Summerland (2020)

Alice (Gemma Arterton) laying on the grass with a book smiling at the camera with white cliffs as a backdrop.

Gemma Arterton in Summerland (2020) © Michael Wharley Flying Castles Ltd

Writer: Jessica Swale
Director: Jessica Swale
Starring: Gemma Arterton, Gugu Mbatha-Raw, Penelope Wilton, Tom Courtenay
Production Company: British Film Institute, Quickfire Films
Kent Locations Used: The Historic Dockyard Chatham

Set during WWII, Summerland is a period drama from writer and first time director Jessica Swale (Horrible Histories: The Movie – Rotten Romans, Leading Lady Parts) tells the story of reclusive writer Alice (Gemma Arterton) as she learns to open her heart to Frank (Lucas Bond), a young Blitz evacuee.

This BFI and Quickfire Films production features Gemma Arterton (St. Trinian’s, Prince of Persia: Sands of Time ) as Alice , Lucas Bond as Frank (The Cleansing Hour, The Miniaturist) alongside other cast members Gugu Mbatha-Raw (Belle 2013), Concussion 2015), Penelope Wilton (The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel , Shaun of the Dead) and Tom Courtenay (Doctor Zhivago, 45 Years).

Production for Swale’s directorial feature film debut visited The Historic Dockyard Chatham, making use of multiple areas at the location including; the exterior of the Captain’s House, the Officers Terrace, Old Pay Office, and Sail & Colour Loft.

Set on the River Medway The Historic Dockyard Chatham was once an active Royal Navy shipyard and is a popular Kent filming location, especially for period dramas. Recent productions include Hetty Feather (2015-2020), Call the Midwife (2012-2020) and Pagalpanti (2019).

Summerland is currently set to release in UK cinemas on July 31st 2020.

 

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Hetty Feather Series 1 – 6 (2015 – 2020)

Close up of Hetty (Isabel Clifton) wearing a checkered dress pictured smiling at something in the distance.

Isabel Clifton as Hetty in the Hetty Feather series ©BBC

 

Producer: David Collier
Starring: Isobel Clifton, Tabitha Byron, Rhianna Merralls, Eva Pope, Dasharn Anderson, Polly Allen, Gus Barry, Matthew Ashforde, Aaron Niles, Eleanor Worthington Cox, Isabelle Allen
Production Company: BBC
Kent Locations Used: Belmont House and Gardens – Faversham, The Historic Dockyard Chatham, Maidstone TV Studios, Cobham Hall

Nineteenth century hit children’s drama, based on the characters in Jacqueline Wilson’s novel, Hetty Feather, is portayed on screen over six series. The children’s period drama focuses on the life of Hetty Feather (Isabel Clifton), an orphan, who begins her story at a Victorian Foundling Hospital and later goes into service with Lady Grenfell at Calendar Hall along with her fellow foundlings Gideon and Sheila. Aided by friends and thwarted by enemies, Hetty battles to win her independence and find her real mother.

The series stars Isabel Clifton (The Dumping Ground) as Hetty Feather, with support from Eva Pope (Coronation Street, Waterloo Road), Dasharn Anderson (Doctor Who, Truckers), Polly Allen (The Dumping Ground), Gus Barry (Black Sea, Deadly Intent), Ava Merson O’Brien, Ann Mitchell (‘EastEnders’, ‘Widows’), Matthew Ashforde (Oblivious, The Last Englishman), Susan McArdle (Sightseers, Emmerdale), Rosalyn Wright (Star Stories, Doctors) and many more including Tabitha Byron (Femi), and Rhianna Merralls (Carters Get Rich).

Hetty Feather was entirely filmed in Kent, where production visited Cobham Hall as the main orphanage location in Series 1 – 3 and 6 as well as The Maidstone Studios to build various orphanage sets, including classrooms, the kitchen and a library. The Historic Dockyard Chatham doubles as the streets of London throughout all six series with scenes featuring a workhouse, London docks, a railway station, prison, church and market to name but a few. From Series 4 onwards the elegant 18th century Belmont House and Gardens in Faversham features as Calendar Hall and gardens.

