Call the Midwife – Series 4 (2015)

Cast of Call The Midwife on steps

Cast of Call The Midwife ©BBC/Neal Street Productions/Des Willie

Starring: Helen George, Miranda Hart, Bryony Hannah, Jessica Raine, Vanessa Redgrave, Laura Main, Jenny Agutter, Pam Ferris, Ben Caplan, Judy Parfitt

Production Company: Neal Street Productions

Kent locations used: The Historic Dockyard Chatham

Based on the memoirs of Jennifer Worth, the popular BBC drama, Call The Midwife, is back for a fourth series. Set in 1950s East London, it follows Jenny, a young midwife who works at a nursing convent located in a very deprived area of London. Jenny has her eyes opened to the harsh living conditions of the city, but she also discovers the bravery and generosity of the mothers she attends to.

Starring many familiar faces including Jessica Raine (The Woman in Black, Robin Hood) Pam Ferris (The Darling Buds of May, Little Dorrit), Miranda Hart (Miranda), and Vanessa Redgrave (Nip/Tuck, The Whistleblower), the cast are back and the series is looking to be more popular than ever.

As in previous series, The Historic Dockyard Chatham was used to film many of the London streets scenes and facades. The Ropery and various cellars and tunnels also feature in series 4.

The Historic Dockyard Chatham is set over 80 acres, and boasts more than 100 Georgian and Victorian buildings and is a very popular place to film, previously attracting big feature films such as Sherlock Holmes 1 & 2, Children of Men and TV dramas such as BBC’s Oliver Twist.

Don’t miss the fourth series of Call The Midwife which starts on Sunday 18th January at 8pm on BBC1.

Links:

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

For more information about Call The Midwife: http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/p0118t80

For more information about The Historic Dockyard Chatham: http://www.thedockyard.co.uk/

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Wolf Hall (2015)

Claire Foy as Anne Boleyn and Damian Lewis as King Henry Eighth on the Wolf Hall set

Anne Boleyn (CLAIRE FOY), King Henry VIII (DAMIAN LEWIS), © BBC Company Productions Ltd

Writer: Peter Straughan, Hilary Mantel (novel)

Director: Peter Kosminsky

Starring: Mark Rylance, Damian Lewis, Claire Foy, Mark Gatiss, Jonathan Pryce

Production company: Company Pictures

Kent locations: Penshurst Place, Dover Castle

This January, BBC Two airs new British drama Wolf Hall, charting the meteoric rise of Thomas Cromwell in the Tudor Court, from his lowly start as a blacksmith’s son to becoming Henry VIII’s closest advisor.

The six part series is based on Hilary Mantel’s Booker Prize-winning novels, Wolf Hall and Bring Up The Bodies and the screenplay was written by Oscar-nominated Peter Straughan (Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy and Frank).

BAFTA-winning Peter Kosminsky (Britz, The Promise) directs the miniseries which boasts a host of acting talent, such as Mark Rylance (Britz, Hamlet), Damian Lewis (Homeland, Romeo and Juliet), Claire Foy (Season of the Witch, Crossbones), Mark Gatiss (Sherlock, Game of Thrones) and Jonathan Pryce (Brazil, Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man’s Chest).

Mark Rylance as Thomas Cromwell and cast members behind the scenes on Wolf Hall

Thomas Cromwell (MARK RYLANCE) ©BBCCompany Productions Ltd

In May 2014, the production team visited Penshurst Place to film at a variety of rooms to double for York Place and Whitehall. In July 2014, the production returned to Kent, this time filming at Dover Castle which doubled as The Tower of London for the execution of Anne Boleyn scenes.

Penshurst Place is a Medieval and Tudor fortified style manor house set in gorgeous parkland in West Kent and boasts formal Elizabethan gardens. Penshurst Place is a popular film location, having previously welcomed productions such as The Great Fire (2014), The Hollow Crown – Henry V (2012) and The Other Boleyn Girl (2008).

Dover Castle is a stunning medieval castle situated on the White Cliffs of Dover, overlooking the English Channel. Dover Castle has previously been used for filming by a variety of productions including Into The Woods (2015), Poirot “The Clocks” (2009) and The Other Boleyn Girl (2008).

Wolf Hall also features in the Kent Film Office Tudor(ish) Trail which celebrates Kent’s Tudor history and film connections.

Wolf Hall aired on BBC Two from Wednesday 21st January 2015 at 21:00 and is now available for DVD and online purchase.

