The Great (2020)

Catherine the Great (Elle Fanning) and Peter III (Nicholas Hoult) dancing in a ballroom in historical costumes, with candlelight in the background.

Elle Fanning and Nicholas Hoult in The Great (2020) © Lionsgate Entertainment

Writer: Tony McNamara, Tess Morris, Gretel Vella, James Wood
Director:
Colin Bucksey, Bert & Bertie, Ben Chessell, Geeta Patel, Matt Shakman
Starring:
Elle Fanning, Nicholas Hoult, Phoebe Fox, Gwilym Lee, Sacha Dhawan
Production Company:
Media Rights Capital, Thruline Entertainment, Echo Lake Entertainment
Kent Locations Used:
Hever Castle, St Clere Estate

This upcoming satirical comedy from American streaming company Hulu follows the infamous rise of Prussian-born Catherine the Great as she ascends to become the longest serving female ruler in Russian history. Forced to choose between her own personal happiness and the future of an empire, she abandons a life of love and romance and vows to change a country plagued by deceit and ruin.

This ten-part historical drama was written by Tony McNamara (The Favourite, Ashby) Tess Morris (Casual, Man Up), Gretel Vella (Doctor Doctor) and James Wood (The Gamechangers, Quacks). The TV series was produced by Media Rights Capital, Thruline Entertainment and Echo Lake Entertainment  and features episodes directed by Colin Bucksey (The Affair, Breaking Bad, Ray Donovan), Bert & Bertie (Troop Zero, Kidding), Ben Chessell (The Only Person in the World, Giri/Haji), Geeta Patel (Meet the Patels, Dead to Me) and Matt Shakman (It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia, The Good Wife).

The Great’s lead cast are  Elle Fanning (Super 8,  Maleficent, Mary Shelley) as Catherine the Great, Nicholas Hoult (Tolkien, Mad Max: Fury Road, Warm Bodies) as Peter III of Russia and Phoebe Fox (Close to the Enemy, The Woman in Black 2: Angel of Death), Gwilym Lee (Bohemian Rhapsody, Midsomer Murders) and Sacha Dhawan (Iron Fist, The History Boys) in supporting roles.

Two locations in Kent were utilised as rich historical backdrops in this international production.

The Italian Loggia on Hever Castle lake doubles as a ballroom of an Eastern European house where Peter III of Russia (Nicholas Hoult) visits. During filming production also visited the fields and stables of St Clere Estate to film various battle scenes.

Hever Castle is an outstanding 13th century and Tudor castle with a moat, stunning Italianate gardens, a beautiful lake, as well as a mock Tudor Village. It was the original home of the Boleyn family. Productions that filmed here include Inkheart (2008) and upcoming TV series The Third Day.

St Clere Estate is set in 2800 acres of the rolling Kent countryside and offers stunning views of the North Downs. Some of the ground’s features include formal gardens, paddocks, a meadow, fields, an orangery, green houses and a temple by the lake. St Clere Estate has previously been used to film Road Games (2016) and Sky’s original series Gangs of London (2020).

The Great will be available to watch on StarzPlay from Thursday 18th June 2020.

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Long Lost Family: Born Without Trace (2020)

 

Close up of presenter Davina McCall looking into the camera wearing a black jumper

Lost Lost Family Born Without Trace- Davina McCall- © ITV

Starring: Davina McCall and Nicky Campbell
Production Company: ITV Studios
Kent Locations Used: Gravesend, Maidstone, Dartford

Long Lost Family: Born Without Trace returns for a second series. The team combine detective work alongside the latest DNA technology to help four contributors uncover their real identities and work out where they came from.

In these two special episodes we see the incredible stories of a man who was left in a car on the outskirts of Belfast, a woman left in a telephone box in Dundalk, another woman found in a public toilet in Warminster and lastly, a man found outside a railway tavern in Greenhithe.

The show is presented by Davina McCall (Long Lost Family) and Nicky Campbell (The Big Questions), who continue to work together to bring solace to many families across the UK.

Production visited a contributor’s house in Gravesend, along with various streets in Maidstone and Dartford.

