Tony Robinson’s Gods & Monsters reveals the weird and wonderful rituals, which have been neglected and forgotten as part of British history. The series breaks down the myths and legends of old Britain, within the context of how people lived their lives.
There are a total of five episodes, each detailing a different facet of the past. Episode 4, Witches visited Penshurst Place. The 14th century medieval great hall, along with the magnificent gardens and parkland estate, has been used for various film and television productions, including The Other Boleyn Girl (2008), Henry V (2012) and BBC Drama Merlin in 2008.
Witches will be shown on Saturday 17 November 2012 at 20:00 on More4.
From the producers of Masterchef, Britain’s Best Bakery is a new ITV daytime television show searching for the best bakery in the UK. The competition visited Tunbridge Wells and staged the Southern final at Salomons, a beautiful listed Victorian mansion and gardens.
Britain’s Best Bakery sees expert judges Mitch Turner (TV chef, author and owner of Little Venice Cake Company) and Peter Sidwell (TV chef, cookery writer and restaurateur) travelling around the UK to judge bakeries with products from a variety of cultures. After selecting their favourite bakeries from each region, the remaining contestants will then compete in ‘baking challenges’ with their products being judged by an expert panel.
Watch out for the Southern final which was filmed at Salomons and the surrounding Tunbridge Wellscountryside. Salomons is a listed Victorian mansion set in 36 acres of delightful gardens, woodland, rolling parkland and lakes with a distinctive water tower. The property also has a Victorian Theatre with Weste organ and is a popular wedding and conference venue.
Tunbridge Wellsis a large historic town situated in West Kent which has been attracting visitors for the past 400 years due to its Georgian England charm and elegant surroundings. The area boasts a busy town centre, gardens, castles, historic houses, ancient churches and delightful Kent countryside.
Channel 4’s makeover property series, the Secret Removers comes to Kent as the Dryden family in Ashfordreceive a helping hand with the stresses of moving house, but will they like the results once the team have decorated their new house?
With moving house often listed as one of the most stressful things to go through in life, The Secret Removers hope to take the worry of moving away from a family!
In each episode, interior designers Claire Smith, Ben Huckerby, Alison Cork, George Johnson and Judith Hopkins take turns to take control of the moving process for a family, including choosing which of the families posessions they throw away, which to use and how to decorate the new home. But will the surprise be a nice one for the family, or a disaster?
Ashfordhas become a lively town due to its tremendous rail links, both to Europe via the Eurostar and to the capital via the High Speed Javelin. The town boasts many shops, eateries, and a designer outlet shopping centre and only a short drive away you’ll find lots of beautiful countryside. This isn’t the first time that Ashford and surrounding areas has been used for filming with previous visiting productions including Cowboy Traders (2012), Country File(2012) and Emma (2009).
The Secret Removers is on Channel 4 on Wednesday 28th November 2012 at 11:00 on Channel 4.
In the last episode of the series, property developer Sarah Beeny (Property Ladder, Help! My House is Falling Down) will help the Shaw family to renovate their run-down 1960’s bungalow in Seasalter into a four bedroom family home. However, with a short timescale to complete the improvements, Sarah is worried they may go over budget.
The crew filmed the progress of the renovations to the Shaw’s home earlier this year and also visited nearby Whitstableto film interviews with the family throughout the process.
Whitstableis a quaint seaside town in East Kent and boasts a shingle beach and harbour as well as modern art galleries, shops, cafes, pubs and restaurants. Nearby is the village of Seasalter which has a pebble beach surrounded by salt-marshes.
News reporter Fred Dinenage returns for a second series of Murder Casebook as he takes another look at the infamous murderers of twentieth century Britain. The motives, methods and consequences of serious crimes come under scrutiny as Dinenage implements modern techniques including forensic science and criminology to see if he can undercover any new information.
In the first episode of the new series, Fred Dinenage looks at the life of Lord Lucan, the aristocrat with a lavish lifestyle, whose life spiralled out of control after a bitter divorce and custody battle for his children and looming debts. Lucan hatched a plan to murder his wife which went horribly wrong when he murdered the nanny, mistaking her for Lady Lucan. Realising his mistake he went on to attack his estranged wife, who escaped with severe injuries and then vanished without a trace. Will modern technology be able to solve the Lord Lucan mystery?
The Murder Casebook crew came to Cobham Hall and used the library for the talking head interviews, providing a setting evocative of the law. Cobham Hall is an outstanding private school set within a historic country estate in Gravesham and has a stunning ball room, modern sports facilities and swimming pool. Cobham Hall is a popular filming location and has been seen on screen many times in Wild Child(2008) and Bleak House (2005).
The Lord Lucan episode of Crime Fred Dinenage: Murder Casebook airs on 7th October 2012 at 21:00 on the Crime & Investigation Network (Channel 553 on Sky and 237 on Virgin).
