Ade in Britain (2011)

Ade Edmondson sitting in front of a car on the road

Ade In Britain © Tony Ward/ITV

Production Company: Shiver

Kent Locations Used: Hernhill in Swale

ITV is cooking up a feast as comedian Ade Edmondson takes a culinary road trip around Britain.

The show follows Ade as he takes his land rover on a trip around Britain. On his travels he meets some of the people behind the many famous local delicacies in the country. As well as a love for cookery, the comedian delights in local British culture. Throughout the show Ade experiences many traditions and customs, such as cheese rolling and Morris dancing.

Each of his humorous and insightful journeys celebrates years of unique food heritage while giving him the chance to cook up a storm on his trusty gas powered oven.

It was while filming in the picturesque Kent village of Hernhill that Ade met the local Morris dancers on the village green whilst mixing up a tasty dish in his very own teardrop caravan!

From the Kentish orchards and hop gardens to a shell strewn beach, Hernhill is known for its rich variety of landscape. Only 3 miles away from the heritage town of Faversham and only 7 from the City of Canterbury, it is the perfect country location. The area around Hernhill has featured on screen in Rustom (2016), Great British Railway Journeys (2014) and Our Food (2012).

The Kent episode of Ade in Britain will be shown on Friday December 2nd 2011 at 4pm on ITV 1


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I Can Cook (2011)


The Kent and East Sussex Railway

The Kent and East Sussex Railway © Kent Film Office

Production company: Endemol UK

Kent Filming Locations: Headcorn Aerodrome, Kent and East Sussex Railway & Sandhurst Windmill.

Popular CBeebies programme I Can Cook filmed in Kent earlier this year. The show teaches children under 6 how to cook by serving up a selection of tasty meals and top tips. The show’s host, Katy, welcomes children into her kitchen to cook the recipe of the day. As well as learning simple kitchen skills, the children are taught where their ingredients are sourced.

Filming took place in a number of Kent Locations which will feature over the course of the series starting on Friday 11th of November. Featuring in the programme will be Headcorn Aerodrome, the Kent and East Sussex Railway and Sandhurst Windmill.

Headcorn Aerodrome was first used for general aviation in 1927 and later in the Second World War as a base for fighter pilots. In the 1950’s it became a base for private aviation. The Aerodrome lies in the heart of the Kent Countryside and to the south is the picturesque village of Headcorn.

Kent and East Sussex Railway runs along a 10 ½ mile rural track that spans from Tenterden in Kent to Bodiam in East Sussex. It was the railway that brought tax man Charley into the lives of the Larkins in The Darling Buds of May (1991-1993).  It is considered the finest example of a light railway in the country and is a popular local tourist destination.

The Sandhurst Windmill is a well known local landmark. It was last in operation in 1912. By the 1950’s it had fallen into disrepair and the timber structure was removed. It was restored as a residential property in recent years, providing its own wind generated power.  The district of Tunbridge Wells, in which the Windmill resides, is also home to Groombridge Place which doubled as the home of the Bennett’s in the 2005 version of Pride and Prejudice (2005) starring Keira Knightley.


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The Great British Food Revival (2011)


Gary Rhodes holding Cherries in Great British Food Revival © BBC

Gary Rhodes holding Cherries in Great British Food Revival © BBC

Production Company: Outline Productions

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 Rhodes up a ladder in Great British Food Revival © BBC

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!

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Find My Past (2011)

Find My Past: Battle of Britain Chris Hollins in fron of an old army airplane

Find My Past: Battle of Britain © Pete Dadds Yesterday UKTV

Production Company: Lion TV

Kent Locations: Royal Engineers Museum, Dover Castle, Ramsgate Royal Harbour and The Historic Dockyard Chatham

Hosted by Strictly Come Dancing Winner and Watchdog Presenter Chris Hollins, Find My Past invites the public to delve into their family history.

Those on the show will have the opportunity to see how they are linked to some infamous events in modern history. Links to The Titanic, Dunkirk and Jack the Ripper are just a few of the famous connections made over the 10 episode series which starts this Thursday on UKTV’s Yesterday Channel.

Those who tuned into the first episode of the show last week may have recognised Ramsgate Royal Harbour and Dover Castle. Both locations have strong links to the Battle of Dunkirk: Ramsgate Royal Harbour was the chief embarkation point for the evacuations. Resident historians will also know that Dover Castle was the site where Operation Dynamo was carefully planned and coordinated. Due to the opening of a new exhibition earlier this year, visitors to the castle can explore the tunnels where the operation was masterminded.

This week’s episode “Find My Past: Titanic” sees presenter Chris Hollins travel to The Historic Dockyard Chatham. Earlier this year the “Titanic- Honour and Glory” exhibition found a temporary home at the location where rare artefacts from the tragic voyage were available on public display. One of the most popular filming locations in the county, the Historic Dockyards have welcomed both TV productions, such as the 2009 drama Foyles War, and feature films like Sherlock Holmes.

