This new dating show sees TV presenter Zoe Salmon helping singletons find love on board an especially kitted-out double-decker bus.
One person seeking love travels around their home town, where other singles wait at special love bus stops along the way. The potential dates have only one stop to wow the person doing the picking or be thrown off the bus. The chooser can keep a date on board for more than one stop, but will risk missing someone better. The couple still on the bus at the end of the journey win an all-expenses-paid date together.
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.
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.
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!
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 Castlewas 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.
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.
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.
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 Margateand 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?
Margateis 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 13thJuly2009 at 9pm on Five.
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!
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.
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
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 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.
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.