Van Gogh: Painted with Words 2010

Benedict Cumberbatch as Gogh © BBC

Benedict Cumberbatch as Gogh © BBC

A drama-documentary using dialogue sourced from the artist’s letters to his brother. This is Van Gogh’s story in his own words.

Production Company: BBC
Kent Filming Locations:   Ramsgate, Thanet

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.

Ramsgate is a beautiful coastal town which offers stunning Victorian architecture, a beach, amusements, arcades, shops, eateries and a theatre.  The Ramsgate area has been chosen as a film location by productions including True Love (2012), Songs of Praise: Pugin God’s Architect (2012) and Van Gogh: Painted With Words (2010).

Van Gogh: Painted with words will be shown on BBC1 at 5:10pm on Monday 5 April

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For more information about the series visit: https://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b00rzj61

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The Forgotten Fallen Spanish Flu (2009)

The cast of the Forgotten Fallen standing in a hospital ward

The cast of the Forgotten Fallen © BBC

A new BBC Four Drama

Production Company: Hardy Pictures, Hardy and Sons

Kent Locations: Kingsgate Bay

Starring Bill Paterson (Little Dorrit) and Charlotte Riley (Wuthering Heights) The Forgotten Fallen is a new drama about the efforts of a Manchurian Doctor to protect the city from the spread of the deadly influenza virus that gripped the UK in 1918.

Dr Niven and his team worked tirelessly to protect the welfare of the most vulnerable residents of the city, from the people living in the slums to the factory workers, fighting against complacency and ignorance of their fellow medical practitioners. In a race against time, the team tried to understand the ever-evolving virus as well as raise awareness of its potential to wreak havoc.

The Forgotten Fallen was inspired by the notes of Dr James Niven, Manchester’s Medical Officer of Health for 30 years and pays tribute to the 70 million people who died from the influenza virus across the world.

The production visited Kingsgate Bay in Thanet to film a dramatic scene as part of the drama.

Kingsgate Bay is known for its beautiful sandy beach and sea caves. Kingsgate Castle, built in the 1760′s for Lord Holland, overlooks the beach making Kingsgate Bay truly wonderful. Kingsgate Bay has been used before by Mr Selfridge Series 4 (2016), Mary Berry’s Absolute Favourites (2015) and BBC Two drama Whistle and I’ll Come To You (2010).

The Forgotten Fallen was shown on BBC Four on Wednesday the 5th August 2009 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/b00lz31y

For more information about Kingsgate Bay: http://www.visitkent.co.uk/attractions/kingsgate-bay/8815

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Emma (2009)

Romola Garai in a bonnet in front of flowers

Romola Garai © BBC

Director: Jim O’ Hanlon

Writer: Sandy Welch

Starring:Romola Garai, Jonny Lee Miller, Michael Gambon, Tamsin Greig, Rupert Evans, Robert Bathurst

Production Company: BBC

Kent Filming Locations: Chilham, Squerryes Court, Westerham.

This Autumn Jane Austen’s ‘Emma’ will once again grace our screens with a four part adaptation from the BBC. The new series sees Romola Garai (Atonement) starring as the incomparable Emma Woodhouse, with Michael Gambon (Harry Potter and the Half Blood Prince) as her father.

Jane Austen describes Emma as ‘handsome, clever and rich’ and confessed that Emma is a heroine which no-one but her will like. Emma is determined not to marry. However, she cannot help but play matchmaker to all her friends, often with disastrous consequences. Will she ever learn to let love run its true course?

Behind the Scenes at Squerryes - lighting equipment

Behind the Scenes at Squerryes © Squerryes

Behind the Scenes at Squerryes - filming in the gardens

Behind the Scenes at Squerryes © Squerryes

Market in front of Chilham Castle

Market in front of Chilham Castle © Kent Film Office

Meat Market Stall © Kent Film Office

Meat Market Stall © Kent Film Office

Squerryes Court in Westerham with its grand Georgian rooms was the perfect location to double as the Woodhouse family home. The country house is located in 20 acres of beautiful grounds which include a spectacular garden and an 18th Century Dovecote.    Squerryes Court has been used for productions such as The Hollow Crown: Henry V (2012) and The Boat That Rocked (2009).

The production also chose the beautiful village of Chilham near Ashford to feature as Highbury. Chilham village retains much of its original features, which makes it perfect for period dramas. During filming the square was closed off and all signs of modern life, from the double yellow lines to the burglar alarms, were gently erased. In its place a vibrant market was installed to capture the essence of village life in Jane Austen’s time.

