Children in Need – The Rickshaw Challenge (2015)

Pudsey the bear in the studio with Team Rickshaw sat on the sofa behind him

The One Show’s Rickshaw challenge 2015 – Team Rickshaw. (l-r) Alex Jones, Lucy, George G, Pudsey, Erin, Amira, Matt Baker, George D, Elliot © BBC

Kent Locations: Tunbridge Wells, Maidstone, Chatham, The Historic Dockyard Chatham, Rochester, Gravesend, Dartford

Returning in 2015 for its fifth year is The One Show Rickshaw Challenge, in aid of BBC Children in Need. With help from The One Show presenters Matt Baker and Alex Jones, six young riders embark upon an epic 470-mile journey pedalling a rickshaw.

Across eight days the team will cycle from Land’s End to the East End, beginning their pursuit on Friday 6th November 2015. The end of Day Six will see the team touch down in Brighton, before beginning the sixty miles plus journey to The Historic Dockyard Chatham the following day. The expedition will take the team through a number of towns in Kent, including parts of Tunbridge Wells, Maidstone, Chatham, Rochester, Gravesend and Dartford . The team’s full journey can be found and followed here: http://pudsey.viewranger.com/

The cumulative total of money raised so far by The Rickshaw Challenge is over £7.9 million, all of which goes towards supporting disadvantaged young people in the UK.

Tunbridge Wells is a town in West Kent, home to a host of historic buildings, specialist shops, churches and a busy town centre. Productions which have previously filmed in the area include Britain’s Best Bakery (2012), Terry and Mason’s Great Food Trip (2015) and Hunted (2012).

Maidstone is the county town of Kent, home to a number of parks and shopping facilities, as well as The Maidstone Studios which is the UK’s largest independent High Definition TV studio facility. Productions which have filmed in the area include Take Me Out (2015), Later… with Jools Holland (2015) and Couples Come Dine With Me (2014).

Rochester offers beautiful cobbled streets, parks and the Cathedral and castle while Chatham is home to The Historic Dockyard Chatham, Day Seven’s final destination before Team Rickshaw makes their way up to Elstree to finally complete the challenge.  The Historic Dockyard Chatham is a popular filming location on account of its Georgian and Victorian architecture and authentic cobbled streets (which the rickshaw riders might be hoping to avoid!). The Medway area has previously been seen on screen in Jekyll and Hyde (2015), The Mystery of Edwin Drood (2012) and Sherlock Holmes (2009).

The town of Gravesend is situated in North West Kent, with exceptional transport links up to London. Gravesend has previously hosted productions including Babylon (2014), The Interceptor (2015) and Great British Railway Journeys (2014).

Dartford is situated close to Bromley and Bexley and boasts great travel links in and out of Kent. Full of quaint architecture and great guesthouses and hotels, Dartford has hosted other productions in the past such as Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows – Part 1 (2010) and The Inbetweeners (2010).

Tune into The One Show on BBC One at 19:00, BBC One to follow Team Rickshaw’s progress from Friday 6th November until Friday 13th November, when the Children in Need Appeal Show will be airing.

 

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Jekyll and Hyde (2015)

 

Tom Bateman as Jekyll and Hyde - standing on a cobbled street with a bridge in the background at night

Tom Bateman as Jekyll and Hyde © ITV

Director: Colin Teague

Writer: Charlie Higson

Starring: Tom Bateman, Richard E Grant, Natalie Gumede

Production company: ITV Studios

Kent Locations Used: Rochester, The Guildhall Museum, The Historic Dockyard Chatham, Elmley Nature Reserve,  Fort Amherst

ITV’s new ten-part series Jekyll and Hyde is set in the 1930’s and features Robert Jekyll, the grandson of the original famed Dr Jekyll.

This new action adventure starts with Robert Jekyll living with his foster parents in India, ignorant of his family history and his mysterious, inherited condition. The drama begins when Robert Jekyll unveils the nature of his ‘curse’ which sees him transform into Hyde in moments of extreme anger, stress and when lives are threatened.

The show was conceived by Charlie Higson (Young Bond, The Enemy) and inspired by The Strange Case of Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde by Robert Louis Stevenson. Higson executive produces the series alongside Francis Hopkinson (Henry VIII, Colditz, Wallander) and Foz Allan (Wolfblood, The Dumping Ground, Robin Hood) as Series Producer.

