Mr Selfridge Series 2 (2014)

Jeremy Piven as Harry Selfridge - dressed in a suit, holding a pocket watch in front of a pillar and staircase

Jeremy Piven as Harry Selfridge © ITV

Starring: Jeremy Piven, Katherine Kelly, Frances O’Connor, Aisling Loftus, Ron Cook, Amy Morgan, Aidan McArdle

Production Company: ITV Studios, Masterpiece

Kent locations used: The Historic Dockyard in Chatham

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). 

The production team returned to The Historic Dockyard in Chatham to film the exteriors of the Oxford Street store.  

The Historic Dockyard in Chatham is one of Britain’s leading maritime heritage destinations and is a popular filming location due to its varied Victorian and Georgian period architecture. It has been  used for productions such as Call the Midwife (2012-2014) Sherlock Holmes  (2009) and Sherlock Holmes – Game of Shadows (2011).

Don’t miss the second series of Mr Selfridge which starts on Sunday 19th January 2014 at 21:00 on ITV1.

 

Links:

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

For more information about the programme: http://www.itvmedia.co.uk/mr-selfridge

For more information on the Historic Dockyard: http://www.thedockyard.co.uk/

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Call the Midwife Christmas Special and Series 3 (2013 – 2014)

 

Call the Midwife Trixie (Helen George), Chummy (Miranda Hart), Jenny-Lee (Jessica Raine), Cynthia (Bryony Hannah) © BBC and Neal Street Productions

Call the Midwife Trixie (Helen George), Chummy (Miranda Hart), Jenny-Lee (Jessica Raine), Cynthia (Bryony Hannah) © BBC and Neal Street Productions

Starring: Jessica Raine, Pam Ferris, Miranda Hart, Vanessa Redgrave, Laura Main, Helen George, Jenny Agutter, Ben Caplan, Judy Parfitt, Cliff Paris, Bryony Hannah

Production Company: Neal Street Productions

Kent locations used: The Historic Dockyard Chatham

Popular BBC series Call the Midwife, about East London midwives in the 1950’s, returns for a Christmas Special followed by the third series.

Call the Midwife - L-R Jenny Lee (JESSICA RAINE), Cynthia Miller (BRYONY HANNAH), Trixie (HELEN GEORGE) in nurses uniforms in front of a fire with a stocking hanging from it

Call the Midwife – L-R Jenny Lee (JESSICA RAINE), Cynthia Miller (BRYONY HANNAH), Trixie (HELEN GEORGE) © BBC/Neal Street Productions

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).

The Call The Midwife production team returned to The Historic Dockyard Chatham to shoot many of the London street scenes.

A popular film location due to its varied  Victorian and Georgian architecture The Historic Dockyard Chatham has attracted many productions including Dom Hemingway (2013), Les Miserables (2013) and Oliver Twist (2007).

The Call the Midwife Christmas Special was shown on Christmas Day on BBC One at 18:15 and the third series starts on Sunday 19th January 2014 at 20:00 on BBC 1. 

Links:

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

For more information about Call The Midwife: http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/p0118t80

For more information about The Historic Dockyard Chatham: http://www.thedockyard.co.uk/

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Dom Hemingway (2013)

Dom Hemingway (Jude Law) in a suit smoking a cigarette with a large stone wall in the background

Dom Hemingway (Jude Law) © Nick Wall and Lionsgate UK

 

Director and writer: Richard Shepard

Starring: Jude Law, Richard E. Grant, Demian Bichir, Emilia Clarke, Jumayn Hunter, Mădălina Diana Ghenea, Kerry Condon

Production company: BBC Films, Isle of Man Film, Pinewood Pictures, Recorded Picture Company

Kent locations used:  The Historic Dockyard Chatham

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.

The Historic Dockyard Chatham is set over eighty acres and has a variety of buildings dating from the Tudor, Georgian and Victorian periods. Its rich history and authentic look and feel have led several film and television crews to film here including Mr. Selfridge (2013), Les Miserables (2012) and The Golden Compass (2007).

Dom Hemingway was in cinemas on Friday 15th November 2013 and is now available to buy on DVD.

