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.
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 visitedKingsgate Bay in Thanet to film a dramatic scene as part of the drama.
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?
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.
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 Cavesfeatures in episode 3, series one for underground scenes where Arthur and Merlin battle the water beast.
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).
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.
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.
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.
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?’
Birchington is a coastal village near to Margatewhich is a vibrant seaside resort, with complementary historic and modern architecture. The Carer(2016), Free Speech(2014) and Exodus (2007) have previously used the Margatearea for filming.
Things I Haven’t Told You was shown on BBC Three at 9pm on 17th March 2008.
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 Bayin Thanet.
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 and his car. Copyright: Kent Film Office
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.
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).