ITV’s drama Mr Selfridge charting the fortunes of the famous store returns for a second series and is set in 1914 with Selfridges celebrating its 5th anniversary of trading amid the threat of World War 1.
Based on the novel ‘Shopping, Seduction and Mr Selfridge’ by Lindy Woodhead, the second series sees Sefridges preparing for challenging times with the onset of war as well as the struggles between Harry Selfridge and his estranged wife, Rose.
Jeremy Piven(Entourage, RocknRolla, Old School) stars as Mr Selfridge, with a supporting cast including Katherine Kelly (Coronation Street), Frances O’Connor (A.I. Artificial Intelligence), Aisling Loftus (The Borrowers), Ron Cook (The Diary of Anne Frank, Mrs Biggs), Amy Morgan (Baker Boys) and Aidan McArdle (Ella Enchanted, Jane Eyre).
In the 2013 Christmas special, the residents of Poplar are preparing for Christmas when an unexploded bomb is discovered, disrupting the festivities and causing chaos. The midwives must oversee the busy evacuation centre as well as completing their usual duties and Jenny Lee and Trixie help a young couple who are expecting their first child.
The third series is set in 1959 and follows on series two which saw Chummy give birth to her first child and Sister Bernadette finding love with Doctor Turner which led her to leaving behind her life at the nursing convent.
Based on the memoirs of Jenny Worth, the series has been a worldwide hit and stars many familiar faces including Jessica Raine (Robin Hood, The Women in Black), Pam Ferris (Darling Buds of May, Little Dorrit),Miranda Hart(Miranda), Vanessa Redgrave (Nip/Tuck, The Whistleblower), Helen George (The Three Musketeers) Jenny Agutter (Avengers Assemble, Burke and Hare) Judy Parfitt (Little Dorrit) and Cliff Paris (Eastenders).
Released from prison after a 12-year stretch, larger-than-life safecracker Dom Hemingway is determined to get what he’s owed for keeping quiet about the last job. But after visiting his boss, Dom decides his promised reward isn’t enough to replace what he’s lost. Characteristically for the notorious criminal with a drug and drink-fuelled ego, Dom manages to mess everything up before deciding on his real priorities.
Directed by Richard Shepard (The Matador) and starring Jude Law (Sherlock Holmes, Side Effects) as Dom Hemingway, alongside Richard E. Grant (Withnail and I, The Iron Lady) Kerry Condon(The Runway) and Emilia Clarke (Game of Thrones).
At the end of 2012, the Dom Hemingway production team came to The Historic Dockyard Chatham which doubled as the prison exterior for the scenes where Dom Hemingway (Jude Law) is released.
New Channel 4 comedy about Steven Toast (Matt Berry), an eccentric middle-aged actor with a chequered past who spends more time dealing with his problems off stage than performing on it.
This new sitcom is written by Arthur Mathews (Father Ted, Big Train) and starring Matt Berry (The IT Crowd, Snow White and the Huntsman), Robert Bathurst (Downton Abbey, Cold Feet) and Doon Mackichan (Plebs).
In the fourth episode of the series, Toast gets a job doing the voiceover for commands on board the Navy’s ships and is then invited to the launch of a refitted submarine where the production visited The Historic Dockyard Chatham to film on the HMS Cavalier which doubled as the submarine.
Downton Abbey is the smash-hit ITV drama series about those who live in the grand Downton Abbey. The noble Crawley family and their servants both struggle through family difficulties and deal with the social and political influences on their lives.
Following on from the dramatic Christmas 2012 episode, the fourth series sees the family struggling to deal with tragedy, but when Lady Mary’s gives birth to a new generation bringing joy and hope, the family take a step into the Roaring Twenties.
The ever popular series is created by Julian Fellowes (Vanity Fair, ITV’s Titanic) and boasts a spectacular cast of award winning actors, including Maggie Smith (Room with a View, Gosford Park), Hugh Bonneville (Tomorrow Never Dies, Notting Hill), Michelle Dockery (Anna Karenina, Hanna), Brendan Coyle (The Raven, The Jacket), and Elizabeth McGovern (Once Upon a Time In America, The Handmaid’s Tale).
The Downton Abbey team visited TheHistoric Dockyard Chatham in February 2013 where they used the Tarred Yarn Store to double as the workhouse where Mr Grigg (Nicky Henson) works in episode 1 and in episode 2, streets at TheHistoric Dockyard Chatham were used for the scenes where Lady Rose MacClare (Lily James) is at the market with James Kent (Ed Speleers) watching her.
Murder on the Home Front is a new two part ITV drama set in London during the Blitz and is loosely based on the memoirs of Molly Lefebure, a secretary to Home Office Pathologist Keith Simpson. It documents the different crimes committed in London at the time by individuals who used the distractions and devastation of the war to conceal their actionsr.
Murder on the Home Front features many familiar faces, including Patrick Kennedy (Boardwalk Empire, Parade’s End) and Tamzin Merchant (Jane Eyre, The Tudors) as well as James Fleet (Four Weddings and a Funeral, The Vicar of Dibley) and Emerald Fennell (Any Human Heart, Anna Karenina).