Links:

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

To discover The Tudor(ish) Trail: https://kentfilmoffice.co.uk/kent-movie-map/tudorish-trail/

For more information on the programme: http://www.bbc.co.uk/mediacentre/mediapacks/wolfhall

For more information about Dover Castle: http://www.english-heritage.org.uk/daysout/properties/dover-castle/

For more information about Penshurst Place:  http://www.penshurstplace.com/

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Mapp and Lucia (2014)

Elizabeth Mapp (MIRANDA RICHARDSON), Emmeline 'Lucia' Lucas (ANNA CHANCELLOR) standing in a garden

Elizabeth Mapp (MIRANDA RICHARDSON), Emmeline ‘Lucia’ Lucas (ANNA CHANCELLOR) © BBC/Nick Briggs

Director: Diarmuid Lawrence

Writer: Steve Pemberton

Starring: Miranda Richardson, Anna Chancellor, Steve Pemberton, Mark Gatiss, Frances Barber, Felicity Montagu, Gemma Whelan

Production Company: BBC

Kent Locations: Kent & East Sussex Railway – Tenterden Station

This Christmas, the BBC offers a new three part adaptation of E.F. Benson’s Mapp & Lucia novels set in 1930 in the quaint village of Tilling. The eccentric residents live in a world filled with gossip and petty one up-manship and the village’s renowned schemers, Miss Elizabeth Mapp and Mrs Emmeline Lucas, battle for social supremacy over garden produce, bridge and a fund-raising fete.

The mini-series is a satire, adapted and starring Steve Pemberton (The League of Gentlemen, Benidorm) and directed by Diarmuid Lawrence (The Mystery of Edwin Drood, Emma).

Miranda Richardson (Parade’s End, The Phantom of the Opera) plays Mapp with Anna Chancellor (Pramface, The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy) as Lucia. Starring alongside the pair are Mark Gatiss (Sherlock, Match Point Match Point), Frances Barber (Silk, Doctor Who), Felicity Montagu (Alan Partridge, Bridget Jones’s Diary), and Gemma Whelan (The Wolfman, Gulliver’s Travels).

In July 2013, the Mapp and Lucia production team filmed in Kent when they visited period railway Kent & East Sussex Railway‘s Tenterden Station.

Kent & East Sussex Railway is a ten and a half mile rural light railway from Tenterden to East Sussex. Kent & East Sussex Railway has previously featured in various film and TV productions such as Last Passenger (2013), I Can Cook (2011) and Countrywise Kitchen (2011).

Mapp and Lucia starts on BBC One on Monday 29th December 2014 at 21.05.

Links

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

For more information about the programme: http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b04wtrqv

For more information on Kent and East Sussex Railway: http://www.kesr.org.uk/

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Babylon (2014)

Jonny Sweet as Tom Oliver, James Nesbitt as Richard Miller and Paterson Joseph as Charles Inglis sitting at a desk in police uniforms

Jonny Sweet as Tom Oliver, James Nesbitt as Richard Miller and Paterson Joseph as Charles Inglis © Channel 4

Writers: Sam Bain, Jesse Armstrong

Starring: James Nesbitt, Brit Marling, Paterson Joseph, Adam Deacon, Jill Halfpenny

Production company: Nightjack Ltd

Kent Filming Locations: Metropolitan Police Training Ground, Gravesend

British comedy drama Babylon is about the people, politics and pressures in London’s police force and returns to Channel 4 for a six part series after a successful pilot episode.

With accusations of racism, the use of lethal force, and corruption, Commissioner Richard Miller (James Nesbitt), who has the impossible job of keeping the capital safe, calls in American visionary from the world of new media Liz Garvey (Brit Marling) for a public image revamp.

Babylon is written by duo Sam Bain and Jesse Armstrong (Peep Show, Fresh Meat) and stars an array of familiar face including James Nesbitt (The Hobbit, Cold Feet), Brit Marling (Another Earth, The East), Adam Deacon (Kidulthood, Adulthood), Paterson Joseph (Green Wing, Peep Show) and Jill Halfpenny (Waterloo Road, Eastenders).

The pilot episode was shown in February 2014 and was created and directed by the legendary Danny Boyle (Slumdog Millionaire, Trainspotting) who is the executive producer for the series.

The production visited the Metropolitan Police Training Ground in Gravesend where Robbie (Adam Deacon) trains at the firing range and features in episode two.

The Metropolitan Police Training Ground in Gravesend is a specialized training facility and has previously featured in Incendiary (2008).

Babylon starts on Channel 4 on Thursday 13th November 2014 at 22:00.

