The Channel: The World’s Busiest Waterway (2017)

Image of large container ship and tugboat with the words 'The Channel: The World's Busiest Water' superimposed.

The Channel – © Channel 4

Production company: Blast! Films

Kent locations used: Ramsgate Royal Harbour and Channel Tunnel

The Channel: The World’s Busiest Waterway is an access-all-areas programme exploring the everyday workings of the Dover Strait. I addition to exploring the ocean there is also footage from inside the Channel Tunnel, including interviews with those who are responsible for maintaining the system that allows 17 million people to travel across the English Channel every year.

In June 2017, in addition to filming at Eurotunnel, the production team filmed with one of the commercial fleets based at Ramsgate Royal Harbour.

Ramsgate is accredited as the home to England’s only Royal Harbour, developed in 1976. The scenic and charming marina resides 35 miles from the western French coast. Ramsgate has been used for filming by productions such as The Apprentice (2015).

The Channel Tunnel is the rail tunnel connecting Folkestone in Kent to Calais in France in just 35 minutes. The Channel Tunnel has been used for filming by productions such as The Tunnel: Sabotage (2016).

The series starts on Wednesday 29th of November 2017 at 9PM on Channel Four and the fisherman’s episode will be the third instalment of The Channel: The World’s Busiest Waterway, which airs on 13th December 2017 at the same time.

 

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Coast Vs Country (2016)

Presenters Kerr Drummond and Sara Damergi standing in the countryside with the sea in the background

Presenters Kerr Drummond and Sara Damergi © Channel 4

Production Company: Freeform Productions

Kent Locations Used:  Broadstairs & Viking Bay, Joss Bay, Kingsgate Bay, Margate, Ramsgate, Canterbury, Herne Bay

Coast Vs Country is Channel 4’s brand new property series from the creators of A Place in the Sun, helping house hunters find their dream property either by the sea or in the countryside.

The series is presented by interior designer, Kerr Drummond and buying expert and current face of A Place in the Sun, Sara Damergi.

Kent features throughout the series including Thanet locations Broadstairs & Viking Bay, Joss Bay, Kingsgate Bay, Margate, Ramsgate, as well as Canterbury and Herne Bay.

The Thanet area boasts the beautiful coastal towns of Broadstairs, Ramsgate and Margate which has sandy bays, parks and open spaces, galleries and amusements. Thanet has been used for filming by productions such as The Lady in the Van (2015) and Eastenders (2015).

Herne Bay is a seaside town which has a pier and shingle beach and is set just outside of the historic City of Canterbury. Previous productions which have filmed in the area include Rustom (2016), Terry and Mason’s Great Food Trip (2015) and Got To Dance (2012).

The Kent episodes will air on Channel 4 on:

  • Tuesday 22nd November 2016 – 16:00
  • Monday 28th November 2016 – 15:00
  • Tuesday 13th December 2016 – 15:00

 

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The Tunnel: Sabotage (2016)

Stephen Dillane and Clémence Poésy walking along a beach towards the camera away from a burning plane

The Tunnel Sabotage Stephen Dillane and Clémence Poésy © Sky Kudos CANAL+

Writer: Ben Richards

Starring: Stephen Dillane, Clémence Poésy, Angel Coulby, Emilia Fox, Clarke Peters, Paul Schneider, William Ash

Production Company: Kudos Film and Television, Shine France

Kent Locations Used: Euro Tunnel, Folkestone Harbour, Discovery Park, Folkestone, Deal and Deal Pier, Dover including the Port and Dover Castle, Westwood Industrial Estate Margate, Ramsgate, Botany Bay – Broadstairs, The Barn in Upstreet, St Martin’s Hospital, Knowlton Court and many more.

The Tunnel: Sabotage is the second series of Sky Atlantic’s critically acclaimed show, re-uniting unlikely Anglo-French detective duo Karl Roebuck (Stephen Dillane) and Elise Wasserman (Clémence Poésy) on another intense investigation.

