With nearly a million empty properties in the UK, BBC One series Britain’s Empty Homes travels the country, looking at vacant buildings and showing potential buyers how they can easily be transformed into an enjoyable home.
Throughout the series, presenter Joe Crowley works with local empty property officers to see how they can tackle the issue of Britain’s Empty Homes and showcases the work that has been put into the empty homes to make use of their full potential.
The fourth series features several episodes in Thanet, where Joe meets Mike Thompson, Thanet District Council’s Empty Properties Officer, to discuss how they have successfully turned around many properties in the area, transforming them from disused buildings to ideal family homes.
Thanet is in East Kent and the main towns include Margate, Broadstairs and Ramsgate. The area has no less than nine blue flag beaches, some with white cliff faces as well as seafront promenades, harbours and parks.
Many TV and film productions have chosen Margate as a location, including the popular BBC drama True Love (2012) The Hotel Inspector(2012) and McDonald’s Happy Meal advertisement.
Don’t miss the Thanet episodes of Britain’s Empty Homes which are on BBC One at 11:00am on 17th, 19th, 20th, 24th September 2012 and 4thOctober 2012.
The Walpole Bay Hotel in Margate receives another visit from The Hotel Inspector, Alex Polizzi, to see how the business has progressed since her last visit a few years ago.
Appearing on the programme in 2009, The Walpole Bay Hotel and its owners were at crisis point, with the team constantly arguing and the hotel desperately seeking a new lease of life. Alex Polizzi, part of the Rocco Forte hotel dynasty, had lots of advice on how to make the business more successful, including de-cluttering the hotel and modernising the rooms.
Alex returned to The Walpole Bay Hotel in May this year to see the outcome of the changes she suggested in 2009. Will her advice have stuck? Or has the hotel got worse?
The Walpole Bay Hotel is in Cliftonville, near Margate and was built in 1914. Maintaining its Edwardian features along with its sprung, maple floor ballroom it is a delightful location..
True Love has many familiar faces including David Tenant (Doctor Who) Billie Piper (Secret Diary of a Call Girl), Jane Horrocks (Absolutely Fabulous), Vicky McClure (This is England), Lacey Turner (Eastenders), Ashley Walters (Inside Men), Jamie Winstone (Kidulthood), and David Morrissey (The Other Boleyn Girl).
The series explores love in the modern day and the many different dilemmas and situations along the way. Each story has links with the previous, either through connecting story lines or character connections and all have plenty of drama, heartbreak passion and some surprising outcomes.
The five stories that take place during the week-long serial include a married man whose life is turned upside down due to the reappearance of his first love, a school teacher who is drawn to a female pupil, a married woman who takes revenge on her cheating husband by starting an affair, a father unable to connect with his baby and a divorcee on a desperate search for new love.
In 2011, Kent welcomed the crew and stars of True Love. The production based it self inMargate, the director Savage’s home town, and used many Thanet locations including Margate Beach and promenade,Margate High Street, train station, various hotels and bars and even Thanet District Council Offices. They also used the Turner Contemporary, as well as nearby Westgate-On-Sea, Cliftonville, Pegwell Bay, Botany BayandBroadstairs.
Thanet has an astonishing 9 Blue Flag beaches and is a very popular filming location, due to its beautiful bustling seaside towns. It previously welcomed many TV and film productions, including Hancock and Joan (2008), Last Orders (2002) and a McDonald’s Happy Meal Commercial.
It is also home to the Turner Contemporary art gallery, adjacent to Margate harbour, which was built to contribute to the regeneration of the town and is fast becoming a highlight of the British visual arts scene. It also hosted the first public screening of the opening episode of True Love on 29th March 2012.
True Love will air every night on BBC One at 22.25pm from Sunday 17th – Thursday 21st June 2012.
Sky Arts documentary Turner Contemporary looks at what the gallery offers and the effect it has on local businesses. The programme makers visit the opening of the “Turner and the Elements” exhibition showing 88 pieces exploring wind, water, air and fire.
The documentary is hosted by Tim Marlow, who is known for his Channel 5 series Tim Marlow on…. and other art programmes. In addition to reviewing the art works, Tim looks at the impact the gallery has had on tourism for Margate.
The Turner Contemporary is an art gallery which offers exhibitions, events and various educational opportunities. Situated on Margate seafront, the brand new building was designed by award winning architect practice David Chipperfield Architects. Light is an essence in the design, as well as extensive sea views.
Margate is a popular seaside town complete with a sandy beach, harbour, arcades, and period housing. The Old Town has become a buzzing place, with lots to offer including galleries, quirky shops and trendy cafes. Previous productions that have filmed in Margate include 2001 film Last Orders which starred Michael Caine, Helen Mirren and Ray Winstone as well as BBC drama True Love (2012).
Fans of art and Margate, make sure you don’t miss Sky Arts at Turner Contemporary on Sky Arts 2 on Monday 20th February 2012 at 20:50.