Links

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

For more information about the film: http://www.bbc.co.uk/bbcfilms/film/dom_hemingway

For more information about The Historic Dockyard Chatham: http://www.thedockyard.co.uk

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Toast of London (2013)

L-R Jemima Gina (Morgana Robinson), Steven Toast (Matt Berry) and Susan Random (Emma Fryer) standing in front of a black background under a spotlight

L-R Jemima Gina (Morgana Robinson), Steven Toast (Matt Berry) and Susan Random (Emma Fryer) © Kuba Wieczorek and Channel 4

Starring: Matt Berry, Robert Bathurst, Harry Peacock, Doon Mackichan

Production company: Objective Productions

Kent Location: The Historic Dockyard Chatham

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. 

The Historic Dockyard Chatham is set over 80 acres, containing over 100 buildings dating from the Georgian and Victorian Periods and it is a popular film location having previously welcomed Downton Abbey (2013), Les Miserables (2013) and Great Expectations (2012.)

Don’t miss Toast of London which will be shown on Sunday 10th November 2013 at 22:35 on Channel 4.

Links:

For information about filming in Kent: filmoffice@kent.co.uk

For more information about the programme: http://www.channel4.com/programmes/toast-of-london

For more information on the The Historic Dockyard Chatham: http://www.thedockyard.co.uk/

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Downton Abbey (2013)

Joanne Froggatt as Anna Bates and Di Botcher as Nanny West holding Baby George

Joanne Froggatt as Anna Bates, Baby George and Di Botcher as Nanny West © ITV

Starring: Maggie Smith, Hugh Bonneville, Michelle Dockery, Brendan Coyle, Elizabeth Mcgovern

Production Company:

Production company: ITV Studios, Carnival Films, Masterpiece, NBC Universal, WGBH Boston

Kent Locations:  The Historic Dockyard Chatham

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.

Jim Carter as Carson - waiting on the Crawley family

Jim Carter as Carson © ITV

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 The Historic 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 The Historic Dockyard Chatham were used for the scenes where Lady Rose MacClare (Lily James) is at the market with James Kent (Ed Speleers) watching her.

The Historic Dockyard Chatham is a popular film location due to its varied and interesting areas such as the cobbled streets, church and over 100 buildings dating from the Georgian and Victorian periods. Previous productions that have shot here include Les Miserables (2013), Call the Midwife (2012), and The Golden Compass (2007).

Series 4 of Downton Abbey was shown from September 2013 and is now available to buy on DVD.

Links:

For information about filming in Kent: filmoffice@kent.co.uk

For more information about the programme: http://www.itv.com/downtonabbey/

For more information on the The Historic Dockyard Chatham: http://www.thedockyard.co.uk/

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Murder on the Home Front (2013)

 

Murder on the Home Front characters standing on a London Street

Murder on the Home Front © ITV

Starring: Patrick Kennedy, Tamzin Merchant, James Fleet, Emerald Fennell

Production company: Carnival Films

Kent Locations:  The Historic Dockyard

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).

The Historic Dockyard in Chatham was used to re-create the London streets of World War II. Thanks to its authentic and historic exterior, the The Historic Dockyard in Chatham has often used as a location for productions such as Call the Midwife (2012-2013), Les Misérables (2012) and Sherlock Holmes (2009).

Don’t miss the first episode of Murder on the Home Front which airs on Thursday 9th May 2013 on ITV1 at 21:00.

Links:

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

For more information about the programme: http://www.itv.com/presscentre/press-packs/murder-home-front#

For more information about The Historic Dockyard visit: http://www.thedockyard.co.uk/ 

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Call the Midwife (2012 – 2013)

Call The Midwife - the midwifes cycling down a London street

Call The Midwife © BBC

Starring: Jessica Raine, Pam Ferris, Miranda Hart, Vanessa Redgrave, Laura Main, Helen George, Jenny Agutter, Ben Caplan

Production Company: Neal Street Productions

Kent locations used: The Historic Dockyard Chatham

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.

The Historic Dockyard Chatham was used to film many of the London streets scenes for the first and second series and the Christmas special.

The Historic Dockyard Chatham is set over 80 acres, and offers more than 100 Georgian and Victorian buildings and is a very popular place to film, previously attracting big feature films such as Sherlock Holmes 1 & 2, Children of Men and TV dramas such as BBC’s Oliver Twist.

Series one and two of Call The Midwife aired on Sunday nights on BBC One in 2012 and 2013 and is now available for DVD purchase.

