Four Weddings 2010

Four Weddings Logo © Living TV

Four Weddings Logo © Living TV

The series is back with more brides battling it out for a dream honeymoon.

Production Company: ITV Studios
Kent Filming Locations: Pluckley, Maidstone, and Teynham

Four Weddings is back for its run and this time it’s going international. The hit series sees four brides battling it out each week to win a luxury honeymoon. The contestants judge each other’s big day and score the dress, the venue, the catering and the overall presentation.  Who can stage the perfect day, and who will be in the throws of wedding day disasters?

There will also be more celebrity appearances this series, including magician Paul Daniels renewing his vows with wife Debbie McGee, a Shameless actress getting hitched and a Big Brother star and a glamour model allowing viewers to watch as they tie the knot.

Filming for this series included the Kent locations of Pluckley, Maidstone and Teynham.

Pluckley is a historic village in Ashford  situated close to the picturesque North Downs. Pluckley has previously welcomed filmed from This Morning (2012) and The Darling Buds of May (1991-1993).

Maidstone is the county town of Kent, home to a number of parks and shopping facilities, as well as The Maidstone Studios which is the UK’s largest independent High Definition TV studio facility. Productions which have filmed in the area include Take Me Out(2015), Later… with Jools Holland (2015) and Couples Come Dine With Me (2014).

Teynham is a large village in the Swale borough of Kent and lies between Sittingbourne and Faversham. The Swale area has previously featured in projects including A Taste of Britain (2014), Strawberry Fields (2012) and Southcliffe (2013).

Four Weddings will be shown on Living TV at 9pm on Tuesdays.

Links

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

For more information about the series visit: www.livingtv.co.uk/shows/four-weddings

For more information about Pluckley: http://www.pluckley.net/

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

For more information about Teynham: http://www.teynham.org/

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Oz and Hugh Raise the Bar 2010

Wine expert Oz Clarke and comedian Hugh Dennis "cheers" with pint glasses

Wine expert Oz Clarke and comedian Hugh Dennis © BBC

 This series sees wine expert Oz Clarke and comedian Hugh Dennis trying to set up the UK’s most patriotic drinking establishment.

Production Company: BBC

In Oz and Hugh Raise The Bar, wine expert Oz Clarke and comedian Hugh Dennis are on a mission to set up the UK’s most British drinking establishment; a place that exclusively serves local produce, which is drunk according to tradition and customs.

On their journey across the UK and Ireland, the duo will meet people with the passion to produce the best British drinks known to man as well as try to buy a range of drinks as potential stock for their cellars.  Each of them has their own bar in the ‘drinking den’ and they will be competing against each other.

As well as beer and wine, the pair will be looking at snacks, soft drinks, British spirits and even pub games.

The production filmed in Kent at The George & Dragon Pub in Speldhurst and the Beano Cafe in Canterbury

The George & Dragon Pub in Speldhurst is a traditional 13th Century Inn with roaring log fires and oak beams, is also the second oldest pub in the country. Speldhurst is in the Tunbridge Wells area of Kent which has been used for filming by projects such as Britain’s Best Bakery (2012), Terry and Mason’s Great Food Trip (2015) and Hunted (2012).

The vibrant City of Canterbury has a Cathedral, busy shopping areas, parks and open spaces and two universities. The Canterbury area has previously been seen on screen on Rustom (2016), The Apprentice (2014) and A Canterbury Tale (1944).

Oz and Hugh Raise The Bar will be shown from BBC TWO 23 December, 9pm

Links

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

For more information about the programme visit:
http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b00x334f

For more information about Canterbury: http://www.canterbury.co.uk/

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The Legend of Dick and Dom (2009)

Claire Bale, Dick and Dom and Steve Furst standing outside of Allington Castle

Claire Bale, Dick and Dom and Steve Furst standing outside of Allington Castle © BBC

Dick and Dom are back with another fun filled series.

Director: Dez McCarthy

Writers: Carl Carter & Tony Cooke

Production Company: BBC

Kent Filming locations: Allington Castle, Upnor Castle

Dick and Dom are back with another fun filled series. This time the boys turn their hand to acting in this 13 part sitcom.

