The Suspicions of Mr Whicher (2014)

 

Mr Whicher standing staring at the camera on a cobbled street.

The Suspicions of Mr Whicher – Paddy Considine © ITV

Production Company: Hat Trick Productions

Kent locations: The Historic Dockyard Chatham

ITV’s The Suspicions of Mr Whicher returns with two new TV films inspired by the real life career of the celebrated 19th century detective.

Paddy Considine (The Bourne Ultimatum, The World’s End) returns as Jack Whicher with the new films written by playwright Helen Edmundson. The original The Suspicions of Mr Whicher film was shown in 2011 and based on the best-selling book by Kate Summerscale. 

The first film “Beyond the Pale” is directed by David Blair (Accused, Bert & Dickie) and sees Jack Whicher has moved on from his role as Inspector at the Metropolitan Police to become a private inquiry agent. After being hired by a former Home Secretary to help investigate threats made against his son, Jack unearths the darkest secrets and finds himself in a maelstrom of betrayal and passion.

The second film “Ties That Bind” is directed by Geoffrey Sax (Endeavour, Tipping the Velvet) and is about Whicher reluctantly taking on a divorce case after the law has just passed and what seems a fairly straight-forward investigation turns out to be disturbing after one of the key witnesses fails to attend court and is found dead.

Paddy Considine walking along a street past a lady with baskets and rope. A ship can be seen in the background

The Suspicions of Mr Whicher – Paddy Considine © ITV

The Historic Dockyard Chatham was chosen as a film location where the production made use of a variety of spaces including exteriors at the street and gardens as well as HMS Gannet and interior spaces such as the Tarred Yarn Store.

The Historic Dockyard Chatham is a popular film location due to the variety of cobbled streets, industrial buildings and extraordinary Georgian and Victorian architecture. Feature films Muppets Most Wanted (2014) and Les Miserables (2012) as well as TV dramas Mr Selfridge (2012-2014) and Downton Abbey (2013) have also chosen to film at this diverse Kent location.

The Suspicions of Mr Whicher: Beyond The Pale will be shown on Sunday 7th September 2014 at 21:05 on ITV1 and The Suspicions of Mr Whicher: Ties That Bind which will be shown on Sunday 14th September 2014 at 21:00 on ITV1.

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Our World War (2014)

Soldiers holding guns running through war torn ground

Our World War © BBC/Joss Barratt

Production Company: BBC

Kent Locations Used: The Historic Dockyard Chatham

Marking the centenary of World War One, Our World War is a new BBC Three drama series documenting the real experiences of young British soldiers who bravely fought in the war.

The three part drama draws on stories of World War One soldiers and aims to bring audiences closer than ever before to the real events.

The Our World War production team visited The Historic Dockyard Chatham where they filmed exterior street scenes before and after a shell explosion and The Ropery doubled as a forward command post.

The Historic Dockyard Chatham  is a fantastic film location due to its mix of cobbled streets, industrial buildings and impressive Georgian and Victorian architecture. Feature films Les Miserables (2012) and Sherlock Holmes (2009 and 2011) as well as TV dramas Call the Midwife (2012-2014) and Oliver Twist (2007) have also chosen to film at this diverse Kent location.

Our World War starts on Thursday 7th August 2014 on BBC Three at 21:00.

 

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The Crimson Field (2014)

osalie Berwick (Marianne Oldham), Kitty Trevelyan (Oona Chaplin), Flora Marshall (Alice ST Clair) dressed as midwives standing in front of old fashioned shelves

Rosalie Berwick (Marianne Oldham), Kitty Trevelyan (Oona Chaplin), Flora Marshall (Alice ST Clair) © BBC – Photographer: Todd Antony

Directed by: David Evans, Richard Clark, Thaddeus O’Sullivan

Written By: Sarah Phelps

Starring: Oona Chaplin, Kevin Doyle, Anthony Farrelly, Kerry Fox, Suranne Jones, Hermione Norris, Marianne Oldham

Production Company: BBC

Kent Locations Used: The Historic Dockyard Chatham

The Crimson Field is a 6 part WW1 drama created as part of the BBC’s First World War Centenary Season. It focuses on the story of three new voluntary aid detachment (VAD’s) recruits, Kitty Trevelyan (Oona Chaplin), Flora (Alice St. Clair) and Rosalie Berwick (Marianne Oldham), who have left their old lives behind to volunteer at a field hospital in war torn France. 

When the three new VAD’s arrive at the field hospital in Northern France and begin putting their training into practise, they realise that the reality of volunteering is harsher than they imagined. Feeling under prepared, all of the girls must learn to cope with the traumas that war brings.

