Queen of Spain (2018)

Two young boys stand in an english garden with a manor house behind. They are stood with bicycles and a butterfly net

Queen of Spain © Theo Lowenstein

Writer: Stephen Lowenstein and Greer Ellison

Director: Stephen Lowenstein

Starring: Miles Richardson, Jordan Long, Karen Lewis

Production Company: Blue Shadows Films and I Spy Films

Kent Locations Used: Hartlip Place in Sittingbourne, Barrows Antiques in Faversham, Queendown Warren in Sittingbourne

Queen of Spain is a coming of age story set in the world of butterfly collectors on the eve of the First World War. A thirteen-year-old boy spots one of the rarest butterfly species ever to be seen on the British Isles.

Queen of Spain is a short drama starring Miles Richardson (Doctors, The Crown), Jordan Long (Assassin’s Creed, Unforgotten) and Karen Lewis (Grange Hill, The Bill). The story is by Stephen Lowenstein (The Man Who Held his Breath) and was developed by Greer Ellison (Butterfly Kisses).

Various scenes for Queen of Spain were filmed around Kent; Georgian house Hartlip Place in Sittingbourne was used to shoot its mature garden as well as a private residence in the area for some interior scenes. Barrows Antiques in Faversham features in a small yet poignant scene where a confrontation takes place between the protagonist and the local butcher boy, who has “abducted” his butterfly. Queen Down Warren in Sittingbourne was chosen for its beautiful woods and wild flower meadow paths, which feature with the protagonist hunting butterflies.

Faversham is a beautiful historic market town in the Swale Borough of Kent. The historic town boasts over 500 listed buildings and there are many beautiful walks the picturesque countryside has to offer. Previous productions in the town include Hetty Feather Series 3 (2017) and Walks With My Dog (2017).

Sittingbourne, also in the Swale district, offers town areas, flat open landscapes and beautiful beach areas. Southcliffe (2103), Great Expectations (2012) and The Sweeney (2012) have previously been filmed in Swale.

Queen of Spain is due to be released in the UK on 25 February 2018.


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Next of Kin (2018)

Actress Archie Panjabi and actor Jack Davenport embrace against a grey background

Next of Kin: Archie Panjabi as Mona Shirani and Jack Davenport as Guy Harcourt © ITV / Mammoth Screen

Writers:  Natasha Narayan, Paul Rutman

Directors:  Justin Chadwick, Jamie Childs

Starring:  Archie Panjabi, Jack Davenport

Production Company:  Mammoth Screen

Kent Locations Used:  Oakdene Cafe, London Road, Wrotham

ITV’s new drama series Next Of Kin follows whip-smart GP Mona Shirani who lives in London with political lobbyist husband Guy Harcourt. Family life is shattered when Mona’s brother is brutally murdered whilst working for a medical charity abroad. In the wake of the murder, Mona’s family comes under suspicion and is drawn deep into a tangle of betrayal and conspiracy as they try to protect their loved ones and careers.

The six-part series was written and created by husband and wife team Paul Rutman (Indian Summers, Vera) and Natasha Narayan. Emmy Award winner and Golden Globe nominee, Archie Panjabi (The Good Wife, The Fall), and renowned actor, Jack Davenport (Pirates of the Caribbean, Smash), star in Mammoth Screen’s fast-paced family thriller, Next Of Kin.

Oakdene Cafe, London Road in Wrotham Kent  features in Episode 4 where filming took place in June 2017.  Wrotham is a village on the Pilgrims’ Way in Kent, at the foot of the North Downs. It is one mile north of Borough Green and approximately five miles east Sevenoaks, a historic market town which has attracted several large productions in 2017 including Judwaa 2 (2017) and The Big Family Cooking Showdown (2017).

Kent is increasingly popular with ITV drama productions and hosting popular series such as Liar (2017) filmed partly in Deal and Walpole Bay and Mr Selfridge (2016) partly filmed at The Historic Dockyard Chatham.

