BBC Doorstep Crime 999 (2012)

Gloria Hunniford

 Gloria Hunniford © BBC

Production Company: BBC

Kent locations used: Sevenoaks, Bligh’s Meadow shopping centre, Maidstone, Whatman Park,  Rainham High Street

New BBC series Doorstop Crime 999 presented by Gloria Hunniford filmed in various locations around Kent. The series speaks to ordinary people that have been conned and scammed, and also gives advice on how to avoid them.

Gloria talks to the general public in various locations in Kent, as well as to the Maidstone Trading Standards to find out what types of crimes are happening and how people can avoid them. The show  is produced by Objective Productions, who also make BBC3 series The Real Hustle.

Gloria Hunniford, who lives in Kent, is one of Britain’s much loved TV and radio stars. She is best known for popular programmes such as Songs of Praise, Cash in the Attic, Heaven and Earth with Gloria Hunniford! Gloria also finds time for charity work and set up The Caron Keating Foundation after her daughter died of cancer in 2004, aged 41.

The Sevenoaks area is home to racing track Brand’s Hatch and has many beautiful filming locations including Knole House, Castle Farm’s lavender fields, and Chiddingstone Castle.

Maidstone is in West Kent and has plenty to offer, including thriving shopping areas, parks, nearby attractions include Leeds Castle and the Hop Farm. It is also home to The Maidstone Studios, which is the UK’s largest independent HD TV studio, where previous hits such as Take Me Out (2012), Got to Dance (2010) and The Door filmed here.

Medway has many unique filming locations including Buckmore Park Kart Circuit, Fort Amherst and the Historic Dockyard Chatham. Previous productions that have filmed in Medway include Call the Midwife (2013), Sherlock Holmes (2009) and The Golden Compass (2007).

The series has 10 episodes and kicks off on Monday 20th February 2012 on BBC1 at 11:00, watch out to see if you can spot the various locations in Kent.

Links:

For more information about filming in Kent please contact: filmoffice@kent.gov.uk

For more information about Sevenoaks:http://www.visitheartofkent.com/site/five-kentish-towns/sevenoaks

For more information about Maidstone: http://www.visitmaidstone.com/

For more information about Medway: http://www.visitmedway.org/

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Axe the Agent? (2009)

Jonny Benarr and Gary McCausland Filming Axe the Agent

Jonny Benarr and Gary McCausland Filming Axe the Agent © BBC

Production Company: BBC

Kent Locations: Sevenoaks

Axe the Agent? visited Kent to help a home owner sell their house.

Desperate to save on commission fees, home owners turn to presenters Gary McCausland, a property developer by trade, and Jonny Benarr, a former estate agent, for advice on how to attract prospective buyers and entice that elusive offer without the aid of an estate agent.

Buyers are thrown in at the deep end, finding out that selling their property is perhaps harder work than they had originally thought.

In December the programme visited a couple from Sevenoaks to help them to Axe the Agent. Do they find a buyer for their property? Tune in to find out!

Sevenoaks is a town in West Kent with vibrant shopping streets, architectural treats and historic buildings including Knole Park which is nestled in a medieval deer-park and full of hidden treasures.  The Sevenoaks area has been used for filming by productions including Jamie and Jimmy’s Friday Night Feast (2016), Strawberry Fields (2012) and Pirates of the Caribbean On Stranger Tides (2011)

Axe the Agent? is shown on weekdays on BBC One at 10:00 from the 2nd March but watch out for the Kentish couple looking to sell their home on the 18th March!

