Grantchester (2014)

Grantchester DVD cover- Two actors staring at the camera with a church behind. Grantchester written in gold on top

Grantchester DVD cover © ITV

Writers: James Runcie (novel), Daisy Coulam (TV adaption)

Starring: James Norton, Robson Green, Morven Christie, Tessa Peake-Jones, Al Weaver.

Production company: Lovely Day, Masterpiece

Kent Locations Used: The Historic Dockyard Chatham 

ITV drama Grantchester is set in 1953 in a quiet village just outside Cambridge, where the vicar, Sidney Chambers (James Norton), finds himself investigating a series of murders alongside world-weary Detective Inspector Geordie Keating (Robson Green).

The six part series is based on The Grantchester Mysteries books, written by James Runcie and was adapted for TV by Daisy Coulam (Family Affairs, EastEnders, Casualty).

Grantchester stars James Norton (Rush, An Education, Mr. Turner), Robson Green (Soldier Soldier, Wire in the Blood, Mount Pleasant), Morven Christie (The Young Victoria , Hollow, House of 9), Tessa Peake-Jones (Poppy Shakespeare, Only Fools and Horses, The Lost World) and Al Weaver (Doom, Marie Antoinette, Me and Orson Welles).

In the UK, the series had an average audience of 6.6m and has been re-commissioned for a second series.

In July 2014, the production visited The Historic Dockyard Chatham which features in episodes five and six of Grantchester and doubles as various London locations including the exterior of Kings Cross Station, Borough Market, the exterior and interior of a warehouse and ropery. The London Convent and Gloria’s bedroom scenes were also filmed at The Historic Dockyard Chatham in Commissioners House.

One of Kent’s most popular filming locations, The Historic Dockyard Chatham is set over 80 acres and offers maritime spaces, Georgian and Victorian buildings and cobbled streets. Productions which have previously filmed at The Historic Dockyard Chatham include Victor Frankenstein (2015), Muppets Most Wanted (2014) and Oliver Twist (2007).

Grantchester was shown on ITV in October 2014 and is available for DVD purchase.

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Hunted (2012)

Hunted - Melissa George as Sam Hunter facing away from the camera leant against a white wall. She's holding a gun.

Hunted – Melissa George as Sam Hunter © BBC/Kudos

Director: SJ Clarkson (Dexter, Ugly Betty & Heroes)

Writer: Frank Spotnitz (The X Files)

Production Company: Kudos, Big Light Productions

Kent locations used: Scotney Castle, Tunbridge Wells

Sam Hunter is a spy who works for an elite private intelligence firm and during her latest mission escapes an attempted assassination. Realising someone has set her up and not knowing who to trust, Sam tries to find out who wants her dead.

This original, eight-part BBC spy drama is from the makers of Spooks and features Melissa George (Grey’s Anatomy) as Sam Hunter. She is supported by a cast of familiar faces including Adam Raynor (Mistresses) who plays Sam’s colleague and romantic interest, Stephen Dillane (Game Of Thrones), Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje (Lost), Lex Shrapnel (Captain America: The First Avenger), and Morven Christie (Twenty Twelve).

Sam Hunter (Melissa George) with a gun pointed at the camera

Hunted © BBC/Kudos

In March this year, the Hunted crew came to Scotney Castle film various stunt and fight scenes in both the country house and oasts. Scotney Castle is a National Trust property which boasts a spectacular Victorian country mansion surrounded by beautiful gardens and woodland, as well as a fairytale inspired castle ruin complete with a moat set in the beautiful Tunbridge Wells countryside.

Many other well-known productions have also chosen Tunbridge Wells to serve as a backdrop including Queens of Mystery (2019).

Don’t miss the first episode of Hunted on 4th October 2012 at 21:00 on BBC One. 

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