Earlier this month the programme came to the Royal Engineers Museum in Medway.  Home to a vast collection of artefacts covering the long and varied history of the Corps of Royal Engineers, there is something of interest to any visitor. With Victorian architecture and a state of the art gallery, the location is also ideal for any filming project. It will be featured in “Find My Past: Firing Squad” to be aired on the 1st of December later this year.

Ramsgate is a vivid coastal town situated in East Kent, home to one of the largest marinas on the south coast, museums and a glorious beach. Ramsgate has featured in a variety of film projects such as The Apprentice (2015), EastEnders (2015) and Big Bad World (2013).

Dover Castle is a medieval castle situated on the top of the White Cliffs of Dover. It was founded in the 12th century and has been described as ‘The Key to England’ due to its defensive significance throughout history. Dover Castle has previously welcomed productions such as Into The Woods (2015), BBC One’s drama Wolf Hall (2015), and The Other Boleyn Girl (2008).

The Historic Dockyard Chatham is a 17th century dockyard set over 80 acres, containing over 100 buildings dating from the Georgian and Victorian Periods. A popoular film location, The Historic Dockyard Chatham has previously featured in productions such as Rustom (2016), Les Miserables (2013) and Downton Abbey (2013).

Find My Past is on this Thursday (27th October) at 9pm on Yesterday (Sky Channel 537, Virgin Media Channel 203, Freeview 12)


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Jo Brand Big Splash (2011)

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Jo Brand sitting by a swimming pool © UKTV


Production Company: Doghouse Media, What Larks Productions

Kent Locations: Fairfield Pool and Leisure Centre, Dartford

TV channel Dave is making a “big splash” this month as comedian Jo Brand returns to our screens.

The show sees one of the country’s favourite comics explore the watery side of life. Accompanied by some of her fellow funny men, Brand takes us through a journey of the pools, sewers, canals and bathrooms of Britain.

Participating in the notorious Maldon Mud race with comedian Sean Lock and trying the trendy new sport of “wild swimming” with Bill Bailey, the show is guaranteed to have you laughing till you cry.

One programme in the series sees Jo come to our very own Fairfield Pool and Leisure Centre in Dartford. It is here that she explores some lifesaving skills in her pyjamas – a familiar childhood memory for many of us!

Fairfield Pool and Leisure Centre in Dartford has a wide range of facilities that can be used as a filming location such as gyms, squash courts and pools. Dartford’s recent claim to film fame came when The Queen Elizabeth II Bridge was used in scenes for Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows (2010).

Jo Brand’s “Big Splash” starts on Dave (Sky Channel 111, Virgin Media Channel 128) on Thursday 22nd September at 9pm.


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Digging for Britain (2011)

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Dr Alice Roberts presenter of Digging for Britain © 360 Production


Production Company: 360 Production for BBC

Kent Filming Locations: Roman Villa on East Cliff, Beach and Folkestone library and museum

Presented by Dr Alice Roberts, Digging For Britain documents historically important archaeological finds around the country. The programme explores both new sites and those that are already well established as national treasure troves.

In its first series, the show featured preparations for the first sailing of a replica bronze age ship, the uncovering of Shakespeare’s first theatre and new information about the largest ever find of Anglo-Saxon treasure.

The second series began this month and the first programme included details of the dig at the Roman Villa ruins in Folkestone, Kent , where local residents took part in unearthing  some of Kent’s Roman history.

Folkestone is an ideal location for filming with a stunning coast line and many unique settings. The Folkestone area was used for The Darling Buds of May (1991-1993) series and Hawkinge airfield featured in the Michael Caine film The Battle of Britain (1969).

The Kent episode was shown in September 2011 on BBC Two.

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Countrywise Kitchen (2011)

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Presenter Paul Heiney on location at Goudhurst ©ITV

Countrywise Kitchen seeks out the tastiest food in Britain showcasing the freshest home grown foods, sourced from local producers.

Production Company: ITV

Kent Filming Locations: Goudhurst, Sissinghurst Castle, Dungeness, Little Scotney Farm, Westerham Brewery, Filmers Farm, Loose.

Countrywise Kitchen, hosted by Paul Heiney and featuring Chef Mike Robinson, explore areas of Britain where the best locally sourced food is produced. More than a trip around the Countryside, Countrywise Kitchen highlights the possibilities and benefits of home grown foods. On their journey, they create recipes to satisfy your taste buds from fresh, locally produced ingredients.

In this episode, Countrywise Kitchen comes to Kent, visiting the picturesque Goudhurst, Sissinghurst, The Weald and Dungeness, to name but a few.

Sissinghurst Castle – dates back to the 12th century and is owned by the National Trust. Over 70% of the ingredients used in the kitchen of the ‘Granary Restaurant’ is organic and grown onsite.

The Weald – The Weald is a place of natural beauty stretching from the marshes of Kent to the New Forest in Hampshire. Attractions include the 35 acre Chiddingstone Castle Grounds, Biddenden Vineyard and the Kent and East Sussex Railway.

Dungeness– The coastal town is a popular filming location for Kent and has been used in programs such as Doctor Who (1971), The Inspector Lynley Mysteries (2006) and Jools Holland. It is part of a SSSI site where many uncommon plants, spiders and insects make their home and shape this unique landscape. In Mondays show the Countrywise Kitchen team take a trip to Dungeness to fish for local mackerel.