In Series 6: The Final Chapter Hetty finds herself in the firing line when tragedy strikes Calendar Hall. The concluding series is told over three parts and features Cobham Hall, Belmont House and Gardens and The Historic Dockyard Chatham.

Isabel Clifton is dressed in a victorian maid's costume as character Hetty Feather stood near a brick wall

Isabel Clifton as Hetty in Hetty Feather Series 6 ©BBC

Cobham Hall is a private boarding school near to Gravesend located in 150 acres of Grade II listed parkland. The interiors boast a stunning ball room, library, cobbled courtyards, formal gardens, classrooms as well as sports facilities, including a swimming pool. Cobham Hall has been used as a film location by The Great Fire (2014), Wild Child (2008) and Bleak House (2005).

Belmont House and Gardens in Faversham is set in gardens and parkland with stunning views over the Estate. The estate also includes 700 acres of woodlands.

The Maidstone Studios  is the UK’s largest independent HD TV studio facility with 5 studios, a sound stage, post production facilities, storage, viewing rooms and parking. The Maidstone Studios has been the film studio for many popular entertainment shows including Take Me Out (2011-2016) and  Later…With Jools Holland (2014-2016).

The Historic Dockyard Chatham lies on the River Medway and boasts a variety of Georgian and Victorian architecture, maritime environment, dry dock, cobbled streets, and industrial buildings. The Historic Dockyard Chatham continues to be a popular film location for Hetty Feather, as well as other previous productions such as Junk Rescue (2019) and Call the Midwife (2012-2018).

Hetty Feather Series 1 first aired on 11th May 2015 on CBBC and series one to five are available to view on Amazon Prime.

Series 6 airs on CBBC from 13th April 2020 and is currently available to stream on BBCiPlayer

 

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Belgravia (2020)

The cast of Belgravia standing in a row wearing period costumes in front of a brown backdrop.

Belgravia (2020) Episode One © ITV

Creator / Writer: Julian Fellowes
Directors: John Alexander
Starring: Adam James, Alice Eve
Production Company: Carnival Film and Television
Kent Locations Used: The Historic Chatham Dockyard

New ITV drama Belgravia, based on a book by Julian Fellowes (Downton Abbey (2010-2015) and Gosford Park (2001)), is a story of the secrets and scandals amongst the upper echelon of London society in the 19th Century.

The six part series stars Tamsin Greig (Elementary (2019), Harriet Walter (The Spanish Princess (2019), Alice Eve (Iron Fist (2018) and Philip Glenister (Living the Dream (2019) and the story begins at a legendary ball hosted by the Duchess of Richmond on the fateful evening of the Battle of Waterloo. This sets in motion a series of events that will have consequences for decades to come as secrets unravel behind the porticoed doors of London’s grandest postcode.

Executive producer is Gareth Neame (Downton Abbey (2010-2015) and director is John Alexander (Jamestown (2017)).

Production visited The Historic Chatham Dockyard and filmed on Anchor Wharf quayside, the Tarred Yarn Store as a Pimm’s Chop House and the streets around the Ropery to stand in for both a London market and the streets around Girton’s Mill.

The Historic Chatham Dockyard is a historic tourist attraction on the site of a former Royal Naval Dockyard and has been the location for several recent period dramas including Pennyworth (2019) and World On Fire Series 1 (2019).

Belgravia begins on ITV on Sunday 15 March 2020 at 9pm.

Click here for the Episode One trailer from ITV press centre

 

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Call the Midwife Series 1 – 9 (2012 – 2020)

Nurse Lucille Anderson (Leonie Elliott), Nurse Trixie (Helen George), Nurse Crane (Linda Bassett) Valerie Dyer (Jennifer Kirby) © BBC: Nurse Lucille Anderson (Leonie Elliott), Nurse Trixie (Helen George), Nurse Crane (Linda Bassett) Valerie Dyer (Jennifer Kirby) dressed in their midwives costumes holding babies in a maternity hospital

Pictured: Nurse Lucille Anderson (Leonie Elliott), Nurse Trixie (Helen George), Nurse Crane (Linda Bassett) Valerie Dyer (Jennifer Kirby) © BBC

Writer: Heidi Thomas
Starring: Vanessa Redgrave, Jessica Raine, Pam Ferris, Miranda Hart, Helen George, Jenny Agutter, Laura Main, Judy Parfitt, Stephen McGann, Cliff Parisi, Ben Caplan, Jennifer Kirby, Leonie Elliot, Linda Bassett, Annabelle Apsion
Production Company: Neal Street Productions for BBC
Kent Locations Used: The Historic Dockyard Chatham

Much-loved BBC period drama Call the Midwife is back for a ninth series. The TV drama follows the lives of nuns and midwives working in the East End of London during the 1950s and 60s.

