie. Pearl forms an unlikely partnership with DCI Mike McGuire (Howard Charles) and finds herself pulled into the dark underbelly of the picturesque town she calls home.

Whitstable Pearl (2021) was adapted for screen by Norwegian filmmaker Øystein Karlsen (One Night, Dag). Other writer credits include Mike Walden (Marcella), Rachel Flowerday (MarcellaMalory Towers) and Alastair Galbraith (Coronation Street). David Caffrey (The Alienist: Angel of DarknessPeaky Blinders) is lead director joined by Jon Jones (We Hunt Together, Mr Selfridge (2013)).

Kerry Godliman (After Life, Call the Midwife (2019)) headlines the show as Pearl Nolan alongside Howard Charles as DCI Mike McGuire (Shadow and Bone, Liar Series 2 (2020)) and Frances Barber (Cold Feet, Queens of Mystery (2019)) as Pearl’s mum Dolly.

A woman with red hair and a black hat (Frances Barber as Dolly) walks along the sea shore with a woman wearing a black coat carrying a box (Kerry Godliman as Pearl Nolan). In the distance is the shoreline with houses and a beach

Frances Barber as Pearl’s mother Dolly (left) and Kerry Godliman as Pearl Nolan © Mark Bourdillon / Acorn TV

Most of the filming took place in and around Whitstable itself, including scenes filmed by the coast at Whitstable Harbour, Whitstable West Beach, Whitstable Yacht Club and Tankerton Beach. Whitstable High Street features and local shops were filmed including Iain’s Plaice (fish and chip restaurant) and art gallery Chappell Contemporary as Houlihan’s Hardware store. Other Whitstable businesses filmed include the Cemetery, Football Ground, MFA Bowl and Seaview Holiday Park, which features as the trailer park where Vinnie lives. Several private residences were used for filming including Beacon House as Pearl’s House located on Tankerton Beach.

The Kent Events Centre was used as a studio build location for interiors of Pearl’s seafood restaurant. Meanwhile, Margate in Thanet features in the series with Margate Beach and The Walpole Hotel doubling for Whitstable seaside scenes. Production also filmed at Mathers Church and Canterbury Road in Westgate-on-Sea. The Port of Ramsgate and Royal Harbour Marina double for the Port of Dover cruise terminal and Dover Marina.

Interior scenes were filmed at St Martin’s Hospital in Canterbury doubling as a police station and a hospital, while The Citadel doubles as a Police Station and a children’s home. Other filming locations include a field near Faversham at Belmont Park and private residences in Herne Bay.Whitstable is a 16th century thriving seaside resort in Kent. Known for its native oysters, Whitstable boasts a working fishing harbour, shingle beach and busy high street.

Whitstable Yacht Club. Recent productions to film in the town include The Great Pottery Throw Down – Series 3 (2020) and The Thames: Britain’s Great River With Tony Robinson (2019).

Beacon House is a colonial clapboard wooden turn of the century Beach House.  Set above beach on a private sea road, the grounds include wild woodland gardens and views out to sea and lines of beach huts. Catastrophe Series 4 (2019) filmed at this location.

The Kent Events Centre based in Detling is the largest, most flexible conference and exhibition venue in Kent, offering 7,000 sqm of indoor space available to film productions as studio space and 200 acres of outdoor space.

Margate is a traditional seaside town complete with sandy beach, harbour, amusement park, period housing and ultra modern art gallery Turner Contemporary. The Walpole Hotel was built for discerning guests in 1914 and extended in 1927.  Built over 5 floors it has 42 Bedrooms, 2 flats and a newly-added small museum space. Westgate-on-Sea is a charming Victorian town, steeped in Heritage with quaint shops and two fantastic blue flag beaches. Margate is popular as a film locations with recent productions including Two Weeks to Live (2020), Pandemonium (2020) and Top Boy – Series 3 (2019).

The Port of Ramsgate offers 32 acres of dedicated Port Land including 3 modern Ro-Ro bridges and Water and bunker facilities on all berths. It is often used as ‘stand-in’ for the Port of Dover. Royal Harbour Marina offers 700 finger moorings set in a picturesque and historic harbour setting. Crime dramas to previously film at the Port of Ramsgate include The Tunnel: Vengeance (2017) and Baptiste (2019).