Prince Dick and Dom are exiled from their Kingdom after they accidentally break a precious vial of antidote meant to cure their citizens who are suffering from a horrible plague. Along with their trusty companions Mannitol (Steve Furst) and Lucy (Chloe Bale), the Princes are only allowed to return if they collect all the rare ingredients needed to recreate make the medicine.

The group’s quest is met with challenges that always have a humorous conclusion. Will they find all the ingredients? You’ll have to watch to find out!

Exterior shot of Allington Castle with a path and greenery

Allington Castle © Kent Film Office

Dick and Dom visited a number of locations throughout Kent including Allington Castle and Upnor Castle

Allington Castle is located near the town of Maidstone and is surrounded by a moat. The castle was nearly destroyed by a fire in the 1600’s but it was lovingly restored back to its former glory in 1905 by Sir Martin Conway. The castle is now a private residence.  The Maidstone area has been used for filming by Later… with Jools Holland (2015), Couples Come Dine With Me (2014) and Missing (2009).

Upnor Castle was built by Queen Elizabeth in 1559 on the banks of the River Medway. Primarily a gun fort, Upnor protected the Queen’s naval fleet which was located further up river at Chatham Dockyard.   Previous filming in the Medway area has taken place for projects such as Secret Britain (2016), Magwitch (2012), and Great Expectations (1989).

The show airs on BBC1 every Friday from 4.35 and is repeated on Thursdays at 4.30 on CBBC.

Links

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

Missed a programme? Catch up on past episodes with BBC’s iPlayer http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b00gqf87

For Dick and Dom’s Facebook page please visit http://www.facebook.com/home.php?#/pages/The-Legend-of-Dick-and-Dom/36857279450?ref=nf

For more information about Upnor Castle visit http://www.english-heritage.org.uk/visit/places/upnor-castle/

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The Apprentice (2009)

Sir Alan Sugar sitting at a desk

Sir Alan Sugar © BBC/Talkback Thames

Sir Alan Sugar is back and looking for his next Apprentice!

Production Company: Talkback

Kent Locations: Margate

The popular reality show is back on BBC One for its fifth series. This year 15 contestants will do battle in Sir Alan Sugar’s boardroom to become the winner of the apprenticeship with the six figure salary.

Over 12 weeks, the participants will be split in to teams and put to the test on various tasks. The losing team will then face Sir Alan and one of them will be ‘Fired’.

This year the show visited Kent to film some of the tasks, and whilst we can’t tell you what they were and how it went; we can say, watch out for Margate!

In addition, two of this year’s contestants, Lorraine Tighe and Mona Lewis, come from Kent. To see if they survive the boardroom experience tune in to The Apprentice every Wednesday night at 9pm on BBC1.

The quintessential coastal town, Margate offers a sandy beach, arcades, Dreamland amusement park, shops and restaurant plus the renowned Turner Contemporary gallery. Margate has previously featured on screen in productions such as Edge of Heaven (2014), Mary Queen of the High Street (2013) and Last Resort (2000).

The episode featuring Margate aired on 13th May 2009 at 9pm!

Links

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

For more information about Margate: http://www.visitthanet.co.uk/destinations/margate/10537?microSiteId=210

For more information about the series: http://www.bbc.co.uk/apprentice/

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Celebrity Masterchef (2009)

Gregg Wallace and John Torode standing in front of the Masterchef logo

Gregg Wallace and John Torode © Des Willie/Plank PR

The fast paced cooking show is back on our screens

Production Companies: Shine, Ziji Productions

Kent Locations Used:Leeds Castle

Under the watchful eye of Kent’s resident Masterchef judge, Gregg Wallace, and his fellow arbitrator John Torode, 24 new celebrities will be vying for the coveted prize of Celebrity Masterchef 2009.

In the first round of the competition the contestants need to impress the judges with their own inventions made from ingredients given to them on the day. Those lucky enough to make it to the final three will be pushed to their culinary limits by creating dishes in extreme locations, conjuring lavish spreads for high profile diners and feeding the masses.

