Sweets Made Simple (2014)

Sweets Made Simple - Kitty Hope and Mark Greenwood in the kitchen making sweets

Sweets Made Simple – Kitty Hope and Mark Greenwood © BBC/Screenchannel Television

Production Company: Screen Channel TV

Kent Locations Used: Littlestone- on- Sea, Shepway

Sweets Made Simple is a new BBC Two series featuring award-winning confectioners Kitty Hope and Mark Greenwood as they lovingly make childhood favourites such as Sherbet Dippers and Turkish Delight as well as modern treats, including Gingerbread Latte Fudge and Tequila Chilies.

The four part series will see the couple who share their passion for all things sugary and sweet, travel across the UK to try and find the best ingredients including tailored gin in Cambridge and the world’s best butter in Country Antrim.

The Sweets Made Simple team visited Kitty Hope and Mark Greenwood at their Kent home in Littlestone- on- Sea and filmed them on the beach.

Littlestone- on- Sea is a coastal village which lies between Greatstone and St Marys Bay, and has a beach consisting of shingle, mudflats and sand as well as a sea wall, promenade, beach huts and lifeboat station. Littlestone featured in The Harry Hill Movie (2013)and nearby Dungeness is a popular film location having been used by productions such as Parade’s End (2012) and The Poison Tree (2012).

Sweets Made Simple starts on Friday 8th August 2014 on BBC Two at 20:30.

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The Harry Hill Movie (2013)

The Harry Hill Movie still- Harry Hill riding a mobility scooter being chased down the road by a lady in a mobility scooter

The Harry Hill Movie

Director: Steve Bendelack
Writers: Jon Foster, James Lamont, Harry Hill
Starring: Harry Hill, Matthew Hall, Julie Walters, Simon Bird, Matt Lucas, Jim Broadbent, Sheridan Smith, Julian Barratt
Production Company: Lucky Features, Jonescompany Productions
Kent Locations Used: Littlestone-on-Sea

Under the mistaken impression that his pet hamster, Abu, is ill, Harry Hill and his Nan (Julie Walters) take him to the vet, who wrongly gives them the tragic news that Abu has one week to live. Harry, who thinks he speaks fluent hamster (but, in fact, misunderstands every squeak that comes out of his little pal’s mouth), incorrectly thinks Abu’s dying wish is a trip to Blackpool. With Nan making three, the trio embark on a road trip to the seaside town. Unbeknownst to them, the Vet is actually the dirty rotten henchman of Harry’s evil twin brother Otto (Matt Lucas), who was raised separately by Alsatians. Addicted to Hula-Hoops and fuelled by revenge, Otto’s nefarious plot is to kidnap Abu and make him the centrepiece of the plastinated hamster world he’s creating in his evil lair. Can Harry and Nan stop Otto before it’s too late?

The film is Comedian Harry Hill’s big screen debut and stars a wealth of British acting and comedy talent including Harry Hill (TV Burp, Harry Hill), Julie Walters (Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part One (2010), Canterbury Tales (2003)), Jim Broadbent (Vanity Fair (2005), King Lear (2018)), Simon Bird (The Inbetweeners (2010), Friday Night Dinner), Guillaume Delaunay (Victor Frankenstein, Tale of Tales), Matt Lucas (Little Britain (2003), Bridesmaids), Marc Wootton (Nativity!, Arthur Christmas), Sheridan Smith (Morgana Robinson’s Summer (2017), Two Pints of Lager and a Packet of Crisps) and Julian Barratt (The Mighty Boosh, The Great (2020)).

Directed by Steve Bendelack (The League of the Gentlemen, Mr Bean’s Holiday) and written by Jon Foster and James Lamont of Armstrong and Miller as well as Harry Hill himself, this film is sure to promise high jinks, and crazy characters.

In May 2013, the production visited Littlestone-on-Sea where they filmed various scenes of Harry and his Nan arriving in an old car and staying at a B&B in the fictional village of “Black Pole”.

Littlestone lies on the coast between Greatstone and St Marys Bay, and is a village with a sea wall, promenade, beach huts, lifeboat station and beach consisting of shingle, mudflats and sand. Nearby Dungeness is a popular filming location having been used for The Poison Tree (2012).

The Harry Hill Movie was released in cinemas on December 20th 2013 and is now available to buy on DVD.

For more information about Kent’s Filming History please visit our Movie Map.