Chilham village has been used for a variety of filming projects including BBC’s Emma (2009), Channel 4 comedy Chickens (2011) and Miss Marple – The Moving Finger (2005).

The series was shown on BBC One on October 2009 and is now available to buy on DVD.

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

For more behind the scenes images: http://brochures.moviesite.biz/view/kent/Behind_the_scenes_images_of_Emma.html

For more information about Squerryes Court: http://www.squerryes.co.uk/

For more information about Chilham visit: http://www.enjoychilham.org.uk/

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Merlin (2008)

Arthur and Merlin played by Bradley James and Colin Morgan © BBC

Arthur and Merlin played by Bradley James and Colin Morgan © BBC

Director: James Hawes

Writer: Julian Jones

Production Company: Shine

Kent Filming Location: Penshurst Place, Chislehurst Caves

A new prime time drama set in medieval England about the legendary wizard Merlin is due to be screened on BBC One this Autumn!

The programme sees Merlin as a young man at Uther’s Court, where magic is outlawed. Working as Arthur’s manservant, Merlin is forced to keep his magical skills secret.

The 13 part series boasts an impressive cast including Richard Wilson (One Foot in the Grave), Michelle Ryan (Bionic Woman), Anthony Head (Buffy the Vampire Slayer) and Santiago Cabrera (Heroes)

Katie McGrath as Morgana in Merlin © BBC

Katie McGrath as Morgana in Merlin © BBC

Filming of Merlin at Penshurst Place © Kent Film Office

Filming of Merlin at Penshurst Place © Kent Film Office

Anthony Head as Uther Pendragon in Merlin © BBC Richard Wilson as Gauis in Merlin © BBC

Merlin was filmed mostly in a studio with Penshurst Place one of only three locations chosen to film on location where the production company Shine visited the unique Baron’s Hall with it’s awe-inspiring height and courtly atmosphere.

Chislehurst Caves features in episode 3, series one for underground scenes where Arthur and Merlin battle the water beast.

Penshurst Place is a beautiful medieval estate with a history spanning nearly 700 years and has been seen on screen for filming projects including The Hollow Crown – Henry V (2012), The Other Boleyn Girl (2008) and The Gathering (2003).

Season 5 aired on BBC 1 on Saturday nights from February 2008.

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

For more information about the series Merlin visit http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b00mjlxv

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

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Little Dorrit (2008)

The Cast of Little Dorrit

The Cast of Little Dorrit © BBC

Directed By: Adam Smith, Dearbhla Walsh & Diarmuid Lawrence

Written By: Charles Dickens (Novel) & Andrew Davies (Adaptation)

Starring: Clare Foy, Matthew Macfadyen, Tom Courtenay, Amanda Redman & Mackenzie Crook.

Production Company:

Kent Locations Used: Deal Castle

Pet Gowan (Georgia King) and Arthur Clennam (Matthew Macfadyen at Marseilles market

Pet Gowan (Georgia King) and Arthur Clennam (Matthew Macfadyen) in Marseilles © BBC

Writer Andrew Davies achieved success with his adaptation of the Dickens’ classic Bleak House in 2005. Now the BBC has commissioned him to bring another Dickens tale to life, this time it was the  bard’s eleventh novel, Little Dorrit.

The novel was originally published over 19 monthly instalments between 1855 and 1857 and Davies’ adaptation tried to mirror this by creating 14 half hour episodes. First shown on BBC One over the festive period in 2008, it can now be purchased on DVD.

The series boasts an all star cast with appearances from Clare Foy (Upstairs, Downstairs) in the title role,  Matthew McFadden (Pride and Prejudice), Freema Agyeman (Doctor Who), Amanda Redman (New Tricks) and Kent’s very own Mackenzie Crook (The Office).

Maxine Peake, Freema Agyeman, Amanda Redman and Anton Lesser wearing period costumes standing in a street

Maxine Peake, Freema Agyeman, Amanda Redman and Anton Lesser in Little Dorrit © BBC

Telling the tale of young Amy Dorrit, known to those around her as Little Dorrit, who lives with her father in Marshalsea Debtors Prison in London, Dickens hoped to highlight the shortcomings of government and society at the time.  With the arrival of young Arthur Clenham, a business man returning to the family home after an extended stay in China, Amy Dorrit finds her whole world turned upside down. Hindered by the poorly run Circumlocution Office, Clenham begins an investigation into the secret his elderly mother is hiding and hopes to restore the Dorrit family’s wealth.