While series one was a re-imagining of Scandinavian drama “The Bridge”, the new series is an original story by Ben Richards (Outcasts, Spooks) and kicks off with two seemingly isolated events: a plane crashing into the Channel, killing everyone on board and a French couple abducted from the Eurotunnel.

Elise Wasserman (Clémence Poésy), having been promoted to French Commander, is reunited with DCI Karl Roebuck (Dillane) to investigate the two cases. The cross border teams follow a shocking trail of devastation as the victims mount up and become embroiled in a terrifying, deadly game.

The gripping eight part thriller is a Sky Atlantic and Canal+ co-production, made by Kudos and Shine Films France. Joining The Tunnel’s acclaimed production team for the second series are director Mike Barker (Broadchurch, The Smoke) and producer Julian Stevens (Hustle, The Fall).

Stephen Dillane (King Arthur, Game of Thrones) and Clémence Poésy (127 Hours, In Bruges) return in the lead roles, supported by Angel Coulby (Merlin, The Jacket), and new to series two, Emilia Fox (Silent Witness, The Wrong Mans), Clarke Peters (Notting Hill, The Wire), Paul Schneider (Parks and Recreation, The Newsroom) and William Ash (Waterloo Road, Shameless).

The hit first series was largely filmed in Kent and the county welcomed The Tunnel: Sabotage production team once again to their base at Discovery Park in Sandwich. Filming took place in a number of East Kent locations between April and July 2015 including:

Canterbury: The Barn in Upstreet, St Martin’s Hospital, Knowlton Court

Dover: Discovery Park, Deal and Deal Pier, the town of Dover, Port of Dover, Inn and Hotel, Deal, Sandwich Marina, Dover Castle – Admiral’s lookout

Shepway: Euro Tunnel, the town of Folkestone, Folkestone Harbour

Thanet: set building in a warehouse on Westwood Industrial Estate in Margate, Botany Bay and the towns of Ramsgate and Margate

East Kent is ideally situated with great transport links both to London and Europe. The area boasts a wealth of locations including industrial as well as historic buildings and beautiful coastal landscapes. East Kent has previously featured on screen in many projects such as Avengers: Age of Ultron (2015), Edge of Heaven (2014), The Honourable Woman (2014), Sherlock Holmes – A Game of Shadows (2011), Great Expectations (2011/2012), On A Clear Day (2005) and Die Another Day (2002).

Don’t miss the much anticipated return of The Tunnel: Sabotage which starts on Tuesday 12th April 2016 at 21:00 on Sky Atlantic. The whole series will also be available on Sky Box Sets from this date.

 

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Restoring Britain’s Landmarks (2015)

RESTORING BRITAIN'S LANDMARKS, Anna Keay, Alastair Dick-Cleland and John Evetts standing in front of a large building.

RESTORING BRITAIN’S LANDMARKS, Anna Keay, Director of the Landmark Trust, Alastair Dick-Cleland, Conservation Manager, John Evetts, Furnishings Manager © Channel 4

Production Company: Chocolate Media

Kent Locations used: St Edward’s Presbytery, Ramsgate

Channel 4’s architectural documentary, Restoring Britain’s Landmarks, is about the restoration projects of The Landmark Trust buildings and locations across Wales and England and the rich histories behind each of them.

In episode five of the series, work is seen to be starting on St Edward’s Presbytery in Ramsgate. The Presbytery is a picturesque building and is one of Augustus Pugin’s masterpiece creations built as part of The Grange in Ramsgate for Pugin’s own family.

The Grange is a Grade I listed property and work to restore St Edward’s Presbytery was given the go ahead after The Landmark Trust acquired the rights back in 2010. Channel 4 visits the project as the restoration continues to progress on site in Ramsgate.

Ramsgate is a vivid coastal town situated in East Kent, home to one of the largest marinas on the south coast, museums and a glorious beach. Ramsgate has been chosen as a film location for productions such as The Apprentice (2015), EastEnders (2015) and Big Bad World (2013).

The restoration of St Edward’s Presbytery will be shown on Restoring Britain’s Landmarks on Wednesday 11th November 2015 at 20:00 on Channel 4.