The Citadel, located on Dover’s Western Heights was constructed in the late 1700’s as a port of defence during the Napoleonic war. Most recently it has been used as a borstal, prison, and immigration detention centre up until its closure in 2015. It is now becoming popular as a filming location and has welcomed several productions over the past year – soon to broadcast.

Herne Bay is a coastal resort popular for filming along the Kent coast. Kate & Koji (2020) is a recent production to film here. Faversham is a beautiful historic market town set on Faversham Creek. TV productions to film in the area include Hetty Feather Series 1 – 6 (2015 – 2020) and Celebrity Antiques Road Show – Series 8 (2018).

St Martin’s Hospital is a large building on the outskirts of busy Canterbury town centre. It has hosted filming for crime drama The Tunnel: Sabotage (2016) and The Tunnel: Vengeance (2017).

Whitstable Pearl (2021) will be available as a box set on Acorn TV on Monday 24th May 2021.

Official trailer: https://youtu.be/hDA4KWtw7JU

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Morgana Robinson’s Summer (2017)

Morgana Robinson looking at camera whilst on beach with comedy shorts title in background

Morgana Robinson’s Summer (C) Sky Arts/Merman

Writer: Sharon Horgan

Director: M.J. Delaney

Starring: Morgana Robinson, Sheridan Smith, Frances Barber, Aimee-Ffion Edwards, Gabby Best, Peter Singh and Edward Aczel

Production Company: Merman

Kent Locations Used: Margate

Part of Sky Art’s 2017 Comedy Short series, Morgana Robinson’s Summer is set on a hot day in Margate and centres around a heavily pregnant Trish. When friends and family gather for her baby shower, a secret is revealed which causes tempers to flare.

The comedy short filmed in various locations in Margate including Marine Terrace, Market Street and the Lifeboat pub.

Margate is a traditional seaside town boasting a sandy beach, harbour, amusement park Dreamland, period housing and modern art gallery the Turner Contemporary. Previous filming here includes The Tunnel: Sabotage (2016), Coast (2014), Last Orders (2002) and many more.

Morgana Robinson’s Summer airs on Sky Arts on Thursday 20th July 2017 at 9pm is available to view now on Sky Arts On Demand

 

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Mapp and Lucia (2014)

Elizabeth Mapp (MIRANDA RICHARDSON), Emmeline 'Lucia' Lucas (ANNA CHANCELLOR) standing in a garden behind a table and chairs with food on

Elizabeth Mapp (MIRANDA RICHARDSON), Emmeline ‘Lucia’ Lucas (ANNA CHANCELLOR) © BBC/Nick Briggs

Director: Diarmuid Lawrence

Writer: Steve Pemberton

Starring: Miranda Richardson, Anna Chancellor, Steve Pemberton, Mark Gatiss, Frances Barber, Felicity Montagu, Gemma Whelan

Production Company: BBC

Kent Locations: Kent & East Sussex Railway – Tenterden Station

This Christmas, the BBC offers a new three part adaptation of E.F. Benson’s Mapp & Lucia novels set in 1930 in the quaint village of Tilling. The eccentric residents live in a world filled with gossip and petty one up-manship and the village’s renowned schemers, Miss Elizabeth Mapp and Mrs Emmeline Lucas, battle for social supremacy over garden produce, bridge and a fund-raising fete.

The mini-series is a satire, adapted and starring Steve Pemberton (The League of Gentlemen, Benidorm) and directed by Diarmuid Lawrence (The Mystery of Edwin Drood, Emma).

Miranda Richardson (Parade’s End, The Phantom of the Opera) plays Mapp with Anna Chancellor (Pramface, The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy) as Lucia. Starring alongside the pair are Mark Gatiss (Sherlock, Match Point Match Point), Frances Barber (Silk, Doctor Who), Felicity Montagu (Alan Partridge, Bridget Jones’s Diary), and Gemma Whelan (The Wolfman, Gulliver’s Travels).

In July 2013, the Mapp and Lucia production team filmed in Kent when they visited period railway Kent & East Sussex Railway‘s Tenterden Station.

Kent & East Sussex Railway is a ten and a half mile rural light railway from Tenterden to East Sussex. Kent & East Sussex Railway has previously featured in various film and TV productions such as Last Passenger (2013).

Mapp and Lucia starts on BBC One on Monday 29th December 2014 at 21.05.

 

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