Links

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

For more information on Babylon please visit http://www.channel4.com/programmes/babylon

For more information about Gravesend: http://www.gogravesham.co.uk/

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Grantchester (2014)

Grantchester DVD cover

Grantchester DVD cover © ITV

Writers: James Runcie (novel), Daisy Coulam (TV adaption)

Starring: James Norton, Robson Green, Morven Christie, Tessa Peake-Jones, Al Weaver.

Production company: Lovely Day, Masterpiece

Kent Locations Used: The Historic Dockyard Chatham 

ITV drama Grantchester is set in 1953 in a quiet village just outside Cambridge, where the vicar, Sidney Chambers (James Norton), finds himself investigating a series of murders alongside world-weary Detective Inspector Geordie Keating (Robson Green).

The six part series is based on The Grantchester Mysteries books, written by James Runcie and was adapted for TV by Daisy Coulam (Family Affairs, EastEnders, Casualty).

Grantchester stars James Norton (Rush, An Education, Mr. Turner), Robson Green (Soldier Soldier, Wire in the Blood, Mount Pleasant), Morven Christie (The Young Victoria , Hollow, House of 9), Tessa Peake-Jones (Poppy Shakespeare, Only Fools and Horses, The Lost World) and Al Weaver (Doom, Marie Antoinette, Me and Orson Welles).

In the UK, the series had an average audience of 6.6m and has been re-commissioned for a second series.

In July 2014, the production visited The Historic Dockyard Chatham which features in episodes five and six of Grantchester and doubles as various London locations including the exterior of Kings Cross Station, Borough Market, the exterior and interior of a warehouse and ropery. The London Convent and Gloria’s bedroom scenes were also filmed at The Historic Dockyard Chatham in Commissioners House.

One of Kent’s most popular filming locations, The Historic Dockyard Chatham is set over 80 acres and offers maritime spaces, Georgian and Victorian buildings and cobbled streets. Productions which have previously filmed at The Historic Dockyard Chatham include Victor Frankenstein (2015), Muppets Most Wanted (2014) and Oliver Twist (2007).

Grantchester was shown on ITV in October 2014 and is available for DVD purchase.

Links:

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

For more information about the show: http://www.imdb.com/title/tt3747572/?ref_=nm_knf_i2

For more information about The Historic Dockyard Chatham: http://www.thedockyard.co.uk

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The Great Fire (2014)

The Great Fire characters L-R Sarah (ROSE LESLIE), Charles II (JACK HUSTON), Sam Pepys (DANIEL MAYS), Thomas Farriner (ANDREW BUCHAN), Lord Denton (CHARLES DANCE)

The Great Fire L-R Sarah (ROSE LESLIE), Charles II (JACK HUSTON), Sam Pepys (DANIEL MAYS), Thomas Farriner (ANDREW BUCHAN), Lord Denton (CHARLES DANCE) © Ecosse Films/ITV

Writer: Tom Bradby

Starring: Andrew Buchan, Rose Leslie, Charles Dance, Jack Huston, Daniel Mays

Production company: Ecosse Films

Kent Locations: Penshurst Place and Cobham Hall

The Great Fire is a new four part ITV drama inspired by the historical events of 1666, where the capital was devastated by fire.

Set against the decadent backdrop of King Charles II’s Court, the drama focuses on the circumstances which led to the catastrophic fire. It looks at Thomas Farriner’s family life at the bakery in Pudding Lane where the fire started the King’s extravagant lifestyle, and diarist Samuel Pepys, whose recordings chronicled the turbulent Regency period.

The series was written by British journalist and novelist Tom Bradby and stars a host of acting talent including Andrew Buchan (Broadchurch, Cranford), Rose Leslie (Game of Thrones, Downton Abbey), Charles Dance (Game of Thrones, Alien 3), Jack Huston (American Hustle, Boardwalk Empire) and Daniel Mays (Mr Biggs, Public Enemies).

Jack Huston as Pepys in a garden

Jack Huston as Pepys at Penshurst Place Gardens © Ecosse Films/ITV

The Great Fire team visited Kent and filmed at Penshurst Place, doubling as King Charles II’s Court and Cobham Hall , which was used to represent Arundel House as well as various London streets.

Penshurst Place is a Medieval and Tudor fortified style manor house set in gorgeous parkland and boasts formal Elizabethan gardens. A popular film location, Penshurst Place has previously hosted productions such as The Hollow Crown – Henry V (2012), The Other Boleyn Girl (2008) and Anne of the Thousand Days (1969).

