Flirty Dancing – Series 2 (2019)

Pictured are Kerry in a red dress and Jordan in a white top embracing by a bench in a park.

Pictured: Kerry and Jordan (Copyright – Channel 4)

Starring: Ashley Banjo
Production Company: Second Star production
Kent Locations Used: Whitstable, Dartford and Hythe

The objective of reality show Flirty Dancing, is to help people find a romantic partner through the art of dance. Each episode features two pairs of singletons, both will be taught one half of a choreographed dance routine; eventually meeting up for a date where they perform together.

The presenter of the show is Ashely Banjo (StreetDance 3D, Got to Dance) who also choreographs the dances.

In the second series, there will be various Kent locations featuring local contributors. Production filmed with contributors around various streets in Whitstable and Tankerton beach, Dartford including Central Park, as well as Hythe town centre and the Royal Military Canal.

Whitstable is a bohemian seaside town which was famous for its oysters and is now famous for the harbour where sunbathing, swimming and water sports are popular including jet skiing. Furthermore, it has one of the oldest yacht clubs. Previous filming here includes Who Do You Think You Are? (2018) and The Apprentice (2015).

Dartford town centre lies in a valley through which River Darent flows. Dartford became a market town in medieval times and is now mainly a commuter town for Greater London. However, it does have a long history of religious, industrial and cultural importance. Previous filming here includes Who Do You Think You Are? (2014) and Don’t Tell the Bride (2013).

Hythe is a coastal market town in the district of Folkestone & Hythe. The town has medieval and Georgian buildings and was once defended by two castles; it has a lot of sporting activities to do such as horse riding, bowling, tennis and many more. Previous filming includes Celebs on the Farm (2018).

Series 2 is due to start at 8pm on Channel 4 from Friday 8th November 2019.

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The Empty Housing Scandal (2019)

Series poster for The Empty Housing Scandal - an image of a blue door in a run-down looking house

The Empty Housing Scandal ©BBC

 

Starring: Matthew Allwright

Production Company: TwoFour

Kent Location Used: Various properties around Thanet and Folkestone

This five-part series focuses on Britain’s housing crisis as every day 140 new families become homeless, whilst over 2000,000 domestic properties lie empty. Each episode features four to five stories, concentrating on an empty house at some point in its journey to be but back into use as a home. Presenter Matt Allwright wants to expose the empty housing scandal. He also may occasionally have to investigate to track down lost owners or property agents, as he travels around the UK scoping empty houses and pairing them with people who desperately need a home.

 

Presenter Matt Allwright for BBC One’s The Empty Housing Scandal standing in front of some brown houses wearing a red jumper with his arms crossed.

Presenter Matt Allwright for BBC One’s The Empty Housing Scandal ©TwoFour

 

The series was commissioned by TwoFour (The Hotel Inspector, The Jump). It is presented by Matt Allwright (Space Truckers, Watchdog) and will include various properties throughout the districts of Thanet and Folkestone & Hythe.

Thanet is in north east Kent and is made up of resort towns Margate, Broadstairs, and Ramsgate. This district is a very popular location for films and tv shows, having been used for Only Fools and Horses: The Jolly Boys’ Outing (1989) and Mr Selfridge (2013-2016).

Folkestone is a town on the English Channel, located in the south east of Kent and has also been a popular location used in many films and tv shows, such as Moon and Son (1992) and The Darling Buds of May (1991-1993).

The first episode of The Empty Housing Scandal aired on Monday 11th February 2019 at 9.15am on BBC One. It will air each day this week till Friday 15th February 2019.

 

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Long Lost Family Series 5 (2015)

Nicky Campbell and Davina McCall standing in front of a window

Nicky Campbell and Davina McCall © ITV

Production Company: Wall to Wall Media

Kent Location: Lympne, Hythe

ITV’s BAFTA award winning show Long Lost Family returns for its fifth series as presenter’s Davina McCall and Nicky Campbell continue to reunite relatives desperately seeking one another.

In episode five of the new series, the Long Lost Family team work with Elizabeth Wells and her daughter Janice from Somerset, who are searching for Elizabeth’s son Paul Meddelton who was reluctantly given up for adoption.

The production team of Long Lost Family visited Lympne, Hythe and Westenhanger Station for one day in February 2015 whilst trying to find Paul.

The area has also welcomed filming from productions such as The Only Way is Essexmas (2014), The Tunnel (2013) and Is Anybody There? (2009).

Don’t miss the Kent episode of Long Lost Family which will air on Wednesday 1st July 2015 at 21:00 on ITV1.

 

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Is Anybody There? (2009)

Is Anybody There? Film Poster- a man and a child stood in front of a white wooden bus shelter with a blue bench. Is Anybody There? written in yellow underneath

Is Anybody There? Film Poster © Optimum Releasing

Director: John Crowley 

Writer: Peter Harness 

Starring: Michael Caine, Bill Milner, David Morrissey, Anne-Marie Duff, Ralph Riach

Production Company: Heyday Films, BBC Films, Big Beach

Kent Filming Locations: Hythe, Folkestone Central Train Station and St Peter’s CEP School in Folkestone

Set in the 1980’s, Is Anybody There? is about a young boy called Edward (Bill Milner) growing up in an old people’s home. Whilst his parents struggle with their personal problems, Edward becomes obsessed with ghosts and the afterlife. Arming himself with his trusted tape recorder and camera, he tapes the residents in his quest to find out more about what happens to people when they die.

