Phil, accompanied by Conservation Architect Liz Smith ,is given unprecedented access into fascinating stately home archives to reveal the incredible ambition of the house’s creators, as well as the huge quantities of materials, labour and money involved in turning their flights of fancy into bricks and mortar.
With a chance to try his hand at craft and restoration, and insight from the current custodians, Phil discovers how these homes became symbols of power – and play – and what the buildings and estates are really like to own.
The series is produced by Mayfly Television and written by Harry Williams and Jack Williams. The executive producer is Marcus Stephenson with Clemency Green Commissioning Editor for Features.
During filming in 2019 the production visited Leeds Castle in Kent in the year the castle celebrated its 900th anniversary. Filming took place inside the Castle when Phil interviewed staff members including Leeds Castle Curator Annie Kemkaran-Smith as well as a descendant of the last private owner Lady Baillie. During the episode Phil went punting on the moat and visited the clock tower to raise Lady Baillie’s flag.
Director: Titus Ogilvy Starring: Michael Portillo Executive Producer: John Comerford Production Company: Boundless West Kent Locations Used: Canterbury, Maidstone, Chartwell House in Westerham
Great British Railway Journeys is a documentary series in which Michael Portillo travels the length and breadth of the country by train referring to his 1930s Bradshaw’s Guide stopping at places of interest.
Produced by Boundless West for the BBC, the episode is directed by Titus Ogilvy with John Comerford as Executive Producer.
In episode 11 Michael Portillo takes a journey from Canterbury to Alexandra Palace exploring the east of England in the inter-war period. Beginning in Canterbury, Michael treads the boards as he uncovers the political message behind a play published in 1936 ABOUT the 12th-century murder of Archbishop Thomas Becket.
In Maidstone, Michael learns of the international origins of the most British symbol of remembrance at the Royal British Legion Poppy Appeal before paying his respects at a war memorial based on London’s Cenotaph.
Michael stopped off in Sevenoaks and travelled to nearby Westerham where he visited the country home of one of his political heroes, Sir Winston Churchill and discovers how the 1930s were wilderness years at Chartwell.
As the county town of Kent Maidstone plays an important part in Kent’s history. The River Medway runs though the town centre linking it with other towns such as Rochester and Chatham. The Borough of Maidstone is a popular town for filming, previous productions include Celebrity Antiques Road Show – Series 8 (2018) and popular Netflix show Black Mirror.
Chartwell House, Churchill’s former home. Set in delightful gardens,Chartwell is a National Trust property in Westerham, just outside Sevenoaks, and the rooms remain much as they were when Churchill lived there. Chartwell has previously been used as a film location by productions such as Flog It! (2014) and feature film Darkest Hour (2018).
Episode 11 Canterbury to Alexandra Palace airs on BBC Two at 630pm on Monday 20th January 2020.
The trailer for Max Payne Retribution film has been released and was filmed in Kent! The 35 minute live action thriller features all the Max Payne action gaming fans love and follows the same characters, world and storylines from Max Payne 1 and 2.
Max Payne Retribution was directed by Leroy Kincaide (Vengeance, Dead Zone) who also stars and produced by Chloe Chudasama (Freeman: New World Order). It stars Joan James Muixi (In the Fog, Price of Freedom), Gracie Tyrrell (Death of a Tree, Unforgivable) and Jon Campling (Kingsglaive: Final Fantasy XV, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows).
Director Leroy Kincaide said: “It feels so great to see the project finally come to life, but also being able to contribute to the legacy that is Max Payne. Being such a huge part of my teenage years it gives me great pleasure to still see so many fans support the games and project. I want to also give huge thanks to Sam Lake and Remedy Entertainment for bringing such a legendary game into our lives- it really has been one of the main reasons I want to pursue my career as a Film Director.”
According to the independent filmmakers, they have bigger plans for the short film, so you may have to wait until mid 2017 before we get to view the 35 minute live action thriller.
Rustom is a Hindi murder mystery romance inspired by the true 1959 legal KM Nanavati v. State of Maharashtra, which changed the face of the India judicial system. Kawas Manekshaw Nanavati (Akshay Kumar) was a naval officer who was tried for killing his English-born wife’s lover, Prem Ahuja. The murder case is still famous on the subcontinent and the film’s tagline is “3 shots that shocked the nation”.
The film is directed by Dharmendra Suresh Desai (Special 26, Players), written by Vipul K. Rawal and stars Akshay Kumar (Singh Is Kinng, Housefull 2), Ileana (Barfi!, Devadasu), and Arjan Bajwa (Son of Sardaar, Bobby Jasoos).
