Bridgerton (2020-2024)

Nicola Coughlan as Penelope Featherington is sitting in the window of a Regency-style room. She is gazing out the window. She is wearing a silver and blue gown with a silver necklace and earrings.

Nicola Coughlan as Penelope Featherington in Bridgerton S3 (2024) © Netflix

Creator: Chris Van Dusen
Starring: Nicola Coughlan, Luke Thompson, Jonathan Bailey, Julie Andrews, Ruth Gemmell, Adjoa Andoh
Production Company: Shondaland, CVD Productions
Kent Locations Used: The Historic Dockyard Chatham, Squerryes Court

Bridgerton (2020-2024) is a period drama inspired by Julia Quinn’s historic romance novels about a large and powerful family, the Bridgertons and their closest acquaintances. Set against the backdrop of Regency England, the series is a saga of love and betrayal. The plot centres around the Bridgerton children as they navigate the marriage mart in high society London.

Bridgerton was adapted for the screen by Chris Van Dusen (ScandalGrey’s Anatomy). The large ensemble cast includes Nicola Coughlan (Harlots (2017), Derry Girls), Luke Thompson (Making Noise Quietly (2019), Dunkirk), Jonathan Bailey (BroadchurchW1A), Julie Andrews (The Sound of MusicThe Princess Diaries), Ruth Gemmell (Penny Dreadful, Fever Pitch) and Adjoa Andoh (Liar (2017-2020)Missing (2009-2010)), as well as many others.

For Series 1, the production visited The Historic Dockyard Chatham. The exterior of the Ropery and Officer’s Terrace were used as stand ins for various London streets and the Tarred Yarn Store was transformed into a boxing club. No 3 Mezzanine stands in as a venue for a public Boxing match.  Meanwhile, Commissioner’s House Garden stands in as the Bridgerton family garden for several scenes.

Production returned to Kent for Series 3, where they filmed a garden party scene at Squerryes Court in Westerham.

The Historic Dockyard Chatham is located on the River Medway and has become a popular filming location in Kent. Features include Georgian and Victorian buildings with cobbled streets, a maritime environment and a dry dock. Previous productions that have filmed there include: Call The Midwife (2012-2020), Pennyworth (2019) and Belgravia (2020).

Squerryes Court is a beautiful 17th century manor house surrounded by 20 acres of attractive and historic gardens which include a lake, restored parterres and an 18th century dovecote. Other productions to have filmed there include The Larkins (2021-2022), Vanity Fair (2018) and Emma (2009).

The first series of Bridgerton was released on Netflix on 25th December 2020.

Series 3 of Bridgerton will be released on Netflix in two parts. Part 1 will drop on Thursday 16th May 2024, with Part 2 to follow on Thursday 13th June 2024.

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Holmes & Watson (2018)

Movie poster of Holmes and Watson (Will Ferrell and John C. Reilly). Both staring into the camera in front of a horse wearing period suits. John is wearing a hat.

Sherlock Holmes (Will Ferrell) and Watson (John C. Reilly) ©Columbia Pictures

Writer: Etan Cohen​
Director: ​Etan Cohen
Starring: ​Will Ferrell​, ​John C. Reilly​, Ralph Fiennes
Production Company​: Columbia Pictures Corporation, Gary Sanchez Productions, Mosaic Media Group, Mimran Schur Pictures
Kent Locations Used​: The Historic Dockyard Chatham

Holmes & Watson (2018) is a comedic revision of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle’s classic mysteries and his famed literary characters, detective Sherlock Holmes (Will Ferrell​) and his sidekick, Dr John Watson (John C. Reilly​). The pair join forces to investigate a murder at Buckingham Palace and learn that they have just four days to stop their arch enemy, Professor Moriarty (​Ralph Fiennes)​, or the queen will become his next victim.

The film was written and directed by Etan Cohen (Men in Black 3, Tropic Thunder), and stars Will Ferrell(Anchorman,​ Zoolander​), ​John C. Reilly​ (Step Brothers,Guardians of the Galaxy) and ​Ralph Fiennes​ (The Grand Budapest Hotel​, ​Schindler’s List).

Holmes & Watson​ features several locations around ​The Historic Dockyard Chatham​. The interior of the Tarred Yarn Store was transformed into a bar tavern, the interior of the Ropery played the role of a Boxing Club, while the streets around the Ropery and Anchor Wharf stood in as London streets and docks. Some external scenes were also filmed around Officers Terrace.

The Historic Dockyard Chatham​ has been used in an array of productions such as Mr. Holmes (2015), Partners in Crime (2015), and The Suspicions of Mr Whicher (2014).

Holmes & Watson​ will be released in UK cinemas on Wednesday 26​th​ December 2018.

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Suffragettes – How Women Won the Vote (2018)

Portrait of three suffragettes characters in formal clothing at Commissioner's House with stairs in the background. The centre characters is looking at the camera whilst the two on the outside are looking in the distance.

Image of Suffragettes ©BBC

 

Director: Emma Frank

Starring: Lucy Worsley

Production Company: Brook Lapping Productions

Kent Locations Used: Chatham Dockyard, Commissioner’s House, Tarred Yarn Store, Captains House and the ropey foot tunnel, as well as the Assistant Queens Harbourmaster’s House.

Suffragettes with Lucy Worsley is part of a group of BBC programmes marking the 100s anniversary of women gaining the vote in the UK.

In this drama documentary, Lucy Worsley explores, a group of less well known, but equally astonishing, young working-class suffragettes who decided to go against the rules and expectations of Edwardian society.

Worsley reveals what life was like for young women, what drove them to break the law and how they used their own PR to counteract the negative portrayals they received from the press of the day.

Lucy Worsley has been a writer and presenter for Our Food (2012), A Very British Romance (2015) and If Walls Could Talk: The History of the Home (2011).

Scenes from Suffragettes with Lucy Worsley was filmed in various locations at The Historic Dockyard Chatham, such as the Commissioner’s House, the Tarred Yarn Store, the Captains House and Ropery foot tunnel, as well as the Assistant Queens Harbourmaster’s House.

Suffragettes by Lucy Worsley airs on BBC1, Monday 4th June at 20.30.

To see the official trailer visit: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=r_Y2e79lBTw

 

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