The fourth series sees celebrities such as Colin Jackson, Jayne Middlemiss, Iwan Thomas, Dennis Taylor and Sian Lloyd donning their spatulas in an attempt to be crowned Celebrity Masterchef. To increase the pressure, celebrities from past shows will also be invited to have a second chance at the coveted title!

The Celebrity Masterchef team visited Leeds Castle to complete a cooking challenge.

Leeds Castle is in Maidstone and has a mote and 500 acres of gardens. It has previously been used for productions such as The Hairy Bikers Food Tour of Britain (2009), Lady Jane (1987) and Kind Hearts and Coronets (1949).

Who will be crowned Celebrity Masterchef 2009? To find out watch the new series on BBC 1 from the 11th June 2009 at 8pm.

Links

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

For more information about Leeds Castle: http://www.leeds-castle.com/home

For more information about the programme: http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b007mtf0

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The Hotel Inspector (2009)

Alex Polizzi sitting on a bed in a hotel room

Alex Polizzi © Channel Five

Alex Polizzi is back to sort out Britain’s hotels

Production Company: TwoFour

Kent locations used: Walpole Bay Hotel, Margate

A new series of The Hotel Inspector sees Alex Polizzi visit the Walpole Bay Hotel in Margate to help the owners give the hotel a new lease of life.

Alex Polizzi is a hotelier in her own right as well as the niece of Sir Rocco Forte owner of The Balmoral Hotel and Brown’s Hotel amongst others and using her

The Owners of Walpole Bay Hotel standing in front of the hotel

The Owners of Walpole Bay Hotel © Channel Five

knowledge of the industry, she advises owners of hotels and Bed & Breakfasts on how to spruce up their tired businesses and attract new customers.

Walpole Bay Hotel is located near Margate and was built in 1914. It still retains some of its original Edwardian features despite being extended in 1927 and it’s sprung, maple floor ballroom is still used today. Will Alex be able to help improve the hotel?

Margate is a delightful seaside town with a sandy beach, harbour, arcades, and period housing with lots to offer including galleries, quirky shops and trendy cafes. Margate is a popular film location having previously welcomed productions such as BBC One drama True Love (2012), The Apprentice (2009) and feature film Last Orders (2002).

The Walpole Bay Hotel episode was shown on Monday the 13th July 2009 at 9pm on Five.

Links

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

For more information about The Hotel Inspector: http://www.channel5.com/show/the-hotel-inspector

For  more information about Walpole Bay Hotel: http://www.walpolebayhotel.co.uk/

For more information about Margate visit: http://www.visitthanet.co.uk/destinations/margate/10537?microSiteId=210

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


The Hairy Bikers Food Tour of Britain (2009)

The Hairy Bikers standing on the beach

The Hairy Bikers by the Sea © BBC

The Hairy Bikers rev up their motorbikes for another food inspired journey.

Production Company: BBC

Kent Filming Locations: Faversham, The National Fruit Collection at Brogdale Farm, Canterbury, Leeds Castle

Following their previous culinary trip which took Simon King and Dave Myers from the UK to Southern India, the Hairy Bikers are looking for inspiration closer to home. Visiting a new county in each episode, The Hairy Bikers Food Map of Britain sees Dave and Si challenging a local restaurateur to a ‘cook off’ in which the chefs have to create a new dish using produce sourced in the county. In Kent the Hairy Bikers challenge Michelin Star chef, David Pitchford.

No culinary tour of Britain would be complete without a visit to The Garden of England. So, the search for the perfect Kentish ingredients takes them to Brogdale in Faversham; which holds The National Fruit Collection. In addition to a food tasting session in Faversham, their journey took them to some popular locations that included Tiny Tim’s Tea-Room in Canterbury, where they sampled the shop’s famous cakes and pastries, along with their Kentish bread rolls based on a 300-year-old recipe!

And finally Leeds Castle, near Maidstone, provides the perfect backdrop for the bikers to get out their cooking utensils and create a traditional county dish.

