Take Me Out – Series 7 (2015)

Paddy McGuinness standing in a light shaped like a heart

Presenter Paddy McGuinness © Thames/FremantleMedia UK

 

Production Company: Thames

Kent Locations UsedThe Maidstone Studios

The master of matchmaking, Paddy McGuinness returns for the seventh series of ITV’s hit dating show Take Me Out. 30 single ladies wait for their dream date to arrive by the Love Lift, each hoping that the next eligible bachelor to arrive on the Isle of Fernando will sweep them off their feet.

The group of flirty ladies run the four brave bachelors through their paces during a series of different rounds. However, as the show’s trademark catchphrase goes: ‘No likey, no lighty.’ If a woman loses interest in the hopeful men, they turn off their lights which could, unfortunately for the men, result in a humiliating departure to Celine Dion’s All By Myself. The women are in charge, the men left hanging on their every decision.

Recorded at The Maidstone Studios and now in its seventh series, the show has two marriages, three engagement and two babies to its name – matchmaking at its finest. Who knows what big life changes could be round the corner for the new contestants hoping to find love.

The Maidstone Studios is the UK’s largest independent HD TV studio facility and is based in Maidstone, Kent. The facility boasts 5 studios, a sound stage, post production facilities, storage and over 400 free parking spaces and has previously played host to productions such as Later…With Jools Holland (2014)  and Sport Relief’s Top Dog (2014).

Don’t miss the new series of Take Me Out which starts on Saturday, January 3rd  2015 at 20:30 on ITV1.

 

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The Only Way is Essexmas (2014)

The Only Way Is Essex on ITVBe. Pictured: Gemma Collins, Chloe Sims, Bobby Cole Norris and Georgia Kousoulou standing in a row with their arms around each other laughing

The Only Way Is Essex stars Gemma Collins, Chloe Sims, Bobby Cole Norris and Georgia Kousoulou © ITV Plc

Production company: Lime Pictures

Kent Locations: Lympne Castle

Reality show The Only Way is Essex follows the lives of a group of infamous Essex residents and returns to ITVBe with an hour long Christmas Special.

The show known as TOWIE is narrated by Denise van Outen and is now in its thirteenth series after becoming an instant hit when it first hit our screens in 2010.

The TOWIE cast including Gemma Collins, Chloe Sims, Lauren Pope, “Diags”, Tommy Mallet and Georgia Kousoulou held their luxury Christmas party at Kent’s Lympne Castle. Expect drama, surprise kisses under the mistletoe and arguments over the turkey!

Lympne Castle is an unspoiled 13th century castle in the Shepway district of Kent and boasts gardens and stunning views of the Romney Marsh. Lympne Castle has been used for a variety of photography shoots whilst the surrounding area has been featured on screen in The Honourable Woman (2014), Ginger and Rosa (2012) and Great Expectations (2011).

Don’t miss The Only Way is Essexmas which will be shown on Wednesday 10th December at 22:00 on ITVBe.

 

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The Apprentice (2014)

The Apprentice contestants with Karren Brady, Lord Alan Sugar and Nick Hewe in front of them. Skyline of London in background

The Apprentice contestants with Karren Brady, Lord Alan Sugar and Nick Hewer © BBC/Boundless/Jim Marks Photography

Production Company: Talkback

Kent Locations: Hever Castle, Canterbury

The Apprentice is the popular BBC series where aspiring businessmen and women battle it out for a chance to receive a £250,000 investment from renowned entrepreneur Lord Alan Sugar.

Now in its tenth series, the 20 candidates try to impress in a variety of challenges under the watchful eyes of Lord Sugar’s advisors, Karren Brady and Nick Hewer, to avoid the weekly boardroom firing.

In the fifth episode of the new series, the two teams are tasked with creating coach tours and have just 2 days to persuade people to part with their hard earned cash and take day trips to top tourist attractions outside London. One team decides to offer tours to Oxfordshire, whilst the other decides on Canterbury including a visit to Hever Castle. Which team will be victorious?

