Channel 4 series George Clarke’s Amazing Spaces looks into the fascinating world of small spaces and builds. In each episode George meets different people who turn tiny spaces into amazing places to work, play and even live.
Now in its fifth series, episode four visits Kent’s very own Margate where George meets a man planning to build Margate’s first Victorian bathing machine in more than 100 years.
Also in the episode, George meets a coma survivor who proves he has a sense of humour by transforming a hearse into a family camper van and visits a woman who has turned her narrow boat home into a floating bookshop.
Margate is a seaside town with a pleasant mix between a charming Old Town and modern architecture such as the Turner Contemporary. The town has also recently reopened traditional theme park Dreamland. Margate has been used as a film location in a number of productions including Coast (2015), Edge of Heaven(2014) and True Love(2012).
Catch George Clarke’s Amazing Spaces featuring Margate on Thursday 8th October 2015 at 20:00 on Channel 4.
Kent locations used: Upnor, Birchington, Biddenden and Tenterden.
Returning to More4 for a second series, Penelope Keith’s Hidden Villages explores quintessentially British villages to discover their hidden features and study rural traditions.
Actress Penelope Keith, best known from her roles in The Good Life (1975) and To The Manor Born (1979) uses travel guides which were published 80 years ago, to look at the locations from a different perspective and consider the effects urbanisation and tourism could have on their future.
In episode four, Penelope explores villages in Sussex and Kent and the production visited Upnor, Birchington, Biddenden and Tenterden between May and June 2015.
Birchington lies on the North Coast of Kent between Herne Bay and Margate and has a glorious beach, Minnis Bay. BBC Three drama The Things I Haven’t Told You (2008) has previously been filmed in the area.
Television royalty, Sir Terry Wogan, and London Cabbie, Mason McQueen (A Cabbie Abroad), join forces to embark on the foodie’s ultimate adventure around the UK. Along the way, they check out the weird and wonderful British cuisine and look at how tastes have changed.
The 20 part series has taken its inspiration from the 1963 book, British Bouquet: An Epicurean Tour of Britain, by Samuel Chamberlain. Wogan and McQueen set off in Chamberlain’s footstep in search of the great British foods of today and exploring their social history. Sampling the foods mentioned in the book, they compare ‘then and now’ and piece together their evolution from all the knowledge preserved by the local people they meet.
Canterbury is a vibrant City which boasts a Cathedral, busy shopping areas, parks and open spaces. Nearby is the seaside town of Whitstable which has a strong arts and culture scene and offers a harbour, shingle beach and busy high street. The area has previously featured on productions such as Who Do You Think You Are? (2013), Songs of Praise (2011) and A Canterbury Tale (1944).
Presenter Nick Crane and the team travel around the coast of the United Kingdom, uncovering fascinating stories, wildlife and history for popular BBC Two show, Coast.
Now in its tenth series, the Coast production team have once again chosen to visit Kent and filmed for two days in Margate, using a drone to get amazing aerial shots of the coastline.
The first episode of the tenth series sees Nick Crane follow a centuries-old tourist trail out of London to Southend on Sea then along Margate. During the visit to the Kent town, Nick discovers why the area saved lives and how it’s reinvented itself for the modern tourist by relying on some old traditions.
The coastal town of Margate boasts a sandy beach, popular gallery the Turner Contemporary, arcades, quirky shops, trendy cafes and the newly opened traditional amusement park, Dreamland. Margate has been chosen as a filming location for many productions including Free Speech(2014), ITV comedy Edge of Heaven (2014) and BBC One’s drama True Love (2012).
Don’t miss the Kent episode of Coast which will be shown on Thursday 9th July 2015 on BBC Two at 21:00.
ITV’s BAFTA award winning show Long Lost Family returns for its fifth series as presenter’s Davina McCall and Nicky Campbell continue to reunite relatives desperately seeking one another.
In episode five of the new series, the Long Lost Family team work with Elizabeth Wells and her daughter Janice from Somerset, who are searching for Elizabeth’s son Paul Meddelton whowas reluctantly given up for adoption.
The production team of Long Lost Family visited Lympne, Hythe andWestenhanger Station for one day in February 2015 whilst trying to find Paul.
