Dracula (2020)

A person in a dark room

Dracula (CLAES BANG) © BBC/Hartswood Photographer: Robert Viglasky


Writer
: Mark Gatis, Steven Moffat, Bram Stoker

Director: Paul McGuigan, Damon Thomas, Jonny Campbell

Starring: Claes Bang, Jonathan Aris, Mark Gatiss, Dolly Wells…

Production Company: Hartswood Films, BBC, Netflix

Kent Locations Used: Joss Bay, Broadstairs

From the makers of Sherlock, Dracula is a brand new drama based on Bram Stoker’s novel, Set in Transylvania in 1897, this time the blood-sucking count will be plotting against Victorian London.

The cast of the 3 feature length episodes is led by Claes Bang starring as Dracula (The Square, The Girl in the Spiders Web), and is supported by Jonathan Aris (Sherlock, The end of the f*cking world), Mark Gatiss (The Favourite, Sherlock) and Dolly Wells (Bridget Jones’s Diary, Pride and Prejudice and Zombies).

Production filmed a sunrise sequence at Joss Bay, Broadstairs.

Joss Bay is a popular sandy beach sheltered by steep chalk cliffs and backing onto the North Foreland Golf Course. Several film productions have visited the location including Coast and Country (2016), Amish: Worlds Squarest Teenagers (2010).

The beach is reputedly named after an eighteenth-century smuggler Joss Snelling. Joss Bay is Kent’s best-known surfing beach and is home to the longest established surf school on this coast. The site offers an ideal set for many film productions.

The Dracula mini-series will air on BBC One on three consecutive days starting at 9pm on 1st January 2020. The series will subsequently be available to stream on Netflix.

Links:

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

For more information about the programme please visit: https://www.imdb.com/title/tt9139220/?ref_=nm_flmg_act_2

For more information on Joss Bay please visit: https://www.visitthanet.co.uk/outdoor-digital-interpretations/joss-bay/

For more information about Kent’s Filming History please visit our Movie Map: https://kentfilmoffice.co.uk/kent-movie-map/moviemap-live-2/

 

 


Britain’s Christmas Story (2019)

A man in a suit and a vicar stand in front of the altar in the cathedral

Caption: Gareth Malone and the Archbishop of Canterbury ©BBC

 

Starring: Gareth Malone, Karen Gibson

Production Company: BBC

Kent Locations Used: Canterbury Cathedral, Canterbury High Street and Dane John Gardens

This two-part series ‘Britain’s Christmas Story’ presented by Gareth Malone and Karen Gibson uncovers some of the origins of our British Christmas traditions and reveals that in the past, our festive season and Christmas Carols were as much about dancing as singing.

Production filmed in Canterbury for part of the series at Canterbury Cathedral, Canterbury High Street and Dane John Gardens.

A camera crew film two men inside a cathedral

Filming of Gareth Malone and the Archbishop of Canterbury for Britain’s Christmas Traditions ©BBC

Canterbury Cathedral is a world heritage site and is the oldest and most renowned cathedral in England. Dane John Gardens is an historic park, which dates to 1551. The gardens afford an excellent view of the city and have the city wall along their border.

Canterbury is a popular filming location and has previously been used as a location for filming for Britain’s Great Cathedrals with Tony Robinson (2018) and Coast v Country (2017).

The two-part series airs on BBC One on Sunday 15th December 2019 at 10:40am and on Sunday 22nd December at 09.05am.

 

Links

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

For more information about this programme visit: https://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/m000cfnr

For more information about Canterbury Cathedral visit: http://www.canterbury-cathedral.org/

For more information about Canterbury visit: https://www.canterbury.co.uk/

For more information about Dane John Gardens visit: https://explorekent.org/activities/dane-john-gardens/

For more information about Kent’s Filming History please visit our Movie Map: https://kentfilmoffice.co.uk/kent-movie-map/moviemap-live-2/


Escape to the Perfect Town – Series 1 (2019)

 

Images of a row of colourful houses on a street.

Series poster for Escape to the Perfect Town ©BBC

 

Starring: Jonnie Irwin
Production Company: Boundless Productions
Kent Locations Used: Sevenoaks Town Centre

Escape to the Perfect Town, commissioned by the BBC, is a brand-new daytime television programme which seeks to help prospective property buyers find their dream homes in Britain’s top market towns.

