Director: Ellena Wood Executive Producers: Ben Gale, Helen Littleboy, Natasha Bondy, Marvyn Benoit Production Company: Little Gem Kent Locations Used: Margate
“This Is Our Family” follows four families from across the UK, to tell the stories of their lives over a three year period. This ambitious docu-series began filming four years ago and is split into four 60-minute episodes.
The episode directed by Ellena Wood (Louis Theroux: Talking to Anorexia (2017)) and co-directed by Holly Moy, follows three generations of strong women living under one roof in Margate. Maree Miles lives with her three daughters, Ellie, Lily and Dolce in her mum Irene’s house. 86 year-old Irene has dementia and her condition seems to be getting worse.
Executive Producers are Ben Gale and Helen Littleboy for Little Gem, with Natasha Bondy as Creative Director. Marvyn Benoit is Executive Producer for Sky.
Production visited Margate to film at the participants’ homes as well as the seafront, including wide aerial drone shots that show the true scale of the town.
Margate is a seaside town complete with sandy beach, harbour, amusement park, period housing and the ultra-modern art gallery Turner Contemporary which offers exhibitions, events and various educational opportunities.
The beach is reputedly named after an eighteenth-century smuggler Joss Snelling. Joss Bay is Kent’s best-known surfing beach and is home to the longest established surf school on this coast. The site offers an ideal set for many film productions.
The Dracula mini-series will air on BBC One on three consecutive days starting at 9pm on 1st January 2020. The series will subsequently be available to stream on Netflix.
Starring: Scott Adkins, Craig Fairbrass, Thomas Turgoose
Production Company: Samuel Goldwyn Films
Kent Locations Used: Canterbury Prison
This British crime thriller tells the story of gang member Cain Burgess (Scott Adkins) who evades his prison sentences to take revenge on those who have wronged him. Believing other people are the reason for his misfortunes, he fights his way back to confront his enemies.
Starring: Jalaal Hartley, Jessica Ransom, Tom Stourton, Richard David-Caine, Harrie Hayes, Emily Lloyd Saini
Production Company: Lion Television
Kent Locations Used: The Historic Dockyard Chatham, Allington Castle
The CBBC’s historical children’s TV programme, Horrible Histories, adapted from the books written by Terry Deary, has recently returned to television screens for an eighth season. The show brings major historical and social events from both the UK and overseas to life using comedy to inform and excite younger audiences.
Episodes feature British historical figures including Horatio Nelson (Richard David-Caine) and Lord Byron (James McNicholas), Samuel Pepys (Tom Stourton) and Oliver Cromwell (James McNicholas) to name but a few. In Episode 1 ‘Queen Vic’s Home Vids’ Victorian Filmmaker Williams Dixon (Jalaal Hartley) is shown filming whilst strapped to the front of a steam train. This comic re-enactment scene, filmed on green screen at The Historic Dockyard Chatham, is intercut with archive BFI footage of the real filming.
The Historic Dockyard Chatham in Kent was used as a filming location for the programme and features in Episode 1 – Queen Vic’s Home Vids, Episode 3 – Chaotic Collabs, Episode 8 – Putrid Politics and Special: Heroic Home Front. Scenes were filmed around the Ropery, Tarred Yarn Store, Anchor Wharf, Officers Terrace, The Old Pay Office, Commissioners House and submarine HMS Ocelot.
The Historic Dockyard Chatham, established in the mid-16th century and located on the River Medway in Kent, is a highly desirable filming location for film and television crews alike. The site boasts a huge 80 acres of land, more than 100 Victorian, Georgian buildings and maritime spaces, all of which spanning a history of over 200 years.
Allington Castle and gardens feature in Season 8 playing the role of Samuel Pepys’ home, The Tower of London, The Palace of Versaille and a Tudor Castle. The location can be seen in Episode 2 – Fashion Faux Pas, Episode 3 – Chaotic Collabs, Episode 4 – Mind Your Manners, Episode 5 – Fearsome Families, Episode 6 – Bizarre Beasts and Episode 8 – Putrid Politics.
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.
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).
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.
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.
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.
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.
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), andTapsee Pannu (The Ghazi Attack, Pink)
The production visited the town of Sevenoaks to film in a private residence that features in the film.