Queens of Mystery (2019)

Cast Julie Graham, Siobhan Redmond, and Sarah Woodward standing by a table full of books outside a church with bunting in the background.

Queens of Mystery (2019)- © Sly Fox Productions

Directors: Jamie Magnus Stone and Ian Emes
Starring: Olivia Vinall, Julie Graham, Siobhan Redmond, Sarah Woodward, Rebecca Grant
Production Company: Sly Fox Productions
Kent Locations Used: Ashford, Folkestone & Hythe, Sevenoaks, Tonbridge & Malling and Tunbridge Wells

Queens of Mystery follows the adventures of detective Matilda Stone (Olivia Vinall) and her three crime writing aunts Cat Stone (Julie Graham), Jane Stone (Siobhan Redmond), and Beth Stone (Sarah Woodward) as they attempt to solve crimes in a picturesque English village.

The three feature length episodes were directed by Jamie Magnus Stone (Orbit Ever After, Skyborn) and Ian Emes (The Invisible Man, Deadly Summer), and written by Mathew Thomas (Marcella, The Chameleon) and Julian Unthank (Robin Hood, Doc Martin). Starring are Olivia Vinall (The Woman in White, Where Hands Touch), Julie Graham (Survivors, Shetland), Siobhan Redmond (The Smoking Room, Captives) and Sarah Woodward (The Merry Wives of Windsor).

The series makes use of multiple filming locations in Kent.

Production used Lympne Castle as Hiddledean Castle in the fictional town of Wildemarsh in Murder In The Dark episode. The Castle is an unspoiled 13th century Manor in the Folkestone & Hythe district of Kent that boasts stunning views of the Romney Marsh. It has previously been used as a filming location for The Honourable Woman (2014) and Great Expectations (2012).

Production visited several locations in Farningham, Beth’s cottage was filmed at Mill Estate. Wadard Books doubled as Murder Inc. bookshop and Jane’s house. Farningham Village Store also featured as Wildemarsh Village stores and the Entrance to The Corn Exchange Theatre. Farningham has previously been used as a location for Flesh and Blood (2020).

In the Death By Vinyl episode Stoneydale craft shop in Cranbrook was converted into the The Sound and Fury record shop in Wildemarsh. Cranbrook also features as the High street throughout the series.

St Michael’s Churchyard in Smarden was used as the Wildemarsh churchyard and a private residence in Water Lane featured as the village’s Embittered Hack Pub. Productions to have filmed at Smarden include The Mirror Crack’d (1980).

The series is due to stream on Acorn TV, which will launch on 29th April 2020 and can be found here

 

Actress Olivia Vinall and actor Colin Michael Carmichael outside record store set in Cranbrook, with camera man filming them.

Lead actresses Olivia Vinall and guest Colin Michael Carmichael ©Sly Fox Productions

 

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The Mirror Crack’d (1980)

Angela Lansbury, Rock Hudson and Edward Fox stood having a conversation in front of a window with beige curtains

Angela Lansbury, Rock Hudson and Edward Fox © Columbia-Warner Distributors

Starring: Angela Lansbury, Elizabeth Taylor, Rock Hudson, Tony Curtis, Geraldine Chaplin, Edward Fox and Kim Novak

Production Company: G.W. Films, EMI Films

Kent Locations used: St Clere Estate, Smarden, Shoreham

The Mirror Crack’d is a detective drama based on an Agatha Christie novel of the same name. In this instalment of the Miss Marple Franchise, a visiting Hollywood production has come to the town of St Mary Mead. The story focuses on the life of Marina Rudd (Elizabeth Taylor), a veteran actress competing for the spotlight with a younger actress, Lola (Kim Novak), in an upcoming production. When a local resident is poisoned at a grand reception, it is thought that Marina herself was the intended victim.

Angela Lansbury (Bedknobs and Broomsticks, Murder She Wrote, Beauty and the Beast) stars as Miss Jane Marple alongside Elizabeth Taylor (Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf, Cleopatra), Tony Curtis (Some Like it Hot), Rock Hudson (Dynasty, McMilan & Wife, Pillow Talk), Geraldine Chaplin (Remember my Name, Doctor Zhivago) Edward Fox (Gandi, Never Say Never Again) and Kim Novak (The Great Bank Robbery, Falcon Crest).

St Clere Estate, Heaverham in the Sevenoaks District of Kent is a private, family run country estate that today prides itself on being an ideal location for filming and photography, due to its period architecture and beautiful grounds. In this episode, it was perfect of the setting for Gossington Hall, the grand home of the Rudds.

 Ye Olde George Inn and a Bridge on Church Street in Shoreham are both noticeable in the production, doubling as part of the village of St Mary Mead. Shoreham is a picturesque village near Sevenoaks, famous for its traditional pubs and annual May Day duck race.

The village of Smarden and St Michaels Church are also used to double as the village of St Mary Mead. The Thatched House in Smarden was used as Miss Marple’s cottage. Smarden is located in the Ashford district of Kent, and the traditional thatched houses and village shops made it a perfect filming location.

The Mirror Crack’d was first released in February 1980 and is now available to buy on DVD.

 

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