Jekyll and Hyde cast on a cobbled street with old building behind them

Jekyll and Hyde cast © ITV

Directed by Colin Teague (Torchwood, The Last Drop) and starring Tom Bateman (Da Vinci’s Demons, The Tunnel) as Jekyll and Hyde alongside Richard E Grant (Doctor Who, Downton Abbey) and Natalie Gumede (Doctor Who, Coronation Street).

The Jekyll and Hyde production team chose to film in Kent between February and July 2015 at Rochester High Street where the exterior of Vraitch Vision doubles as Empire music hall in London and The Guildhall Museum features as the hotel where Dr Jekyll (Tom Bateman) first lodges when arriving in England. The Historic Dockyard Chatham was used to double as Gravesend Docks, Tenebrae offices and factory and various areas of the site feature as London Streets and markets.

Elmley Nature Reserve features in episode three as the setting for Maggie’s (Niamh Walsh) country house, where Robert Jekyll, Garson (Donald Sumpter), Max Utterson (Christian McKay) and Hils (Ruby Bentall) visit before a showdown with The Cutter (Jason La Shard).  The Fort Amherst tunnels are used in episodes 9 and 10 where Jekyll finds out about the powers of The Incubus.

Rochester is a historic city with a Medieval Cathedral and castle. Productions such as  BBC’s The Mystery of Edwin Drood (2012) and Great Expectations (1989) have previously filmed in the city.

The Historic Dockyard Chatham is set across an 80 acre site with Georgian and Victorian historic buildings, a dry dock, cobbled streets and industrial buildings. The location has previously been used in Call the Midwife , Mr Turner (2015) and Les Miserables (2013).

Elmley Nature Reserve is a large expanse of marshland located on the Isle of Sheppey. The marshes have previously been used by productions such as Great Expectations (2012), Great British Railway Journeys (2014) and A Taste of Britain (2014).

Based in Chatham, Medway is Georgian Fortress, Fort Amherst which is in a 17 acre park like setting with large tunnel complex, woodland, WW2 gun battery and sloping grassland. Fort Amherst has also been used as a filming location by Partners in Crime (2015), Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows (2011) and The Mission (1987).

Don’t miss Jekyll and Hyde which starts on Sunday 25th October at 18:30 on ITV.

 

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Suffragette (2015)

Suffragette film poster- The three sufragetters facing the camera with "The Time is Now" "Suffrafettes" written on top

Suffragette film poster © Pathe

Director: Sarah Gavron

Writer: Abi Morgan

Starring: Carey Mulligan, Helena Bonham Carter, Meryl Streep, Ben Whishaw, Brendan Gleeson, Anne-Marie Duff

Production Companies: Film4, BFI, Ingenious Media, Canal+, Ciné+, Ruby Films

Kent Locations Used: The Historic Dockyard Chatham

Told through the eyes of a young mother, Suffragette is a powerful film about the foot soldiers of the suffragette movement in late 19th and early 20th century Britain. When peaceful protests fail, a group of suffragettes take radical moves to be heard, risking their jobs, homes, families and even their lives.

Carey Mulligan as Maud looking out of a window next to a vase of flowers

Carey Mulligan as Maud © Pathe

The film is directed by Sarah Gavron (Brick Lane, This Little Life) and written by Abi Morgan (Shame, The Iron Lady).

Featuring an all-star cast including Carey Mulligan (Drive, An Education), Helena Bonham Carter (Alice In Wonderland, Fight Club), Meryl Streep (The Devil Wears Prada, The Hours), Ben Whishaw (Skyfall, Cloud Atlas), Brendan Gleeson (Edge of Tomorrow, Troy) and Anne-Marie Duff (Nowhere Boy, Notes on a Scandal).

The production visited The Historic Dockyard Chatham for a week in February 2014 which doubled as the exterior to the Bethnal Green Laundry, a factory and a prison cell.

The Historic Dockyard Chatham is a maritime heritage location set over an 80 acre site. The location boasts a variety of Georgian and Victorian architecture, maritime environment, cobbled streets, and industrial buildings. The Historic Dockyard Chatham is a popular film location and has previously been seen on screen in The Man From U.N.C.L.E. (2015) Our World War (2014) and Mr Selfridge (2012-2015).

