Darwin’s Dangerous Idea (2009)

Andrew Marr in Darwin's Dangerous Idea

Andrew Marr in Darwin’s Dangerous Idea © BBC

Andrew Marr’s Darwinian journey brings him to Kent.

Production Company: BBC, The Open University

Kent Locations: Castle Farm, Shoreham

Presented by Andrew Marr, Darwin’s Dangerous Idea explores how Darwin’s Theory Of Evolution has had an impact, not only on our understanding of natural selcetionm but many other aspects of our lives, including the way in which we view religion, philosophy and even politics. The programme examines why his ideas were so controversial and why some still consider them contentious today.

Andrew Marr journeyed across the world tracing the impact of Darwin’s work from Europe to South America. One of the places he visits along the way was Castle Farm near Shoreham! Castle Farm is famous for its Lavender crop whose vibrant colour attract visitors every year to marvel at its beaut. However, on this occasion, it was the farm’s winter crops that brought the programme makers to Shoreham.

The programme is one of many in the BBC’s Darwin Season which celebrates the 200th Anniversary of Darwin’s birth and the 150th Anniversary of the publication of The Origin of Species.

The series began on BBC 2 on the 5th March 2009 at 9 pm.


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

For more information about this programme and others in BBC’s Darwin Season visit http://www.bbc.co.uk/darwin/

For more information about Castle Farm visit: http://www.hopshop.co.uk/

MMFor more information about Kent’s Filming History please visit our Movie Map: https://kentfilmoffice.co.uk/kent-movie-map/moviemap-live-2/

The Mirror Crack’d (1980)

Angela Lansbury is talking with Rock Hudson and Edward Fox inside St Clare Estate. The room has wooden pannelling and they are all standing in front of a window where you can see the grounds through.

Angela Lansbury, Rock Hudson and Edward Fox © Columbia-Warner Distributors

Starring: Angela Lansbury, Elizabeth Taylor, Rock Hudson, Tony Curtis, Geraldine Chaplin, Edward Fox and Kim Novak

Production Company: G.W. Films, EMI Films

Kent Locations used: St Clere Estate, Smarden, Shoreham

The Mirror Crack’d is a detective drama based on an Agatha Christie novel of the same name. In this instalment of the Miss Marple Franchise, a visiting Hollywood production has come to the town of St Mary Mead. The story focuses on the life of Marina Rudd (Elizabeth Taylor), a veteran actress competing for the spotlight with a younger actress, Lola (Kim Novak), in an upcoming production. When a local resident is poisoned at a grand reception, it is thought that Marina herself was the intended victim.

Angela Lansbury (Bedknobs and Broomsticks, Murder She Wrote, Beauty and the Beast) stars as Miss Jane Marple alongside Elizabeth Taylor (Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf, Cleopatra), Tony Curtis (Some Like it Hot), Rock Hudson (Dynasty, McMilan & Wife, Pillow Talk), Geraldine Chaplin (Remember my Name, Doctor Zhivago) Edward Fox (Gandi, Never Say Never Again) and Kim Novak (The Great Bank Robbery, Falcon Crest).

St Clere Estate, Heaverham in the Sevenoaks District of Kent is a private, family run country estate that today prides itself on being an ideal location for filming and photography, due to its period architecture and beautiful grounds. In this episode, it was perfect of the setting for Gossington Hall, the grand home of the Rudds.

 Ye Olde George Inn and a Bridge on Church Street in Shoreham are both noticeable in the production, doubling as part of the village of St Mary Mead. Shoreham is a picturesque village near Sevenoaks, famous for its traditional pubs and annual May Day duck race.

The village of Smarden and St Michaels Church are also used to double as the village of St Mary Mead. The Thatched House in Smarden was used as Miss Marple’s cottage. Smarden is located in the Ashford district of Kent, and the traditional thatched houses and village shops made it a perfect filming location.

The Mirror Crack’d was first released in February 1980 and is now available to buy on DVD.


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

For more information about the programme: http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0081163/

For more information about Smarden: http://smarden.kent-towns.co.uk/

For more information about St Clere Estate: http://www.stclere.com/

MMFor more information about Kent’s Filming History please visit our Movie Map: https://kentfilmoffice.co.uk/kent-movie-map/moviemap-live-2/