Starring Oona Chaplin (Game of Thrones, Quantum of Solace), Kevin Doyle (Downton Abbey, Scott and Bailey), Anthony Farrelly (Midsomer Murders, New Tricks), Kerry Fox (Patrick’s Day, Trap for Cinderella), Suranne Jones (Scott and Bailey, Coronation Street), Hermione Norris (Outcasts, Spooks), and Marianne Oldham (Titus, WPC 56).

The Historic Dockyard Chatham was used as the port of Boulogne in Northern France, where the VAD’s disembark before heading to the hospital. HMS Gannet features as the ship and was recently the focus of a £3million restoration project, returning the ship to its former glory.

The Historic Dockyard Chatham is one of Kent’s most popular filming destinations previously hosting productions such as Call the Midwife (2012-2013), Les Miserables (2013) and Sherlock Holmes (2009).

The Crimson Field is next on BBC1 on Sunday 13th April 2014 at 9pm.

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Muppets Most Wanted (2014)

Kermit the frog standing in front of a wall of wanted posters featuring his face

Muppets Most Wanted © 2013 Disney Enterprises, Inc.

Director: James Bobin

Starring: Ricky Gervais, Ty Burrell, Tina Fey, Hugh Bonneville

Production company: Walt Disney Pictures, Mandeville Films

Kent Locations: Historic Dockyard in Chatham

Disney’s Muppets Most Wanted sees the whole Muppets gang on a grand world tour that takes an unexpected turn when they become involved with an international jewel thief who is a Kermit the Frog look-a-like.

Starring alongside the Muppets gang is Ricky Gervais (The Office, The Invention of Lying) Ty Burrell (The Incredible Hulk, Dawn of the Dead), Tina Fey (30 Rock, Mean Girls), and Hugh Bonneville (Notting Hill, The Monuments Men).

Picture of the puppets from the Muppets standing on a railway platform.

Muppets Most Wanted © 2013 Disney Enterprises, Inc.

The Historic Dockyard in Chatham  doubled as Berlin where Kermit decides to go for a lonely walk after having an argument with Miss Piggy. Upon entering a square he is duped by the evil Kermit look-a-like, leading to Kermit’s arrest. 

The Historic Dockyard in Chatham is set over 80 acres and contains over 100 Georgian and Victorian buildings. It is a popular filming location and has been  used for productions such as Call the Midwife (2012-2014) Sherlock Holmes  (2009) and Sherlock Holmes – Game of Shadows (2011).

Don’t miss Muppets Most Wanted which is released in cinemas on 28 March 2014.

 

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Ade at Sea (2014)

Ade standing on a fishing boat with the sea and other boats behind

Ade at Sea © ITV

Production Company: ITV Studios

Kent Locations used: Thames Estuary – Redsand Forts, Whitstable Harbour, The Historic Dockyard Chatham

ITV’s new 5 part series, Ade at Sea, sees actor and presenter Ade Edmondson set sail to explore the history of Maritime Britain and meet people whose lives are still influenced by the sea today.

In the second episode of the series, Ade travels along the Thames Estuary visiting Kent locations such as The Historic Dockyard Chatham, Whitstable Harbour and Redsand Forts, also known as The Maunsell Forts.

With its cobbled streets, Georgian and Victorian architecture and period features spread across 80 acres, The Historic Dockyard Chatham is a popular filming location having been seen on screen in productions such as Mr Selfridge (2013-2014), Les Miserables (2012) and The Mummy (1999).

Whitstable is a seaside town near Canterbury and is famous for its annual Oyster Festival as well as the delightful harbour, shingle beach, busy high street and strong arts and culture scene.  Whitstable has been previously seen on screen in productions such as Things I Haven’t Told You (2008).   

The Redsand Forts are metal and concrete structures which were built as bombing defences during the Second World War and are located 6 miles out into the Thames Estuary off the coast of Whitstable. They have previously been used on screen for projects such as a Prodigy music video and a Red Bull challenge!

Don’t miss the Thames Estuary episode of Ade at Sea which airs on Thursday 27th March 2014 at 20:30 on ITV1.

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Mr Selfridge Series 2 (2014)

Jeremy Piven as Harry Selfridge standing in front of a staircase in the corridor

Jeremy Piven as Harry Selfridge © ITV

Starring: Jeremy Piven, Katherine Kelly, Frances O’Connor, Aisling Loftus, Ron Cook, Amy Morgan, Aidan McArdle

Production Company: ITV Studios, Masterpiece

Kent locations used: The Historic Dockyard in Chatham

ITV’s drama Mr Selfridge charting the fortunes of the famous store returns for a second series and is set in 1914 with Selfridges celebrating its 5th anniversary of trading amid the threat of World War 1. 