Suffragette was released in cinemas on Monday 12th October 2015 and is now available for DVD and online purchase.

 

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The Man From U.N.C.L.E. (2015)

Henry Cavill pointing a gun to the camera in a street

Henry Cavill as Napoleon Solo ©Warner Bros and Ratpac-Dune Entertainment

 

Director: Guy Ritchie

Writer: Guy Ritchie, Lionel Wigram

Stars: Alicia Vikander, Henry Cavill, Armie Hammer

Production Company: Ritchie/Wigram Productions, RatPac-Dune Entertainment, Davis Entertainment

Kent Locations Used: The Historic Dockyard Chatham

Alicia Vikander as Gaby, Armie Hammer as Illya Kuryakin and Henry Cavill standing outside a flight of stairs

Alicia Vikander as Gaby, Armie Hammer as Illya Kuryakin and Henry Cavill as Napoleon Solo ©Warner Bros and Ratpac-Dune Entertainment

The Man From U.N.C.L.E is an action spy-fi movie set in the early 1960s during the Cold War. A mysterious criminal organization plans to use nuclear weapons and war technology to disrupt the balance of power between the United States and Soviet Union.

CIA agent, Napoleon Solo (Henry Cavill) and KGB agent, Illya Kuryakin (Armie Hammer) are forced to work together to stop the criminals in their tracks. Their only lead is the daughter of a missing German scientist who is their key to infiltrating the organisation. They must find her soon to prevent a global disaster.

Cast and crew of The Man From U.N.C.L.E. visited The Historic Dockyard Chatham for 5 days to film a chase sequence where the Historic Dockyard doubles as East Berlin. In the film, the footage shot at the Dockyard is mixed with CGI to create an incredible, fast-paced car chase.

The Dockyard has previously been transformed into France in Les Miserables (2013), Victorian London Streets in Sherlock Holmes (2009), and was HMS Gannet in The Dockyard was used in Mr Turner (2014).

The Man from U.N.C.L.E is released in cinemas August 14th 2015.

 

 

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Partners in Crime (2015)

Tommy (David Walliams) pulling Tuppence (Jessica Raine) by the hand towards the camera in a field, a red car is behind with the doors open

Tommy (David Walliams), Tuppence (Jessica Raine) – © Endor Productions

Director: Edward Hall

Writers: Agatha Christie (Based on the novel by), Zinnie Harris and Claire Wilson (Screenplay)

Starring: David Walliams, Jessica Raine

Production company: Endor Productions, Agatha Christie Productions

Kent Locations Used: The Historic Dockyard Chatham, Fort Amherst

Set in 1950s Britain, Agatha Christie’s Partners in Crime is a 6 part adventure series following married beekeeper couple Tommy (Walliams) and Tuppence (Raine) Beresford as they stumble into a world of murder, undercover agents and Cold War conspiracy.

Much to the dismay of her cautious husband Tuppence seeks adventure around every corner and throws her all into every mystery, determined to catch the perpetrator and uncover the truth.

Tommy and Tuppence are at the heart of Agatha Christie’s novels alongside more recognisable characters like Miss Marple and and Poirot. This new BBC series brings a fresh take on old figures, introducing them to a new generation.

The production filmed at Fort Amherst in Chatham, as well as crossing over the road to The Historic Dockyard to film several London street scenes.

Previously, Fort Amherst has been used in Sherlock Holmes – A Game of Shadows (2011) and The Mission (1986). The Historic Dockyard has played host to a number of productions including Arthur & George (2015), Downton Abbey (2013) and Les Miserables (2013).

Make sure you tune into Partners in Crime on Sunday 26th July at 9pm on BBC1.

 

 

 

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Mr. Holmes (2015)

Mr. Holmes walking along a tree lined path

Mr. Holmes © See-Saw Films

Director: Bill Condon

Writers: Mitch Cullin (Based on the novel by), Arthur Conan Doyle (Characters), Jeffrey Hatcher (Screenplay)

Starring: Ian McKellen, Milo Parker, Laura Linney, Hattie Morahan, Patrick Kennedy

Production company: AI Film, BBC Films, FilmNation Entertainment, Archer Gray Productions, See-Saw Films

Kent Locations Used: The Historic Dockyard Chatham

Mr. Holmes is a crime film starring Ian McKellen (The Lord of the Rings trilogy, X-Men Trilogy) as a retired Sherlock Holmes dealing with the decline of his health and mental ability. He looks back at his incredible life, and with the help of Roger, his housekeeper’s son, Holmes seeks closure of an old, unsolved case.