BBC drama Call The Midwife is set in East London during the 1950s and is based on the memoirs of Jennifer Worth. It follows a newly qualified midwife who works alongside midwives and nuns at a nursing convent, where they face many medical problems and struggles in a very deprived area of London. After a smash hit first series earlier this year, it returns for the Christmas special and second series.
Featuring many familiar faces including Jessica Raine (The Woman in Black, Robin Hood)Pam Ferris (The Darling Buds of May, Little Dorrit), Miranda Hart (Miranda), and Vanessa Redgrave (Nip/Tuck, The Whistleblower), the opening episode of the first series attracted over 10 million viewers and is set for a second series.
Les Misérablesis based on Victor Hugo’s classic novel and Cameron Mackintosh’s popular musical. It is directed by Oscar award winning director, Tom Hooper(The King’s Speech, The Damned United) and features an ensemble cast of A-List actors, faces including: Anne Hathaway(Dark Knight Rises, One Day), Oscar-winner Russell Crowe(Gladiator, Beautiful Mind), Hugh Jackman (X-Men Series, The Prestige),Helena BonhamCarter(The King’s Speech, Alice in Wonderland) Sacha Baron Cohen (Borat, Hugo) and Amanda Seyfried (Mamma Mia, In Time). The actors sung live during filming, instead of using pre-recorded tracks, making it more like a musical than any other film.
Set in 19th century France, it tells the story of Jean Valjean (Hugh Jackman) an ex-prisoner who has broken his parole. Hunted by ruthless policeman Javert (Russell Crowe), he is forced to make decisions that will transform his life forever. It is a dramatic tale of broken dreams, unrequited love, passion, sacrifice and redemption.
Les Misérables is the world’s longest-running musical and has been performed on Broadway and the West End, visiting 42 countries in total. It received 70 major theatre awards including an Olivier, a Tony and a Grammy and features classic songs by Claude–Michel Schönberg like “I Dreamed a Dream,” “Bring Him Home,” “One Day More” and “On My Own”. For the first time in movie history, the actors sang live during the filming, instead of using pre-recorded tracks.
A brand new ITV drama for 2013, Mr Selfridge is based on the novel ‘Shopping, Seduction and Mr Selfridge’ by Lindy Woodhead and tells the true story of American Harry Gordon Selfridge who transformed the world of retail after opening the first ever Selfridges store in London in 1909.
The 10-part series is set in a time when women began to explore a new sense of personal freedom, something Harry Selfridge sets out to capitalize on when opening a lavish department store on London’s famous Oxford Street, attempting to ‘make shopping as thrilling as sex’.
Jeremy Piven (Entourage, RocknRolla, Old School), with a supporting cast of familiar faces, including Katherine Kelly (Coronation Street), Frances O’Connor (A.I. Artificial Intelligence) and Aisling Loftus (The Borrowers).
The TV adaption was written by award-winning screenwriter Andrew Davies (Bleak House, Little Dorrit) and produced by Chrissy Skinns (Secret Diary of a Call Girl).
The production came to the Historic Dockyard Chatham to film the exteriors of Selfridges Oxford Street store. Frances O’Connor, who plays Rose Selfridge, said: “The exterior set is down at Chatham in Kent and just looks like the outside of Selfridge’s. Then if you step a couple of feet one way you’re in the water of the docks. That’s the magic of filming. It really does look amazing.”
At the end of the celebratory Charles Dickens bicentenary year, a new feature film adaptation of Great Expectations hits the silver screen. The classic story charts the progress of orphan Pip whose life is changed forever when local spinster Miss Havisham invites him into her home to become a companion to her adopted daughter Estella and a mysterious patron then pays for him to travel to London and become a gentleman. Directed by BAFTA award winning Mike Newell and featuring a stellar cast this is one of the must see films of 2012!
The host of familiar faces include Jeremy Irvine (War Horse) who plays Pip, Ralph Fiennes (Harry Potter series) as convict Abel Magwitch and Helena Bonham Carter (The King’s Speech, Alice in Wonderland) plays the tragic Miss Havisham. They star alongside Robbie Coltrane (Harry Potter series) Jason Flemyng (X-Men) and comedian David Walliams (Little Britain).
Since Charles Dickens has many strong connections with Kent, the county’s varied landscapes inspiring the settings of many of his novels, the production chose to shoot at a variety of Kent locations.
The picturesque St Thomas A Beckett Church in Fairfield was a perfect location for the first meeting between Pip and escaped convict Abel Magwitch as it stands isolated on the Romney Marsh and epitomises the bleak and mysterious setting described in the novel. This is not the first time the church has been used for filming as it has previously featured in Parades End(2012) and the BBC’s 2011/2012 adaption of Great Expectations.
Swale Nature Reserve, Shellness is a small coastal region on the Isle of Sheppey which is home to several private properties, a secluded beach and a WWII lookout on a remote part of the island and was used to film a childhood montage featuring young Pip playing along the beach. Shellness has been previously used as a filming location by Strawberry Fields (2012).
The Oare Marshes in Favershamwere used as the setting for the blacksmith’s forge. Managed by the Kent Wildlife Trust they are part of an 81 hectare stretch of marshland, freshwater dykes, sea wall and salt marsh and were previously used by independent film The Hide (2009).