Cobham Hall is a private school near to Gravesend located in 150 acres of Grade II listed parkland and has a stunning ball room, library, cobbled courtyards, formal gardens, classrooms as well as sports facilities, including a swimming pool. Cobham Hall has been used as a film location by Fred Dinenage: Murder Casebook Series 2 (2012), Wild Child (2008) and Bleak House (2005).

Don’t miss The Great Fire which starts on Thursday 16th October 2014 at 21:00 on ITV1.

Links:

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

For more information about the programme: http://www.itv.com/presscentre/press-packs/great-fire#

For more information about Cobham Hall: http://www.cobhamhall.com/

For more information about Penshurst Place: http://www.penshurstplace.com

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The Suspicions of Mr Whicher (2014)

 

The Suspicions of Mr Whicher - Paddy Considine standing on a cobbled street

The Suspicions of Mr Whicher – Paddy Considine © ITV

Production Company: Hat Trick Productions

Kent locations: The Historic Dockyard Chatham

ITV’s The Suspicions of Mr Whicher returns with two new TV films inspired by the real life career of the celebrated 19th century detective.

Paddy Considine (The Bourne Ultimatum, The World’s End) returns as Jack Whicher with the new films written by playwright Helen Edmundson. The original The Suspicions of Mr Whicher film was shown in 2011 and based on the best-selling book by Kate Summerscale. 

The first film “Beyond the Pale” is directed by David Blair (Accused, Bert & Dickie) and sees Jack Whicher has moved on from his role as Inspector at the Metropolitan Police to become a private inquiry agent. After being hired by a former Home Secretary to help investigate threats made against his son, Jack unearths the darkest secrets and finds himself in a maelstrom of betrayal and passion.

The second film “Ties That Bind” is directed by Geoffrey Sax (Endeavour, Tipping the Velvet) and is about Whicher reluctantly taking on a divorce case after the law has just passed and what seems a fairly straight-forward investigation turns out to be disturbing after one of the key witnesses fails to attend court and is found dead.

The Suspicions of Mr Whicher - Paddy Considine © ITV

The Suspicions of Mr Whicher – Paddy Considine © ITV

The Historic Dockyard Chatham was chosen as a film location where the production made use of a variety of spaces including exteriors at the street and gardens as well as HMS Gannet and interior spaces such as the Tarred Yarn Store.

The Historic Dockyard Chatham is a popular film location due to the variety of cobbled streets, industrial buildings and extraordinary Georgian and Victorian architecture. Feature films Muppets Most Wanted (2014) and Les Miserables (2012) as well as TV dramas Mr Selfridge (2012-2014) and Downton Abbey (2013) have also chosen to film at this diverse Kent location.

The Suspicions of Mr Whicher: Beyond The Pale will be shown on Sunday 7th September 2014 at 21:05 on ITV1 and The Suspicions of Mr Whicher: Ties That Bind which will be shown on Sunday 14th September 2014 at 21:00 on ITV1.

Links:

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

For more information about the programme: http://www.itv.com/presscentre/ep1week37/suspicions-mr-whicher

For more information about The Historic Dockyard Chatham: http://www.thedockyard.co.uk/Home

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Our World War (2014)

Soliders holding guns

Our World War © BBC/Joss Barratt

Production Company: BBC

Kent Locations Used: The Historic Dockyard Chatham

Marking the centenary of World War One, Our World War is a new BBC Three drama series documenting the real experiences of young British soldiers who bravely fought in the war.

The three part drama draws on stories of World War One soldiers and aims to bring audiences closer than ever before to the real events.

The Our World War production team visited The Historic Dockyard Chatham where they filmed exterior street scenes before and after a shell explosion and The Ropery doubled as a forward command post.

The Historic Dockyard Chatham  is a fantastic film location due to its mix of cobbled streets, industrial buildings and impressive Georgian and Victorian architecture. Feature films Les Miserables (2012) and Sherlock Holmes (2009 and 2011) as well as TV dramas Call the Midwife (2012-2014) and Oliver Twist (2007) have also chosen to film at this diverse Kent location.

Our World War starts on Thursday 7th August 2014 on BBC Three at 21:00.

Links:

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

For more information about the programme: http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/p022twsy

For more information on the Historic Dockyard: http://www.thedockyard.co.uk/

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The Honourable Woman (2014)

The Honourable Woman - Nessa Stein (Maggie Gyllenhaal) wearing a headscarf standing in a desert

The Honourable Woman © BBC/Drama Republic

Director and writer: Hugo Blick 

Starring: Maggie Gyllenhaal, Lubna Azabal, Eve Best, Andrew Buchan, Janet McTeer, Tobias Menzies, Genevieve O’Reilly, Katherine Parkinson, Stephen Rea

Production company: BBC Worldwide, Drama Republic, Eight Rooks, SundanceTV

Kent Locations: Cottage in New Romney, Little Cheyne Court Wind Farm, Dengemarsh Road, Romney Marsh

This BBC Two political thriller focuses on Nessa Stein (Gyllenhaal), a young woman who inherits her Zionist father’s weaponry business and gradually changes its purpose to laying data cables between Israel and the West Bank. As she continues to promote reconciliation between the Israelis and the Palestinians, she inevitably finds herself in the middle of a political maelstrom.

