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).
In the latest adaptation of Dickens’ Classic tale, the story of young orphan Oliver Twist is faithfully recreated by the BBC whilst delivering a modern and thrilling edge that is sure to entice audiences.
After the death of his mother, Oliver Twist (William Miller) is thrown into poverty and misfortune. Left to the mercy of the workhouse, he is routinely tormented with cruelty and starvation by the local Beadle, Mr. Bumble, and the workhouse employees. When daring to ask for more food, Oliver is famously cast out of the orphanage and must make his own way in the world.
After narrowly escaping the clutches of his new guardians, owners of a local funeral parlor, Oliver walks the many miles to London. On arriving in the city he is found by the Artful Dodger (Adam Arnold), a pickpocket and the most senior of Fagin’s (Timothy Spall) gang. Experiencing kindness for the first time in the form of the beautiful Nancy (Sophie Okenado), girlfriend to the villainous Bill Sykes (Tom Hardy), Oliver is soon drawn in to the darker and seedier side of life in Victorian London.
Oliver Twist (Otherwise known as The Parish Boy’s Progress) is the second novel of renowned author Charles Dickens. Noted for its unromantic portrayal of criminals in London, the novel exposed the cruel treatment of children during the time. The novel has been the subject for many adaptations on stage and screen, the most famous being Carol Reed’s musical Oliver! starring Ron Moody as Fagin and Oliver Reed as Bill Sykes.
Directed by Coky Giedroyc (Carrie’s War, Stella Does Tricks) and adapted by Sarah Phelps (EastEnders, The Casual Vacancy), starring Timothy Spall (The King’s Speech, Mr. Turner), William Miller (Runaway, The Kid), Adam Arnold (Hibernation, The Bill), Tom Hardy (Inception, Locke), Sophie Okenedo (After Earth, Hotel Rwanda) and Rob Brydon (Black Books, Gavin & Stacey)
Kent welcomed the production when it was filmed in 2007 to The Historic DockyardChatham which was the location used to shoot one of the most famous lines of Dickens’ literary history “Please Sir, I want some more”. The Tarred Yarn Store at The Historic DockyardChathamis a Grade II listed building and was used to recreate the famous workhouse scene in the film.
Charles Dickens’ father, who was the inspiration for the character of Mr Micawber in David Copperfield, worked at The Historic DockyardChatham as a clerk in the Naval Pay Office from 1817 to 1822. The young Dickens would often accompany his father on trips downriver from Chatham to Sheerness on the Naval Pay Yacht “Chatham”. This inspired Dickens and instilled in him a love for the sea and rivers which would later feature in some of his novels.
First shown in 2007 in five episodes on BBC1, this adaptation is now available on DVD.
Starring: Rupert Penry-Jones, Hermione Norris, Miranda Raison.
Production Company: BBC
Kent Locations Used: Medway Services, Cliffe
Spooks is a long running BBC One TV drama series following the work of the British MI5 agency. This fast-paced thriller sees the team trying to stop a rogue member of the Iranian intelligence who plans to unleash a deadly bioweapon.
Kent Locations: Stansted, St. Giles Church, Wormshill, The Ringlestone Inn, Nr. Harrietsham and Court Lodge Farm
Popular BBC One soap Eastenders is about the ups and downs of the lives of the residents of Albert Square. In the Easter Monday special, Jim (John Bardon) arranges a day out for Dot (June Brown) to the village where she used to live.
First stop is the church Dot used to go to Sunday school where the vicar tells her that her old friend Margot recently died. Upset, she persuades Jim to let her visit her son, Douglas (Paul Kaye), which doesn’t go well so she returns to the church. Praying and considering whether she’s been a bad mother, Dot hears a baby crying and finds a baby Tomas under an ‘Asylum Welcome’ sign. Leaving her details, Dot decides to take the baby home.
The episode is directed by Steve Finn (London’s Burning, Children’s Ward, Mile High), written by Christopher Reason(Casualty, The Bill, Young Dracula) and starring June Brown (Bean, Sunday Bloody Sunday, The 14), John Bardon (East Is East, Clockwise, Gulliver’s Travels) and Paul Kaye (Match Point, Dracula Untold, Blackball ).
The production chose to film in Kent at Stansted, St. Giles Church, Wormshill, The Ringlestone Inn,Nr. Harrietsham and Court Lodge Farm.
Stansted is a rural village in the Tonbridge and Malling district of Kent with schools, pubs, village halls and a recreation ground. The village has excellent transport links as it is near the M20.
This episode of EastEnders aired on Easter Monday April 2007.