Gravesend is a town on the south bank of the Thames. The Towns Pier is the oldest remaining cast-iron pier in the world, with an unspoilt promenade, high street and two shopping centres. Top Boy Series 3 (2019) and Great British Railway Journeys – Series 10 (2019) have both filmed here in the past.

The town of Maidstone has many shops, restaurants, bars, churches and a museum. The River Medway runs though the town centre, linking it with other towns such as Rochester and Chatham. Productions to have filmed in Maidstone include Phil Spencer’s Stately Homes – Series 3 (2020) and The Split Series 2 (2020).

Dartford is a historic market town with a rich industrial heritage and boasts one of the largest shopping centres in Europe. Recent productions to film here include Gangs of London (2020) and The Corrupted (2019).

Long Lost Family: Born Without Trace will air on Monday 1st June and Tuesday 2nd June at 9pm on ITV.

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Countryfile (2020)

Owen Leyshon from Romney Marsh Countryside Partnership and presenter Matt Baker on the pebbled beach in front of the New Dungeness Lighthouse

BBC Countryfile visits Dungeness ©BBC

Series producer: Joanna Brame
Executive producer:
Williams Lyons
Starring:
Matt Baker, Steve Brown, Adam Henson, Margherita Taylor, Deborah Meaden
Production Company: BBC
Kent Locations Used: Dungeness Estate

Countryfile is a popular BBC One show which celebrates the people and places of the British countryside.

The presenters Matt Baker, Margherita Taylor and Steve Brown visit Dungeness in Kent in this latest episode. Margherita meets with David Lewis, a close friend of artist Derek Jarman, who returns to the cottage after many years, as well as Director of Art Fund Stephen Deuchar, who leads the campaign to save the artists’ Prospect Cottage. Margherita also interviews Betty Paine, a ‘Lady Who Launched’, at the local lifeboat station.

Matt Baker explores Dungeness’s strange and barren landscape where he interviews Owen Leyshon from the Romney Marsh Countryside Partnership about the reserve and the work that goes into preserving it. Birdwarden David Walker talks about his 30 years of looking after the reserve. Matt also visits the annual Sloe Gin Competition at The Pilot Inn and Steve Brown has a photography lesson with local photographer Chris Shaw.

Dungeness has been designated as a National Nature Reserve (NNR), Special Protection Area (SPA) and a Special Area of Conservation (SAC). It is home to 600 species of plants which is a third of all plants found in the UK. It presents a boundless landscape with wooden houses, power stations, lighthouses and expansive gravel pits.

Previous productions to film at this location are: Back to Life – Series 1 (2019) and Fantasy Homes by the Sea – Series 7 (2018).

The show aired on BBC One Sunday 2nd February 2020 at 18:10.

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Seagull (2018)

Movie poster of Seagull showing a woman wearing a mask against a sunset beach scene

Seagull (2018) © IMDb

 

Writers: James Abbott & Peter Blach
Director: Peter Blach
Starring: Gabrielle Sheppard, Adam Radcliffe and Jessica Hynes
Production Company: Seagull The Movie Ltd
Kent Locations Used: Folkestone

Seagull is a British thriller about a young woman, Rose (Gabrielle Sheppard), who has been missing for eight years. She returns to her hometown having some unfinished business to take care of. The mystery of her disappearance haunt her disabled and alcoholic mother, Janet (Jessica Hynes) and partner Jeff (Adam Radcliffe), as well as eight year old Lily.

This psychological thriller is set in the Kentish town of Folkestone.

Seagull was directed and written by Peter Blach , whose co-writer, James Abbott, made his professional writing and acting debut in Seagull. Blach has directed several short films including Squash (2004) and The Preacher (2007). The thriller stars Adam Radcliffe (The Blacklist, Right Before Your Eyes) Gabrielle Sheppard (Dawn) and Jessica Hynes (Shaun of the Dead (2004), Spaced (1999-2001), The Royle Family (1998-2010), Son of Rambow (2007))

A production still showing Gabrielle Sheppard dressed in a black checkered shirt stood against a beach cliffs background holding a metal rod.