ITV’s new drama series Next Of Kin starts on Monday 8th January at 9pm and the episode featuring Kent will be screened on 29 January 2018.


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

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Hard Sun (2018)

Promotional image showing Renko (AGYNESS DEYN) and Hicks (JIM STURGESS) against a London skyline

Agyness Deyn as Renko and Jim Sturgess as Hicks in BBC drama Hard Sun © BBC/Euston Films

: Neil Cross

Director: Brian Kirk, Nick Rowland, Richard Senior

Starring: Agyness Deyn, Jim Sturgess

Production Company: Euston Films

Kent Locations Used: Thanet – Ramsgate Tunnel

Hard Sun is a new BBC One drama TV series set in a pre-apocalyptic criminal world which follows the story of two detectives attempting to retain law and order amongst the civilian population five days before the world is about to end.

Detective Robert Hicks (Jim Sturgess) is very corrupt and  must learn to work with honest copper, Detective Elaine Renko (Agyness Deyn) to save as many civilians as possible from the fast-approaching apocalypse.

Writer Neil Cross is well known for his ground breaking work on drama series Luther and the recent horror flick, Mama, both globally acclaimed. Director Brian Kirk has experience of directing several high profile series, including Game of Thrones and Luther. Nick Rowland is a relatively new director on the scene whose credits include BBC’s Cuffs and Ripper Street. Richard Senior who debuted as a director in 2011, is known for his work on a Doctor Who episode and two episodes for Poldark.

The stars of the show are  Agyness Deyn (Clash of the Titans, Hail, Caesar!),a supermodel turned actress and Jim Sturgess (Geostorm, The Other Boleyn Girl 2008) who gave up a music career in 2006 to become an actor.

In one Episode during the series Detective Hicks is thrown out of a van in a tunnel. For this tricky stunt work, the production visited Kent to use the Ramsgate Harbour Approach Tunnel.

The Ramsgate Harbour Approach Tunnel has been credited in The Tunnel: Sabotage (2016).

Hard Sun is set to begin on BBC One on 6th January 2018 at 9.35pm. There will be six hour-long episodes.



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Call the Midwife Series 7 (2018)

Call the Midwife cast pictured in front of Nonnatus House

Call The Midwife Series 7 © BBC / Neal Street Productions

Call the Midwife cast return for a Christmas Special and Series 7

Writer: Heidi Thomas

Producer: Pippa Harris and Heidi Thomas

Starring: Rebecca Callard, Anita Dobson, Tim Ingall, Arthur Wilde

Production Company: Neal Street Productions for PBS/BBC One

Kent locations used: The Historic Dockyard Chatham

Call the Midwife, the drama adapted from the top-selling memoirs of Jennifer Worth, returns to BBC1 with a festive special on Christmas Day. This year the setting is the Big Freeze of 1962-3, which was declared the coldest winter for 300 years bringing the East End of London to a standstill. Frozen pipes and power cuts caused by extreme weather conditions made it very difficult for our midwives to care for their patients in the local community.

Series Seven follows in the New Year, introducing West Indian Nurse, Lucille Anderson (Leonie Elliott), who brings new energy to Nonnatus House joining old favourites Sister Julienne (Jenny Agutter) and Nurse Trixie Franklin (Helen George). Nurse Lucille Anderson’s character gives an interesting insight into the experiences of Caribbean nurses who immigrated to Britain to help with the rapid growth of the NHS.

In June 2017, the production team filmed at their regular location, The Historic Dockyard Chatham, which stands in for Poplar in the East End of London, using the Ropery for the external snowy street scenes and the exterior of the Old Pay Office where they filmed for both Series Seven and the Christmas Special.

Set on the River Medway, The Historic Dockyard Chatham is a popular film location for period dramas offering Georgian and Victorian architecture, maritime environment, dry dock, cobbled streets, and industrial buildings. The Dockyard has previously featured in TV productions such as six-part BBC Two comedy series Quacks (2017), set during the early days of modern medical science in the 1840s, and The Halcyon (2017) for ITV, set in London in the 1940s.