The production visited Deal Castle in April 2008 to film scenes set in Marseilles. Many locals were confronted with the strange sight of a French flag flying high over the Tudor fortress. The castle itself was transformed into a traditional Moroccan market, complete with aromatic spices, bright cloth and exotic birds in elaborate Victorian cages.

A fan of the Kentish Coast, Charles Dickens often spent time in the county’s popular seaside towns. From his summer residence in Broadstairs he would often enjoy “a walk of ten miles” to Deal, “a seaside town with no cliff”. He wrote about Deal in his novel Bleak House, where he set the temporary home of Richard Carstone, one of the wards in the case of Jarndyce and Jarndyce, who was visited by Esther Summerson.

It was also in Broadstairs that Dickens found inspiration for one of his most famous characters, that of Betsey Trotwood in David Copperfield. In what is now The Dickens House Museum, there lived a woman named Miss Mary Pearson who would often entertain Dickens with her belief that she had the right to stop donkeys from crossing the front of her cottage. It was this peculiarity that would find its way into David Copperfield.

Deal Castle is a Tudor castle built by the order of King Henry VIII located on the seafront. The Deal area has previously had filming from The Tunnel: Sabotage (2016), Antiques Roadshow (2015) and Legacy (2013).

The first hour long episode aired on Sunday 26th October 2008 at 8pm on BBC1 and is now available to buy on DVD.

Little Dorrit also features in the Kent Film Office Dickens Trail which lauched in 2012: https://kentfilmoffice.co.uk/kent-movie-map/dickens-movie-trail/ 

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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/b00fcm3b

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

For more information about Broadstairs: http://www.visitkent.co.uk/explore/thedms.asp?dms=13&venue=3201209

For more information about the Kent Film Office Dickens Trail: https://kentfilmoffice.co.uk/moviemap/dickens-movie-trail/

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Wayfaring Stranger (2008)

Ronnie (Christopher Fulford) and Bobby (Jack O'Connell) standing in front of a house

Ronnie (Christopher Fulford) and Bobby (Jack O’Connell) © Sentinal Entertainment Ltd.

Director:  Richard West 

Writer:  Billy MacKinnon & Richard West 

Production Company: Screen South, Sentinel Entertainment

Kent Filming Locations: Whitstable, The Old Neptune pub, The Kings Ferry Bridge, The Historic Dockyard Chatham.

Wayfaring Stranger was filmed entirely in Kent and examines the less than easy relationship between young offender and aspiring comedian Bobby (Jack O’Connell) and his drifter dad, Ronnie (Christopher Fulford). Released from a spell in prison, much to his surprise and disgust, Bobby is picked up by his Father.

Ronnie (Christopher Fulford) and Bobby (Jack O'Connell) standing in front of Chatham Dockyards which doubles as a Prison

Chatham Dockyards doubles as the Prison © Sentinal Entertainment Ltd.

A touring musician, Ronnie abandoned his wife and son for the warmth of Bangkok and pursued a singing career. Appearing in local pubs and sleeping in his trusty van, Ronnie sees an opportunity to reconnect with his son by attempting to incorporate him in his act.

A recipient of Screen South’s Digital Short award, Wayfaring Stranger was shot at various locations throughout Kent including Whitstable at The Old Neptune pub and  The Historic Dockyard Chatham and the Kings Ferry Bridge.

The grand entrance gates complete with the coat of arms of George the Third at The Historic Dockyard Chathamproved to be the ideal double for the prison doors through which Bobby’s is released from incarceration.  

A local institution in Whistable, The Old Neptune pub is located on the sea wall, giving it a fantastic view across the estuary. The pub is no stranger to fame and fortune as it was Peter Cushing’s local haunt and the Landlord boasts ‘Why not have a special meal; Peter O’Toole did in the Movie Venus?’

Whitstable is a seaside town near Canterbury, famous for its annual Oyster Festival as well as the delightful harbour, shingle beach, busy high street and strong arts and culture scene.  Terry and Mason’s Great Food Trip (2015), James May’s Man Lab(2013) and Tipping the Velvet (2002) have previously chosen to film in Whitstable.

Set over 80 acres is The Historic Dockyard Chatham which contains over 100 Georgian and Victorian buildings as well as cobbled streets and dock spaces. A popular film location, The Historic Dockyard Chatham has featured in Close To The Enemy (2016), Rustom (2016) and Mr Turner (2014).