Gabrielle Sheppard in Seagull © IMDb

The film was shot entirely in and around Folkestone, a seaside town with an elegant clifftop promenade, a coastal park, fishing harbour and Victorian cliff-top lifts. Previous projects that used this location include The Fight (2019), The Empty Housing Scandal (2019) and Great British Railway Journeys – Series 10 (2019).

Production of Seagull was completed on 25th September 2018 and was screened at various film festivals from January 2020.

For more information see the IMDb’s website: https://www.imdb.com/title/tt6020742/

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Britain’s Christmas Story (2019)

Gareth Malone wearing a suit and the Archbishop of Canterbury smiling at the camera inside the cathedral.

Caption: Gareth Malone and the Archbishop of Canterbury ©BBC

 

Starring: Gareth Malone, Karen Gibson

Production Company: BBC

Kent Locations Used: Canterbury Cathedral, Canterbury High Street and Dane John Gardens

This two-part series ‘Britain’s Christmas Story’ presented by Gareth Malone and Karen Gibson uncovers some of the origins of our British Christmas traditions and reveals that in the past, our festive season and Christmas Carols were as much about dancing as singing.

Production filmed in Canterbury for part of the series at Canterbury Cathedral, Canterbury High Street and Dane John Gardens.

Gareth Malone wearing a black suit being filmed by a film crew of three inside a cathedral. He is interviewing the Archbishop of Canterbury

Filming of Gareth Malone and the Archbishop of Canterbury for Britain’s Christmas Traditions ©BBC

Canterbury Cathedral is a world heritage site and is the oldest and most renowned cathedral in England. Dane John Gardens is an historic park, which dates to 1551. The gardens afford an excellent view of the city and have the city wall along their border.

Canterbury is a popular filming location and has previously been used as a location for filming for Britain’s Great Cathedrals with Tony Robinson (2018) and Coast v Country (2017).

The two-part series airs on BBC One on Sunday 15th December 2019 at 10:40am and on Sunday 22nd December at 09.05am.

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In the Long Run: Series 2 (2019)

In the Long Run Series 2 Poster featuring various cast members on a yellow, orange and green patterned background. In The Long Run 2 created by Idris Elba written to the right.

In the Long Run Series 2 Poster © Sky UK Limited

 

Creator: Idris Elba

Director: Sandy Johnson

Writers: Idris Elba, Danielle Ward, Shivani Vijayapalan, Grace Ofori-Attah, Ben Tagoe, Fraser Ayres

Starring: Idris Elba, Bill Bailey, Neil D’Souza, Madeline Appiah, Jimmy Akingbola

Production Companies: Green Door Pictures, Sprout Pictures

Kent Filming locations: Nell’s Café Gravesend

In the Long Run is a series created by and starring Idris Elba. The comedy is semi-autobiographical about the actor’s childhood in London during the 80’s. The second series starts as Walter (Idris Elba) is elected union representative at his workplace. When their jobs are threatened, Walter’s friends and colleagues, Bagpipes (Bill Bailey) and Rajesh (Neil D’Souza), plan to go on strike. Meanwhile, Agnes (Madeline Appiah) is looking to start a new career at the local council.

The series stars Idris Elba (Thor Ragnarok, Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom), Bill Bailey (Hot Fuzz, The Hitchhikers Guide to the Galaxy), Neil D’Souza (Humans, EastEnders), Madeline Appiah (Partners in Crime, Hamlet) and Jimmy Akingbola (Spectral, Arrow).

Series 2 is directed by Sandy Johnson (Johnathan Creek, Benidorm). Episode writing credits include Danielle Ward (Danger Mouse, Mongrels), Shivani Vijayapalan, Grace Ofori-Attah (Urban Myths), Ben Tagoe (Jamie Johnson, Coronation Street) and Fraser Ayres (Holby City, Coronation Street).

During filming production visited Nell’s Café in Gravesend where Bagpipes and Valentine (Jimmy Akingbola) stop for a cuppa on the road on their way to Southend.