The TV drama is based on the memoirs of Jennifer Worth which chart the life of a newly qualified midwife who works alongside midwives and nuns at a nursing convent, where they face many medical problems and struggles in Poplar, a very deprived area of London. The opening episode of the first series aired on Sunday 15th January 2012 on BBC One and attracted over 10 million viewers. The series of eight episodes each have aired year-on-year, along with an annual Christmas special broadcast every Christmas Day since 2012. It is also broadcast in the United States on the PBS network. Series 10 is currently in production and due to air in 2021. Neal Street Productions is currently commissioned by the BBC for up to Series 11, which is due to air in 2022.

The early series featured actress Jessica Raine as the main protagonist Nurse Jenny Lee with leading supporting cast Helen George as Nurse Trixie Franklin, Pam Ferris as Sister Evangelina, Judy Parfitt as Sister Monica Joan and Miranda Hart playing Chummy Browne led by the calm guidance of Sister Julienne (Jenny Agutter). Vanessa Redgrave narrates the series as mature Jennifer Worth.

The more recent series features now familiar faces Nurse Valerie Dyer (Jennifer Kirby), Nurse Lucille Anderson (Leonie Elliott), Nurse Phyllis Crane (Linda Bassett) and Nurse Trixie Franklin (Helen George) . Supporting cast includes long standing characters Doctor Turner (Stephen McGann) and his wife Shelagh Turner (Laura Main), Fred Buckle (Cliff Parisi) and Violet Buckle (Annabelle Apsion).

Series 9 (aired from 4th January 2020) is set in the year 1965 and across eight episodes we see the midwives dealing with cases involving cancer, diptheria, dementia, fistula and homelessness as well as a changing political agenda that threatens the survival of Nonnatus House.

During all nine seasons Call the Midwife has made use of the settings of The Historic Dockyard Chatham to stand in for the Victorian buildings of Poplar in East London. The Fitted Rigging House doubles for the Lisbon Buildings and Rakesby Street Homeless Shelter. Meanwhile, Admiral’s Offices exteriors feature as Poplar Maternity Home and the London Hospital. The Tarred Yarn Store has made regular appearances as a Boxing Ring, Chinese Laundry and derelict building. HMS Cavalier, a WW2 destroyer ship and The National Destroyer Memorial, has also featured playing the role of a Russian ship. The Commissioner’s House gardens set the scene for a famous engagement scene in one episode, while Anchor’s Wharf and the Dockyard Railway and steam train have regularly appeared for Poplar Docks scenes. The Victorian Ropery even appears in one episode as a working ropemakers as well as various cellars and tunnels around the building.

 

Three characters from call the midwife looking out to sea on a bridge at the Historic Dockyard Chatham with their blue and red midwife uniforms on.

Image of Call The Midwife Nurses ©The Historic Dockyard Chatham

 

An image of an exploded bomb set, a pile of rubble and a sign saying KEEP OFF

Behind the Scenes: Special Effects filming of Call the Midwife (2014) at The Historic Dockyard Chatham © BBC (Click on image for video clip).

The Historic Dockyard Chatham hosts Official Call the Midwife Location tours. For more information see here.

The Historic Dockyard Chatham was established in the mid-16th century and is located on the River Medway. A location with an extensive history, evident through its numerous buildings and exhibitions open to the public. Today Chatham is the only one of the original four Royal Navy Ropeyards to remain in operation and, together with its related buildings, forms the finest integrated group of 18th century manufacturing buildings in Britain. The site offers maritime, industrial, Georgian and Victorian architecture and cobbled streets, an ideal set for many film productions. Recent period dramas to film at the Dockyard include Belgravia (2020), World On Fire Series 1 (2019) and Pennyworth Series 1 (2019) to name but a few.