Canterbury is a historic City boasting the magnificent Canterbury Cathedral and St Augustine’s Abbey and St Martin’s Church which form a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The area also boasts the modern city, parks and open spaces as well as neighbouring quaint, traditional villages.  Previous productions that have filmed in Canterbury include Last Orders (2008).

Hever Castle is a thirteenth century castle which was once the childhood home of Anne Boleyn and boasts formal Italian Gardens and an ornamental lake. The location has featured in various productions including Inkheart (2008), The Other Boleyn Girl (2008) and Anne of a Thousand Days (1969).

Don’t miss The Apprentice episode featuring Canterbury which will be shown on Wednesday 5th November at 21:00 on BBC1.

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Later… with Jools Holland (2014)

Jools Holland perched on a stool next to the stage

Later… with Jools Holland © ASC

Production Company: BBC

Kent Locations Used: The Maidstone Studios

Popular music show Later… with Jools Holland returns for a 45th series with performances from legendary musicians as well as brand new acts from around the world.

The BBC Two late night show is broadcast live on Tuesday nights with a longer show being shown on Friday nights and the first episode of the new series welcomes Alt-J, Ryan Adams, Jungle, Banks, The O’Jays and Vance Joy.

The programme first aired in 1992 and is a major hit in both the UK as well as America and various European countries.

The Maidstone Studios is an independent TV studio complex on an 11 acre site with 5 television studios, dubbing facilities, edits suits, a fully saturated lighting grid and office space. The Maidstone Studios has previously welcome shows such as Draw It! (2014) and Got to Dance (2010).

The new series of Later… with Jools Holland will return on BBC Two at 22:00 on Tuesday 16th September 2014.

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Boomers (2014)

The Boomers cast sitting on a bench - Joan (JUNE WHITFIELD), John (RUSS ABBOT), Maureen (STEPHANIE BEACHAM), Carol (PAULA WILCOX), Trevor (JAMES SMITH), Joyce (ALISON STEADMAN), Alan (PHILIP JACKSON) C BBCHattrickJack Barnes

L-R Joan (JUNE WHITFIELD), John (RUSS ABBOT), Maureen (STEPHANIE BEACHAM), Carol (PAULA WILCOX), Trevor (JAMES SMITH), Joyce (ALISON STEADMAN), Alan (PHILIP JACKSON) © BBC/Hattrick/Jack Barnes

Starring: Russ Abbot, Stephanie Beacham, Philip Jackson, James Smith, Alison Steadman, June Whitfield, Paula Wilcox

Production Company: Hat Trick Productions

Kent Locations: Herne Bay

Boomers is a new BBC One comedy series following the ups and downs of a group of newly retired couples living in a seaside town in England.

The six part sitcom stars many familiar faces including Russ Abbot (Last of the Summer Wine, September Song), Stephanie Beacham (Trollied, Love and Other Disasters), Philip Jackson (Poirot, My Week with Marilyn), James Smith (The Thick of It, The Iron Lady), Alison Steadman (The Syndicate, Gavin & Stacey), June Whitfield (Terry and June, Absolutely Fabulous)and Paula Wilcox (Mount Pleasant, Emmerdale). 

Boomers cast sitting on a bench - John (RUSS ABBOT), Maureen (STEPHANIE BEACHAM), Alan (PHILIP JACKSON), Joyce (ALISON STEADMAN), Trevor (JAMES SMITH), Carol (PAULA WILCOX), Joan (JUNE WHITFIELD)

L-R John (RUSS ABBOT), Maureen (STEPHANIE BEACHAM), Alan (PHILIP JACKSON), Joyce (ALISON STEADMAN), Trevor (JAMES SMITH), Carol (PAULA WILCOX), Joan (JUNE WHITFIELD) © BBC/Hattrick

After filming the pilot episode in Herne Bay in 2013, the Boomers production team once again visited Herne Bay in May 2014 to film exteriors which doubled as a fictitious Norfolk seaside town. Filming location­­s included the bandstand where they filmed an open day celebration with Morris dancers as well as Central Parade and Studd Hill.