Based on the seventh novel by author Mitch Cullin, the film is directed by Bill Condon (Dreamgirls, Fifth Estate) from a screenplay by Jeffrey Hatcher (The Duchess, Casanova).

Ian McKellen is supported by Laura Linney (Hyde Park on Hudson), Hattie Morhan (Summer in February), Patrick Kennedy (Warhorse) and the film introduces up and coming actor, Milo Parker.

For 5 days in July 2014, the Mr. Holmes production team visited The Historic Dockyard Chatham in Kent, to use Anchor Wharf as a street in Japan. They also dressed the Tarred Yarn Store as a Japanese restaurant and the exterior of the Ropery for a street scene.

The Historic Dockyard Chatham has previously been used as a film location by BBC for Call the Midwife (2015), ITV’s Arthur and George (2015) and Les Miserables (2013).

Don’t miss Mr. Holmes was released in cinemas on Friday 19th June 2015 and is now available for DVD and online purchase.

 

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Arthur & George (2015)

Martin Clunes and Arsher Ali stood next to each other looking at the camera

Martin Clunes as Arthur and Arsher Ali as George ©ITV/DOYLE 2014 LTD

Starring: Martin Clunes, Charles Edwards, Arsher Ali, Art Malik, Hattie Morahan, Emma Fielding,

Production company: Buffalo Pictures

Kent Locations Used: The Historic Dockyard Chatham

Martin Clunes (Doc Martin, Men Behaving Badly) stars as the celebrated novelist and physician Sir Arthur Conan Doyle in ITV’s three part adaptation of Julian Barnes’ acclaimed novel, Arthur & George.

Written by Ed Whitmore, the drama is based on true events in Conan Doyle’s life who famously wrote the Sherlock Holmes detective novels.

Arthur (Martin Clunes), Alfred (Chales Edwards) and George (Arsher Ali) meet to discuss the case in a courtroom

Martin Clunes as Arthur, Charles Edwards as Alfred and Arsher Ali as George ©ITV/DOYLE 2014 LTD

Set in 1906 in Staffordshire, Hampshire and London, the drama follows Sir Arthur and his trusted secretary, Alfred ‘Woodie’ Wood (Charles Edwards) as they investigate the strange case of George Edalji (Arsher Ali),  a young Anglo-Indian solicitor, imprisoned for allegedly mutilating animals and writing obscene letters.

Arthur & George explores what we think we know about Sir Arthur Conan Doyle’s life and is a truly fascinating insight into one of the most famous and well known British writers today.

The cast and crew filmed for one day at The Historic Dockyard Chatham where they recreated several day and night street scenes.

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 is a popular film location which has previously featured in productions such as Mr Turner (2014), Call The Midwife (2012-2015) and Children of Men (2006).

Arthur & George starts on ITV1 on Monday 2nd March 2015 at 9pm.

 

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Mr Selfridge Series 3 (2015)

The cast of Mr Selfridge pose for a wedding photo in a church

ALANA BODEN as Beatrice,ZOE WANAMAKER as Princess Marie, LEON OCKENDEN as Serge De Bolotoff,KARA TOINTON as Rosalie Selfridge, JEREMY PIVEN as Harry Selfridge, GREG AUSTIN as Gordon Selfridge, and HANNAH TOINTON as Violette Selfridge © ITV

Starring: Jeremy Piven, Katherine Kelly, Aisling Loftus, Ron Cook, Zoë Wanamaker, Kara Tointon, Hannah Tointon, Sacha Parkinson, Leon Ockenden

Production Companies: ITV Studios, Masterpiece

Kent locations used: The Historic Chatham Dockyard, South Foreland Lighthouse Dover

Based on the novel ‘Shopping, Seduction and Mr Selfridge’ by Lindy Woodhead about the life of charismatic American entrepreneur, Mr Selfridge returns to ITV for a third series.