Countrywise Kitchen aired on ITV1 on Monday 29th August 2011 at 8pm.


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Songs of Praise visits Canterbury Cathedral (2011)






Songs of Praise Aled Jones © BBC

Songs of Praise presenter Aled Jones © BBC

Kent’s Historic Cathedral resounds with Songs of Praise

Production Company: BBC

Kent Filming Location: Canterbury Cathedral

Aled Jones takes a tour of Kent’s iconic cathedral and introduces more popular hymns and sacred songs.

Canterbury Cathedral dates back to 597AD when St Augustine established his seat in Canterbury. In 1170 Archbishop Thomas Becket was famously murdered in the Cathedral . Since medieval times the site has attracted thousands of pilgrims, as told in Geoffrey Chaucer’s Canterbury Tales and brought to the screen by local screen legend Michael Powell in a film adaptation of the same name. More recently it became the site of one of Antony Gormley’s sculptures, made entirely from nails replaced while the cathedral roof was being repaired.

The City of Canterbury remains one of the largest tourism centres in England, known for its cobbled streets and wealth of historic buildings. It also boasts 3 universities, Kent County Cricket Club, the recently developed Marlowe Theatre as well as the Canterbury Festival . Canterbury has been used for filming by projects such as Rustom (2016), Goodbye To Canterbury (2013) and The Family (2008).
Songs of praise can be seen on Sunday, 17:30 on BBC One


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Dambusters: building the bouncing bomb (2011)

Bomb drop over the sea © Tom Cook

Bomb drop over the sea © Tom Cook

In this documentary, Cambridge engineer, Dr Hugh Hunt, attempts to recreate Barnes Wallis’ famous Second World War bouncing bomb, and blow up a specially constructed dam in Canada. 

Production Company: Omnifilm Entertainment, Windfall Films

Kent Filming Locations: Reculver Beach

The famous bouncing bomb used in the Second World War has gone down in history, and a 1950’s film carried the ‘Dambusters’ into British legend. However the science behind the bomb was not so well preserved and many of the vital working calculations of aircraft designer Barnes Wallis have been lost over time. 

Now, Cambridge engineer Dr Hugh Hunt is going to attempt to solve the puzzle of exactly how Wallis did it.  Starting from scratch, he will rediscover the brilliance of Wallis’s achievement when he tries to hit a dam with a bouncing bomb. The team also visit Reculver Beach.

It is the first time this has been attempted since the war. Hugh will be assisted by dam engineers, explosives experts, mechanics and pilots who specialise in low altitude flying.

If the project is a success, they will release the bomb at the perfect moment, enabling it to bounce across the water onto a specially-constructed 130-foot-wide dam and blow it sky high!

The documentary also interweaves the fascinating historical story of Barnes Wallis and 617 Squadron with this present-tense narrative.

Reculver Beach is a peaceful shingle haven situated within Reculver Country Park. Its key focus is the imposing tower ruins of the former Saxon Church ‘St.Mary’s Church of Reculver’ standing on the remains of a Roman Fort. The beach was once used as a testing ground for the World War II bouncing bomb. Reculver has been used for filming by Lullaby (2007) and The Medusa Touch (1978).

Dambusters: Building the Bouncing Bomb aired in 2011 on Channel 4. 


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Kate and William: Romance and the Royals (2011)

David Starkey © Channel4

David Starkey © Channel4

Historian David Starkey looks at the historical context of the marriage between a prince and a commoner.
Production Companies: Red House DOX/ DOX Productions
Kent Filming Locations: Penshurst Place 
Kate and William: Romance and the Royals
In this programme, leading historian David Starkey takes a look at the very modern marriage between Prince William and the girl he met at university. He shows that from the Middle Ages to the Abdication Crisis there is plenty of precedent for commoners marrying royalty and English princes have often married for love rather than political or dynastic reasons.
In fact, William himself is descended from Katherine Swynford, the daughter of a royal servant who married her boss.
It was Henry VIII’s desire for a love match that caused the English Reformation, and his daughter Elizabeth I’s aversion to an arranged marriage that ended the Tudor line and led to rule by foreign dynasties, first Scottish, then Dutch, then German.
But the marriage rules imported with George I of Hanover stipulated that the only fit bride for a prince was a princess. This custom had the effect of keeping Britain’s royal family German for 200 years.
By putting William and Kate’s marriage in its historical context, David Starkey reveals it as the logical next step in a century-long struggle to return our monarchy to its native roots, preserving it as a focus of national identity. 
Kate and William: Romance and the Royals visited Penshurst Place for some filming.
Penshurst Place and Gardens provides a stunning backdrop for any filming, with its period gardens and parklands.  It has been chosen as a film location for many projects including The Hollow Crown: The Wars of the Roses (2016), The Other Boleyn Girl (2008) and BBC’s Merlin (2008). 
Kate and William: Romance and the Royals aired in 2011 on Channel 4.
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