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.
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.
In a new BBC Two series, author and broadcaster Simon Reeve retraces the exciting adventures of British pilgrims exploring the faith, hopes and desires that keep them on the road. Meeting inspirational modern travellers, Simon visits some extraordinary sights and learns about the forgotten aspects of pilgrimage.
In the first episode, Simon sets out on a 500-mile journey from the Holy Island of Lindisfarne off the coast of Northumberland to Canterbury. The production visited Canterburyin May 2013 to visit the shrine of Thomas Beckett atCanterbury Cathedral.
The Martin Lewis Money Show returns with a Christmas special to help viewers save money in the run up to Christmas and enjoy the New Year debt-free. The financial expert offers clever shopping tips as well as new concepts to save money, such as his ‘advent’ calendar which predicts big discounts from retailers.
Along with reporter Saira Khan, Martindelivers his 12 Saves of Christmas including banning unnecessary Christmas presents and finding the best deals. Martin visited Canterbury Cathedral andCanterburyCity to meet the Archbishop of Canterbury Justin Welby who offers his own money-saving tips.
Goodbye To Canterbury is a one-off BBC Two documentary, which gives a unique insight into Dr Rowan Williams’ life as the Archbishop of Canterbury, on the eve that he is retiring after 10 years in the job.
The 104th Archbishop provides a detailed account of some of the exciting historical events that have shaped and the stories that surround Canterbury Cathedral. This hour long programme explores the 2000 years of English ecclesiastic art and architecture and observes the current tensions between Church and State.
Also featured in the programme is Pegwell Bay, which is between Sandwich and Ramsgate and has a distinctive sandy bay with sea cliffs, lots of wildlife and a rich history. It is managed by Kent Wildlife Trust and was previously used as a filming location by BBC’s True Love(2012).
Goodbye To Canterbury will be on Tuesday 1st January at 17:30 on BBC Two.
Aled Jones takes a tour of Kent’s iconic cathedral and introduces more popular hymns and sacred songs.
Canterbury Cathedral dates back to 597AD when St Augustine established his seat in Canterbury. In 1170 Archbishop Thomas Becket was famously murdered in the Cathedral . Since medieval times the site has attracted thousands of pilgrims, as told in Geoffrey Chaucer’s Canterbury Tales and brought to the screen by local screen legend Michael Powell in a film adaptation of the same name. More recently it became the site of one of Antony Gormley’s sculptures, made entirely from nails replaced while the cathedral roof was being repaired.
Last Orders is based on the novel of the same name by Graham Swift, and tells the story of how one man’s death affects the lives of those close to him as his best friends make a journey to pursue his final wish to have his ashes scattered at sea.
Throughout the journey, Jack’s companions share their own individual memories of him and how he made an impact on their lives. Flashbacks are used throughout the film stretching through six decades telling the story of the group of London pals as they make their heart felt journey to say goodbye to their friend.
Directed by Fred Schepisi (Six Degrees of Separation, A Cry in the Dark) and starring a host of acting talent including Michael Caine (The Italian Job, Batman Begins), Ray Winston(The Departed, The Sweeney), Bob Hoskins(Made in Dagenham, Ruby Blue), David Hemmings(The Rainbow Jacket, Gangs of New York), Tom Courtenay(Doctor Zhivago, The Golden Compass) and Helen Mirren(Calendar Girls, The Queen).
Rochester was used as a stop off during the friend’s journey and you can see them drive over Rochester Bridge and also walk down the high street. Rochester is a historic City that boasts an impressive cathedral and castle and has many links with Charles Dickens. Previous productions to have filmed in the area include Long Lost Family (2012), The Mystery of Edwin Drood (2012)and Veer (2009).
The Mount in Old Wives Lees was also one of the stop offs on the groups journey and is used for the flashback scenes of how Jack met his wife Amy. Neighboring village to Chilham, has a remarkable fifteenth century square of black and white timbered buildings and has been used for a variety of filming projects including Top Gear (2011), Channel 4 comedy Chickens (2011)and Miss Marple – The Moving Finger (2005).
Margate features in the final scenes of the film where the men scatter Jack’s ashes from the harbor arm.Margate is a delightful seaside town with a sandy beach, harbour, arcades, and period housing. The Old Town has lots to offer including galleries, quirky shops and trendy cafes. Margate is a popular location having previously welcomed productions such as Mary Queen of the High Street (2013), BBC One’s improvised drama True Love (2012), The Apprentice (2009).
Last Orders was released in UK cinemas in January 2002 and is now available to buy on DVD.
Inspired by the Chaucer tales, this classic film by cinema legends Powell and Pressburger tells the story of a modern day pilgrimage to the beautiful city of Canterbury. Set in the 1940’s amidst the drama of World War II, the film opens with the chance meeting of American G.I Bob Johnson (John Sweet), Land Girl Alison Smith (Shelia Sim) and British Soldier Peter Gibbs (Dennis Price).
On disembarking a train headed for Canterbury, the three arrive in the sleepy fictional village of Chillingbourne. Soldier Peter Gibbs has been stationed at a nearby Army Camp, Alison is due to start work on a local farm and G.I Bob accidentally got off the train believing it to be the stop for Canterbury. On leaving the station to walk to the town hall, Alison is attacked by the Glue Man, a mysterious assailant who pours glue onto the hair of local girls. The three decide to stay in the area in order to do some sleuthing.
Filmed at Denham Studios and on location around Kent, the film is a visually stunning walk through some of the most scenic locations in the county. Selling Train Station cameos as Chillingbourne Station, where the three main protagonists first meet. Several Kentish villages were used for the fictional location of Chillingbourne. The historical village of Wingham was established in Roman times but it has been inhabited since the Stone Age. In 1286, the Archbishop of Canterbury founded a college in the area and many of the local buildings date back to this time, including The Red Lion Inn which was used for exterior shots of The Hand of Glory Inn for the film.
Another local Kent village, Fordwich was used for r exterior shots of “Chillingbourne” village. Before the Wantsum Channel, a stretch of water that divided The Isle of Thanet from Kent, dried up Fordwich was the main port serving Canterbury.
Near the picturesque village of Chilham, Chilham Mill provided the perfect backdrop for the charming scene where American soldier Joe sails in a row boat with the local children. The mill is the best preserved on the River Stour. It is said that the village itself was inspiration for the name of fictional village Chillingbourne in the film and if true, this would certainly not be the last time Chilham inspired filmmakers. A popular tourist attraction for the county, TV drama’s such as Miss Marple (2006) and Poirot(1995) have filmed in the village.
Another local mill in nearby village Wickhambreaux also appeared in the film. As Joe and land girl Alison ride on a cart through the beautiful Kent countryside, the mill features in the background of the shot. The perfect rural setting, the village was once home to Joan of Kent who was wife to Edward Plantagenet, the father of infamous English King Richard II.
The City of Canterburysteals the show at the end of the film as the setting for the dramatic parade of soldiers through the main High Street. The city skyline is dominated by the stunning Cathedralwhich is the oldest in England. Canterburyis a place that is both steeped in heritage and tradition and a modern, bustling city. A Canterbury Tale gives a modern day viewer an insight into how the Second World War affected the city, but even with visible bomb damage, many of the streets used can still be recognised today. The Cathedralitself paid homage to A Canterbury Tale in 2006 when the film was screened in the Cathedral Nave.