Call the Midwife Series 9 aired from Sunday 4th January 2020 on BBC One at 8pm. All nine series are available to view on BBC iPlayer, Netflix and Amazon Prime.

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Pagalpanti (2019)

Actor Anil Kapoor, Arshad Warsi, Saurabh Shukla, John Abraham, Ileana D'Cruz, Kriti Kharbanda, Pulkit Samrat and Urvashi Rautela pull comic poses for the Pagalpanti movie poster.

Anil Kapoor, Arshad Warsi, Saurabh Shukla, John Abraham, Ileana D’Cruz, Kriti Kharbanda, Pulkit Samrat and Urvashi Rautela in Pagalpanti


Writers
: Anees Bazmee, Shreya Dev Verma

Director: Anees Bazmee

Starring: Kriti Kharbanda, John Abraham, Ileana D’Cruz

Production Company: Panorama Studios, T-Series Films

Kent Locations Used: Faversham, The Historic Dockyard Chatham


Pagalpanti
is an action comedy about three men, considered as losers by the people in their lives, who plan to get rich along with their girlfriends by robbing two gangsters. The title of the film ‘Pagalpanti’ is Hindi for ‘insanity’ which accurately describes the comic theme of the film.

The film was written and directed by Anees Bazmee (Mubarakan,Welcome back, No Entry) and co-written by Shreya Dev Verma (Section 375, Poorna) as content head.

The Bollywood cast is led by Kriti Kharbanda (Karwaan, Bruce Lee: The Fighter), John Abraham (Batla House, Romeo Akbar Walter), and Ileana D’Cruz (Rustom, Mubarakan) and is supported by Anil Kapoor (Slumdog Millionaire), Arshad Warsi (Total Dhamaal), Urvashi Rautela (Kaabil), Pulkit Samrat (Jai Ho), and Saurabh Shukla (Bala).

The production filmed scenes in Faversham, where Market Street doubled as a busy London market and Guild Hall was converted into a fireworks shop. The Historic Dockyard Chatham was used for a car chase scene along Slip 5, Museum Square, Ropery Street and Anchor Wharf.

Faversham is a beautiful historic market town in the Swale Borough of Kent. The historic town boasts over 500 listed buildings. Previous productions in the town include Hetty Feather Series 3 (2017) and Walks With My Dog (2017).

The Historic Dockyard Chatham was established in the mid-16th century and is located on the River Medway. The site offers maritime, industrial, Georgian and Victorian architecture and cobbled streets, an ideal set for many film productions. Recent films that have used the Dockyard in their productions include The Aeronauts (2019) and Farming (2019).

Pagalpanti will be released in cinemas on 22nd November 2019.

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The Aeronauts (2019)

 

A man standing in a hot air balloon looking over the countryside with a women sitting high up on the edge of the balloon looking out into the distance.

The Aeronauts ©IMDb

 

Writer: Tom Harper

Director: Tom Harper

Starring: Felicity Jones, Eddie Redmayne, Himesh Patel

Production Company: Amazon Studios, Mandeville Films

Kent Locations Used: The Historic Chatham Dockyard Ropery

In The Aeronauts, a fictionalised account based on some real events set in the 1860s, fictional pilot Amelia Wren (Felicity Jones) and historical meteorologist James Glaisher (Eddie Redmayne) find themselves in an epic fight for survival while attempting to make scientific discoveries in a hot air balloon.

The film is written and directed by Tom Harper (Electric Dreams, The Woman In Black 2: The Angel of Death), and stars Felicity Jones (Star Wars: Forces of Destiny, The Theory of Everything), Eddie Redmayne (The Theory of Everything, Fantastic Beasts), and Himesh Patel (Yesterday, Damned).

Production visited The Historic Dockyard Chatham for filming at No. 3 Slip 3 Mezzanine to film a scene in a balloon factory.

“When presented with a brief to find a balloon factory location there was really no other choice than The Historic Dockyard in Chatham. There are very few places left with an authentic Georgian timber structure that have stood the test of time.