With his usual blend of humour and investigative journalism, Hislop charts our nations emotional journey from the effusive Tudors to the Iron Duke, Wellington, and manages to unearth many surprises on the way. Can it really be true that the infamous British Stiff Upper Lip is in reality a French invention?
The production visitedDover Seafront to remember Captain Matthew West, the first man ever to swim the channel as well as Canterbury, where they visited the British Cartoon Archive at the University of Kent.
The first episode of Ian Hislop’s Stiff Upper Lip – An Emotional History of Britain will be shown on BBC 2 on Tuesday 2nd October 2012 at 21.00, with another two episodes to be screened over the following weeks.
Tonbridge born retired athlete Dame Kelly Holmes talks to journalist and presenter Piers Morgan about her childhood in Kent, career in the army and the dramatic ups and downs of her time as an athlete.
Kelly Holmes grew up in Tonbridge and for several years combined her career in the army with being an athlete, before focusing full-time on athletics in 1997. She went on to have Olympic success as a middle-distance runner, winning double gold at the 2004 Athens Olympics in the 800m and 1500m races. She was made a Dame in 2005.
However, Kelly’s career wasn’t always full of highs, as she suffered with the pressures of a gruelling training schedule and injuries, and Kelly admits to Piers that she self-harmed when she felt her body was letting her down.
Kelly also discusses her tireless work for youth sport education. After retiring in 2005, Kelly set up the DKH Legacy Trust,a charity to support young athletes, is the President for the England Commonwealth Games and was an Olympic Ambassador for London 2012.
Piers Morgan’s Life Stories is a popular ITV show in its eighth series, focusing on the lives of people in the public eye. Piers has previously interviewed Gordon Brown, Cheryl Cole, Susan Boyle and Frank Bruno.
The Life Stories crew came to Kent to film the area where Kelly grew up to interview some of her friends and family. They visited Tonbridge town, Hildenborough Recreational Ground where Kelly trained in her youth and the houses where she grew up.
Tonbridge is in West Kent and is a market town with a rich cultural heritage and spectacular scenery. The area is surrounded beautiful countryside and has castles, stately homes, gardens, farms, as well as sports and leisure facilities. The Tonbridge area has been used by previous productions including BBC drama Missing (2010) and Countryfile (2009).
Don’t miss Piers Morgan’s Life Stories with Dame Kelly Holmes on Friday 21st September at 21:00 on ITV1.
The second series of BBC’s Fake or Fortune returns with presenter and journalist Fiona Bruce joining art experts Philip Mould and Dr Bendor Grosvenor to explore the mysteries behind historical paintings to see if it was by a renowned artist, or a fake.
This episode focuses on three paintings left to the National Museum of Wales, which are believed to be by JMW Turner, but experts branded them fakes and deemed them unfit to be displayed at the gallery. Will Philip, Dr Bendor and Fiona be able to find clues and evidence to settle their authenticity once and for all?
With nearly a million empty properties in the UK, BBC One series Britain’s Empty Homes travels the country, looking at vacant buildings and showing potential buyers how they can easily be transformed into an enjoyable home.
Throughout the series, presenter Joe Crowley works with local empty property officers to see how they can tackle the issue of Britain’s Empty Homes and showcases the work that has been put into the empty homes to make use of their full potential.
The fourth series features several episodes in Thanet, where Joe meets Mike Thompson, Thanet District Council’s Empty Properties Officer, to discuss how they have successfully turned around many properties in the area, transforming them from disused buildings to ideal family homes.
Thanet is in East Kent and the main towns include Margate, Broadstairs and Ramsgate. The area has no less than nine blue flag beaches, some with white cliff faces as well as seafront promenades, harbours and parks.
Many TV and film productions have chosen Margate as a location, including the popular BBC drama True Love (2012) The Hotel Inspector(2012) and McDonald’s Happy Meal advertisement.
Don’t miss the Thanet episodes of Britain’s Empty Homes which are on BBC One at 11:00am on 17th, 19th, 20th, 24th September 2012 and 4thOctober 2012.
Channel 4 brings us The Great British Paraorchestra, on the day of the closing ceremony for the Paralympics. The programme follows internationally renowned conductor Charles Hazlewood, as he puts together Britain’s first ever disabled orchestra. The musicians prepare to perform live in their first concert and have some inspiring stories to tell.
Conductor and radio presenter Charles Hazlewood created the orchestra, as his daughter was born with cerebral palsy and he observed that there were hardly any professional disabled musicians, which was due to a lack of opportunity and funding rather than ability.
The show looks at the various challenges faced by disabled musicians and questions these with a view to overcoming obstacles and what better time to showcase an orchestra made up of talented and disabled individuals than concurrent with the London Paralympics?
The musicians all have stories to tell and include Matthew Wadsworth who created his own Braille system for lute music as a young boy, Stephanie West who suffers a hand deformity and plays a specially made wooden flute as well as Nicholas McCarthy, who is emerging as an amazing pianist despite being born without a right arm.