The production also made use of the Kent Film Office’s Filming on Highways Act 2010 where they used traffic management at Central Parade to film a driving and parking sequence.

Herne Bay is located on the Kent coast and boasts a delightful beach with a bandstand and seafront gardens as well as many shops and eateries, amusement arcades, and a windmill. Previous productions which have filmed in Herne Bay include Big Bad World (2013) and Things I Haven’t Told You (2008).

Don’t miss Boomers which starts on BBC One at 21:00 on Friday 15th August 2014.

Links:

For more information about filming in Kent please contact: filmoffice@kent.gov.uk

For more information about the programme please visit: http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b04dyckv

For more information on Herne Bay: http://www.canterbury.co.uk/canterbury-district/Herne-Bay.aspx

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The Great British Bake Off (2014)

Paul Hollywood and Mary Berry in the Great British Bake Off tent perched on a table

Paul Hollywood, Mary Berry © BBC, Love Productions, Mark Bourdillon

Production Company: Love Productions

Kent Locations Used: Viking Bay, Broadstairs

The fifth series of the hit cookery show The Great British Bake Off returns with experts Paul Hollywood and Mary Berry judging 12 contestants who battle it out in the kitchen to be crowned the Great British Bake Off Best Amateur Baker. 

Presented by comic duo Sue Perkins and Mel Giedroyc, the new series marks a move from BBC Two to a prime-time BBC One slot and features both the oldest and youngest competitors ever featured on the show.

Chetna baking behind a kitchen counter in the Bake Off tent

Chetna © BBC, Love Productions, Mark Bourdillon

Mum of two and Broadstairs resident Chetna Makan is also competing to win the accolade. Chetna is a fashion designer from Mumbai who moved to the UK 10 years ago. She runs a curry club for her friends and enjoys combining her mum’s traditional recipes with British baking as well as using her creative flair in the kitchen.

The Great British Bake Off filmed in Kent with Chetna and her family in their local area where they visited Viking Bay beach in Broadstairs.

Broadstairs is a coastal town in East Kent and sandy beach, Viking Bay beach is lined with traditional beach huts, a band stand and large Victorian terraces as well as a busy high street and many food and drink establishments. The area has previously been used for filming by productions such as True Love (2012), and The Fixer (2008). 

See how Chetna gets on and tune into the new series of The Great British Bake Off which starts on Wednesday 6th August 2014 on BBC One at 20:00.

 

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Couples Come Dine With Me (2014)

 

close up of a dinning table with striped chairs and wine glasses

Couples Come Dine With Me © Channel 4

 

Production company: ITV Studios, Shiver Productions

Kent Locations: Bearsted, Kings Hill, Maidstone

Channel 4’s popular show returns with a twist: in this series, couples work together to host the best dinner party for a cash prize!

Come Dine With Me started in 2005 and has proved very popular with audiences. In episode 10 of the new series, the show follows three West Kent couples, including married West End performers Millie and Andy, newlyweds Sam and Emma and dinner party fanatics Alex and Richard. Whose efforts will be judged victorious?

The production filmed the West Kent contestants in and around their homes in Kings Hill , Maidstone and Bearsted.

Maidstone lies on the River Medway and is the county town of Kent offering shopping areas and parks. It is close to many tourist attractions, such as Kent Life and Leeds Castle. Maidstone is also home to The Maidstone Studios which has hosted filming for TV productions such as Draw It .

Bearsted is a village near Maidstone and boasts shops, pubs and sports clubs in a countryside setting.

Kings Hill is a housing and business development built on an airfield site which was used in Channel 4’s Cape Wrath (2008).

Don’t miss the Kent episode which will air on Friday 18th July 2014 at 17:00 on Channel 4.