Nell’s Café is located just off the A2 and M2 motorway at Marling Cross, Gravesend. It is a popular, long running family owned café and has previously featured in Babylon (2014), Age of Heroes (2011), The Interceptor (2015) and the BAFTA & Emmy award winning crime drama Killing Eve (2018). Gravesend is on the southern bank of the River Thames and boasts a cast iron pier, promenade and high street as well as international rail links at the nearby Ebbsfleet International Station.

In the Long Run Series 2 aired from  26th October 2019 on Sky One.

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The Flood (2019)

Actor Ivanno Jeremiah starring at the camera in a dark coat

Ivanno Jeremiah in The Flood (2019) © Joel Frakes

 

Writer: Helen Kingston

Director: Anthony Woodley

Starring: Lena Headey, Ivanno Jeremiah, Iain Glen, Peter Singh, Mandip Gill

Production Company: Megatopia Films

Kent Locations Used: Joss Bay, Port of Ramsgate

The Flood follows the story of an asylum seeker Haile (Ivanno Jeremiah) as he makes a perilous journey to England with his newfound friends Faiz (Peter Singh) and Reema (Mandip Gill). Wendy (Lena Headey), a hardened immigration officer hears his story and must decide his fate. His dangerous trip is recounted through various emotional flashbacks.

The Film Stars Ivanno Jeremiah (Humans, London Unplugged), Lena Headey (Game of Thrones, Danger Mouse), Iain Glen (Game of Thrones, Delicious), alongside Mandip Gill (Doctors, The Good Karma Hospital) and Peter Singh (Gigglebiz, Coronation Street).

The Flood was written by Helen Kingston (Googly, The Carrier) and directed by Anthony Woodley (The Carrier, Outpost 11).

In the film Joss Bay doubles as an Italian shoreline as Haile crosses the ocean in a boat full of other refugees and lands on the beach. The toilet block also doubles as Italian Port toilets. The Port of Ramsgate is featured as the lorry carrying Haile pulls into passport control.

Joss Bay a Blue Flag sandy bay in Thanet. Facilities include lifeguards, cafe, parking, toilets, deckchairs, windbreaks, parasols, sun beds and a Kids Corner with bouncy castle and trampolines. It is home to the Joss Bay Surf School. Other productions to film here include Coast Vs Country (2016) and various music videos.

The Port of Ramsgate offers thirty-two acres of dedicated Port Land including three modern Ro-Ro bridges and Water and bunker facilities on all berths. Often used as a ‘stand-in’ for The Port of Dover. Previous productions to have filmed here include Britain at Low Tide – Series 3 (2019), Big Bad World (2013) and Will (2011).

 

The Flood is due for release on 21st June 2019.

 

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House of Salem (2016)

House of Salem Film Poster- cloudy night sky with the film title on top and a clowns face in the centre and a hand reaching out holding a manor house. House of Salem written in white.

House of Salem Film Poster ©Last British Dragon

 

Writer: James Crow

Director: James Crow

Starring: Jessica Arterton, Jack Brett Anderson, Liam Kelly, Robert Lowe, Leslie Mills

Production Company: Last British Dragon

Kent Locations Used: Evegate Manor, Dryhill Local Nature Reserve, Sole Street House

The House Of Salem is a horror film in which a child, Josh (Liam Kelly) finds unlikely protectors in the form of a group of kidnappers who discover they have been tricked and are now trapped in a house. Realising that they are to become the next sacrifice in a line of murders spanning centuries, they get ready to battle demonic forces for their freedom.

The film was written and directed by James Crow (Curse Of The Witching Tree, He Who Dares). House of Salem stars Jessica Arterton, Jack Brett Anderson (Runaway, Drop), Liam Kelly, Robert Lowe (Casualty, Primeval) and Leslie Mills (Merlin of the Crystal Cave, The Bill).

Several Kent locations were used for filming, including private houses Evegate Manor as Josh’s home and Sole Street House as The House of Salem, alongside KCC Dryhill Nature Reserve.

Evegate Manor is a grade II star listed Manor House in Ashford and until recently was used as a farmhouse. Mostly dating from 14th to 16th century the house is constructed of Kentish ragstone rubble with red brick dressing; and is part timber framed with numerous exposed beams. Previous productions to film in the Ashford district include Dead and Awake (2016).

