The Tunnel: Vengeance (2017)


Actors Clémence Poésy and Stephen Dillane look on at camera in police building

The Tunnel: Vengeance – © Sky Atlantic

Writer: Emilia Di Girolamo

Directors: Anders Engstrom and Giles Bannier

Starring: Clémence Poésy and Stephen Dillane

Production company: Kudos

Kent locations used: The Production was based in the County and locations are across East Kent and France

The Tunnel: Vengeance returns for its final and third series this December. The six-part crime-thriller is set against the backdrop of a refugee crisis in Europe, which leads British detective Karl (Stephen Dillane) to partner with Elise (Clémence Poésy) from the French National Gendarmerie. Together they investigate crimes such as the setting alight of a fishing vessel transporting refugees across the Channel. The series examines themes of terrorism, refugees and the rise of far-right political groups.

In March 2017, the production team, which was based in Sandwich, filmed across East Kent, with locations including Reculver, Botany Bay, Ramsgate Royal Harbour and the Port of Dover.

East Kent is home to spectacular coastal landscapes and historic towns, and boasts excellent transport links to London and western Europe. East Kent has been used for filming by productions such as Liar (2017) and Humans: Series 2 (2016).

Don’t miss the return of The Tunnel: Vengeance, with all the episodes available on Thursday 14 December on Sky Atlantic at 9pm.

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Dambusters: building the bouncing bomb (2011)

Bomb drop over the sea © Tom Cook

Bomb drop over the sea © Tom Cook

In this documentary, Cambridge engineer, Dr Hugh Hunt, attempts to recreate Barnes Wallis’ famous Second World War bouncing bomb, and blow up a specially constructed dam in Canada. 

Production Company: Omnifilm Entertainment, Windfall Films

Kent Filming Locations: Reculver Beach

The famous bouncing bomb used in the Second World War has gone down in history, and a 1950’s film carried the ‘Dambusters’ into British legend. However the science behind the bomb was not so well preserved and many of the vital working calculations of aircraft designer Barnes Wallis have been lost over time. 

Now, Cambridge engineer Dr Hugh Hunt is going to attempt to solve the puzzle of exactly how Wallis did it.  Starting from scratch, he will rediscover the brilliance of Wallis’s achievement when he tries to hit a dam with a bouncing bomb. The team also visit Reculver Beach.

It is the first time this has been attempted since the war. Hugh will be assisted by dam engineers, explosives experts, mechanics and pilots who specialise in low altitude flying.

If the project is a success, they will release the bomb at the perfect moment, enabling it to bounce across the water onto a specially-constructed 130-foot-wide dam and blow it sky high!

The documentary also interweaves the fascinating historical story of Barnes Wallis and 617 Squadron with this present-tense narrative.

Reculver Beach is a peaceful shingle haven situated within Reculver Country Park. Its key focus is the imposing tower ruins of the former Saxon Church ‘St.Mary’s Church of Reculver’ standing on the remains of a Roman Fort. The beach was once used as a testing ground for the World War II bouncing bomb. Reculver has been used for filming by Lullaby (2007) and The Medusa Touch (1978).

Dambusters: Building the Bouncing Bomb aired in 2011 on Channel 4. 


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Lullaby (2007)


Haydn Gwynne sitting on grass

Haydn Gwynne in Lullaby © TwoThreeFive Pictures


Director: Kevin Markwick

Production Company: Medb Films, Twothreefive

Kent Filming Locations: Reculver

After seeing off her other children to school, a mother, Haydn Gwynne (Peak Practice), and son embark on a day trip together. Settling on a hillside over looking the countryside, it soon becomes clear that her son is not made of flesh and blood: he is the memory of her unborn child who died 5 months into her pregnancy.

Mother and Son sitting on grass looking out at the sea view

Mother and Son looking at the sea view © TwoThreeFive Pictures

Every year the mother makes the journey to remember her lost son but this will be the last time that she will make this journey, as she finally learns to move on from her painful experience.

Lullaby was directed by Kevin Markwick and produced by Kent residents Elaine Wickham and Jan Dunn of Maeve (Medb) Films who are based in Ramsgate and they have made a number of films in their own right including Gypo, Ruby Blue and The Calling.

It was filmed largely on Kent’s coast, within the shadow of the Reculver Towers, remains of a medieval church, where local legend has it, the cry of an infant may be heard occasionally above the waves.  Reculver  was also used for filming by The Medusa Touch (1978)

The film was screened a variety of festivals.


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The Medusa Touch (1978)


The Medusa Touch Movie Poster © Columbia Broadcasting System (CBS)

Directed By: Jack Gold

Written By: Peter Van Greenaway (novel), John Briley (screenplay)

Starring: Richard Burton, Lee Remick and Lino Ventura

Production Company: Coatesgold, Incorporated Television Company (ITC)

Kent Filming Locations Used: Herne Bay & Reculver

The Medusa Touch is the chilling tale of a man with a gift for disaster. Richard Burton (Cleopatra, Where Eagles Dare) is John Morlar, a man with astonishing powers of telekinesis. When French detective Brunel (Lino Ventura-Army of Shadows) is tasked with investigating John Morlar’s murder whilst on assignment with Scotland Yard, he discovers that the victim is not as dead as he first appears. Working with Morlar’s psychiatrist Doctor Zonfeld (Lee Remick- The Omen), the detective reconstructs Morlar’s mysterious life.

It is in the childhood memories of John Morlar that Kent makes its debut. The “Welcome Hotel”, where Morlar and his parents spend their holidays, stands in the coastal town of Herne Bay. Although the Hotel may have been fictional, the building remains the same. Spanning numbers 37-40 Central Parade in Herne Bay, the building is now a row of residential properties next to the Royal British Legion Headquarters.

On their holiday the family also visit the nearby Reculver Towers for a seaside picnic. It is in this scene that Morlar first makes use of his powerful telekinetic abilities.

Although the film was released in 1978, the Reculver Towers have stayed unchanged and are. a distinctive landmark on the Kent Coast They are the  remains of a 12th Century church that once stood there among the ruins of a Roman Saxon Shore fort and a Saxon monastery,  and part of  Reculver Country Park which is a Special Protection area due to its rare cliff top meadows and the yearly migrating birds.

The nearby coastal town of Herne Bay offers two miles of seafront lined with café’s, amusement arcades and fish and chip shops,  all overlooked by  stunning examples of Victorian Architecture. In true spirit of an English seaside town, brightly coloured huts line the beach and the location is popular with tourists every summer. The town is home to several antique shops and hosts one of Kent’s biggest markets every Saturday. Productions that have filmed in the area include  Got To Dance (2012), Things I Haven’t Told You (2008) and French Dressing (1964).

The Medusa Touch is now available to buy on DVD.


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