Come Dine With Me started in 2005 and has proved very popular with audiences. In episode 10 of the new series, the show follows three West Kent couples, including married West End performers Millie and Andy, newlyweds Sam and Emma and dinner party fanatics Alex and Richard. Whose efforts will be judged victorious?
The production filmed the West Kent contestants in and around their homes in Kings Hill , Maidstone and Bearsted.
Artist Grayson Perry comes to Tunbridge Wellsto explore the tastes of the British Middle Classes for the second episode of ‘The Best Possible Taste’, using his discoveries of the area as inspiration for a work of art.
During the series, Grayson Perry surrounds himself with people across the social spectrum as he tries to get to grips with society’s differing takes on taste. In this episode he seeks to explore the taste obsessions of the modern middle class person, including vintage furniture, original art and organic food.
He starts this mission in Kings Hill before visiting Tunbridge Wells, a town known for its middle class residents.
Using his experiences as inspiration, Perry creates a set of six tapestries from his findings, two for each of the classes. He hopes that it will tell a story of British class mobility in the 21st Century. In conclusion to each episode, contributors are invited to view his creations.
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.
Stars: George Harrison, John Lennon, Paul McCartney, Ringo Starr
Production Company: Apple Corps, BBC
Kent Locations Used: West Malling Airfield now Kings Hill
Magical Mystery Tour is a 52-minute British television film starring The Beatles – John Lennon, Paul McCartney, George Harrison and Ringo Starr showing the band tour in a themed bus with fans.
In September 1967, The Beatles arrived in West Malling where they filmed various interior and exterior shots at the old airfield, including the Mystery Marathon. The band also performs I Am the Walrus on the airfield by the blast shelter, which later became the official music video for the song.
The Beatles previously filmed in Kent at Knole Park for the music videos Strawberry Fields Forever and Penny Lane.
Kent Location Used: Knole Park, Sevenoaks, West Malling Airfield now Kings Hill.
Legendary English band The Beatles who were formed in 1960, became world favourites with their huge catalogue of catchy rock and pop songs. The band, John Lennon, Paul McCartney, George Harrison and Ringo Starr filmed several music videos in Kent in 1967 including Strawberry Fields Forever, Penny Lane and I Am The Walrus.
In 1967, The Beatles visited Knole Park in Kent to film the music video for their double-A side single of Strawberry Fields Forever and Penny Lane.
The Strawberry Fields Forever video features KnolePark where the band members walk across the park and climb on and off a tree which is attached to their piano.
The video for Penny Lane includes the band riding their horses through the Knole Park archway, down towards the ponds. The group then dismount and sit at a table where they are served with their instruments by liveried footmen.
I Am The Walrus was entirely filmed at West Malling Airfield nowKings Hill, where the band perform the song on the airfield.