Links:

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

For more information about Call The Midwife: http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/p0118t80

For more information about The Historic Dockyard Chatham: http://www.thedockyard.co.uk/

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Les Misérables (2013)

 

Les Misérables Javert (Russell Crowe) leading his policemen on horses going through the streets

Les Misérables © Universal Pictures

Director: Tom Hooper

Screenplay: William Nicholson

Composer: Claude-Michel Schönberg

Starring: Anne Hathaway, Russell Crowe, Hugh Jackman, Helena Bonham Carter, Sacha Baron Cohen, Amanda Seyfried

Production company: Relativity Media, StudioCanal, Working Title Films, Cameron Mackintosh Ltd.

Kent locations used:  The Historic Dockyard Chatham

Les Misérables is 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 Bonham Carter (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.

Anne Hathaway as Fantine working in a factory

Anne Hathaway as Fantine © Universal Pictures

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 ClaudeMichel 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.

The Historic Dockyard in Chatham was used to double as a factory, a court room and various streets. It is a popular and unique filming location, having previously welcomed Sherlock Holmes (2011), The Golden Compass (2007) and the BBC adaptation of Oliver Twist (2007).

Les Misérables was released in cinemas on 11th January 2013 and is now available to buy on DVD.

   

Links:

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

For more information about the film: http://www.imdb.com/title/tt1707386//

For more information on The Historic Dockyard in Chatham: http://www.thedockyard.co.uk/Home

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Mr Selfridge (2013)

 

Mr Selfridge in the department store with his peers

Mr Selfridge © ITV

Production Company: ITV Studios, Masterpiece

Kent locations used: The Historic Dockyard Chatham

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 as Mr Selfridge leaning over a desk

Jeremy Piven as Mr Selfridge © ITV

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.”

The Historic Dockyard Chatham is one of Britain’s leading maritime heritage destinations and is a popular filming location being used for of Call the Midwife (2012),  Sherlock Holmes  (2009) and Sherlock Holmes – Game of Shadows (2011).

The first episode of Mr Selfridge will be shown on Sunday 6th January 2013 at 21:00 on ITV1. 

Links:

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

For more information on the Historic Dockyard: http://www.thedockyard.co.uk/

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Great Expectations (2012)

The Great Expectations Movie Poster featuring Ralph Fiennes as Magwitch, Jeremy Irvine as Pip, Holliday Grainger as Estella and Helena Bonham Carter as Miss Havisham

Great Expectations Movie Poster © Lionsgate

Directed By: Mike Newell

Written By: Charles Dickens (Novel) & David Nicholls (Adaptation)

Starring: Ralph Fiennes, Helena Bonham Carter, Robbie Coltrane, Jeremy Irvine, Holliday Grainger, David Walliams, Jason Flemyng

Production company: BBC Films

Kent Locations Used: St Thomas A Beckett Church in Fairfield, Swale Nature Reserve Shellness, Oare and Elmley Marshes, Stangate Creek, The Historic Dockyard Chatham and Thames and Medway Canal

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). 

Helena Bonham Carter as Miss Havisham in a brides outfit

Helena Bonham Carter as Miss Havisham © Lionsgate

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 Faversham were 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).

Behind the scenes with soliders filming at Oare Marshes

Behind the scenes of Great Expectations filming at Oare Marshes © Kent Film Office

 

Film crew shooting at Oare Marshes

Behind the scenes of Great Expectations filming at Oare Marshes © Kent Film Office

The Great Expectations team also used the Historic Dockyard in Chatham to shoot a warehouse scene with Pip and Herbert at the end of the film. A popular filming location, the Historic Dockyard in Chatham has also welcomed productions such as the 2013 feature film adaption of Les Miserables ,Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows (2011) and BBC’S Oliver Twist (2007).

Elmley Marshes, Stangate Creek and the Thames and Medway Canal were also featured as various marshland locations, including the final dramatic escape sequence featuring Magwitch in a chase scene.

Don’t miss Great Expectations which is set for cinema release on 30th November 2012.

 

 

Links

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

For more information about the film: http://www.imdb.com/title/tt1836808/

For more behind the scenes images: http://brochures.moviesite.biz/view/kent/Behind_the_Scenes_with_Great_Expectations_at_Oare_Marshes.html

For information about the various locations: http://www.visitkent.co.uk/

For more information about the Kent Film Office Dickens Trail: https://kentfilmoffice.co.uk/moviemap/dickens-movie-trail/

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