The eight part drama was written and directed by BAFTA recipient Hugo Blick (Up in Town, Sensitive Skin, The Shadow Line) and stars an award winning cast, including Maggie Gyllenhaal (Donnie Darko, Secretary, The Dark Knight), Lubna Azabal (Incendies, Body of Lies), Eve Best (The King’s Speech, Much Ado About Nothing), Andrew Buchan (Broadchurch, Nowhere Boy), Janet McTeer (Parade’s End, Tumbleweeds), Tobias Menzies (Casino Royale, Game of Thrones), Genevieve O’Reilly (Episodes, Spooks), Katherine Parkinson (The IT Crowd, The Boat That Rocked) and Stephen Rea (V for Vendetta, The Shadow Line).

In the summer of 2013, The Honourable Woman crew spent 2 days filming at several locations in the Romney Marsh area, including a cottage in New Romney, Little Cheyne Court Wind Farm, and Dengemarsh Road.

Romney Marsh in East Kent is a unique landscape of over 100 square miles of woodland, wetlands as well as sand and shingle shores. Many productions have taken advantage of this stunning area including Ginger and Rosa (2012), Great Expectations (2011) and The Inspector Lynley Mysteries – Natural Causes (2006).

The Honourable Woman starts on BBC Two on Thursday July 3rd 2014 at 21:00. 

Links:

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

For more information about The Honourable Woman: http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/p0218drk

For more information on Romney Marsh: http://www.visitkent.co.uk/destinations/folkestone-hythe-and-romney-marsh/6438

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The Crimson Field (2014)

Left to Right: Rosalie Berwick (Marianne Oldham), Kitty Trevelyan (Oona Chaplin), Flora Marshall (Alice ST Clair) are standingtoegtehr in their WW1 nurses uniforms. They are in a wooden hut full of medical supplies with dim lighting

Rosalie Berwick (Marianne Oldham), Kitty Trevelyan (Oona Chaplin), Flora Marshall (Alice ST Clair) © BBC – Photographer: Todd Antony

Directed by: David Evans, Richard Clark, Thaddeus O’Sullivan

Written By: Sarah Phelps

Starring: Oona Chaplin, Kevin Doyle, Anthony Farrelly, Kerry Fox, Suranne Jones, Hermione Norris, Marianne Oldham

Production Company: BBC

Kent Locations Used: The Historic Dockyard Chatham

The Crimson Field is a 6 part WW1 drama created as part of the BBC’s First World War Centenary Season. It focuses on the story of three new voluntary aid detachment (VAD’s) recruits, Kitty Trevelyan (Oona Chaplin), Flora (Alice St. Clair) and Rosalie Berwick (Marianne Oldham), who have left their old lives behind to volunteer at a field hospital in war torn France. 

When the three new VAD’s arrive at the field hospital in Northern France and begin putting their training into practise, they realise that the reality of volunteering is harsher than they imagined. Feeling under prepared, all of the girls must learn to cope with the traumas that war brings.

Starring Oona Chaplin (Game of Thrones, Quantum of Solace), Kevin Doyle (Downton Abbey, Scott and Bailey), Anthony Farrelly (Midsomer Murders, New Tricks), Kerry Fox (Patrick’s Day, Trap for Cinderella), Suranne Jones (Scott and Bailey, Coronation Street), Hermione Norris (Outcasts, Spooks), and Marianne Oldham (Titus, WPC 56).

The Historic Dockyard Chatham was used as the port of Boulogne in Northern France, where the VAD’s disembark before heading to the hospital. HMS Gannet features as the ship and was recently the focus of a £3million restoration project, returning the ship to its former glory.

The Historic Dockyard Chatham is one of Kent’s most popular filming destinations previously hosting productions such as Call the Midwife (2012-2013), Les Miserables (2013) and Sherlock Holmes (2009).

The Crimson Field is next on BBC1 on Sunday 13th April 2014 at 9pm.

Links:

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

For more information about the programme:http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/p01tlxzb

For more information on the Historic Dockyard: http://www.thedockyard.co.uk/

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