Couples Come Dine With Me (2014)

 

close up of a dinning table with striped chairs and wine glasses

Couples Come Dine With Me © Channel 4

 

Production company: ITV Studios, Shiver Productions

Kent Locations: Bearsted, Kings Hill, Maidstone

Channel 4’s popular show returns with a twist: in this series, couples work together to host the best dinner party for a cash prize!

Come Dine With Me started in 2005 and has proved very popular with audiences. In episode 10 of the new series, the show follows three West Kent couples, including married West End performers Millie and Andy, newlyweds Sam and Emma and dinner party fanatics Alex and Richard. Whose efforts will be judged victorious?

The production filmed the West Kent contestants in and around their homes in Kings Hill , Maidstone and Bearsted.

Maidstone lies on the River Medway and is the county town of Kent offering shopping areas and parks. It is close to many tourist attractions, such as Kent Life and Leeds Castle. Maidstone is also home to The Maidstone Studios which has hosted filming for TV productions such as Draw It .

Bearsted is a village near Maidstone and boasts shops, pubs and sports clubs in a countryside setting.

Kings Hill is a housing and business development built on an airfield site which was used in Channel 4’s Cape Wrath (2008).

Don’t miss the Kent episode which will air on Friday 18th July 2014 at 17:00 on Channel 4.

 

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Draw It! (2014)

Mel Giedroyc wearing a yellow jacket standing in front of a podium in front of pictures

Mel Giedroyc presenting Draw It © Channel 4

 

Production company: Victory Television

Kent Locations: The Maidstone Studios

Draw It! is a new Channel Four game show hosted by Mel Giedroyc based on the hugely popular smart phone app Draw Something, and is filmed at Kent’s very own The Maidstone Studios.

Each show sees two teams, made up of one contestant and one celebrity, go head to head in three rounds of drawing challenges, and the contestant with the least points is eliminated at the end of the show. With a £5000 prize up for grabs, it’s all to play for in the battle of the doodlers!

Celebrities which feature in the show include radio and television broadcaster Terry Wogan, actress and presenter Nadia Sawalha, dance expert Louie Spence, comedian and actress Jenny Eclair and Strictly Come Dancing Star Anton Du Beke.

The Maidstone Studios is set over an 11 acre site and boasts 5 studios, a sound stage, post production facilities, storage and over 400 free parking spaces. Hit shows such as The Split (2020)have been filmed here.

Don’t miss Draw It! which starts on Channel 4 on Monday 5 May 2014 at 16:30.

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Later… with Jools Holland (2014)

Jools Holland perched on a stool next to the stage

Later… with Jools Holland © ASC

 

Production Company: BBC

Kent Locations Used: The Maidstone Studios

Hit BBC Two music show Later… with Jools Holland enters its 44th series with music from artists such as Coldplay, Elbow, The Black Keys, and many more.  

The late night show features  live performances from legendary musicians as well as brand new acts from around the world. The show first aired in 1992, and while being a British production, is also a major hit in America and various  European countries.  

The first episode of the new series welcomes Elbow, Neneh Cherry, Eagulls, Engelbert Humperdinck, Clean Bandit and Agnes Obel to the stage. 

The Maidstone Studios is an independent TV studio complex on an 11 acre site with 5 television studios, dubbing facilities, edits suits, a fully saturated lighting grid and office space. The Maidstone Studios has previously welcome shows such as Take Me Out (2010-2014) and Got to Dance (2009).

The new series of Later… with Jools Holland will return on BBC2 at 22:00 on Tuesday 15th April.

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Sport Relief’s Top Dog (2014)

 

Gaby Roseline crouched down next to three dogs. Sport relief's top dog written in red writing

Gaby Roseline © BBC Sport Relief/Jon Cottam

Production Company: BBC

Kent Locations usedThe Maidstone Studios

Gabby Roseline presents Sport Relief’s Top Dog, a fun new game show testing the talents of various dogs of all shapes and sizes in aid of Sport Relief. In every episode there are two teams, each consisting of a celebrity and their dog, a professional dog and their handler and a pet dog with their owner.

Peaches Geldof- Cohen and her dog Parper doing a dog obstacle course.

