Starring: Michelle Ogundehin, Mary Portas, Jade Jagger, Matthew Williamson
Production Company: Darlow Smithson Productions / Endemol Shine
Kent Locations Used: Whitstable
On Interior Design Masters, ten designers take on different design projects and compete with each other to gain a commission with a client for a job.
Among the contestants is Jim Biddulph, 32, from Margate. He left a previous job as a design writer to pursue his new career which was 10 years in the making and seized the opportunity to be involved in the programme. Fellow contestant Frank Newbold also boasts Kent connections as he previously lived in Rochester.
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.
Secret Britain is a BBC series which explores the hidden corners of the UK in search of the best landscapes in the country.
Now in its third series, the production visited Kent between September and October 2015 to explore some of what Kent’s glorious countryside has to offer.
Presenters Ellie Harrison, Chris Hollins and Denise Lewis filmed at a variety of Kent locations including Sheldwich, Bonnington, Little Chart, Tonbridge, Rochester, Coolingand North Kent Marshes, The White Cliffs of Dover, Fairfield and Thanet Offshore Wind Farm.
In the Ashford district of Kent is the village of Bonnington with the The Royal Military Canal running through it as well as Little Chart which is home to the Ruins of St Mary’s Church. The Ashford area has previously been used as a film location by such The Apprentice(2015), as Emma (2009) and the infamous Kentish series, The Darling Buds of May(1991 – 1993).
The West Kent market town of Tonbridge has a rich cultural heritage and spectacular scenery with beautiful countryside, castles, stately homes, gardens, farms, as well as sports and leisure facilities. Productions that have previously filmed in the area include Great British Railway Journeys(2014), BBC dramaMissing (2010) and Countryfile (2009).
The Thanet Offshore Wind Farm consists of 100 wind turbines which stretches for seven miles. The Thanet area has previously featured on screen in productions such as The Lady in the Van(2015), Eastenders(2015) and The Hotel Inspector(2012).
Don’t miss the Kent episode of Secret Britain which will air on Wednesday 6th April 2016 at 21:00 on BBC One.
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.
ITV’s new ten-part series Jekyll and Hyde is set in the 1930’s and features Robert Jekyll, the grandson of the original famed Dr Jekyll.
This new action adventure starts with Robert Jekyll living with his foster parents in India, ignorant of his family history and his mysterious, inherited condition. The drama begins when Robert Jekyll unveils the nature of his ‘curse’ which sees him transform into Hyde in moments of extreme anger, stress and when lives are threatened.
The show was conceived by Charlie Higson (Young Bond, The Enemy) and inspired by The Strange Case of Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde by Robert Louis Stevenson. Higson executive produces the series alongside Francis Hopkinson (Henry VIII, Colditz, Wallander) and Foz Allan (Wolfblood, The Dumping Ground, Robin Hood) as Series Producer.
Directed by Colin Teague (Torchwood, The Last Drop) and starring Tom Bateman (Da Vinci’s Demons, The Tunnel) as Jekyll and Hyde alongside Richard E Grant (Doctor Who, Downton Abbey) and Natalie Gumede (Doctor Who, Coronation Street).
The Jekyll and Hyde production team chose to film in Kent between February and July 2015 at Rochester High Street where the exterior of Vraitch Vision doubles as Empire music hall in London and The Guildhall Museumfeatures as the hotel where Dr Jekyll (Tom Bateman) first lodges when arriving in England. The Historic Dockyard Chatham was used to double as Gravesend Docks, Tenebrae offices and factory and various areas of the site feature as London Streets and markets.
Elmley Nature Reservefeatures in episode three as the setting for Maggie’s (Niamh Walsh) country house, where Robert Jekyll, Garson (Donald Sumpter), Max Utterson (Christian McKay) and Hils (Ruby Bentall) visit before a showdown with The Cutter (Jason La Shard). The Fort Amherst tunnels are used in episodes 9 and 10 where Jekyll finds out about the powers of The Incubus.
‘When you’re at the top there’s only one place you can go.’
Baywatch star, David Hasselhoff, will return to UK television screens playing a fictionalized version of himself, The Hoff, in his new six part mockumentary series titled Hoff the Record.
This semi-improvised comedy show commissioned specially by UKTV for Dave, will be based on The Hoff attempting to reignite his career, whilst being constantly challenged by his director, Josh Brooke-Webb, played by Craig Roberts (Submarine, 22 Jump Street), as they film a biopic of his life. As he lands in the UK to start a new life, The Hoff receives none of his preferential Hollywood treatment; instead, much to his dismay, he is landed with a star-struck driver and a first-time Personal Assistant. Hasselhoff’s fictionalised character has hit rock bottom. Will his luck change?
The Hoff the Record team filmed at Fort Borstal near Rochester for three days in November 2014. Kent is featured in the 5th episode where a combat scene was staged outside the old prison.
Don’t miss the Hoff the Record, which starts on Thursday 18th June 2015 at 21:00 on Dave and the Kent episode which airs on Thursday 16th July 2015 at 21:00 on Dave.
This BBC Two series followsjournalist and broadcaster Michael Portillo as he travels the country by train and looks into how Britain’s railways have shaped the country as well as the impact trains have had on our lives.
On thejourney between cathedral cities Norwich and Chichester, Michael Portillo travels across the South East and visits some delightful Kent locations. In episode 18 of the fifth series, he visits Gravesendwhere he discovers how army officer General Gordon influenced the town before he travels to Rochesterto explore the one time home of renowned writer Charles Dickens.
In the next episode, Michael starts his journey in Favershamwhere he visits one of the oldest breweries in the country, Shepherd Neame, to investigate how railways helped the brewery transport beer. He then visits Doverto explore the fortification at Western Heights before heading to Tonbridge where he learns how railways helped Tonbridge School to cricketing glory.
Tonbridge is a West Kent market town with a rich cultural heritage and spectacular scenery. The area is surrounded beautiful countryside and boasts castles, stately homes, gardens, farms, as well as sports and leisure facilities. Productions that have previously filmed in the area include Piers Morgan’s Life Stories – Dame Kelly Holmes (2012), BBC drama Missing(2010) and Countryfile (2009).
Don’t miss the Kent episodes of Great British Railway Journeys which will be shown on Wednesday 29 January 2014 at 18:30 on BBC Two and Thursday 30 January 2014 at 18:30 on BBC Two.
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).
The tear-jerking ITV show that traces and reunites family members who have been separated for years comes to Rochester. In this episode the team tries to help a local family answer questions about a relative they haven’t seen in years and hopefully bring them back together.
Series 2 returns with presenters Davina McCall (The Biggest Loser, Got to Dance and The Million Pound Drop) and radio and TV personality Nicky Campbell exploring how and why families drifted apart. In some cases, despite having painstakingly searching for each other for many years they have had no luck.
Davina and Nicky visit Rochester and the episode follows two stories. The first is about a young man, who at the age of 6 discovered that his father wasn’t his biological father. After years of many questions will he finally receive some answers about his father, and will he ever get to meet him?
The second story is about a woman who also needs answers about her father after discovering at age 10 that her “older sister” was actually her mother and her real father was forbidden from seeing her. After searching for years for the mystery man, will Davina and Nicky be able to help bring them together?
Kent Locations Used: St George’s Church in Gravesend & Rochester.
To celebrate the Charles Dickens bicentenary and for a special Christmas episode as well as an episode for Lent, the production crew for popular BBC programme Songs of Praise came to Kent to film in November.