Sole Street House in Ashford is a 10-bedroom Georgian manor house with a Victorian wing, less than 50 miles from central London and standing in 30 acres of grounds including gardens, woodland, stables accommodating some 16 horses and paddocks.

Dryhill Local Nature Reserve in Sevenoaks is on a former quarry site of Special Scientific Interest. The exceptional structure of its rocks and fossils led to it becoming the first geological Local Nature Reserve in Kent. It also has a small stretch of private road for small set-ups. Sevenoaks has previously been used by productions such as Judwaa 2 (2017) and The First Team (2020).

 

House of Salem was released on 23rd January 2018.

 

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Coast v Country (2017)

two presenters standing outside beach hut looking towards camera

Coast v Country © Freeform Productions

Production Company: Freeform Productions

Kent Locations used: Hythe Seabrook, Folkestone, Dover, St Margarets at Cliffe, Deal, Reinden Woods, Pedlinge, Elham,  Chillenden , Canterbury, Densole, Great Chart, Ashford, Sittingbourne.

Coast v Country is a brand new property format for Channel 4, which showcases the most striking properties for sale in some of Kent’s most beautiful coast & countryside locations. The series is presented by property experts Sara Damergi, Kerr Drummond and property developers Kirsty Duffy and David Bull.

Dover is the site of the famous white cliffs of Dover and has been used in films such as Sherlock Holmes, a game of shadows (2011) and those magnificent men and their flying machines (1965)

Another well-known location, Canterbury Cathedral, is the oldest and most renowned cathedral in England; currently a world heritage site it has been previously used to film Last Orders (2002) and a Canterbury Tale (1944)

The new series of Coast v Country starts on Monday 30th October at 4pm on Channel 4.

Episodes which feature Kent are due to air on 2nd, 22nd and 24th November 2017.

 

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Philip K. Dick’s Electric Dreams (2017)

Jill (Sidse Babett Knudsen) and Ed (Steve Buscemi) sitting at a table., Jill is smiking

Jill (Sidse Babett Knudsen) and Ed (Steve Buscemi). Philip K. Dick’s Electric Dreams: Crazy Diamond

Writer: Philip K. Dick (the series is an adaptation of his work).

Director: Each episode has a different director, some of the directors include: Michael Dinner, David Farr, Francesca Gregorini and Tom Harper.

Starring: Gumuliauskas Vaclovas, Juke Hardy, Alona Leoine, Russ Panzarella, Steve Buscemi, Richard Madden, Bryan Cranston and many more.

Production Company: Channel 4 and Sony Pictures Television

Ed (Steve Buscemi) and Sally (Julia Davis) walking up drive with suitcases in hands and sea behind them

Ed (Steve Buscemi) and Sally (Julia Davis)
Philip K. Dick’s Electric Dreams : “Crazy Diamond”

Kent Locations Used: Dungeness and Pilot Pub

Philip K. Dick’s Electric Dreams is a sci-fi anthology series with stand-alone episodes that focus on dark themes and ideas with a twist. The first season will contain 10 episodes of adapted material from Philip K. Dick’s body of literary work.

Source material from Philip K. Dick (Blade Runner) stories, directed by, among others,  Michael Dinner (The Crew), David Farr (The Ones Below), Francesca Gregorini (The Truth About Emanuel) and Tom Harper (Peaky Blinders). The first season stars Timothy Spall (Mr Turner, Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire, Gumuliauskas Vaclovas (The Death of Stalin), Juke Hardy (Alien: Covenant), Bryan Cranston (Breaking Bad), Liam Cunningham (Game of Thrones) and Steve Buscemi (Fargo, Boardwalk Empire) as well as many others.

Some scenes from the upcoming series were filmed in Dungeness on the south coast of Kent. The area has been used in the past for many different films and TV series. Previous productions filmed in Dungeness include: Una (2017) and Doctor Who: The Claws of Axos (1971). The Pilot Inn in Dungeness previously featured in the The Poison Tree (2012)

Philip K. Dick’s Electric Dreams premieres on Sunday 17 September 2017 on Channel 4 at 9PM.

 

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