Presented by Jonnie Irwin, known for hosting similar property programmes Escape to the Country and A Place in the Sun, the show will follow the journey of individuals looking for a fresh start; whether it be to escape city life, set up their family home, relocate for work or perhaps, find more space and a better quality of life.

In this series, traditional market towns from all over the country will be explored, including Sevenoaks in western Kent, where filming took partly in the town centre.

The town centre of Sevenoaks is comprised of small, picturesque alleyways that are abundant with specialist and independent shops alongside popular high street and designer brands. It is also home to Nevill Ground, one of the oldest cricket grounds in the country. That said, the district in its entirety has the added advantage of being just a stone’s throw from London. An area nestled in the heart of the Kentish countryside; it is steeped in history with numerous attractions for visitors. Sevenoaks has been previously used as a filming location by production companies such as Four in a Bed (2018) and Antiques Road Show – Ightham Mote (2017).

Further filming for the series also took place in Tunbridge Wells, a popular filming location which has previously featured Celebrity Antiques Road Show (2018) and Sarah Beeney’s Selling Houses (2013).

The series aired on BBC One in October 2019.

 

Links:

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

For more information on the programme please visit: http://www.bbc.co.uk/showsandtours/takepart/escape_perfect_town

For more information on the Sevenoaks please visit: https://www.visitkent.co.uk/destinations/sevenoaks-district/

For more information on the Sevenoaks please visit: https://www.visittunbridgewells.com/

For more information about Kent’s Filming History please visit our Movie Map: https://kentfilmoffice.co.uk/kent-movie-map/moviemap-live-2/

 

 


DIY SOS: The Big Build 20th Anniversary Special (2019)

Image of four of the team featuring in the Big Build Anniversary Special, standing with mugs of tea in their hand and a big '20' balloon behind them.

DIY SOS: The Big Build 20th Anniversary Special ©BBC

Srarring: Nick Knowles
Production Company:
BBC Studios
Kent Locations: Sheerness on the Isle of Sheppey

DIY SOS: The Big Build is a popular BBC show where a team take on large scale renovation projects to help families in need of expansion. They tackle everything from extensions and conversions to full scale re-models.

Kent will feature in this special episode, as production re-visit the Ratcliffe family, whose home was demolished and then rebuilt, in Sheerness on the Isle of Sheppey back in 2017. See how they have developed their property by adding a farm school and opening their garden under the National Garden Scheme.

Image of four of the team featuring in the Big Build Anniversary Special, standing with mugs of tea in their hand and a big '20' balloon behind them.

The Ratcliffe Family with host Nick Knowles in 2017 ©BBC

 

Sheerness is the largest town on the Isle of Sheppey. Sheppey which regularly wins the blue flag for its clean beaches and has many pubs, restaurants, shops and other leisure attractions. Productions that have previously visited this location include Four in a Bed (2018) and Top Gear – The Sweeney (2012).

The 20th anniversary special of DIY SOS: The Big Build will air on Thursday 5th September 2019 on BBC One at 8pm.

Links:

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

For more information about the show: https://www.imdb.com/title/tt0216467/

For more information about Isle of Sheppey: https://www.visitkent.co.uk/destinations/isle-of-sheppey-and-sittingbourne/


Horrible Histories (Season 8)

Two actors wearing hats

Richard David-Caine Emily Lloyd Saini in Episode 3 – Chaotic Collabs ©BBC

 

Writers: Howard Read, Daniel Peak, Lucy Clarke

Starring: Jalaal Hartley, Jessica Ransom, Tom Stourton, Richard David-Caine, Harrie Hayes, Emily Lloyd Saini

Production Company: Lion Television

Kent Locations Used: The Historic Dockyard Chatham, Allington Castle

The CBBC’s historical children’s TV programme, Horrible Histories, adapted from the books written by Terry Deary, has recently returned to television screens for an eighth season. The show brings major historical and social events from both the UK and overseas to life using comedy to inform and excite younger audiences.