Dave and Si are planning to visit all 89 counties on their journey but with our rich and varied local produce, we’re hoping that Kent will remain one of their favourites!

Faversham is a beautiful, historic market town which boasts nearly 500 listed buildings and is set on the picturesque Faversham Creek. It has many restaurants, shops, attractions and beautiful walks. The Faversham area has been used as a film location for productions such as Great British Railway Journeys (2014), Channel 4 drama Southcliffe (2013) and Great British Story: A People’s History (2012).

Canterbury is a vibrant City that offers a variety of locations ranging from the modern day city, parks and open spaces, shopping areas to neighbouring quaint, traditional towns and coast locations.  Canterbury has been featured on screen in projects such as Love Your Garden (2016), Terry and Mason’s Great Food Trip (2015) The Apprentice (2014).

Leeds Castle is a romantic castle with medieval themed rooms, 1920’s style interiors and original marble bathrooms. The large 500 acres estate boasts beautiful gardens, a moat, woodlands, maze with shell grotto and an aviary. Leeds Castle has been used to film a variety of productions including The Hollow Crown: The Wars of the Roses (2016), Henry VIII (2003) and Lady Jane (1987).

The new series starts on BBC Two on Monday 24th August 2009 at 5.15pm and the episode featuring Kent will be aired on 1st September 2009 at 5.15pm.

Links

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

For more information about the programme: http://www.bbc.co.uk/food/programmes/b00mgdgr

For more information about The National Fruit Collection at Brogdale: http://www.brogdalecollections.org/

For more information about Tiny Tim’s in Canterbury: http://tinytimstearoom.com/

For more information about Leeds Castle: http://www.leeds-castle.com/home

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How to Look Good Naked (2009)

Gok Wan standing in front of a black background

Gok Wan © Channel 4

The iconic show returns for a new series

Production Company: Maverick Television

Kent Filming Location: Tunbridge Wells

The popular life-style show How To Look Good Naked returns with a new presenter helping Gok Wan to rid Britain of their Body Hatred! Crowned Miss Naked Beauty in 2008, Shona Collins is charged with investigating why teenagers grow to hate their bodies. Shona works with parents, teachers and young people to petition the Government to add body confidence lessons to the school curriculum.

The series is unique in its approach: it does not encourage participants to lose weight or to undergo dramatic cosmetic surgery, but persuades contributors to love themselves for who and what they are. As a symbol of their new found self confidence and belief in their ‘body beautiful’, they bravely ‘bare all’ to the camera or the general public at the end of the programme!

During Shona’s quest to find out why Britain hates their bodies, she visits Tunbridge Wells to visit teen focused magazine Bliss.

Tunbridge Wells is a large town situated in West Kent with a busy town centre and a period shopping area, The Pantiles,  offering a fascinating variety of small specialist shops, antique shops, open-air cafés, restaurants and bars. Previous productions that have been filmed in Tunbridge Wells include Hunted Series 2 (2016), The British Animal Honours (2013) and Britain’s Best Bakery (2012).

The new series will be shown on Channel 4 on Tuesday evenings at 8pm from the 29th September 2009.

Links

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

For more information about the programme: http://www.channel4.com/programmes/how-to-look-good-naked

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

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Dickens Secret Lover (2008)

(L-R) David Haig as Dickens looking into the distance and Amy Shiels as Nelly looking at him

David Haig as Dickens and Amy Shiels as Nelly © Channel 4

Director: Sarah Aspinall

Writer: Jim Barton

Production Company:  Flame Television Production Ltd.

Kent Filming Locations: Charles Dickens Chalet at Eastgate House Rochester and Theatre Royal Margate.

Dickens’ Secret Lover is screening on Channel 4 as part of their Victorian Passions season, examining Charles Dickens’ private life. The programme reveals the secret life of the literary giant,  in which he abandons his wife for a long lasting affair with a very young actress.