Living a fairly solitary existence, Edward strikes up a friendship with resident magician and rebel Clarence (Michael Caine). The pair become good friends, teaching each other to live each day in the present and how to come to terms with the past.

In 2007, the production visited several Kent locations including Folkestone Central Train Station which doubled as a Yorkshire train station  Princes Parade in Hythe was turned into Yorkshire for two days where they used the sea-shelter as a bus shelter (see the movie poster!) and the road was used for the scenes where Clarence (Michael  Caine) and Edward (Bill Milner) are pushing the vehicle along the sea road after the crash.

Filming on Princes Parade in Hythe - green double decker bus on the road with crew and filming equipment on the pavement

Filming on Princes Parade in Hythe © Kent Film Office

Produced by the same company who bring Harry Potter to the big screen, the film also visited St Peter’s CEP School,  Folkestone where the children themselves were extras for a day! To thank them for their time and help they were rewarded with signed posters from the main cast of Harry Potter and Michael Caine signed their school mural.

The seaside town of Folkestone has an elegant clifftop promenade, a lower coastal park, a fishing harbour and Victorian cliff-top lifts. Hythe is a small coastal town situated between Folkestone and the Romney Marsh. The area has featured in a wide range of productions including Future Tense: The Story of H.G. Wells (2016), The Tunnel: Sabotage (2016) and Everyone’s Going To Die (2013).

The film was released on 1st May 2009 and is now available to buy on DVD.

 

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The Alan Clark Diaries (2004)

Alan Clark walking under the gate at Saltwood Castle

Alan Clark (John Hurt) at Saltwood Castle © BBC

Directed by: Jon Jones

Written by: Alan Clark, Jon Jones

Starring: John Hurt, Jenny Agutter, Hugh Fraser, Nicholas Jones, Jeremy Clyde, Paul Brooke, Peter Blythe

Production Company: BBC

Kent Locations: Saltwood Castle, Hythe Beach

The Alan Clark Diaries is a 6 part BBC drama production, adapted from the bestselling diaries of late conservative MP Alan Clark. It gives a unique inside into the politicians mind, his controversial views and his dedication to the conservative party. It depicts the highs and lows of his career, as well as his unique relationship with his loyal wife Jane (Jenny Agutter), who tries her best to support him throughout his political life.

Starring John Hurt (Doctor Who, Hellboy Franchise) as Alan Clark alongside Jenny Agutter (Call the Midwife, The Avengers), Hugh Fraser (Agatha Christie: Poirot, 101 Dalmations), Nicholas Jones(Philomena , Hornblower: Mutiny), Jeremy Clyde (The Iron Lady), Paul Brooke(Bridget Jones’s Diary , The Phantom of the Opera)and Peter Blythe(Carrington).

Saltwood Castle featured as itself during the series after Clark’s widow, Jane, gave her support for the production and welcomed the team into her home. The castle remains owned by the Clark family, and is rarely opened to the public. However, it has previously hosted other productions such as My Week with Marilyn (2011), again due to a family connection.

Alan Clark often used to visit Hythe seafront and this is represented in the first episode of the series. Fisherman’s Beach in Hythe is a pebble beach with beautiful views, closely located to several cafés and tearooms, which are perfect for tourists.

The Alan Clark Diaries was first aired on the BBC in 2004 and is now available to buy on DVD.

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Battle of Britain (1969)

Battle of Britain movie poster- montage of characters from the film in square boxes, Battle of Britain written in red on top with a sun set scene of a town skyline above

Battle of Britain © United Artists

Director:  Guy Hamilton

Writers:  James Kennaway, Wilfred Greatorex, Derek Dempster, Derek Wood.

Starring:  Michael Caine, Trevor Howard , Harry Andrews, Christopher Plummer

Production Company: Spitfire Productions

Kent Locations Used: Denton, The Jackdaw Inn (Denton), Chilham, RAF Hawkinge

Set in 1940, the film tells the tale of the epic battle of Britain. Nazi Germany is attacking the airfields of the south east as part of Operation Sea Lion, and in order to stop the enemy from achieving their goals for invasion, the British Royal Air force must fight a desperate battle for control of the skies.

With death defying aerial acrobatics, this historical re-enactment takes the audience to the heart of World War II. With the Luftwaffe advancing onto London, the RAF must gather their destroyed resources and launch a critical attack.

Starring Michael Caine (The Dark Knight, The Italian Job), this feature was not to be his last visit to the county: the actor returned in Is Anybody There? , the touching story of the friendship between a young boy and a retired magician, which was filmed in Folkestone and Hythe.

The Battle of Britain featured some of the best of Kent’s locations. The village of Chilham was mentioned on fictional signs at the control centre at the end of the film. A popular filming location in the county, Chilham is most famous for appearing in Agatha Christie adaptations.  Miss Marple: The Moving Finger was filmed almost entirely in the village and it was also home for a special Christmas episode of Poirot.

Another Kent Village, Denton, appeared in the film. The local pub, The Jackdaw Inn, had a cameo as the scene for Christopher Plummer (The Sound of Music) and his on-screen wife, giving the audience an insight into the personal effects of war. The Jackdaw Inn has a room devoted to RAF World War II memorabilia and is a must see for any history buff.

RAF Hawkinge was the obvious choice as a location for the film. With a rich military history, the site is now a museum with the largest collection of Battle of Britain artefacts on show in the country.

The Battle of Britain was released in 1969 and is now available to buy on DVD.

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