 

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The Apprentice (2015)

The Apprentice Contestant behind Karren Brady, Lord Sugar and Claude Littner

The Apprentice Contestant with Karren Brady, Lord Sugar, Claude Littner © BBC/Boundless/Jim Marks

 

Production company: Talkback

Kent Locations: Dover Castle, Margate, Ramsgate, Sandwich, Dover, Whitstable, Ashford 

The Apprentice is a popular BBC One show where ambitious entrepreneurs compete to avoid hearing the famous line “You’re Fired” and win Lord Sugar’s £250,000 investment.

The 18 candidates will have to show their commercial insight and business sense throughout the 12 tough tasks which are closely watched by Lord Sugar’s advisors Baroness Karren Brady and, replacing Nick Hewer, Claude Littner.

In episode three of series 11, “Cross-Channel Discount Buying”, Lord Sugar summons the group to the wartime tunnels underneath Dover Castle where the two teams “Connexus” and “Versatile” are given their task – half of the team must stay in Kent and the other half must travel to France to find nine items and negotiate the best possible price. The team that spends the least amount of money will win.

During the task, the teams visit Kent towns including Margate, Ramsgate, Sandwich, Dover, Whitstable and Ashford.

With the mission over, the teams head back to the boardroom to find out who won and which candidates are in the firing line.

Margate and Ramsgate are coastal towns in the Thanet District of Kent offering gorgeous beaches, historic towns and a harbour. The area has previously featured in productions such as Eastenders (2015), Edge of Heaven (2013) and True Love (2012).

Situated on the River Stour is the medieval town of Sandwich which has some of the best-preserved half-timbered houses in the country, eateries and B&B’s. The area has been used for filming on projects including Steph and Dom Meet Nigel Farage (2014) and World War Z (2013).

Dover is home to the infamous White Cliffs of Dover, Dover Castle and the Port of Dover, Europe’s busiest passenger port. Productions which have previously filmed in the Dover area include Avengers: Age of Ultron (2015), Mr Selfridge Series 3 (2015) and Missing (2009).

Whitstable is a seaside town near Canterbury, famous for its annual Oyster Festival as well as the delightful harbour, shingle beach, busy high street and strong arts and culture scene.  Terry and Mason’s Great Food Trip (2015) and Tipping the Velvet (2002) have previously chosen to film in Whitstable.

Ashford is a market town with many shops, eateries, and a designer outlet shopping centre with London and Europe are just a train ride away through Ashford International train station. Ashford and surrounding areas has been used as a film location from visiting productions including Gadget Man (2014), The Monuments Men (2014) and Emma (2009).

Don’t miss the Cross-Channel Discount Buying episode of The Apprentice featuring Kent which will be shown on Wednesday 21st October 2015 at 21:00 on BBC One.

 

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Eastenders (2015)

Tina Carter (LUISA BRADSHAW WHITE), Mick Carter (DANNY DYER) and Shirley Carter (LINDA HENRY) stood holding hands on a sandy beach with beach huts behind

Tina Carter (LUISA BRADSHAW WHITE), Mick Carter (DANNY DYER) and Shirley Carter (LINDA HENRY) © BBC/Kieron McCarron

Starring: Danny Dyer, Linda Henry, Luisa Bradshaw-White, Annette Badland

Production Company: BBC

Kent Locations Used: Broadstairs – Morellis Gelato, Victoria Gardens and Stone Bay, Ramsgate Harbour

Popular BBC One soap Eastenders is set in East London and chronicles the lives of the residents of Albert Square. In the upcoming episodes, the Carter family takes a trip to the Kent coast to scatter Stan Carter’s ashes.

In April this year, helm of the Carter family, Stan, died after a battle with terminal prostate cancer. When the family realise Stan’s ashes have gone missing, Tina (Luisa Bradshaw-White), Shirley (Linda Henry) and Mick (Danny Dyer) head to Ramsgate, where they suspect Aunt Babe (Annette Badland) has taken them.

The show has been running since 1985 and now airs four times a week with an average of more than 8 million viewers per episode.

