ROAR Series 2 (2007)


Matthew and Rani sitting on a rock with a giraffe in the background

Matthew and Rani with a giraffe © Cheetah Television

Production Company: BBC

Kent Filming Locations: Port Lympne & Howletts  Wild Animal Parks

The second series of this fun, informative wildlife programme sees presenters Matthew Skilton and new addition Rani Price (Best of Friends) going behind the scenes at Port Lympne & Howletts  Wild Animal Parks.

They gain an insight in to the adventures of animal keepers and vets at the parks near Hythe and Canterbury.

Given the extensive range of animals kept at both parks, the show covers follows the destinies of a huge variety of species from the smallest insect to the large mammals in a way children will enjoy.

Some of the stars they will meet are Dishi, a mischievous gorilla who lives in the world’s largest gorillarium at Port Lympne and Janu, the baby elephant part of the UK’s largest of African elephants, cared for in Howletts.

Rani and Matthew come face to face with some of the 1000 animals and 90 different species at Port Lympne and Howletts. This includes monkeys, tigers, rhinos, snakes and exotic creepy crawlies. By interacting so closely with the animals, children see the bond with their keepers and the extraordinary things done to keep the animals happy and healthy.

Set up in 1957 by the late John Aspinall, the parks protect and breed rare and endangered animals with the intention to return them to safe areas in their natural habitat whenever possible.

The series was shown on weekdays from February 2007 on BBC 2 at 7.30 am.


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The Great Garden Detectives (2007)

Chris Beardshaw standing in front of a garden and The Great Garden Detectives logo

Chris Beardshaw and The Great Garden Detectives advert © Tiger Aspect – Photographer Peter Dadds

Production Company: Tiger Aspect Productions

Kent Locations: Pluckley

The Detectives are focusing their hunt on looking into Britain’s gardens made famous by their appearance in film and television series. Chris Beardshaw, TV presenter and renowned Chelsea Gold medal winner, guides the viewers through the locations capturing their historical interest and giving coveted gardening tips.

In the third episode of this series, Chris visits ‘Home Farm’ the fictional home of the Larkin’s in the Yorkshire TV Series  ‘The Darling Buds of May’, which is located near Pluckley in Kent.

Hop farming is a great tradition in Kent. In the Victorian era, workers from all over England would travel to Kent and pick hops for 6 weeks and many regarded this as their annual holiday, returning year after year. The hop industry at the time was the biggest industry in the county.

Hop picking has now declined in Kent. However there are still some farms that continue to grow the crop. Cobtree Museum of Kent Life still holds an annual hop picking festival in September, where visitors can pick their own bushels and see the only working coal fired Oast house in operation.

Every year there is a Darling Buds of May car show held at the Farm that provided the principal location for the Larkin family home.

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).

The series visits Kent on Sunday 4th November 2007 on ITV3 at 20.00


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