Episodes feature British historical figures including Horatio Nelson (Richard David-Caine) and Lord Byron (James McNicholas), Samuel Pepys (Tom Stourton) and Oliver Cromwell (James McNicholas) to name but a few. In Episode 1 ‘Queen Vic’s Home Vids’ Victorian Filmmaker Williams Dixon (Jalaal Hartley) is shown filming whilst strapped to the front of a steam train. This comic re-enactment scene, filmed on green screen at The Historic Dockyard Chatham, is intercut with archive BFI footage of the real filming.

Viewers can expect to see actors Jalaal Hartley (The Borgias), Jessica Ransom (Doc Martin), Tom Stouton (About Time) and Richard David-Caine (Class Dismissed) all reprise their varying roles throughout the course of the season.

The Historic Dockyard Chatham in Kent was used as a filming location for the programme and features in Episode 1 – Queen Vic’s Home Vids, Episode 3 – Chaotic Collabs, Episode 8 – Putrid Politics and Special: Heroic Home Front. Scenes were filmed around the Ropery, Tarred Yarn Store, Anchor Wharf, Officers Terrace, The Old Pay Office, Commissioners House and submarine HMS Ocelot.

The Historic Dockyard Chatham, established in the mid-16th century and located on the River Medway in Kent, is a highly desirable filming location for film and television crews alike. The site boasts a huge 80 acres of land, more than 100 Victorian, Georgian buildings and maritime spaces, all of which spanning a history of over 200 years.

The location has previously featured in other historical television programmes such as the Hetty Feather series (2015-2019), Call the Midwife (2012-2015), Suffragette (2015) and Mr Selfridge (2012-2016).

Allington Castle and gardens feature in Season 8 playing the role of Samuel Pepys’ home, The Tower of London, The Palace of Versaille and a Tudor Castle. The location can be seen in Episode 2 – Fashion Faux Pas, Episode 3 – Chaotic Collabs, Episode 4 – Mind Your Manners, Episode 5 – Fearsome Families, Episode 6 – Bizarre Beasts and Episode 8 – Putrid Politics.

Allington Castle is privately owned and situated on the banks of the River Medway and was previously on screen in The Royals (2016),  Covington Cross (1992) and The Zany Adventures of Robin Hood (1984).

The eighth season of Horrible Histories aired on CBBC from 3rd June 2019. Selected episodes are available for viewing online using BBC iPlayer.

Links:

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

For more information about the programme please visit: https://www.imdb.com/title/tt1400819/tvschedule?ref_=ttep_ql_2

For more information on the Historic Chatham Dockyard, please visit: https://thedockyard.co.uk/filminglocations/

For more information on Allington Castle visit: https://allington-castle.com/

For more information about Kent’s Filming History please visit our Movie Map: https://kentfilmoffice.co.uk/kent-movie-map/moviemap-live-2/


Strike – The Cuckoo’s Calling/The Silkworm (2017)

Cormoran Strike (TOM BURKE) walking down street with hands in pockets

Strike – Cormoran Strike (TOM BURKE) – (C) Bronte Films – Photographer: Steffan Hill

Writer: Ben Richards (The Cuckoo’s Calling)

Director: Michael Keillor, Kieron Hawkes, Charles Sturridge

Starring: Tom Burke, Holliday Grainger, Kerr Logan

Cormoran Strike (TOM BURKE), Robin Ellacott (HOLLIDAY GRAINGER) standing on bridge looking at camera

Strike – The Cuckoo’s Calling – Cormoran Strike (TOM BURKE), Robin Ellacott (HOLLIDAY GRAINGER) – (C) Bronte Film & TV Ltd – Photographer: Steffan Hill

Production Company: BBC, Bronte Film and TV in association with HBO

Kent Locations Used: Penshurst Place, Sevenoaks

Strike – The Cuckoo’s Calling is a brand new seven part BBC drama based on the best-selling detective series written by J.K. Rowling under the pseudonym Robert Galbraith. There are the first of three adaptations of the respective novels The Cuckoo’s Calling, The Silkworm and Career of Evil.

Cormoran Strike (Tom Burke), a war veteran turned private detective works and lives in his tiny office in London’s Denmark Street. In The Cuckoo’s calling, business is not great for Cormoran when Robin Ellacott (Holliday Grainger) is mistakenly sent to assist him with his paperwork just as super model Lula Landry (Elarica Johnson ) supposedly takes her own life by jumping from a Mayfair balcony.