Did you know that the  The Historic Dockyard Chatham runs Call the Midwife location tours? Find out more here http://thedockyard.co.uk/whats-on/call-the-midwife-location-tours/

The Call the Midwife 2017 Christmas Special was shown on BBC One at 7:40pm on Christmas Day.

Call the Midwife Series 7 airs on BBC One at 7.30pm on Sunday 21 January.


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

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The Tunnel: Vengeance (2017)


Actors Clémence Poésy and Stephen Dillane look on at camera in police building

The Tunnel: Vengeance – © Sky Atlantic

Writer: Emilia Di Girolamo

Directors: Anders Engstrom and Giles Bannier

Starring: Clémence Poésy and Stephen Dillane

Production company: Kudos

Kent locations used: The Production was based in the County and locations are across East Kent and France

The Tunnel: Vengeance returns for its final and third series this December. The six-part crime-thriller is set against the backdrop of a refugee crisis in Europe, which leads British detective Karl (Stephen Dillane) to partner with Elise (Clémence Poésy) from the French National Gendarmerie. Together they investigate crimes such as the setting alight of a fishing vessel transporting refugees across the Channel. The series examines themes of terrorism, refugees and the rise of far-right political groups.

In March 2017, the production team, which was based in Sandwich, filmed across East Kent, with locations including Reculver, Botany Bay, Ramsgate Royal Harbour and the Port of Dover.

East Kent is home to spectacular coastal landscapes and historic towns, and boasts excellent transport links to London and western Europe. East Kent has been used for filming by productions such as Liar (2017) and Humans: Series 2 (2016).

Don’t miss the return of The Tunnel: Vengeance, with all the episodes available on Thursday 14 December on Sky Atlantic at 9pm.

 Watch the series teaser here:


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

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Judwaa 2 (2017)

Film poster with actor and actress on bicycle with large close of actors face in background tilting sunglasses forward.

Judwaa 2 – © Fox Star Studios

Writer: Yunus Sajawal, Farhad Samji, Sajid

Director: David Dhawan

Starring: Salman Khan, Varun Dhawan, Jacqueline Fernandez, Anupam Kher, Tapsee Pannu

Production Company: Nadiadwala Grandson Entertainment

Kent Locations used: Sevenoaks

Twin brothers Raja and Prem are separated at birth and live very different lives until a series of coincidences brings them back together and they find themselves working together to infiltrate and take down an underground smuggling ring.

David Dhawan (Do not disturb, Rascals) directed the production along with writers Yunus Sajawal (Jaggu Dada, Singham Returns), Farhad Samji (Housefull 3, Diwale) and Sajid (Chennai Express, Ready). Indian superstars Salman Khan  (Sultan, C.I.D ) and Varun Dhawan (Badlapur, Student of the year) star, along with Jacqueline Fernandez (Kick, Roy) , Anupam Kher (A Family Man, Sense8), and  Tapsee Pannu (The Ghazi Attack, Pink)

The production visited the town of Sevenoaks to film in a private residence that features in the film.

Sevenoaks is a historic market town and the home of Knole Park, a stately home with a thousand acre medieval deer park. Previous productions to have filmed in Sevenoaks include Strike – The Cuckoo’s Calling/The Silkworm (2017), Rush (2013) and Sherlock Holmes: Game of Shadows (2011)

Judwaa 2 will be released in cinemas across the UK on 29th September 2017

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

For more information on Judwaa 2 visit: http://www.imdb.com/title/tt5456546/

For more information on Sevenoaks visit: https://www.visitkent.co.uk/see-and-do/destinations/sevenoaks-district/ 

For more information about Kent’s Filming History please visit our Movie Map: https://kentfilmoffice.co.uk/kent-movie-map/moviemap-live-2/