In June 2015, the Eastenders production filmed for 3 days in Broadstairs –Morellis Gelato, Victoria Gardens, and Stone Bay as well as Ramsgate Harbour.

Shirley Carter (LINDA HENRY), Mick Carter DANNY DYER, Tina Carter (LUISA BRADSHAW WHITE) stood on the sand looking out to sea

Shirley Carter (LINDA HENRY), Mick Carter DANNY DYER, Tina Carter (LUISA BRADSHAW WHITE) © BBC/Kieron McCarron

Mick Carter (DANNY DYER) walking bare foot in the sand. Camera crew behind him by the beach huts

Behind the scenes in Ramsgate Mick Carter (DANNY DYER) © BBC/Kieron McCarron

Shirley Carter (LINDA HENRY), Tina Carter (LUISA BRADSHAW WHITE), Mick Carter (DANNY DYER), Aunt Babe (ANNETTE BADLAND) in Morelli's ice cream parlour holding an ice cream sundae

Shirley Carter (LINDA HENRY), Tina Carter (LUISA BRADSHAW WHITE), Mick Carter (DANNY DYER), Aunt Babe (ANNETTE BADLAND) in Morelli’s © BBC/Kieron McCarron

Shirley Carter (LINDA HENRY), Mick Carter DANNY DYER, Tina Carter (LUISA BRADSHAW WHITE) at Ramsgate Harbour with boats behind them

Shirley Carter (LINDA HENRY), Mick Carter DANNY DYER, Tina Carter (LUISA BRADSHAW WHITE) at Ramsgate Harbour © BBC/Kieron McCarron

The Thanet area has some great locations including its beautiful and varied coastline, historic towns of Margate, Broadstairs and Ramgate with its Royal Marina. It and has welcomed a variety of productions including Edge of Heaven (2013), True Love (2012) and The Calling (2009).

The Kent episodes of Eastenders will be shown on BBC One at 19:30 on Thursday 3rd and 20:00 on Friday 4th September 2015.

 

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Big Bad World (2013)

Big Bad World cast sat on a sofa in a living room smiling at the camera

Big Bad World

Director: Tristram Shapeero

Writers: Lloyd Woolf, Joe Tucker, Kevin Cecil, Andy Riley, Rose Heiney, Jon Purkis

Starring: Blake Harrison, Seann Walsh, David Fynn, Rebecca Humphries, Caroline Quentin, James Fleet

Production company: Objective Productions

Kent Locations: Ramsgate, Port of Ramsgate, Herne Bay

Big Bad World is a new Comedy Central series about university graduate Ben Turnbell played by Blake Harrison (The Inbetweeners), who returns home to Great Yarmouth to find that not much has changed in the three years he has been away.

As well as Blake Harrison, the show has many familiar faces from the world of comedy including Seann Walsh (Argumental), Rebecca Humphries (Come Fly with Me), Caroline Quentin (Men Behaving Badly) and James Fleet (Vicar of Dibley).

The series is directed by Tristam Shapeero (Green Wing, Peep Show) and has a multitude of writing talent including Lloyd Woolf (Parents), Joe Tucker (Horrible Histories), Kevin Cecil (Come Fly With Me), Andy Riley (The Armstrong and Miller Show), Rose Heiney (Miranda) and Jon Purkis (Popatron).

The Big Bad World team was welcomed to Ramsgate in May 2012 to film the pilot episode at various locations including Kings Street, Queens Street, High Street, Harbour Street and the  Port of Ramsgate. The Kent Film Office used its Filming on Highways Act 2010 for the production to close the Royal Esplanade in Ramsgate for a scene that sees main character Ben Turnbell (Blake Harrison) exit the beach soaking wet and getting into a car.    

After the series was commissioned, the production came back to Kent in November 2012 and once again filmed in Ramsgate as well as the Port of Ramsgate and Herne Bay all doubling for Great Yarmouth in the series.

The scenes they shot in Herne Bay included Lucy at work trying to raise money for charity in the High Street as well as scenes by the seafront and bandstand. 