Links

For more information about filming in Kent contact: filmoffice@kent.gov.uk

For more information about Sevenoaks: http://www.visitkent.co.uk/destinations/sevenoaks/6334

For more information about the programme: http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b00j1fjw

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A Room With A View (1986)

A Room with a View Movie Poster - Lucy (Helena Bonham-Carter) and George (Julian Sands) sitting in a window ledge looking at each other with a view of Florence behind them

A Room with a View Movie Poster © Goldcrest Films International

Directed by: James Ivory

Produced by: Ismail Merchant

Starring: Maggie Smith, Helena Bonham Carter, Judi Dench, Julian Sands, Daniel Day Lewis

Production Company: Goldcrest Films International, National Film Finance Corporation (NFFC), Curzon Film Distributors, Film Four International, Merchant Ivory Productions

Kent Filming Locations Used: Emmett’s Garden in Sevenoaks, Chiddingstone, Brasted.

Set in the early 1900’s, Lucy Honeychurch (Bonham Carter) embarks on her first trip to Florence chaperoned by her elderly spinster cousin Charlotte Bartlett (Maggie Smith). When Lucy meets eccentric George Emerson (Julian Sands), Charlotte fears that the two young people are becoming a little too familiar and beats a hasty return to England.

Once home, Lucy begins a courtship with the stoic Cecil Vyse (Daniel Day Lewis), a far cry from the free spirited George. However Lucy soon finds herself torn between duty to her fiancé and her love for George, who miraculously appears in her life once more.

A beautiful and romantic social comedy, this Merchant Ivory film showed audiences the beauty of the Kent Countryside, as they filmed at a private residence in Brasted to double as the Honeychurch’s family home.

Owned by the National Trust, Emmett’s Garden in Sevenoaks became the venue for Lucy and Cecil’s engagement party in the film. A beautiful location, Emmett’s Garden was created in the late 19th Century and contains many exotic and rare trees and shrubs from around the world.

Also in Sevenoaks, the village of Chiddingstone featured in the film as the setting for Lucy and Cecil’s post engagement-party walk. Owned entirely by the National Trust, it is the perfect example of a Tudor one-street village where approximately over 70% of the buildings are at least 200 years old. In the scene you can also see St Mary’s Church in Chiddingstone which was built in the 13th Century.

Sevenoaks is also home to the historic Hever Castle, childhood home to Anne Boleyn. The castle has featured in a number of productions, namely Inkheart (2008), Lady Jane (1986) and Anne of a Thousand Days (1969).

A Room With A View was released in cinemas in April 1986 and is now available to buy on DVD.

Links

For more information about filming in Kent contact: filmoffice@kent.gov.uk

For more information about the film: http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0091867/

For more information about Emmett’s Garden: http://www.nationaltrust.org.uk/emmetts-garden/

 For more information on Sevenoaks and surrounding areas: http://www.visitkent.co.uk/destinations/sevenoaks/6334

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The Beatles in Kent (1967)

The Beatles Strawberry Fields Forever - the band standing in front of a tree

The Beatles Strawberry Fields Forever

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 Knole Park 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 now Kings Hill, where the band perform the song on the airfield.

Historic house Knole is set in a medieval deer-park in Sevenoaks. The National Trust location is over 500 years old and was once the palace of archbishops and royal property of the Tudor dynasty. Knole has previously featured in productions such as Sherlock Holmes: Game of Shadows (2011), Pirates of the Caribbean On Stranger Tides (2011) and The Other Boleyn Girl (2008).

Kings Hill is a housing and business development built on an airfield site which was has been featured as a film location on Couples Come Dine With Me (2014), In The Best Possible Taste With Grayson Perry (2012) and Channel 4’s Cape Wrath (2008).

The Strawberry Fields Forever music video can be seen here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8UQK-UcRezE

The Penny Lane music video can be viewed here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=S-rB0pHI9fU .

The I Am The Walrus music video can be viewed here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UKIs1J_nB4A

Links:

For more information about filming in Kent please email: filmoffice@kent.gov.uk

For more information about Strawberry Fields Forever and Penny Lane: http://www.thebeatles.com/photo-album/shooting-penny-lane-and-strawberry-fields-forever-promo-films

For more information about Knole: http://www.nationaltrust.org.uk/knole/

For more information about Kings Hill: http://www.kings-hill.com/

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