Peaches Geldof- Cohen and her dog Parper © BBC Sport Relief/Jon Cottam

The 15-part series consists of 12 knockout rounds where each week a new team faces various fun challenges and games is filmed at The Maidstone Studios. The only way to stay in the competition is to defeat their component using only sausages to help them! Each hopeful is competing for the title of Top Dog which will be announced during Sport Relief on the 21st March.

Celebrity team captains include Sally Gunnell with Diggy the Labrador, Peaches Geldof-Cohen  with her retriever Parper, Hollyoaks actress Gemma Merna and her dog Paige, presenter Matthew Wright with his schnauzer, Wiggy and Chef Ainsley Harriot with his golden Labrador, Bobby.

The Maidstone Studios is the UK’s largest independent HD TV studio facility consisting of 5 studios, a sound stage, post production facilities, storage and over 400 free parking spaces. The studios has previously welcomed productions such as Take Me Out (2014) and Got To Dance (2010).

Don’t miss the show which begins on the 3 March 2014 on BBC2 at 18:30 and will be shown at the same time, every week day, until the final on the 21 March 2014.

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The Long Lonely Walk (2010)

Actor walking down the street towards a red double decker bus, There is police tape behind him

Scene from The Long Lonely Walk © Third Light Films

Kent Film maker Leon Chambers returns with a new film

Director & Writer: Leon Chambers

Production Company: Third Light Films

Kent Filming Locations: Mid Kent College

The Long Lonely Walk follows the a bomb disposal expert, a young boy and an elderly woman as they reach a life defining moment. The cast includes Jeremy Sheffield (Holby City and contestant on Dancing On Ice 2010), Tessa Peake-Jones (Only Fools and Horses) and Sylvia Syms (The Queen).

Close up of Christian Lees staring at the camera in school uniform. Another actor can be seen looking at him behind,

Christian Lees in The Long Lonely Walk © Third Light Films

The film cost just £23,500 to make and was shot both at Mid Kent College in Maidstone and at Pinewood Studios. The Long Lonely Walk was partly financed by the Cranbrook Film Society and by those who attended a premier of the film at the Curzon Cinema in London in January.

Last year, Leon Chambers’s short film entitled ‘Stolen Youth’ received critical acclaim by winning Best UK Short at the Canary Wharf Film festival and making the official selection at Sundance and Palm Springs among others.

The Long Lonely Walk is now available on DVD and was shown at the following festivals.

The Crystal Palace Film Festival – 19th July
 The Sacramento Film and Music Festival  – 25th July  
 LA Shorts Fest – July 28th. This prestigious festival is recognised by the Academy Awards.
 
The film has also been awarded the following at the Accolade Competition Award of Merit: Short Film Award of Excellence: Sound – Overall Impact

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Missing (2009)

Pauline Quirke and Mark Wingett looking through a white wooden window, the sea can be seen behind them

Pauline Quirke and Mark Wingett in Missing © BBC

Director: Laurence Wilson 

Writers: Roy Boulter, Matt Leys, Ann-Marie Di Mambro, Karen McLachlan

Starring: Pauline Quirke, Felix Scott, Pooja Shah, Mark Wingett, Adjoa Andoh

Production Companies: Leopard Films

Kent Filming Locations: Maidstone and Dover Port and White Cliffs.

Mark Wingett, Pauline Quirke, Pooja Shah and Felix Scott near the Port of Dover with signs and a bridge behind them

Mark Wingett, Pauline Quirke, Pooja Shah and Felix Scott near the Port of Dover © BBC

Missing is a new daytime crime about a small and under-sourced Missing Persons Unit (MPU) based in Dover which is headed up by DS Mary Jane Croft.

The 5 part drama was made to accompany the second series of

Missing: Live 

which examines real life cases and attempts to reunite people with their love ones.

Starring Pauline Quirke (Broadchurch, Birds of a Feather), Felix Scott (Inception, Blitz Blitz), Pooja Shah (EastEnders, Bend It Like Beckham), Mark Wingett (The Bill, Snow White and the Huntsman) and Adjoa Andoh (Invictus, Casualty).