Links:

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

For more information about Screen South’s Digital Shorts Scheme: http://www.screensouth.org/newsarticle.aspx?newsid=920

For more information about Whitstable: http://www.canterbury.co.uk/canterbury-district/Whitstable.aspx

For more information about The Old Neptune pub: http://www.neppy.co.uk/index.html

For more information about The Historic Dockyard Chatham: http://www.chdt.org.uk/

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The Things I Haven’t Told You (2008)

The Cast of Things I Haven't Told You by the seafront

The Cast of Things I Haven’t Told You by the seafront © Tiger Aspect/BBC Three

Writer: Lisa McGee

Director: Marcal Fores

Starring: Elizabeth Day, Nathalie Lunghi, Sophie Loftus, Haruka Abe, Mark Adams, Ryan Sampson and Lenora Chrichlow

Production Company: Tiger Aspect Productions

Kent Filming Locations: Herne Bay, Whitstable, King Ethelbert School in Birchington

 Elizabeth Day as Aisling Hunter and Nathalie Lunghi as Geri West in school uniforms in a school coridor

Elizabeth Day as Aisling Hunter and Nathalie Lunghi as Geri West © Tiger Aspect/BBC Three

The Things I Haven’t Told You is a BBC Three drama which follows six adolescents attempting to make their way through the traumas of being a teenager.

When super popular Geri West and barely average girl Aisling Hunter suddenly become friends, everyone is suspicious. What does Aisling know about Geri and what does she want in return for her silence?

Then Aisling disappears after a bizarre car accident.  Immediately rumours abound: was it really an accident or was it deliberate?

Starring Elizabeth Day, Nathalie Lunghi, Sophie Loftus, Haruka Abe, Mark Adams, Ryan Sampson and Lenora Chrichlow and Andrew Lincoln (Love Actually, Teachers).

The filming took place in the summer of 2007 and King Ethelbert School in Birchington, Whitstable and Herne Bay are featured.

Whitstable and Herne Bay are popular seaside destinations for Londoners on day trips. Herne Bay is a traditional pebble stone beach flanked with quaint and picturesque beach huts whilst Whitstable has a traditional fishing harbour. Whitstable has been previously seen on screen in productions such as Who Do You Think You Are? (2013), Cook Me The Money! (2013) and Venus (2007).

Birchington is a coastal village near to Margate which is a vibrant seaside resort, with complementary historic and modern architecture. The Carer (2016), Free Speech (2014) and Exodus (2007) have previously used the Margate area for filming.

Things I Haven’t Told You was shown on BBC Three at 9pm on 17th March 2008.

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For more information about filming in Kent please contact: filmoffice@kent.gov.uk
For more information about Things I Haven’t Told You: http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b009hmcw
For more information about the Canterbury area visit: http://www.canterbury.co.uk/

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The Fixer (2008)

From left to right: Jody Lee Latham (sitting), Peter Mullan, Andrew Buchan and Tamsin Outhwaite are all placed infront of a tower block with a blue sky in the background

Jody Lee Latham, Peter Mullan, Andrew Buchan and

Tamsin Outhwaite cast of The Fixer © ITV1

Written by: Neil Cross

Directed by: Alrick Riley

Starring: Peter Mullen, Andrew Buchan, Jody Lee Latham ,Tamsin Outhwaite

Production Company: Kudos Film and Television

Kent Filming Locations: Botany Bay

From the award winning production company Kudos, who also brought you Hustle, Life on Mars and Spooks , comes a six part drama starring Tamsin Outhwaithe (Eastenders, Hotel Babylon), Peter Mullan (Children of Men, The Magdalene Sisters), Andrew Buchan (Cranford, Party Animals) and Jody Lee Latham (Ruby Blue, Shameless).

Retired police officer, Lenny Douglas (Peter Mullan), heads up a renegade group acting outside  the law to bring order to the spiralling criminal activity in the country. He hires John Mercer (Andrew Buchan), a former Special Forces member who has just been released from prison, to fix problems by carrying out assassinations. Rose (Tamsin Outhwaite), a disgraced ex police officer, and petty thief Calum  (Jody Lee Latham) help Mercer carry out his hits effectively, making them a deadly force to reckon with.

The production team visited Kent briefly in 2007 to shoot scenes at Botany Bay in Thanet.

Botany Bay is a beautiful sandy bay popular with tourists but it was once the home of notorious smugglers! In fact, Botany Bay is said to have been the location of the infamous Battle of Botany Bay, where Joss Snelling’s gang were caught red handed smuggling goods into the county. Botany Bay has previously welcomed projects such as Emelie Sande music video (2016), the BBC drama True Love (2012) and D- Day: The Last Heroes (2012).