The new series picks up in 1919 just after the end of World War I, where Mr Selfridge mourns the loss of his wife Rose and finds himself distracted from running his grand department store.

Harry Selfridge talks to a group of Journalists in an airfield

JEREMY PIVEN as Harry Selfridge talks to Journalists © ITV

Mr Selfridge is played by Emmy award-winning actor Jeremy Piven (Entourage, RocknRolla, Old School) alongside a supporting cast including Katherine Kelly (Coronation Street), Aisling Loftus (The Borrowers), Ron Cook (The Diary of Anne Frank, Mrs Biggs) as well as new faces for series three, Zoë Wanamaker (My Family, Agatha Christie: Poirot), Kara Tointon (EastEnders, Last Passenger), Hannah Tointon (Hollyoaks, Walking with the Enemy), Sacha Parkinson (Hollyoaks, My Mad Fat Diary) and Leon Ockenden (Waterloo Road, Red Tails) .

The Mr Selfridge team once again returned to The Historic Dockyard in Chatham to film the exteriors of the Oxford Street store.  They also filmed at South Foreland Lighthouse in Dover, where the characters take a trip to the coast.

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 is a popular film location which has previously featured in productions such as Mr Turner (2014), Call The Midwife (2012-2015) and Children of Men (2006).

South Foreland Lighthouse in Dover, is a Victorian lighthouse landmark along the White Cliffs of Dover. The White Cliffs of Dover has been featured on screen in productions such as Sherlock Holmes: Game of Shadows (2011) and On A Clear Day (2005).

Series three of Mr Selfridge starts on Sunday 25th January 2015 at 21:00 on ITV1.

 

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Mr Turner (2014)

Mr Turner (Timothy Spall) standing in front of a painting

Mr Turner © Entertainment One

Director/Writer: Mike Leigh

Starring: Timothy Spall, Paul Jesson, Dorothy Atkinson, Marion Bailey, Karl Johnson, Ruth Sheen, Lesley Manville

Production companies: Film4, Focus Features International, Lipsync ProductionsT, hin Man Films, Xofa Productions

Kent locations: The Historic Dockyard Chatham, Stangate Creek

Mr Turner was written and directed by the acclaimed Mike Leigh and chronicles the last twenty-five years of one of the most celebrated artists in British history – J.M.W. Turner.

The biographical drama takes us back to the nineteenth century when Turner travelled and painted some of his renowned works, even though he was struggling with the death of his esteemed father. The film also highlights Turner’s eccentric behaviour which resulted in his being both celebrated and reviled by the public and royalty alike.

Mr Turner looking at a painting in his study. Paintings are also on the walls behind

Mr Turner © Entertainment One

Turner is played by BAFTA winner Timothy Spall (Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire, The King’s Speech) and also stars Paul Jesson (Vera Drake, Rome), Dorothy Atkinson (Call the Midwife, All or Nothing), Marion Bailey (Persuasion, Meantime), Karl Johnson (The Illusionist, Hot Fuzz), Ruth Sheen (Run Fatboy Run, Vanity Fair) and Lesley Manville (Maleficent, Another Year).

The Mr Turner production visited The Historic Dockyard in Chatham where they used HMS Gannet which doubled for a pleasure vessel on the Thames as well as the scenes where Turner is tied to the mast of a ship in a storm to make some sketches for his painting Snow Storm- Steam-Boat off a Harbour’s Mouth.  Stangate Creek was also used to film a rowing scene.

Turner had a rich history with Kent and drew inspiration for his works from a variety of locations including Stangate Creek, Margate and Whitstable. Now, the Turner Contemporary gallery in Margate celebrates Turner’s association with the area.

The Historic Dockyard Chatham  lies on the River Medway which boasts a dry dock, cobbled streets, industrial buildings and extraordinary Georgian and Victorian architecture. The location has previously featured on screen in productions such as Muppets Most Wanted (2014), Call The Midwife (2012-2014) and Sherlock Holmes (2009).

Stangate Creek is on the River Medway and has been used by feature film adaption Great Expectations (2012) as well as the BBC’s Great Expectations (1999).

Mr Turner is released in cinemas on Friday 31st October 2014.

 

 

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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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