Director: Louise McGregor, Lucy Wilcox Starring: Kathy Burke Production Company: Flicker Productions Kent Locations Used: Tankerton Beach, Whitstable
British comedienne and actress Kathy Burke presents this three-part documentary series for Channel 4, discussing the challenges of what it means to be a woman in our era. Topics include motherhood, beauty, work, personal image, sex and relationships.
Starring: Megan Salmon Ferrari, Amber Butler, Chloe Patton, Sassi Simmonds and Shannon Wise Production Company: True North Productions Kent Locations Used: Margate
Teen Mom UK is back for its sixth series. The UK’s spin off from the hit American TV show Teen Mom, is a reality show which focuses on young mothers and how they deal with pregnancy, children, family and their day to day lives. The new series continues to be full of drama as it follows Amber Butler and Steven Rankine as they take the next steps in their relationship, as well as Shannon Wise’s exciting gender reveal party.
Filming for one of the upcoming episodes took place in Margate, where one of the teen moms takes a trip to the beach with her partner before the birth of her second child. The show journals their holiday in Margate.
The series started on MTV UK on Wednesday 24th July 2019 at 8pm. Margate will feature in a later episode airing sometime in September 2019. The first episode can still be viewed on MTV player and on NowTV.
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.
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.
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.
Kent Locations Used: Trosley Country Park, Darent Valley Hospital.
Horizon follows the story of Richard Gray and his remarkable recovery from a catastrophic stroke. Recorded over four years by his documentary film-maker wife, Fiona, this film chronicles the hard work of recovery.
Bed bound and unable to do anything, including speak, the initial outlook was bleak until the occasional, small glimmers of hope emerged. Always armed with her camera, Fiona captures the moment Richard moves his fingers for the first time, and then documents his months long struggle to relearn how to walk again.
The story also features poignant footage delivered in a series of flashbacks, in which we see and hear Richard at his professional best. He was a peacekeeper with the United Nations, immersed in the brutal war in Sarajevo, Bosnia. We also hear from the surgeons and clinicians who were integral to Richard’s remarkable recovery, from describing life-saving, high-risk reconstructive surgery to intensive rehabilitation programmes that pushed the former soldier to his limits. As the film starts, Fiona asks ‘will Richard, my Richard still be there?’ By the end the answer is clear.
Kent-based film maker Fiona Lloyd-Davies filmed the trees from Trosley Country Park throughout the seasons. In winter without leaves they resemble the brain’s neural pathways, and later in the year as they come into leaf they serve as a useful metaphor for regrowth and recovery. Part of the documentary also shows Richard’s stay in Darent Valley Hospital.
Trosley Country Park is situated on the top of the North Downs, and covers 170 acres. There are fine views of the Weald of Kent. The steep grassland slopes are home to a whole variety of wildlife especially butterflies and flowers.
The Tonbridge and Malling District is a popular area of Kent for filming. Cape Wrath (2007) a 7-part thriller was filmed at Leybourne Lakesand Kings Hill. The areas have great transport links, local amenities, a network of cycle paths and a number of sports facilities.
My Amazing Brain: Richard’s War will be broadcast on BBC Two at 9pm on Monday 5th February 2018.
Sir David Jason presents this three-part documentary series which reveals the secret places, people and stories from Britain’s 20th Century spy history. Episode One explores the inception of the British Secret Service in 1909 by Sir Mansfield Cumming. In 1914, when the First World War broke out in Europe, this group of spies were crucial in securing Allied victories and Folkestone became the frontline for British spy organisations.
In June 2017, the production team filmed at various locations in Folkestone, including the clifftop promenade, The Leas.
The Leas boasts sea views to France and Folkestone itself is renowned for its Creative Quarter with many galleries, shops, relaxing bars and restaurants. Tourists can visit the Kent Battle of Britain Museum which pays homage to the aircrews that defended Britain during the Second World War or visit Folkestone Harbour to explore Kent’s maritime history.
Richard E. Grant on Ealing Comedies is a three part series exploring the history of Ealing Studios and the iconic films that were made there including the silent films made at the turn of the 20th century, music hall comedies of the 1930’s and the 1940’s film that started the phrase ‘an Ealing comedy’ – Passport to Pimlico.
Throughout the series, Richard is joined by special guests including Jonathan Ross, Michael Palin, Mike Leigh, Peter Capaldi and Carrie Fisher.