On the 18th June 1815, The Battle of Waterloo was fought between France and the Seventh Coalition; this year will mark the 200th anniversary of that Battle. To honour that anniversary, a two part documentary will air, presented by actor Sean Bean. The documentary will feature evidence from eye witness accounts, along with modern military experts to help tell the story of the conflict. Alongside military experts, Sean Bean will be testing tactics and weapons that were used during the battle and compare them with present day strategies. This documentary is hoping to “provide a ground level perspective” on the Battle.
The documentary has been produced by Independent company, Wavelength Films, and has been commissioned by A+E networks UK. Sean Bean has previously played fictional British soldier, Richard Sharpe on the historical war drama ‘Sharpe’ (5 May 1993 –9 November 2008). Bean himself said “I have always been interested in the story of Waterloo especially since I played the role of Richard”. He also stated that “[Sharpe’s] adventures were based on real events 200 years ago”. When this documentary was first announced Sean Bean stated “I am excited to be following the footsteps of Sharpe and those who fought in the Battle of Waterloo to tell the story of the iconic battle on history.”
Filming for this special documentary has taken place in Belgium and England, and has also included iconic locations like Fort Amherst in Chatham, Medway, Kent which has been used for weapons testing and re-enactments of the battle.
Armada: 12 Days to Save England is three part docudrama focusing on Queen Elizabeth I and the attack of the Spanish Armada during the summer of 1588, when England was the closest it’s ever been to being conquered.
The show combines CGI and dramatic reconstruction with discussions from leading historians. The show hopes to bring a unique insight to the dramatic historical event, when King Philip II of Spain ordered the invasion of England. The programme benefits from historical analysis of previously unseen letters written by Spanish commanders regarding their military decisions on board the ships.
For four days in December 2014, the production team visited Penshurst Place,which they described as the ‘perfect location,’ to film in a variety of rooms, including The Crypt, Sunderland Room and the Italian Gardens. These areas were used as Queen Elizabeth’s bedchamber, as well as King Philip’s office, bedroom and chapel. In addition, a prison cell was set up at the location.
Mary Berry hits the road and revisits her favourite places in the UK, using them as inspiration for her food. As part of a six part series, the first episode will feature Kent.
Using simple and easy to follow recipes, Mary Berry’s dishes are extremely user friendly. The series shows Mary Berry travelling from the seaside to the countryside, to farmers’ markets and allotments; all the while suggesting that not a lot of money is needed to make a wholesome meal for the family.
Growing up in WWII Britain, Mary Berry explains that her mother made all their family meals from scratch. Mary demonstrates her joy of getting stuck in as she forages for wild mushrooms and learns to fly fish.
The first episode shows Mary Berry exploring the Kent Coast for seafood inspired meals and desserts. In the episode, Mary even visits http://www.morellisgelato.com/ in Broadstairs, which she admits has hardly changed at all since she first visited.
A new Channel 5 series, Secrets of Great British Castles, sees historian Dan Jones explore the history and legends of the UK’s great fortresses.
As Dan gets glimpses behind the walls of these British strongholds, he discovers the stories of drama, romance, rebellion, royalty and murder which have come to define the last 1000 years of British history.
The first episode in the series features Dover Castle and takes Dan behind the battlements. He descends down into the underground and discovers the vast network of tunnels which were used to defend both the castle and the country for centuries.
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. It is the largest castle in England and boasts and extensive network of underground tunnels.
The castle is now open to visitors throughout the year and is managed by English Heritage.
Whilst filming at Dover Castle, the production also visiting The Grand Shaft, a unique 1800s triple spiral staircase used as a defence system for the rapid movement of troops from the cliff top to the beach in Dover.
The one off special is a spin off from Gogglebox, the popular show where different groups including families and friends watch and comment on some of the most popular, and peculiar TV from the past week. Steph and Dom have featured in the series since its launch in 2013 and are known as the “posh couple”, renowned for enjoying a tipple.
The Salutation is a grade I listed mansion in Sandwich and is set in 3.5 acres of beautiful Lutyens & Jekyll gardens. The property boasts 17 magnificent bedrooms as well as self-contained properties.
The medieval town of Sandwich is situated on the River Stour and boasts some of the best-preserved half-timbered houses in the country. The area is also home to several golf clubs, eateries and B&B’s as well a museum, windmill and Roman Fort. Sandwich has been seen on screen in Britain’s Craziest Christmas Lights(2013) with nearby Discovery Parkbeing used for The Tunnel (2013) and World WarZ (2013).
Steph and Dom meet Nigel Farage will be aired on Channel 4 on Monday 15th December 2014 at 22:00.