Following his investigation of the Lula Landry case, The Silkworm takes up the story when Strike is tasked by Leonora Quine (Monica Dolan) to locate her husband, the notorious writer Owen Quine, who has disappeared without a trace.

The Cuckoo’s calling was adapted by Ben Richards (Outcasts, Spooks) and Tom Edge (Lovesick, The Crown) and directed by Michael Keillor. The cast is led by Tom Burke (Only God Forgives, Third Star) and Holliday Grainger (Cinderella, The Finest Hours) with support from Kerr Logan (Game of Thrones, London Irish) as Matthew Cunliffe.

The production filmed at Penshurst Place as well as in a private residence in Sevenoaks.

Lady Bristow (SIAN PHILLIPS) lying on sofa talking to John Bristow (LEO BILL),

Strike – The Cuckoo’s Calling – John Bristow (LEO BILL), Lady Bristow (SIAN PHILLIPS) – (C) Bronte Film & TV Ltd

Penshurst Place is a 14th Century Manor House with preserved interiors, including the unique medieval Baron’s Hall as well as 11 acres of Elizabethan walled gardens. The Hollow Crown: The Wars of the Roses (2016), Wolf Hall (2015) and Merlin have previously filmed at Penshurst Place.

Sevenoaks is a historic town in West Kent just outside the gates to Knole Park. It is the home of Sevenoaks School which supported the production and has one of the oldest lying foundations in England, laid down by William Sevenokes in 1432. The town has previously featured in Future Tense: The Story of H.G. Wells (2016).

 

Strike – The Cuckoo’s Calling will screen on BBC One on Sunday August 27th & Monday 28th August at 9pm, concluding the following Sunday 3rd September.

The Silkworm will follow with two episodes on 10th and 17th September.

Career of Evil, the final, two-part instalment is due to be release in the New Year.

Links:

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

For more information on Strike visit: http://www.imdb.com/title/tt4276618/

For more information on Sevenoaks: https://www.visitkent.co.uk/see-and-do/destinations/sevenoaks-district/ 

For more information about Kent’s Filming History please visit our Movie Map: https://kentfilmoffice.co.uk/kent-movie-map/moviemap-live-2/


The Last Word Monologues (2008)

Three people standing posing for the camera against a black background

The Last Word Monologues ©BBC

 

Writer: Hugo Blick

Director: Hugo Blick

Starring: Bob Hoskins, Rhys Ifans and Sheila Hancock

Production Company: BBC Worldwide Ltd

Kent Locations Used: Puxtye Farm, Sandhurst

The Last Word Monologues is a comedy drama series depicting the lives of three different people which only have one thing in common: they are about to kill or be killed.

The dying woman who wants euthanasia is portrayed by Sheila Hancock (The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas, Carry on Cleo, Bedtime). A man named Hugh who desperately wants to be free from his over bearing mother will be played by Rhys Ifans (The Amazing Spider-Man, Notting Hill, Snowden). An assassin who is waiting for a target in a lavatory is played by Bob Hoskins (Snow White and the Huntsman, The Long Good Friday, Who Framed Roger Rabbit). This series is written, produced and directed by Hugo Blick (The Honourable Woman, The Shadow Line, Sensitive Skin).

The Last Word Monologues features the Kentish location of Puxtye Farm in Tunbridge Wells.

Puxtye Farm has an Oast house and barn, both of which are listed as historical properties with Historic England. The Oast house offers a simplistic setting inducing a feeling of isolation within the quietness of the house and area. The barn has a rustic feel with it being filled with farm equipment; which is perfect for a character of a farmer to be placed.

The Last Word Monologues TV series was broadcast from Monday 25th August 2008 on BBC One.The episode ‘Six Days One June’ featuring the Kent locations aired on Tuesday 26th August 2008.

Links:

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

For more information on the programme please visit: https://www.imdb.com/title/tt1289027/

For more information on Puxtye Farm please visit: https://historicengland.org.uk/listing/the-list/list-entry/1085180 and https://historicengland.org.uk/listing/the-list/list-entry/1085178

For more information about Kent’s Filming History please visit our Movie Map:

https://kentfilmoffice.co.uk/kent-movie-map/moviemap-live-2/