Starring: Miles Richardson, Jordan Long, Karen Lewis
Production Company: Blue Shadows Films and I Spy Films
Kent Locations Used: Hartlip Place in Sittingbourne, Barrows Antiques in Faversham, Queendown Warren in Sittingbourne
Queen of Spain is a coming of age story set in the world of butterfly collectors on the eve of the First World War. A thirteen-year-old boy spots one of the rarest butterfly species ever to be seen on the British Isles.
Queen of Spain is a short drama starring Miles Richardson (Doctors, The Crown), Jordan Long (Assassin’s Creed, Unforgotten) and Karen Lewis (Grange Hill, The Bill). The story is by Stephen Lowenstein (The Man Who Held his Breath) and was developed by Greer Ellison (Butterfly Kisses).
Various scenes for Queen of Spain were filmed around Kent; Georgian house Hartlip Place in Sittingbourne was used to shoot its mature garden as well as a private residence in the area for some interior scenes. Barrows Antiques in Faversham features in a small yet poignant scene where a confrontation takes place between the protagonist and the local butcher boy, who has “abducted” his butterfly. Queen Down Warren in Sittingbourne was chosen for its beautiful woods and wild flower meadow paths, which feature with the protagonist hunting butterflies.
Channel 4’s Hunted returns for a second series where 10 ordinary people take the challenge to remain hidden for 28 days with the chance of winning a share of £100,000. With a team of professional hunters trying to trace their every move and members of the public looking to trade information for cash, will they be able to stay hidden?
The final episode was partly filmed in Kent where the remaining two fugitives hid out in Tunbridge Wells and Sittingbournethe night before the final day. The fugitives must race to the finish line which is a boat moored on the Isle of Sheppey –will they make it in time or will the Hunters catch them?
Popular Channel 5 series Cowboy Traders returns for series 7, and comes to Kent to help people who have fallen victims at the hands of rogue traders.
In the opening episode, presenters Dominic Littlewood (Don’t Get Done, Get Dom, The One Show) and Melinda Messenger (To Buy or Not to Buy, Live From Studio 5) help two couples who were conned by a wedding company. The shop promised to give them perfect weddings, they just had to pay for the package, and the company would deliver everything from dresses and suits, to the car and cake. Sadly, this did not happen for either couple and the shop subsequently shut down. They had paid several thousand pounds for their big day and received nothing in return.
While Dom sets to find the owners of the shop and get some answers, Melinda helps the couple who are in debt from paying for their wedding twice as well as organise the wedding of a lifetime for a second couple who had to cancel their wedding altogether.
Ashford is a small market town, with historic buildings, lots of eateries and several shopping facilities. Ashford’s International Eurostar train station means that it is well connected with the rest of the country, as well as Europe. Ashfordand surrounding areas has been used as a film location from productions including The Apprentice(2015), The Monuments Men (2014) andEmma(2009).
Sittingbourne is also a market town which has historical houses, museums, beautiful gardens and fascinating nature reserves. For fans of action, it also has a Greyhound Racing track and Go Karting, as well as a skate park. The area has been used by projects such as A Taste of Britain(2014), Southcliffe (2013) and The Riddle(2007).
Chilham is a remarkable village with fifteenth century square of black and white timbered buildings as well as a church, school and many shops and pubs. The area was welcomed filming from a variety of filming projects including Top Gear(2011), BBC’s Emma(2009), and Hercule Poirots Christmas(1995).
Kent Filming Locations Used: Swale House (Sittingbourne), Detling Showground & The New Gardens Estate (Teynham)
Following the success of the first series, The Great British Food Revival returns to our screens on October 26th 2011. The show aims to highlight local produce and get us all eating British once more! Some of the country’s best chefs will be championing the produce of their choice and encourage us to rethink our eating habits whilst providing mouth watering recipes that feature their chosen ingredient.
Earlier this month, Kent born celebrity chef Gary Rhodes came to the district of Swale to champion the humble British cherry. Since 1950, the UK has lost over 90% of its cherry orchards and only 5% of the cherries bought come from our own shores.
Rhodes’ campaign takes him to the cherry orchards in Teynham near Sittingbourne. While visiting the area Gary speaks to local historian from the Mid Kent Downs, Pippa Palmer. While taking in the beautiful Kent countryside they discuss the rich history that links Kent to the fruit. It was in fact in Teynham that the first commercial cherry orchards were founded during the reign of Henry VII due to the county’s perfect climate being ideally suited to the growing of fruit.
The nearby Park Farm Community Cherry Group at Lynsted was also paid a visit. The project aims to raise interest in the heritage of cherry production in the local area by developing the traditionally managed old orchard for community use.
Gary also took the cherry to the local town of Sittingbourne. While there he met with the Mayor of the town at Swale House, home to the Borough Council, to try the delectable fruit. Residents of Sittingbourne were given the opportunity to try the local produce as Gary and the filming team went into the town centre to talk to the general public.
Filming also took place at this year’s Kent County Show at Detling Showground. An annual institution for the people of Kent, the County Show is a three day event focusing on local agriculture. Every year, hundreds of visitors flock to the site to enjoy locally sourced produce, watch cookery demonstrations and talk to farmers and growers.
As the episode shows, the county of Kent has earned its name as the Garden of England. With a rich agricultural history and idyllic landscapes, it is the perfect location for any production.
The Great British Food Revival starts on the 26th of October 2011 on BBC 2 (Sky Channel 102 / Virgin Media Channel 102) at 8pm.
To watch the episode on Kentish Cherries remember to tune in on November 15th 2011 at 8pm!