Hetty Feather Series 5 (2019) and Christmas Special

Hetty (Isabel Clifton) pictured smiling at something in the distance.

Isabel Clifton as Hetty in the Hetty Feather series ©BBC

 

Producer: David Collier
Starring: Isobel Clifton, Tabitha Byron, Rhianna Merralls,
Production Company: BBC
Kent Locations Used: Belmont House, The Historic Dockyard Chatham,

Nineteenth century hit children’s drama, based on the characters in Jacqueline Wilson’s novel, Hetty Feather, returns for its fifth series. The ten-part series focuses on the life of Hetty Feather (Isabel Clifton), an orphan, now in service with Lady Grenfell at Calendar Hall along with her fellow foundlings Gideon and Sheila. Aided by friends and thwarted by enemies, Hetty battles to win her freedom and finally find her real mother.

The series stars Isabel Clifton (The Dumping Ground), Tabitha Byron (Femi), and Rhianna Merralls (Carters Get Rich).

Hetty Feather is entirely filmed in Kent, where production visited the elegant 18th century Belmont House in Faversham, which features as Calendar Hall.

In the Christmas Special Hetty (Isabel Clifton) embarks on a musical Christmas adventure, only to be stopped in her tracks by Matron. Look out for scenes filmed at The Historic Dockyard Chatham and Belmont House in Faversham. See a preview of the Christmas Special here.

The Historic Dockyard Chatham also features as various London locations and filming took place at the streets around the Ropery, Officers Terrace, Old Pay Office and the Tarred Yarn Store.

The Historic Dockyard Chatham lies on the River Medway and boasts a variety of Georgian and Victorian architecture, maritime environment, dry dock, cobbled streets, and industrial buildings. The Historic Dockyard Chatham continues to be a popular film location for Hetty Feather, as well as other previous productions such as Junk Rescue (2019) and Call the Midwife (2012-2018).

Hetty Feather Series 5 began airing on Monday 6th May 2019 on CBBC and is available to view on BBC iPlayer.

Hetty Feather: A Christmas Adventure (2019) airs at 5.30pm on CBBC on Thursday 12 December 2019.

 

Links:

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

For more information on Hetty Feather visit: https://www.imdb.com/title/tt4670954/?ref_=ttfc_fc_tt

For more information on Belmont House: http://www.belmont-house.org/

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

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

 

 


Hetty Feather Series 2 (2016)

 

Hetty Feather (L-R) Matron Bottomly (EVA POPE), Hetty (ISABEL CLIFTON)

Hetty Feather (L-R) Matron Bottomly (EVA POPE), Hetty (ISABEL CLIFTON) © BBC

Writer: Helen Blakeman, Jacqueline Wilson (novel)

Starring: Isabel Clifton, Eva Pope, Dasharn Anderson, Polly Allen, Gus Barry, Matthew Ashforde, Aaron Niles, Eleanor Worthington Cox, Isabelle Allen

Production Company: CBBC

Kent Locations Used: Cobham Hall and The Maidstone Studios

CBBC show Hetty Feather sees the return of feisty heroine Hetty (Isabel Clifton), who is determined to gain her freedom from the Victorian Foundling Hospital and find her real mother.

The series is adapted from Jacqueline Wilson’s popular novel of the same name and stars Isabel Clifton (The Dumping Ground) as Hetty Feather. The supporting cast includes Eva Pope (Coronation Street, Waterloo Road), Dasharn Anderson (Doctor Who, Truckers), Polly Allen (The Dumping Ground), Gus Barry (Black Sea, Deadly Intent), Matthew Ashforde (Oblivious, The Last Englishman), Susan McArdle (Sightseers, Emmerdale), Rosalyn Wright (Star Stories, Doctors) and many more.

The production once again returned to Kent where Cobham Hall doubled as parts of the Foundling Hospital together with The Maidstone Studios which offered set building spaces for the classrooms as well as a production base.

Cobham Hall is a private boarding school near to Gravesend located in 150 acres of Grade II listed parkland. The interiors boast a stunning ball room, library, cobbled courtyards, formal gardens, classrooms as well as sports facilities, including a swimming pool. Cobham Hall has been used as a film location by The Great Fire (2014), Wild Child (2008) and Bleak House (2005).

The Maidstone Studios  is the UK’s largest independent HD TV studio facility with 5 studios, a sound stage, post production facilities, storage, viewing rooms and parking. The Maidstone Studios has been the film studio for many popular entertainment shows including Take Me Out (2010-2016),  Later…With Jools Holland (20144-2016) and Was It Something I Said? (2013).

Hetty Feather will air on Tuesday’s at 16:30 on CBBC from 10th May 2016.

Links

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

For more information on Hetty Feather visit: http://www.bbc.co.uk/cbbc/shows/hetty-feather

For more information on Cobham Hall: http://www.cobhamhall.com

For more information on The Maidstone Studios: http://www.maidstonestudios.com/

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

 

 


Hetty Feather (2015)

Hetty Feather (Isabel Clifton) and friends - © BBC

Hetty Feather (Isabel Clifton) and friends – © BBC

Writer: Helen Blakeman, Jacqueline Wilson (novel)

Director: Paul Walker

Starring: Isabel Clifton, Gus Barry, Jordon Nash

Production Company:  CBBC

Kent Locations: Cobham Hall

An adaptation of Dame Jacqueline Wilson’s popular children’s novel, Hetty Feather, is set to air this May as a ten part drama for CBBC. This interpretation of Wilson’s 2010 novel introduces some fresh young talent, with newcomer Isabel Clifton in the role of Hetty.

The tale, which was adapted into an exciting stage production for the Rose Theatre in Kingston  last year, was filmed almost entirely in Kent over a five week period last June.

The 12th century manor house, Cobham Hall, now a public school, was the base for the production and doubled for the main orphanage.  

Hetty Feather (Isabel Clifton) © BBC

Hetty Feather (Isabel Clifton) © BBC

A girls’ boarding school since 1962, Cobham Hall is a Grade II listed building and a  popular filming location. Some of the most recent productions that filmed here include, The Great Fire (2014) written by Tom Bradbury and starring Charles Dance (Game of Thrones, Alien 3) and Wild Child (2008) directed by Nick Moore, written by Lucy Dahl and staring Emma Roberts (We’re the Milers, Valentines Day) and Natasha Richardson (Maid in Manhattan, The Parent Trap).

A preview and Q&A session hosted by BAFTA was also made available to the public at the end of April at the Princess Anne Theatre, London.  Author Dame Jacqueline Wilson, screenwriter Helen Blakeman, leading actress Isabel Clifton, director Paul Walker, director of photography Dominic Clemence and Head of CBBC Production Helen Bullough all attended.

The new series of Hetty Feather begins on Monday the 11th  of May on the CBBC channel at 4:30pm.

 

Links

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

For more information on the programme: http://www.bbc.co.uk/cbbc/shows/hetty-feather

For more information on Cobham Hall: http://www.cobhamhall.com/

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