In Ramsgate, the production once again made the most of the Kent Film Office’s Filming on Highways Act 2010 where they used traffic management to film scenes at The Old Haine Road in Ramsgate where a car travels over a speed bump and comes to a a sharp stop after the bump, stops for a while and then continues on its way. At Ramsgate Harbour they shot scenes where the characters arrive at the harbour and watch oil rig workers boarding a vessel.

Ramsgate is a beautiful coastal town which boasts a beach, amusements, arcades, shops, eateries and a theatre as well as the Thanet District Council managed Port of Ramsgate, the only Royal Harbour Marina in the country. Ramsgate has provided back drops for productions such as True Love (2012), Johnny English Reborn (2011) and Ruby Blue (2008).

Herne Bay is part of the Canterbury district in South East Kent and has a popular shingle beach, beautiful coastline and seafront gardens. The town also has many shops and eateries, amusement arcades, a windmill and some interesting architecture including a Victorian bandstand. Productions that have chosen to film in Herne Bay include Things I Haven’t Told You (2008) and French Dressing (1964).

The first episode of Big Bad World starts on Wednesday 21st August 2013 at 21:00 on Comedy Central.

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Not Going Out (2013)

 

(L-R) Lucy holding Daisy mask, Daisy holding Lee Mask & Lee holding Lucy mask. Lucy (SALLY BRETTON), Daisy (KATY WIX), Lee (LEE MACK)

Not Going Out © BBC, Avalon, Neil Genower

 

Writer: Lee Mack
Director: Alex Hardcastle and Nick Wood
Starring:  Lee Mack, Sally Bretton, Hugh Dennis, Abigail Cruttenden, Bobby Ball
Production Company: Avalon Television
Kent Locations Used: Port of Ramsgate

Popular BBC comedy sitcom Not Going Out is about Lee who has been drifting through life and his landlady Lucy who happens to be the woman of his dreams.

Now in its sixth series, Not Going Out is perfect Friday night viewing, with comedian Lee Mack taking the lead role, supported by Sally Bretton, Miranda Hart , Bobby Ball and Katy Wix.

The Not Going Out production visited Port of Ramsgate to film part of the last episode of the sixth series, entitled ‘Boat’. Lee’s dad, Frank (Bobby Ball) has bought a boat and invites Lee and his friends down for the weekend. When they arrive at Port of Ramsgate, which is doubling for Eastbourne, the boat is not what everyone expected!

Port of Ramsgate is managed by Thanet District Council and is the only Royal Harbour in the country. Ramsgate itself is a beautiful coastal town which boasts visually stunning Victorian architecture, a beach, amusements, arcades, shops, eateries and a theatre.  The area has welcomed productions such as True Love (2012).

Not Going Out: Boat was first shown on Friday 31st May 2013 on BBC One at 21:30.

 

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Johnny English Reborn (2011)

Rowan Atkinson as Johnny Engish holiday a gun with fire behind him, Johhny English Reborn written underneath

Johnny English Reborn © Universal Pictures

Director: Oliver Parker

Starring: Rowan Atkinson, Gillian Anderson, Dominic West, Rosamund Pike

Production Company: StudioCanal, Relativity Media, Working Title Films

Kent Filming Locations: The A299 carriageway and Cliffs End, Ramsgate.

Released in cinemas from October 7th, Johnny English Reborn sees M17’s deadliest secret agent in his latest adventure. After a failed mission, Johnny English retreated from service to hone his skills in a remote region of Asia. But when a plot to kill the Chinese premier is discovered, the agency must track down the only man who can stop it… Johnny English.

As the clock counts down to a Heads of State conference, high-tech gadgets and the improbable skills of English reveal that the layers of conspiracy are far reaching: all the way back to MI7.

As always, Johnny English goes to show that a “little intelligence goes a long way”.

Rowan Atkinson (Love Actually, Bean) returns as the haphazard Johnny English with a supporting cast including Gillian Anderson (The X Files, The Last King of Scotland), Dominic West (300, The Wire) and Rosamund Pike (Jack Reacher, Die Another Day).