The production visited Kent where they transformed the old Maidstone Borough Council offices on the London Road into their Police Headquarters. The programme also filmed at various locations in and around Maidstone as well as visiting Dover including the Port and White Cliffs.

The county town of Kent, Maidstone boasts shopping areas, bars and restaurants and is home to The Maidstone Studios which is the UK’s largest independent High Definition TV studio facility. Productions which have filmed in the area include Children in Need – The Rickshaw Challenge (2015)Later… with Jools Holland (2015) and Couples Come Dine With Me (2014).

Dover is best known for the world famous White Cliffs of Dover along with the Port of Dover and Dover Castle. The Dover area has previously featured on screen in The Tunnel: Sabotage (2016), Wolf Hall (2015) and Sherlock Holmes: Game of Shadows (2011).

The first episode aired on BBC One on the 16th March 2009 at 14:15.

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Dani’s House (2008)

Dani Harmer standing in front of a green and blue wall with a window, staring into the camera.

Dani Harmer in Dani’s House © BBC

Directors: Dex McCarthy, Jeremy Wooding 

Writers: Paul Rose, Emma Ko, Holly Lyons, Kay Stonham, Joe Williams 

Kent Filming Locations: Secret Location in the Maidstone Area

An aspiring actress, Dani is forever left to look after her irritating younger brother Max (Sebastian Applewhite), his side-kick Ben (James Ghandi) and the new baby. Trapped in the house Dani and her friends Toby (Harry Culverhouse) and Sam (Klariza Clayton) imagine that they are part of an elaborate television show called Dani’s House.

Unbeknown to the children, their make-believe show has attracted a rather unique audience:Zang and Zark, a couple of aliens, who display a remarkable resemblance to Dani and Toby!

The series plays host to many guest stars including Lil Chris, Matt Di Angelo and Kent’s own Shaun Williamson and was filmed entirely in Kent at a secret location near Maidstone.

Maidstone is the county town of Kent which has the River Medway running through it and boasts many parks, shopping areas, bars and restaurants and sports facilities. Nearby is lovely rural villages, and attractions such as Leeds Castle. The Maidstone area has been used for filming such as Rustom (2016) and  Couples Come Dine With Me(2014).

Dani’s House was shown on BBC One at 4.35 on Friday afternoons from February 2008.

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Big Barn Farm (2008)

Labrador puppy in a field of long grass.

Digger the Puppy © Rdf Media Group

Production Company:  The Foundation

Kent Filming Locations: Stede Court Estate near Maidstone

New to CBeebies, Big Barn Farm tells the adventures of a group of farmyard animals living together and was filmed at Stede Court Estate near Maidstone.

Created and produced by Kent’s  The Foundation, which is part of the RDF media group, the programme combines footage of real animals with animation to create the charming, magical world of Gobo the baby goat, Petal the pig, a puppy called Digger and Dash the donkey.

Children will love the stories around the day-to day adventures of these animal characters and their many other farmyard friends – and the mischief they get into! Big Barn Farm is told from the animal’s point of view and provides a unique inside into their world.

Stede Court Estate is classic looking farm complete with two beautiful cottages, a coachhouse and a wooden barn; it was these classic features that made it perfect for the programme.

Maidstone lies on the River Medway and is the county town of Kent offering shopping areas, bars and restaurants and parks. It is close to many tourist attractions, such as Kent Life and Leeds Castle and is also home to The Maidstone Studios Take Me Out(2015), Later… with Jools Holland (2015) and Couples Come Dine With Me (2014) have all filmed in the Maidstone area.

Big Barn Farm was shown on Cbeebies weekdays at 4pm from February 2008.

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Cape Wrath (2007)

Cape Wrath Cast at Leybourne Lakes with houses behind

Cape Wrath Cast at Leybourne Lakes © Channel 4

Director: Duane Clark, Andrew Gunn

Writer: Robert Murphy

Starring: David Morrissey, Lucy Cohu, Ralph Brown, Tom Hardy

Production Company: Ecosse Films

Kent Filming Locations: Leybourne Lakes, Mote Park Leisure Centre, Whatman warehouse Maidstone, Kings Hill, Imperial College-Wye Campus

Cape Wrath is a 7-part thriller which is known in the US as Meadowlands. This sinister series followed the lives of the Brogan family, headed by David Morrissey, as they relocate to the seemingly safe suburban town of Meadowlands as part of a witness protection programme. The Brogan family begin to doubt just how safe the village of Meadowlands truly is when it turns out that they’re not the only ones with secrets to hide.