Charles Dance presenting Dickens

Charles Dance presenting Dickens

The programme is presented by Charles Dance, an actor who was seen most recently in the BBC adaptation of Bleak House as the callous Tulkinghorn. Dance takes on the role of detective in this drama-documentary, questioning five Dickens’ experts on how the affair affected his writing and his public character of a virtuous Victorian. Key scenes are dramatised to give the viewer a more in depth understanding of Dickens (played by David Haig) and his secret life with actress Nelly, played by Amy Shiels.

Charles Dickens’ is arguably Kent’s most famous author, having lived both at Gad’s Hill in Higham and at Broadstairs in Bleak House, Kent is understandably rich in historical links to the author. Many of his novels were penned here and many of the locations used in his novels echo real life locations in Kent. For example Westgate House in the Pickwick Papers is widely reported to be based on Eastgate House in Rochester.

The programme filmed on location both at Rochester in Charles Dickens’ Chalet at Eastgate House in Rochester and the  Theatre Royal in Margate.

The Swiss Chalet, a present from a French actor to Dickens, was originally constructed in the grounds of his home at Gad’s Hill before moving to Cobham Hall in Gravesham, where the recent BBC series Bleak House was filmed. Nowadays, the Chalet can be seen in the garden at Eastgate house in Rochester.

Exterior shot of Eastgate House - red brick building with windows

Eastgate House © Medway Council

The Theatre Royal in Margate was chosen because  the crew wanted to visit locations that Dickens was passionate about. A performer himself, he frequently read his works to the public throughout the UK, and of course in Kent.

Eastgate House, situated in Rochester was formerly a large private town house. Built by Sir Peter Buck; it has now been restored and is owned by Medway Council. Productions such as Jekyll and Hyde (2015),  BBC’s The Mystery of Edwin Drood (2012) and Great Expectations (1989) have previously filmed in the Rochester area.

The Theatre Royal is situated in the heart of Margate which is a vibrant seaside resort, with complementary historic and modern architecture. Margate has welcomed other productions including The Apprentice (2015), Last Orders (2002) and Only Fools and Horses: The Jolly Boys’ Outing (1989).

In 2012 England will celebrating the bicentenary of his birth.

Dickens’ Secret Lover will be shown on Channel 4 at 9pm on the 16th June 2008.

Links

For more information about the programme visit http://www.imdb.com/title/tt2165719/

For more information about Eastgate House and Charles Dickens Chalet in Rochester visit http://www.medway.gov.uk/leisurecultureandsport/localhistoryandarchives/museums/eastgatehouse.aspx

For more information about the Theatre Royal visit  http://www.theatreroyalmargate.co.uk/

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

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Dani’s House (2008)

Dani Harmer in a bright green patterned top in front of a green and blue wall with posters on it

Dani Harmer in Dani’s House © BBC

Directors: Dex McCarthy, Jeremy Wooding 

Writers: Paul Rose, Emma Ko, Holly Lyons, Kay Stonham, Joe Williams 

Kent Filming Locations: Secret Location in the Maidstone Area

An aspiring actress, Dani is forever left to look after her irritating younger brother Max (Sebastian Applewhite), his side-kick Ben (James Ghandi) and the new baby. Trapped in the house Dani and her friends Toby (Harry Culverhouse) and Sam (Klariza Clayton) imagine that they are part of an elaborate television show called Dani’s House.

Unbeknown to the children, their make-believe show has attracted a rather unique audience:Zang and Zark, a couple of aliens, who display a remarkable resemblance to Dani and Toby!

The series plays host to many guest stars including Lil Chris, Matt Di Angelo and Kent’s own Shaun Williamson and was filmed entirely in Kent at a secret location near Maidstone.

Maidstone is the county town of Kent which has the River Medway running through it and boasts many parks, shopping areas, bars and restaurants and sports facilities. Nearby is lovely rural villages, and attractions such as Leeds Castle. The Maidstone area has been used for filming such as Rustom (2016),  Couples Come Dine With Me(2014) and Don’t Tell the Bride (2013).

Dani’s House was shown on BBC One at 4.35 on Friday afternoons from February 2008.

Links:

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

For more information about the programme: http://www.bbc.co.uk/cbbc/shows/danis-house

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

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