Eastenders is a BBC One soap set in East London about the lives of the Albert Square residents. In the hour long special broadcast in March 2007, viewers find that Kevin (Phil Daniels) is still alive after he disappeared following the revelation that he wasn’t the biological father of his children Deano and Carly.
Kevin befriends a man called Jed (Burn Gorman) who can’t remember where he is or how he got there following a stag do. Jed steals Kevin’s stuff and boards a bus which then crashes. Jed dies in Kevin’s arms saying he wishes he could see his family, which makes Kevin decided it is time to return to Albert Square.
The series was created by Julia Smith and Tony Holland and first aired in 1985. The soap has become a fan favourite and won a number of awards including six BAFTA’s.
The episode was directed by Paul Annett and written by Julia Honour, starring Phil Daniels (Quadrophenia, Chicken Run, Time Gentlemen Please) and Burn Gorman(The Dark Knight Rises, Pacific Rim, Layer Cake).
Cape Wrath is a 7-part thriller which is known in the US as Meadowlands. This sinister series followed the lives of the Brogan family, headed by David Morrissey, as they relocate to the seemingly safe suburban town of Meadowlands as part of a witness protection programme. The Brogan family begin to doubt just how safe the village of Meadowlands truly is when it turns out that they’re not the only ones with secrets to hide.
Starring David Morrissey (The Walking Dead, The Reaping, The Other Boleyn Girl) as Danny Brogan and Lucy Cohu (Becoming Jane, Broadchurch, The Queen’s Sister) as his ever-patient wife Evelyn, Cape Wrath also showcases a number of well-known talents including Felicity Jones (The Theory of Everything, Like Crazy, The Diary of Anne Frank), Tom Hardy (Inception, The Dark Knight Rises, Mad Max: Fury Road), Ralph Brown (Withnail and I, Star Wars: Episode 1 -The Phantom Menace, Wayne’s World 2) and Nina Sosanya (Love Actually, Last Tango in Halifax, Code 46).
The series based and filmed in Kent, utilising an empty warehouse in Rusthall to create a number of central sets which were used for most of the interiors. The main characters homes were filmed at housing development next to Leybourne Lakes Country Park which double as “Meadowlands”. Liberty Square at Kings Hill features as the local town centre and The Kings Hill Golf Course is also used for a number of scenic exterior shots. Wye College also features as Samantha’s Father’s place of work in London. The Gym, the sports hall and the exterior of Maidstone Leisure Centre also feature frequently throughout the series.
Maidstone is the county town of Kent which lies on the River Medway and boasts lovely parks and gardens such as Mote Park where Mote Park Leisure Centre, is situated. The town also has many shops, bars and restaurants and is home to The Maidstone Studios an independent TV studio complex on an 11 acre site offering 5 television studios, dubbing facilities, edits suites, office space and parking. Productions which have previously filmed in the area includeLater… with Jools Holland (2015), Don’t Tell the Bride(2013) and Missing(2009).
Cape Wrath was originally shown on Channel 4 in July 2007 and is available to buy on DVD.
The Inspector Lynley Mysteries is a BBC One drama series about Detective Inspector Thomas Lynley of Scotland Yard and Detective Sergeant Barbara Haves who work together to solve unusual murder cases.
In ‘Natural Causes’, Detective Barbara Havers has been left without a partner after Detective Lynley’s suspension for threatening a suspect and is called in to solve the murder of a young woman, whose body was found after her car was shunted into a lake. Detective Lynley can’t help getting involved in the investigation, but will his participation help or hinder the case?
The series stars Sharon Small (About a Boy, Dear Frankie), Nathaniel Parker (Far From the Madding Crowd, Haunted Mansion), Mary Stockley(V for Vendetta, The Woman in Black), Ben Lannoy(Judge John Deed), Liza Tarbuck(Mount Pleasant Bonkers),Nicholas Gleaves(Scott & Bailey, Waterloo Road) and Adrian Rawlins(Dickensian, Harry Potter series).
Dungenesswas used in Natural Causes as the area where the victim lived and Detective Barbara Havers (Sharon Small) and Detective Inspector Fiona Knight (Liza Tarbuck) interviewed the victim’s family and questioned suspects. The end of the episode culminates in a dramatic scene at the top of the Old Lighthouse in Dungeness.
Dungenessis a vast, natural space on the Kent coast and has a shingle beach, two lighthouses and power station. Dungenessis a popular film location having been used for ITV drama The Poison Tree (2012), Nicki Minaj music video, BBC drama series Parades End(2012) as well as various photo shoots.
The Inspector Lynley Mysteries Natural Causes was shown on BBC One in July 2006 and is now available to buy on DVD.