Richard E. Grant on Ealing Comedies is a three part series exploring the history of Ealing Studios and the iconic films that were made there including the silent films made at the turn of the 20th century, music hall comedies of the 1930’s and the 1940’s film that started the phrase ‘an Ealing comedy’ – Passport to Pimlico.
Throughout the series, Richard is joined by special guests including Jonathan Ross, Michael Palin, Mike Leigh, Peter Capaldi and Carrie Fisher.
Near to the county town of Kent is the stunning Leeds Castle. Sitting on a 500 acre estate, this location boasts period rooms, beautiful gardens, a moat, woodlands, maze with shell grotto and an aviary. The castle has previously been used as a film location for Rustom(2016), The Hollow Crown: The Wars of the Roses(2016), and Lady Jane (1987).
Richard E. Grant on Ealing Comedies airs on GOLD (Sky 110, Virgin 124, BT 310) from Sunday 18th September 2016 at 19:00.
Popular CBeebies programme I Can Cook filmed in Kent earlier this year. The show teaches children under 6 how to cook by serving up a selection of tasty meals and top tips. The show’s host, Katy, welcomes children into her kitchen to cook the recipe of the day. As well as learning simple kitchen skills, the children are taught where their ingredients are sourced.
Filming took place in a number of Kent Locations which will feature over the course of the series starting on Friday 11th of November. Featuring in the programme will be Headcorn Aerodrome, theKent and East Sussex Railway and Sandhurst Windmill.
Headcorn Aerodrome was first used for general aviation in 1927 and later in the Second World War as a base for fighter pilots. In the 1950’s it became a base for private aviation. The Aerodrome lies in the heart of the Kent Countryside and to the south is the picturesque village of Headcorn.
Kent and East Sussex Railway runs along a 10 ½ mile rural track that spans from Tenterden in Kent to Bodiam in East Sussex. It was the railway that brought tax man Charley into the lives of the Larkins in The Darling Buds of May(1991-1993). It is considered the finest example of a light railway in the country and is a popular local tourist destination.
The Sandhurst Windmill is a well known local landmark. It was last in operation in 1912. By the 1950’s it had fallen into disrepair and the timber structure was removed. It was restored as a residential property in recent years, providing its own wind generated power. The district of Tunbridge Wells, in which the Windmill resides, is also home to Groombridge Place which doubled as the home of the Bennett’s in the 2005 version of Pride and Prejudice (2005) starring Keira Knightley.
Jude is a 1996 British period drama film about a self-educated stonemason who enters into an illicit affair with his cousin, despite them both being married to other partners. The pair is condemned to the margins of society which results in a horrific tragedy.
Michael Winterbottom(24 Hour Party People, Code 46) directs the film which is adapted by Hossein Amini (Drive, Snow White and the Huntsman) based on Thomas Hardy’s novel “Jude the Obscure”.
Jude stars Christopher Eccleston (Fortitude, Doctor Who), Kate Winslet (Titanic, Divergent), Liam Cunningham (Game of Thrones, Safe House) and Rachel Griffiths (Blow, Saving, Mr. Banks).
Cold Comfort Farm is a BBC adaption of Stella Gibbons’ novel of the same name. Set in early 1930’s England, the story focuses on young Flora Poste (Kate Beckinsale) who is left penniless when her parents die and goes to stay with distant relatives on Cold Comfort Farm. Flora makes it her mission to improve the lives of the miserable inhabitants.
The TV movie parodies the romanticised, sometimes doom-laden accounts of rural life and is directed John Schlesinger (Marathon Man, The Next Best Thing) and written by Malcolm Bradbury (The Gravy Train, In the Red).
Kate Beckinsale (The Aviator, Underworld) takes the leading role of Flora alongside Eileen Atkins (Cold Mountain, Robin Hood), Sheila Burrell (Jane Eyre, Perfect Strangers),Stephen Fry (Alice in Wonderland, Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows), Freddie Jones (The Elephant Man, Dune), Joanna Lumley (Corpse Bride, Absolutely Fabulous) and Ian McKellen (The Hobbit Series,Vicious).
The production filmed on location in Kent at Kent & East Sussex Railway which provided the trains for Flora’s journey from London to her relatives at Cold Comfort Farm and Northiam station which is the fictional railway station of Beershorne.
The Royal Military Canal was also used for scenes where Flora and Amos (Ian McKellen) walk and chat.
The Royal Military Canal runs for 28 miles between Seabrook near Folkestone and end at Cliff End near Hastings. The canal passes the iconic Romney Marsh, tranquil countryside and quiet villages and has a footpath for the entire stretch.
Cold Comfort Farm was broadcast on 1 January 1995 and is now available for DVD purchase.
Moon and Son is a 13-episode BBC series created by Robert Banks Stewart (Doctor Who, My Uncle Silas), which follows a professional fortune teller, Gladys Moon (Millicent Martin), and her son Trevor (John Michie) as they solve a multitude of mysteries.
The series stars Millicent Martin (Alfie, Return to Halloweentown, Days of Our Lives, From a Bird’s Eye View), John Michie (Coronation Street, Taggart, To Walk with Lions), Laure Killing (A Woman’s Revenge, The Violent Earth, Paris Criminal Inquiries), Ian Redford (The Remains of the Day, 3 Men and a Little Lady, Mary and Martha),Patrick Drury (The Awakening, Father Ted) and John Fitzgerald Jay (Roujin Z, Reign).
The Oare Marshes appear as the location for Mr Marsh’s (Gregory Floy) business in episode two and again as the quarry lake where his body is discovered. The Oare Marshes is a reserve consisting of one the few grazing marshes left in Kent. Other productions to have filmed there areA Taste of Britain (2014), Channel 4’s Southcliffe(2013) and Great Expectations(2012).
The Old Boatmen’s Room on Deal’s Marina doubled as Basil’s Chapel in episode 10. Dealboasts a stunning seafront and pier, as well as two Tudor castles and a thriving high street. Other productions to have filmed in Deal include Legacy(2013), Great British Railway Journeys(2010) and Ruby Blue (2007).
Other locations that appear in Moon and Son include the palm court at Folkestone’s The Grand, which features frequently as Gladys’ preferred haunt for tea. Additionally, The Leas Cliff Hall is home to the final show down of episode two and The Romney, Hythe and Dymchurch Railway features in episode twelve as the location of hidden diamonds.