A Brush with Britain follows watercolour artist Charles Evans as he paints some of Britain’s most inspirational landscapes and cities. In this new series Charles visits two of Kent’s beautiful towns, Faversham and Margate, in search of their rich history as well as capturing their beauty on canvas.
In Faversham, Charles examines the impact of hop picking on the town and pays a visit to the UK’s oldest brewery ‘Shepherd Neame’. He also takes time to go out on ‘Greta’, a boat depicted in a painting discovered in Faversham’s Parish Church of St Mary of Charity, showing the boat rescuing stranded soldiers at Dunkirk.
Charles then continues his journey to Margate; the seaside town famous for its connections with Landscape artist J.M.W Turner. Here he visits the site of the new Turner ContemporaryGallery,due to be complete in 2011, and visits resident sculptor Anne Carrington who’s creations made from shells are sold to celebrity clients such as Elton John. The programme also explores the vibrant history of Margate’s Theatre Royal as well as the ambitious new plans for the amusement park Dreamlandwhich was originally opened in the 1800’s.
Following the huge success of the drama series, Above Suspicion, ITV have now produced a sequel based on the second novel, The Red Dahlia, by award winning crime writer, Lynda La Plante (Trial & Retribution, Prime Suspect).
The new three-part thriller sees the return of ambitious female detective Anna Travis (Kelly Reilly) and her boss, Detective Constable James Langton (Ciaran Hinds). Together they must tackle their most terrifying case to date: the discovery of a woman’s mutilated body in the Thames indicates that they are facing a copy-cat killer who re-enacts the murders of the infamous 1940’s Black Dahlia case.
Above Suspicion was shown as a chilling two parter in January 2009 winning audience figures of up to 6.8 million, rising to 7.3 in the concluding instalment. The series was last winter’s highlight and the sequel is expected to do equally well.
The series is directed by Gillies MacKinnon (The Escapist, Pure) and written by Lynda La Plante (Widows, Prime Suspect) and stars Kelly Reilly (Pride & Prejudice, Me and Orson Welles), Ciarán Hinds (Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy, The Woman in Black), Shaun Dingwall (Colour Me Kubrick, Someone Else), Michelle Holmes (Goodnight Sweetheart, The Practice), Amanda Lawrence (28 Weeks Later, Pan), Nadia Cameron- Blakey (Batman Begins, Tomorrow Never Dies) and Holliday Grainger (Cinderella, Jane Eyre)
The cast came to Margate and Westgate-on-sea in Thanet to film parts of the new drama as the location for a gruesome murder. Some of the locations used in the Thanet area include Margate train station (a detective arriving) and St Celias House in Westgate-on-sea (doubled as the spooky sea front house).
This documentary observes an extraordinary cultural exchange and follows five Amish young people as they leave their strictly sheltered lives to experience the outside world through a rite of passage called ‘Rumspringa’, which usually begins at the age of 16 and lasts as long as the teenager needs, before full baptism into the Amish Church.
This group has decided to travel to Britain where the five Amish youngsters live with groups ranging from London street dancers to castle-dwelling aristocrats. They hope to share their clean-living values with their British counterparts as well as learning and understanding what British teenage life is all about.
In this series, Michael Portillo travels the length and breadth of the country with a copy of George Bradshaw’s Victorian Railway Guidebook to look at how the railways changed the public and what of Bradshaw’s Britain remains.
Starborough Castleis near the rural town of Edenbridge and the gothic-style moated pavilion, formerly ‘A Gentleman’s Folly’ is set amid beautiful landscaped grounds.
Dealis a coastal town situated between Dover and Ramsgate and boasts independent shops, eateries and delightful seafront with a pier and maritime clock. Previous productions that have filmed in the Deal area include Legacy(2012), Little Dorrit (2008) andRuby Blue(2008).
The popular reality show is back on BBC One for its fifth series. This year 15 contestants will do battle in Sir Alan Sugar’s boardroom to become the winner of the apprenticeship with the six figure salary.
Over 12 weeks, the participants will be split in to teams and put to the test on various tasks. The losing team will then face Sir Alan and one of them will be ‘Fired’.
This year the show visited Kent to film some of the tasks, and whilst we can’t tell you what they were and how it went; we can say, watch out for Margate!
In addition, two of this year’s contestants, Lorraine Tighe and Mona Lewis, come from Kent. To see if they survive the boardroom experience tune in to The Apprentice every Wednesday night at 9pm on BBC1.
knowledge of the industry, she advises owners of hotels and Bed & Breakfasts on how to spruce up their tired businesses and attract new customers.
Walpole Bay Hotel is located near Margateand was built in 1914. It still retains some of its original Edwardian features despite being extended in 1927 and it’s sprung, maple floor ballroom is still used today. Will Alex be able to help improve the hotel?
Margateis a delightful seaside town with a sandy beach, harbour, arcades, and period housing with lots to offer including galleries, quirky shops and trendy cafes. Margate is a popular film location having previously welcomed productions such as BBC One drama True Love (2012), The Apprentice (2009) and feature film Last Orders(2002).
The Walpole Bay Hotel episode was shown on Monday the 13thJuly2009 at 9pm on Five.