Based on the novel ‘Shopping, Seduction and Mr Selfridge’ by Lindy Woodhead,  the second series sees Sefridges preparing for challenging times with the onset of war  as well as the struggles between Harry Selfridge and his estranged wife, Rose.

Jeremy Piven (Entourage, RocknRolla, Old School) stars as Mr Selfridge, with a supporting cast including Katherine Kelly (Coronation Street), Frances O’Connor (A.I. Artificial Intelligence), Aisling Loftus (The Borrowers),  Ron Cook (The Diary of Anne Frank, Mrs Biggs), Amy Morgan (Baker Boys) and Aidan McArdle (Ella Enchanted, Jane Eyre). 

The production team returned to The Historic Dockyard in Chatham to film the exteriors of the Oxford Street store.  

The Historic Dockyard in Chatham is one of Britain’s leading maritime heritage destinations and is a popular filming location due to its varied Victorian and Georgian period architecture. It has been  used for productions such as Call the Midwife (2012-2014) Sherlock Holmes  (2009) and Sherlock Holmes – Game of Shadows (2011).

Don’t miss the second series of Mr Selfridge which starts on Sunday 19th January 2014 at 21:00 on ITV1.

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Dom Hemingway (2013)

Dom Hemingway (Jude Law) smoking in front of a brick building

Dom Hemingway (Jude Law) © Nick Wall and Lionsgate UK

 

Director and writer: Richard Shepard

Starring: Jude Law, Richard E. Grant, Demian Bichir, Emilia Clarke, Jumayn Hunter, Mădălina Diana Ghenea, Kerry Condon

Production company: BBC Films, Isle of Man Film, Pinewood Pictures, Recorded Picture Company

Kent locations used:  The Historic Dockyard Chatham

Released from prison after a 12-year stretch, larger-than-life safecracker Dom Hemingway  is determined to get what he’s owed for keeping quiet about the last job. But after visiting his boss, Dom decides his promised reward isn’t enough to replace what he’s lost. Characteristically for the notorious criminal with a drug and drink-fuelled ego, Dom manages to mess everything up before deciding on his real priorities.

Directed by Richard Shepard (The Matador) and starring Jude Law (Sherlock Holmes, Side Effects) as Dom Hemingway, alongside Richard E. Grant (Withnail and I, The Iron Lady) Kerry Condon (The Runway) and Emilia Clarke (Game of Thrones).

At the end of 2012, the Dom Hemingway production team came to The Historic Dockyard Chatham which doubled as the prison exterior for the scenes where Dom Hemingway (Jude Law) is released.

The Historic Dockyard Chatham is set over eighty acres and has a variety of buildings dating from the Tudor, Georgian and Victorian periods. Its rich history and authentic look and feel have led several film and television crews to film here including Mr. Selfridge (2013), Les Miserables (2012) and The Golden Compass (2007).

Dom Hemingway was in cinemas on Friday 15th November 2013 and is now available to buy on DVD.

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Downton Abbey (2013)

Joanne Froggatt as Anna Bates, Baby George and Di Botcher as Nanny West in a living room in front of a fire

Joanne Froggatt as Anna Bates, Baby George and Di Botcher as Nanny West © ITV

Starring: Maggie Smith, Hugh Bonneville, Michelle Dockery, Brendan Coyle, Elizabeth Mcgovern

Production Company:

Production company: ITV Studios, Carnival Films, Masterpiece, NBC Universal, WGBH Boston

Kent Locations:  The Historic Dockyard Chatham

Downton Abbey is the smash-hit ITV drama series about those who live in the grand Downton Abbey. The noble Crawley family and their servants both struggle through family difficulties and deal with the social and political influences on their lives.

Jim Carter as Carson - waiting on the family sat at the table

Jim Carter as Carson © ITV

Following on from the dramatic Christmas 2012 episode, the fourth series sees the family struggling to deal with tragedy, but when Lady Mary’s gives birth to a new generation bringing joy and hope, the family take a step into the Roaring Twenties. 

The ever popular series is created by Julian Fellowes (Vanity Fair, ITV’s Titanic) and boasts a spectacular cast of award winning actors, including Maggie Smith (Room with a View, Gosford Park), Hugh Bonneville (Tomorrow Never Dies, Notting Hill), Michelle Dockery (Anna Karenina, Hanna), Brendan Coyle (The Raven, The Jacket), and Elizabeth McGovern (Once Upon a Time In America, The Handmaid’s Tale).