Starring David Morrissey (The Walking Dead, The Reaping, The Other Boleyn Girl) as Danny Brogan and Lucy Cohu (Becoming Jane, Broadchurch, The Queen’s Sister) as his ever-patient wife Evelyn, Cape Wrath also showcases a number of well-known talents including Felicity Jones (The Theory of Everything, Like Crazy, The Diary of Anne Frank), Tom Hardy (Inception, The Dark Knight Rises, Mad Max: Fury Road), Ralph Brown (Withnail and I, Star Wars: Episode 1 -The Phantom Menace, Wayne’s World 2) and Nina Sosanya (Love Actually, Last Tango in Halifax, Code 46).

The series based and filmed in Kent, utilising an empty warehouse in Rusthall to create a number of central sets which were used for most of the interiors. The main characters homes were filmed at housing development next to Leybourne Lakes Country Park which double as “Meadowlands”. Liberty Square at Kings Hill features as the local town centre and The Kings Hill Golf Course is also used for a number of scenic exterior shots. Wye College also features as Samantha’s Father’s place of work in London. The Gym, the sports hall and the exterior of Maidstone Leisure Centre also feature frequently throughout the series.

Leybourne Lakes and Kings Hill are new developments in the Tonbridge and Malling district. The areas have great transport links, local amenities, a network of cycle paths and a number of sports facilities including The Kings Hill Golf Course. The area has previously has been seen on Great British Railway Journeys (2014), Couples Come Dine with Me (2014) and Missing Series Two (2010).

Maidstone is the county town of Kent which lies on the River Medway and boasts lovely parks and gardens such as Mote Park where Mote Park Leisure Centre, is situated. The town also has many shops, bars and restaurants and is home to The Maidstone Studios an independent TV studio complex on an 11 acre site offering 5 television studios, dubbing facilities, edits suites, office space and parking. Productions which have previously filmed in the area include Later… with Jools Holland (2015) and Missing (2009).

Cape Wrath was originally shown on Channel 4 in July 2007 and is available to buy on DVD.

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Birds of a Feather (1989-1998)

 

Birds of a Feather cast members stood in front of a door having a conversation at a desk

Birds of a Feather – Dorien Green (Lesley Joseph), Sharon Theodopolopodos (Pauline Quirke) and Tracey Stubbs (Linda Robson) © BBC

Director: Nick Wood

Starring: Pauline Quirke, Linda Robson, Leslie Joseph, Alun Lewis, Peter Polycarpou

Production Company: Alomo Productions, SelecTV

Kent Locations used: Maidstone Prison

Birds of a Feather is a comedy series about two sisters, Sharon and Tracey Stubbs who move in together after both their husbands end up in jail following an armed robbery attempt.

Sharon has been struggling and her husband’s crime isn’t a surprise whereas Tracey has been living her dream life in Chigwell and is shell-shocked to find her beloved husband is a criminal.

The sisters must get used to their enforced new circumstances and deal with their husbands being in jail as well as their sex-mad neighbour Dorien Green.

Birds of a Feather was created by Laurence Marks (Goodnight Sweetheart, The Last Laugh), and stars Pauline Quirke (Broadchurch, Emmerdale), Linda Robson (Casualty, Crossroads), Leslie Joseph (Night & Day, Rumble), Alun Lewis (Emmerdale, Lexx), and Peter Polycarpou (Evita, EastEnders).

The long running BBC franchise finished after nine series in 1998. However, in 2013 it was revived with a tenth series for ITV, and an eleventh series has been commissioned.

HM Maidstone Prison was used to film the exterior prison scenes throughout the original series.

Maidstone lies on the River Medway and is the county town of Kent offering shopping areas and parks. It is close to many tourist attractions, such as Kent Life and Leeds Castle  The Maidstone Studios has hosted filming for TV productions such as  Take Me Out. 

Birds of A Feather was shown on the BBC between 1989-1998 and is now available to buy on DVD.

 

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