The A299 carriageway, that runs from Faversham to Ramsgate was used to film a high speed car chase. This was made possible by the introduction of the KCC (filming on Highways) Act 2010, which allows Kent County Council to effect road closure to facilitate filming.

Cliff’s End in Ramsgate was also used as a filming location. Ramsgate is a popular coastal filming location for the county and home to the only “Royal” harbour in the country. Ramsgate has previously been seen in comedy series Not Going Out (2013), drama Hancock and Joan (2008) and the independent film Gypo (2006).

Johnny English Reborn was released in cinemas in October 2011 and is now available on DVD.

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The Calling (2009)

Close up of Emily Beecham standing in front of a window staring off camera

Emily Beecham in The Calling © Meave Films

Written and Directed by: Jan Dunn

Produced: Elaine Wickham

Production Company: Medb Films

Kent Filming Locations: Ramsgate, Broadstairs, University of Kent Canterbury Campus, Wingham Wildlife Park, The Churchill Tavern, Barnsole Vineyard, St Lawrence College, Salmonstone Grange, Viking Bay

The Calling is a film about Joanna (Emily Beecham), a university student in her final year chooses to pursue her lifelong dream of becoming a nun, despite strong opposition from her family, friends and boyfriend. Arriving at the convent, a closed Benedictine order, she discovers an eccentric community of nuns  Joanna begins her spiritual journey under the guidance of  progressive Sister Ignatious (Brenda Blethyn). All seems well until an unexpected secret is uncovered, which puts Joanna’s future at the convent at risk. Only her bond with Sister Ignatious can guide her to fulfill her own destiny in a surprising twist of the plot…

Directed by Jan Dunn and produced by Elaine Wickham, of Kent based Maeve Films (formerly Medb Films) the same team who created the critically acclaimed ‘Ruby Blue’.

Susannah Harker, Brenda Blethyn, Rita Tushingham and Jan Dunn on the set of The Calling in a church holding bibles open in front of an alter

Susannah Harker, Brenda Blethyn, Rita Tushingham and Jan Dunn on the set of The Calling © Meave Films

Emily Beecham (Hail, Caesar!,Into the Badlands) stars as the protagonist Joanna, alongside Brenda Blethyn (Atonment, Pride & Prejudice, Secrets & Lies) as Sister Ignatious.  The supporting cast includes, Susannah York (Superman 1978, A Man For All Seasons).

The film was shot entirely on location in Kent in the districts of Canterbury and Thanet. In Ramsgate, St Lawrence College  was used for the nuns quarters whilst The Churchill Tavern featured as Joanna’s local pub. Salmonstone Grange in Margate,a beautiful 14th Century retreat, was used as the setting for St Bertha’s Priory. Various external scenes were filmed . In Broadstairs various external scenes were filmed in popular locations such as Viking Bay. The Thanet area has previously been used for filming  including Not Going Out  (2013) and Whistle and I’ll Come To You (2010).

In Canterbury the University of Kent Canterbury Campus doubled as Joanna’s university, whilst Barnsole Vineyard was the used for St Bertha’s Vineyard. Wingham Wildlife Park also featured doubling as Africa in the final scenes of the film. Rustom (2016),  Boomers (2014) and Only Fools and Horses: The Jolly Boys Outing  (1989) have previously filmed in the  Canterbury area

The Calling will open the fifth edition of the London Independent Film Festival (LIFF) on April 15th. Writer/director Jan Dunn is a previous winner of the prestigious ‘Best Feature’ award at LIFF with her 2008 Kent based film Ruby Blue . She was able to use the £50,000 prize money, towards fund this new project.

The film was the first to benefit from Kent County Council’s Development Fund, the initial investment of £75,000 was then match funded by other Kent Businesses including Courtyard Studios, Screen South, Maidstone Studios and The Hop Farm. The investment secured more than £500,000 spend into the local economy and also provided training for six young people from Kent on the production.

The Calling was released in 2009 and is now available for DVD purchase.

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