The Historic Dockyard Chatham features as the Bombay naval port and HMS Cavalier as the destroyer on which he serves. A snowy Commissioners House also features in a montage and Slip 5 in a dinner scene between Rear Admiral Prashant Kamath (Parmeet Sethi)and Cynthia (Ilene D’Cruz).
Aylesford is a picturesque village located on the banks of the River Medway complete with a Norman Church and Victorian houses. It has previously featured in Half A Sixpence (1967).
Returning in 2015 for its fifth year is The One Show Rickshaw Challenge, in aid of BBC Children in Need. With help from The One Show presenters Matt Baker and Alex Jones, six young riders embark upon an epic 470-mile journey pedalling a rickshaw.
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.
ITV daytime show Peter Andre’s 60 Minute Makeover returns for its tenth outing with a new name and host. Reality TV star and singer Peter Andre plus a team of helpers and designers carry out surprise makeovers of deserving home-owners around the country.
With the new series there is also a change of extending the one day time limit to make over the houses, meaning bigger and better transformations with the highlights being shown in 60 minutes.
The interior designers on hand to help include Linda Barker,Julia Kendell, Leah Hughes and Ben Hillman who are experts in home renovation, recycling old furniture, and knowing how to add a personal touch to a home without the price tag.
In May 2013, the 60 Minute Makeover team visited Favershamwhere they transformed a house as well as Herne Baywherethe team tries to transform a bedroom and office in just one hour.
In June 2013, the 60 Minute Makeover team also visited widower Steven Arnold and his daughter Charlotte in Rochesterwhere they transformed a dining room and bedroom.
They also makeover a house in Maidstonewhere Linda Wheatley returns home to find that a wall has been knocked down and her lounge and dining room has been swapped over – will the shock turn into delight?
Rochesteris a historic city with a Cathedral and castle which date back to the Medieval times. The city is strongly connected to Charles Dickens and many TV and film adaptations of his famous novels have filmed here such as BBC’s The Mystery of Edwin Drood (2012) and Great Expectations (1989).
Don’t Tell the Bride is the popular BBC Three series where a couple is given £12,000 for their dream wedding, but there is a catch – the bride cannot be involved and has to hand every detail of the wedding over to the groom, including the all-important dress. With just three weeks to organise a perfect wedding, emotions are guaranteed to run high. Will the brave brides be happy with the weddings?
Now in its seventh series, Don’t Tell The Bride follows Northfleet couple Kallie and Grantt as the groom organises a wedding which he thinks his bride-to-be would like, and the bride looks at what her dream wedding would be. Teacher Grantt arranges an elaborate fairytale themed wedding while his science student Kallie wants a traditional wedding, will the bride approve? Throughout their journey they visit many Kent locations including Gravesend, Darenth Country Park as well as wedding locations inAshford, Biddenden, Tenterden andMaidstone.
Ashford is a market town which lies on the River Stour and has many shops, eateries, and a designer outlet shopping centre with beautiful countryside only a short drive away. Ashford and surrounding areas has featured in productions including The Secret Removers(2012), Cowboy Traders (2012) and Emma (2009).
DIY SOS: The Big Build is the popular BBC showwhere the team take on large scale renovation projects to help families in need of expansion, including everything from extensions and conversions to full scale re-models.
Now in its twenty third series, Nick Knowles and his team visit the Morris family in Maidstoneto help transform their house. The family are in desperate need of house renovations after royal engineer and paratrooper Mo was given a medical discharge due to damage to his knees and can no longer walk unaided. In constant pain and with Mo relying on others to help him get around the house, the DIY SOS team are on hand to assemble friends, family and local trades, transforming the house and giving Mo his independence back and taking the pressure off the whole family.
Property developer, Sarah Beeny returns to Channel 4 with Sarah Beeny’s Selling Houses which gives competing home owners looking to sell their properties the chance to check out their rivals by giving them the unique chance to look around each other’s homes. After one week and with £1,000 to make improvements, Sarah brings in the buyers to hear the final verdict.
The Sarah Beeny’s Selling Houses team visited families selling their houses in Maidstone and Tunbridge Wells back in October 2012 where they met Paul and Kerry, in their colourful family home, Phillip in his modern minimalist detached and Paul and Adie in their country detached house. Will Sarah convince the homeowners to make changes to their houses to make them more appealing to prospective homebuyers?