Penelope Keith’s Hidden Villages (2015)

Penelope Keith standing in a picturesque British village

Penelope Keiths Hidden Village © Reef Television Limited Channel 4

Production Company: Reef TV

Kent locations used: Upnor, Birchington, Biddenden and Tenterden.

Returning to More4 for a second series, Penelope Keith’s Hidden Villages explores quintessentially British villages to discover their hidden features and study rural traditions.

Actress Penelope Keith, best known from her roles in The Good Life (1975) and To The Manor Born (1979) uses travel guides which were published 80 years ago, to look at the locations from a different perspective and consider the effects urbanisation and tourism could have on their future.

In episode four, Penelope explores villages in Sussex and Kent and the production visited Upnor, Birchington, Biddenden and Tenterden between May and June 2015.

Upnor is a small picturesque village in Medway with many houses finished in Kentish weatherboard. The village is home to Upnor Castle and is backed by rolling, wooded hills. Previous productions that have filmed in the area include Magwitch (2012), The Legend of Dick and Dom (2009) and Great Expectations (1989).

Birchington lies on the North Coast of Kent between Herne Bay and Margate and has a glorious beach, Minnis Bay. BBC Three drama The Things I Haven’t Told You (2008) has previously been filmed in the area.

Biddenden lies in the picturesque Weald of Kent countryside, has a cobbled high street with half-timbered medieval and Jacobean buildings and is the home of the famous Biddenden Cider. Nearby Tenterden has white-painted weatherboarding buildings and a market as well as quaint cafes and eateries. The area has been used as a film location for Mapp and Lucia (2014), Don’t Tell the Bride (2013) and Last Passenger (2013).

You can catch the Kent and Sussex episode of Penelope Keith’s Hidden Villages on Tuesday 22nd September on More4 at 21:00.


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Don’t Tell the Bride (2013)



Don't Tell The Bride, Kent couple Kallie and Grantt - Kallie is on a horse and Grantt is standing next to it with green surroundings

Don’t Tell The Bride, Kent couple Kallie and Grantt © BBC, Renegade Pictures,

Production company: Renegade Pictures

Kent Locations: Gravesend, Three Dawes Pub, Darenth Country Park, Ashford, Biddenden, Tenterden, Maidstone

Don’t Tell the Bride is the popular BBC Three series where a couple is given £12,000 for their dream wedding, but there is a catch – the bride cannot be involved and has to hand every detail of the wedding over to the groom, including the all-important dress. With just three weeks to organise a perfect wedding, emotions are guaranteed to run high. Will the brave brides be happy with the weddings?

Kent couple Kallie and Grantt with heads nuzzled

Don’t Tell The Bride, Kent couple Kallie and Grantt © BBC, Renegade Pictures,

Now in its seventh series, Don’t Tell The Bride follows Northfleet couple Kallie and Grantt as the groom organises a wedding which he thinks his bride-to-be would like, and the bride looks at what her dream wedding would be. Teacher Grantt arranges an elaborate fairytale themed wedding while his science student Kallie wants a traditional wedding, will the bride approve? Throughout their journey they visit many Kent locations including Gravesend, Darenth Country Park as well as wedding locations in Ashford, Biddenden, Tenterden and Maidstone.

Gravesend is on the south bank of the River Thames and has a cast iron pier, promenade and high street as well as international links at the nearby Ebbsfleet International station. Gravesend has welcomed other productions such as Piggy (2012), Britain’s First Photo Album (2012) and Ashley Banjo’s Secret Street Crew (2012).

Ashford is a market town which lies on the River Stour and has many shops, eateries, and a designer outlet shopping centre with beautiful countryside only a short drive away. Ashford and surrounding areas has featured in productions including The Secret Removers (2012), Cowboy Traders (2012) and Emma (2009).

Maidstone is the county town of Kent which lies on the River Medway. The town has busy shopping areas, parks, nearby stunning countryside and attractions such as Kent Life and Leeds CastleMaidstone has been featured on programmes such as DIY SOS: The Big Build (2013), Sarah Beeny’s Selling Houses (2013) and  The Maidstone Studios has hosted filming for TV productions such as Later…With Jools Holland (2013), Take Me Out (2010 – 2013) and The Biggest Loser (2012).

Don’t miss Kallie and Grantt’s episode of Don’t Tell the Bride which will be shown on Tuesday 29th October on BBC Three at 21:00. 


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