The seclusion of the bay provided the perfect backdrop for a dark and sinister hit by The Fixer!

The first series aired on the 10th March on ITV and is now available to buy on DVD

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

For more information about The Fixer visit: http://www.imdb.com/title/tt1204507/

For more information about Botany Bay visit: http://www.visitthanet.co.uk/attractions/botany-bay/8670?micrositeid=210

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Hancock and Joan (2008)

Ken Stott as Hancock - sitting at a table holding a cup and wearing a black coat and hat

Ken Stott as Hancock. Copyright BBC/World Productions

Writer: Richard Cottan

Director: Richard Laxton

Production Company: World Productions

Kent Filming Locations: BroadstairsRamsgate

A one off drama starring Ken Stott as Hancock (Rebus) and Maxine Peake (Shameless), Hancock and Joan charts the affair between Hancock and his best friend’s wife, Joan Le Mesurier.

Not long wedded to their current spouses, Joan and Tony embarked on a passionate love affair that lasted nearly two years. But Tony, despite his adoration for Joan, was plagued with depression and alcoholism, which proved to be a constant drain on their relationship.

When Tony is offered a chance to revive his career with a new series in Australia, Joan gives him an ultimatum to give up alcohol and in return for her leaving John and marrying him. Agreeing Tony embarked to Australia. Unfortunately, the failure of his series and a misunderstanding about Joan’s loyalty for him prompted him to take his life.

 

Paul Hicks standing by a car in front of a house

Paul Hicks and his car. Copyright: Kent Film Office

 

On set of Hancock and Joan - cameras in a residential street

On set of Hancock and Joan. Copyright: Kent Film Office

The programme is based on John Le Mesurier’s autobiography ‘Lady Don’t Fall Backwards’ and Edward Joffe’s ‘Hancock’s Last Stand’ and was filmed in the Le Mesurier’s home town of Ramsgate.

Set in 1967, the challenge to find period locations for the piece were providentially solved. Both Ramsgate itself and it’s close neighbour Broadstairs provided some untouched gems such as Morellli’s cafe, one of the only remaining 50’s style cafes in Britain and the house that doubled as John and Joan’s family home. Vintage cars where bought in from around the county to dress the streets, which proved to be a task in itself as despite glorious November sunshine temperatures were brisk and the cars had to be well looked after due to their fragile nature.

Broadstairs and Ramsgate are coastal towns in the Thanet District of Kent offering gorgeous beaches, historic towns and a harbour. Eastenders (2015), Edge of Heaven (2013) and True Love (2012) have all utilised the area for filming.

Hancock and Joan was shown on BBC 4 at 9pm on 26th March 2008.

Links

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

For more information about the programme visit http://www.bbc.co.uk/drama/hancockandjoan/

For more information about Thanet visit http://www.visitthanet.co.uk/

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Sally Lockheart – The Shadow in the North (2007)

The Shadow in the North logo

The Shadow in the North © BBC

 

Director: John Alexander

Starring: Billie Piper, JJ Field, Julian Rhind-Tutt, Matt Smith, Hayley Atwell

Production Company:  BBC, NOVA/WGBH Boston

Kent Locations: The Historic Dockyard Chatham

Sally Lockheart (Billie Piper) in period clothing

Sally Lockheart (Billie Piper) © BBC

The Shadow in the North is the second of the Sally Lockheart Mysteries and follows Sally, who, with the help of her detective friends, investigates her client’s losses of vast sums of money due to a vanished steam ship. The team find out that a mysterious stage magician and a psychic medium are part of the mystery, along with a very old enemy of Sally’s.

This BBC TV Movie is the second Sally Lockheart Mystery and is based on the 1986 novel of the same name by English author Philip Pullman.

Starring many familiar faces including Billie Piper (Doctor Who, A Passionate Women), JJ Field (The Musketeers, Captain America: The First Avenger), Matt Smith (Doctor Who), Hayley Atwell (The Duchess, The Sweeney)and Julian Rhind-Tutt (Rush, Stardust).

The Historic Dockyard in Chatham doubled as the exterior of North Star Castings gun shop, as well as London street scenes.

The Historic Dockyard in Chatham boasts many interesting features such as the HMS Cavalier, period buildings, cobbled streets and newly reconstructed smithy. Many productions have been shot at this location including Dom Hemingway (2013), Sherlock Holmes (2009) and Oliver Twist (2007).

The Shadow in the North was shown on the BBC in December 2007 and is now available to buy on DVD.

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/b008mfcn

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

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