No 3 Slip is the real deal with the added benefit of the film friendly aspects of the Dockyard filming team who are very welcoming with an easy can-do attitude,” commented Christian Huband, Production Designer, The Aeronauts.

The Historic Dockyard Chatham is a historic tourist attraction on the site of a former Royal Naval Dockyard and has been the location for several recent productions set in the Victorian period including Year of the Rabbit (2019), Peterloo (2018) and Vanity Fair (2018).

The Aeronauts will be released in UK cinemas on Monday 4th November 2019.

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Pennyworth Series 1 (2019)

Alfred Pennyworth points a gun on this poster image with a montage of characters in the background. Red backdrop with faint image of castle in the background.

Pennyworth (2019– ) ©IMDb


Creator / Writer: Bruno Heller
Directors: Danny Cannon, Rob Bailey, Bill Eagles, Jon East, Clare Kilner, China Moo-Young
Starring: Jack Bannon, Ben Aldridge, Hainsley Lloyd Bennett, Paloma Faith
Production Company: Warner Bros
Kent Locations Used: The Historic Chatham Dockyard – Ropery exteriors and Anchor Wharf

Pennyworth tells the origin story of Alfred Pennyworth a former special‑forces soldier living in London in the 1960s and how he came to work for Bruce Wayne’s father, Thomas Wayne.

This new 10-part TV series for Starzplay was created by Bruno Heller and co-written by Bill Finger, Bob Kane, Danny Cannon and Seth Sinclair. Pennyworth was directed by a collaboration of directors Danny Cannon, Rob Bailey, Bill Eagles, Jon East, Clare Kilner and China Moo-Young.

Jack Bannon (The Imitation GameFury, Endeavour) stars as Alfred Pennyworth with co-star Ben Aldridge (Our GirlFleabagToast) playing Thomas Wayne. Pennyworth also stars Hainsley Lloyd Bennett (King of Crime, Catastrophe), Ryan Fletcher (Beats, Outlander) and singer songwriter Paloma Faith (Peter & Wendy, Doctor Parnassus).

Production visited The Historic Chatham Dockyard for filming where exterior scenes were shot around the Ropery, including a chase scene on the roof, Old Pay Office, Admiral’s Office and Anchor Wharf to stand in as 1960s London.

The Historic Chatham Dockyard is a historic tourist attraction on the site of a former Royal Naval Dockyard and has been the location for several recent productions set in the 1950s and 1960s including Call the Midwife (2018) and The Crown (2016).

Pennyworth Series 1 was released on Starzplay on 25th October 2019.

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Farming (2019)

Image of young Nigerian man (leader) standing outside, with his white skinhead gang standing behind him.

Movie Poster for Farming ©IMDb

 

Writer: Adewale Akinnuage – Agbaje
Director: Adewale Akinnuage – Agbaje
Starring: Kate Beckinsdale, Gugu Mbath-lraw and Adewale Akinnuage- Agbaje
Production company: Groundswell Production
Kent Locations: The Historic Dockyard Chatham, Gillingham

Farming takes the audience on a journey through childhood memories of the film’s director Adewale Akinnuage-Agbaje, who, as a young Nigerian boy, was given to a white British family by his own parents in the hope of a better future. However, tables turn as he goes on to become the feared leader of a white skinhead gang.

Farming stars actor turned director Adewale Akinnuage – Agbaje (Suicide squad, Watership Down) as Femi, Kate Beckinsale (Pearl Harbor, Underworld: Blood Wars) as Ingrid Carpenter, Gugu Mbatha-Raw (Black Mirror, Belle) as Ms. Dapo, and Jaime Winstone (Love, Rosie, Tomb Raider) as Lynn.

There were two Kent locations used in Farming. At the first, The Historic Dockyard Chatham, various areas such as at The Joiner’s Shop, House Carpenters Shop, and the rear of The Smithery, Ropery and Anchor Wharf were used.

Production also visited a jewellery shop in Gillingham for some further scenes.