The Downton Abbey team visited The Historic Dockyard Chatham in February 2013 where they used the Tarred Yarn Store to double as the workhouse where Mr Grigg (Nicky Henson) works in episode 1 and in episode 2, streets at The Historic Dockyard Chatham were used for the scenes where Lady Rose MacClare (Lily James) is at the market with James Kent (Ed Speleers) watching her.

The Historic Dockyard Chatham is a popular film location due to its varied and interesting areas such as the cobbled streets, church and over 100 buildings dating from the Georgian and Victorian periods. Previous productions that have shot here include Les Miserables (2013), Call the Midwife (2012), and The Golden Compass (2007).

Series 4 of Downton Abbey was shown from September 2013 and is now available to buy on DVD.

 

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Murder on the Home Front (2013)

 

Murder on the Home Front characters standing on a London Street facing the camera

Murder on the Home Front © ITV

Starring: Patrick Kennedy, Tamzin Merchant, James Fleet, Emerald Fennell

Production company: Carnival Films

Kent Locations:  The Historic Dockyard

Murder on the Home Front is a new two part ITV drama set  in London during the Blitz and is loosely based on the memoirs of Molly Lefebure, a secretary to Home Office Pathologist Keith Simpson. It documents the different crimes committed in London at the time by individuals who used the distractions and devastation of the war to conceal their actionsr.

Murder on the Home Front features many familiar faces, including Patrick Kennedy (Boardwalk Empire, Parade’s End) and Tamzin Merchant (Jane Eyre, The Tudors) as well as James Fleet (Four Weddings and a Funeral, The Vicar of Dibley) and Emerald Fennell (Any Human Heart, Anna Karenina).

The Historic Dockyard in Chatham was used to re-create the London streets of World War II. Thanks to its authentic and historic exterior, the The Historic Dockyard in Chatham has often used as a location for productions such as Call the Midwife (2012-2013), Les Misérables (2012) and Sherlock Holmes (2009).

Don’t miss the first episode of Murder on the Home Front which airs on Thursday 9th May 2013 on ITV1 at 21:00.

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Les Misérables (2013)

 

Les on horses going through the streets through a tunnel

Les Misérables © Universal Pictures

Director: Tom Hooper

Screenplay: William Nicholson

Composer: Claude-Michel Schönberg

Starring: Anne Hathaway, Russell Crowe, Hugh Jackman, Helena Bonham Carter, Sacha Baron Cohen, Amanda Seyfried

Production company: Relativity Media, StudioCanal, Working Title Films, Cameron Mackintosh Ltd.

Kent locations used:  The Historic Dockyard Chatham

Les Misérables is based on Victor Hugo’s classic novel and Cameron Mackintosh’s popular musical. It is directed by Oscar award winning director, Tom Hooper (The King’s Speech, The Damned United) and features an ensemble cast of A-List actors, faces including: Anne Hathaway (Dark Knight Rises, One Day), Oscar-winner Russell Crowe (Gladiator, Beautiful Mind), Hugh Jackman (X-Men Series, The Prestige), Helena Bonham Carter (The King’s Speech, Alice in Wonderland) Sacha Baron Cohen (Borat, Hugo) and Amanda Seyfried (Mamma Mia, In Time).  The actors sung live during filming, instead of using pre-recorded tracks, making it more like a musical than any other film.

Anne Hathaway as Fantine working in a factory

Anne Hathaway as Fantine © Universal Pictures

Set in 19th century France, it tells the story of Jean Valjean (Hugh Jackman) an ex-prisoner who has broken his parole. Hunted by ruthless policeman Javert (Russell Crowe), he is forced to make decisions that will transform his life forever. It is a dramatic tale of broken dreams, unrequited love, passion, sacrifice and redemption.

Les Misérables is the world’s longest-running musical and has been performed on Broadway and the West End, visiting 42 countries in total. It received 70 major theatre awards including an Olivier, a Tony and a Grammy and features classic songs by ClaudeMichel Schönberg like “I Dreamed a Dream,” “Bring Him Home,” “One Day More” and “On My Own”. For the first time in movie history, the actors sang live during the filming, instead of using pre-recorded tracks.

The Historic Dockyard in Chatham was used to double as a factory, a court room and various streets. It is a popular and unique filming location, having previously welcomed Sherlock Holmes (2011), The Golden Compass (2007) and the BBC adaptation of Oliver Twist (2007).

Les Misérables was released in cinemas on 11th January 2013 and is now available to buy on DVD.

 

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