 

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Draw It! (2014)

Mel Giedroyc wearing a yellow jacket standing in front of a podium in front of pictures

Mel Giedroyc presenting Draw It © Channel 4

 

Production company: Victory Television

Kent Locations: The Maidstone Studios

Draw It! is a new Channel Four game show hosted by Mel Giedroyc based on the hugely popular smart phone app Draw Something, and is filmed at Kent’s very own The Maidstone Studios.

Each show sees two teams, made up of one contestant and one celebrity, go head to head in three rounds of drawing challenges, and the contestant with the least points is eliminated at the end of the show. With a £5000 prize up for grabs, it’s all to play for in the battle of the doodlers!

Celebrities which feature in the show include radio and television broadcaster Terry Wogan, actress and presenter Nadia Sawalha, dance expert Louie Spence, comedian and actress Jenny Eclair and Strictly Come Dancing Star Anton Du Beke.

The Maidstone Studios is set over an 11 acre site and boasts 5 studios, a sound stage, post production facilities, storage and over 400 free parking spaces. Hit shows such as The Split (2020)have been filmed here.

Don’t miss Draw It! which starts on Channel 4 on Monday 5 May 2014 at 16:30.

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Later… with Jools Holland (2014)

Jools Holland perched on a stool next to the stage

Later… with Jools Holland © ASC

 

Production Company: BBC

Kent Locations Used: The Maidstone Studios

Hit BBC Two music show Later… with Jools Holland enters its 44th series with music from artists such as Coldplay, Elbow, The Black Keys, and many more.  

The late night show features  live performances from legendary musicians as well as brand new acts from around the world. The show first aired in 1992, and while being a British production, is also a major hit in America and various  European countries.  

The first episode of the new series welcomes Elbow, Neneh Cherry, Eagulls, Engelbert Humperdinck, Clean Bandit and Agnes Obel to the stage. 

The Maidstone Studios is an independent TV studio complex on an 11 acre site with 5 television studios, dubbing facilities, edits suits, a fully saturated lighting grid and office space. The Maidstone Studios has previously welcome shows such as Take Me Out (2010-2014) and Got to Dance (2009).

The new series of Later… with Jools Holland will return on BBC2 at 22:00 on Tuesday 15th April.

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Sport Relief’s Top Dog (2014)

 

Gaby Roseline crouched down next to three dogs. Sport relief's top dog written in red writing

Gaby Roseline © BBC Sport Relief/Jon Cottam

Production Company: BBC

Kent Locations usedThe Maidstone Studios

Gabby Roseline presents Sport Relief’s Top Dog, a fun new game show testing the talents of various dogs of all shapes and sizes in aid of Sport Relief. In every episode there are two teams, each consisting of a celebrity and their dog, a professional dog and their handler and a pet dog with their owner.

Peaches Geldof- Cohen and her dog Parper doing a dog obstacle course.

Peaches Geldof- Cohen and her dog Parper © BBC Sport Relief/Jon Cottam

The 15-part series consists of 12 knockout rounds where each week a new team faces various fun challenges and games is filmed at The Maidstone Studios. The only way to stay in the competition is to defeat their component using only sausages to help them! Each hopeful is competing for the title of Top Dog which will be announced during Sport Relief on the 21st March.

Celebrity team captains include Sally Gunnell with Diggy the Labrador, Peaches Geldof-Cohen  with her retriever Parper, Hollyoaks actress Gemma Merna and her dog Paige, presenter Matthew Wright with his schnauzer, Wiggy and Chef Ainsley Harriot with his golden Labrador, Bobby.

The Maidstone Studios is the UK’s largest independent HD TV studio facility consisting of 5 studios, a sound stage, post production facilities, storage and over 400 free parking spaces. The studios has previously welcomed productions such as Take Me Out (2014) and Got To Dance (2010).

Don’t miss the show which begins on the 3 March 2014 on BBC2 at 18:30 and will be shown at the same time, every week day, until the final on the 21 March 2014.

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