The Historic Dockyard Chatham, spans over 80 Acres, with over 100 buildings and structures dating back to the Georgian and Victorian era. The dockyard has previously featured in productions such as Yardie (2018) and Level Up (2016).

Gillingham is also located in the district of Medway.

The film will be released in UK cinemas on Friday 11th October 2019.

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The Mercy (2018)

Colin Firth and Rachel Weisz in The Mercy Official Poster close up of faces looking into distance. The Mercy written in white

Colin Firth and Rachel Weisz in The Mercy (2018) ©Studio Canal

Writer: Scott Z. Burns

Director: James Marsh

Starring: Colin Firth, Rachel Weisz, David Thewlis, Mark Gatiss

Production Company: Blueprint Pictures

Kent Locations Used: Chatham Dockyard and Bewl Water

Colin Firth in The Mercy standing on boat with mast behind. He wears a pale blue shirt and cream trousers.

Colin Firth in The Mercy (2018 ) ©Studio Canal

The film tells the true story of Donald Crowhurst (Colin Firth), a yachtsman who went missing during his attempt to win the 1968 Golden Globe Race when he decided to turn his attempt into a disastrous attempt of travelling the world alone by sea.

Directed by James Marsh (The Theory of Everything, Shadow Dancer) and written by Scott Z. Burns (Contagion, The Bourne Ultimatum). The film stars Colin Firth (Kingsman: The Secret Service, Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy),  Rachel Weisz (The Mummy, Oz the Great and Powerful), David Thewlis (Wonder Woman, Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban,) and Mark Gatiss (The League of Gentlemen, Sherlock).

Rachel Weisz in The Mercy 2018. Rachel and 3 children stand against a harbour wall looking out to see.

Rachel Weisz in The Mercy 2018 ©Studio Canal

 

 

Some scenes were filmed at The Historic Dockyard Chatham, where the HMS Gannet was used as the port where the wives of the competition sailors posed for the press. As well as filming at Bewl Water reservoir in Kent, which features as the Teignmouth inlet where Donald Crowhurst (Colin Firth) sails locally alone and with his family. The Historic Dockyard with its Victorian and Georgian architecture has featured in films such as Victoria and Abdul (2017) and Guy Ritchies’ Mr Holmes (2015). Bewl Water is the largest body of inland water in the South East and situated within the High Weald, an area of outstanding natural beauty.

 

 

The Mercy will be in theatres in the UK from the 9th February 2018.

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Victoria and Abdul (2017)

Queen Victoria sitting at table writing with Abdul standing next to hear looking down

Victoria and Abdul © Focus Features

Writer:  Lee Hall, based on the book Victoria & Abdul by Shrabani Basu

Director: Stephen Frears

Starring: Dame Judi Dench, Ali Fazal, Olivia Williams, Michael Gambon and Eddie Izzard

Production Company: BBC Films, Working Title Films

Kent Locations Used: The Historic Dockyard Chatham

Queen Victoria and Abdul walking on tree lined pathway

Victoria and Abdul © Focus Features

 

The BBC’s newest biopic feature, Victoria and Abdul, tells the story of the unlikely friendship between Queen Victoria (Dame Judi Dench) and her servant Abdul Karim (Ali Fazal). The film is based on the book Victoria &Abdul: The True Story of the Queen’s Closest Confidant, by Shrabani Basu.

Dame Judi Dench stars as Queen Victoria and Ali Fazal as Abdul Karim (Fast and Furious 7 and 3 Idiots). The supporting cast include Olivia Williams

(The Sixth Sense and An Education), Michael Gambon (The Harry Potter Series and Sleepy Hollow), Eddie Izzard (Valkyrie and Ocean’s Thirteen) and Adeel Akhtar (The Dictator and Pan).

The production filmed at The Historic Dockyard Chatham on The HMS Gannet and the quayside adjacent to the ship.

With over 100 Georgian and Victorian buildings, spread over 80 acres, The Historic Dockyard Chatham is one of Kent’s most popular filming locations. Some of the productions that have filmed at The Historic Dockyard Chatham include, Call the Midwife (2012-present), Downton Abbey (2013) and Les Misérables (2013)

Victoria and Abdul will be released in cinemas on Friday 15th September 2017.

 

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