Near to the county town of Kent is the stunning Leeds Castle. Sitting on a 500 acre estate, this location boasts period rooms, beautiful gardens, a moat, woodlands, maze with shell grotto and an aviary. The castle has previously been used as a film location for Rustom(2016), The Hollow Crown: The Wars of the Roses(2016), and Lady Jane (1987).
Richard E. Grant on Ealing Comedies airs on GOLD (Sky 110, Virgin 124, BT 310) from Sunday 18th September 2016 at 19:00.
On the 18th June 1815, The Battle of Waterloo was fought between France and the Seventh Coalition; this year will mark the 200th anniversary of that Battle. To honour that anniversary, a two part documentary will air, presented by actor Sean Bean. The documentary will feature evidence from eye witness accounts, along with modern military experts to help tell the story of the conflict. Alongside military experts, Sean Bean will be testing tactics and weapons that were used during the battle and compare them with present day strategies. This documentary is hoping to “provide a ground level perspective” on the Battle.
The documentary has been produced by Independent company, Wavelength Films, and has been commissioned by A+E networks UK. Sean Bean has previously played fictional British soldier, Richard Sharpe on the historical war drama ‘Sharpe’ (5 May 1993 –9 November 2008). Bean himself said “I have always been interested in the story of Waterloo especially since I played the role of Richard”. He also stated that “[Sharpe’s] adventures were based on real events 200 years ago”. When this documentary was first announced Sean Bean stated “I am excited to be following the footsteps of Sharpe and those who fought in the Battle of Waterloo to tell the story of the iconic battle on history.”
Filming for this special documentary has taken place in Belgium and England, and has also included iconic locations like Fort Amherst in Chatham, Medway, Kent which has been used for weapons testing and re-enactments of the battle.
After a successful debut in 2011, the Kent based Quadrangle Film Festival returns to give young filmmakers a chance to attend workshops, screenings and discussions where ideas are exchanged with a wide variety of talents ranging from students to professional documentary filmmakers.
It is an intimate festival, set in Shoreham amongst the delightful Kent countryside where the only thing to pitch is your tent.
The Quadrangle Film Festival is a retreat experience for the documentary old guard, the student vanguard, and everyone in between – where the documentary form is questioned and challenged, where ideas are exchanged and hopefully we come away inspired and rejuvenated.
Special guests will be attending the festival to contribute to discussions and present their own work. This event is a must for documentary makers and lovers!
Don’t miss out on the second year Quadrangle Film Festival at the Quadrangle Trust to celebrate the craft of documentary filmmaking, book your tickets now!
Faversham Film Maker Michael Maloney set to screen his documentary Red Sails at the Royal Cinema in Faversham.
Filmed at the working Ship Yard in Faversham, the creeks in the Estuary and Redsands Fort, the documentary explores the influence of the Thames Sailing Barge in the development of trade, and its contribution to the building of Victorian London through the use of interviews and archive footage. Looking into the lives of the craftsmen and their trade, which made the Thames Barges so unique, it was an apt time for filming as the last commercially trading vessel, The Cambria, has been recently restored.
Faversham is a town with a strong maritime history. Since prehistoric time it has been a location for the loading and unloading of cargo where boats and ships would travel down the various creeks that branch off from the Thames Estuary. The town was an associate member of the Confederation of Cinque Ports and from the 11th till the 16th centuries provided the nation with navies in which to defend the county.
The Thames Estuary Army forts, of which the Redsands Fort is one, were constructed in 1942 with the purpose to provide anti-aircraft fire within the Thames Estuary area. In 1955, the forts were deemed to be of no further operational value and were briefly the home to pirate radio stations during the 1960s and 70’s. Since then the Forts have remained empty but still are a striking piece of historic architecture on the horizon.
Maloney has a history of enlightening audiences about Kent’s local past. In 2009 he completed a film called A Sideways Launch about the history of the Pollock Shipyard in Faversham. Between 1916 and 1969, more than 1200 ships were built by the yard on the creek and launches sideways into the narrow waterway.
A drama-documentary presented by Alan Yentob, starring Benedict Cumberbatch as Van Gogh.
Every word spoken by the actors in this film is sourced from the letters that Van Gogh sent to his younger brother Theo, and the people around him. What emerges is a complex portrait of a sophisticated, cultured and yet tormented man. The programme includes scenes of Ramsgate, where Van Gogh once stayed.