The Hotel Inspector (2012)

Alex Polizzi and The Walpole Bay Hotel owners outside the hotel

Alex Polizzi and The Walpole Bay Hotel owners © Channel Five

 

Production Company: Twofour

Kent Locations Used: The Walpole Bay Hotel, Margate, Thanet

The Walpole Bay Hotel in Margate receives another visit from The Hotel Inspector, Alex Polizzi, to see how the business has progressed since her last visit a few years ago.

Appearing on the programme in 2009, The Walpole Bay Hotel and its owners were at crisis point, with the team constantly arguing and the hotel desperately seeking a new lease of life.  Alex Polizzi, part of the Rocco Forte hotel dynasty, had lots of advice on how to make the business more successful, including de-cluttering the hotel and modernising the rooms.

Alex returned to The Walpole Bay Hotel in May this year to see the outcome of the changes she suggested in 2009. Will her advice have stuck? Or has the hotel got worse?

The Walpole Bay Hotel is in Cliftonville, near Margate and was built in 1914. Maintaining its Edwardian features along with its sprung, maple floor ballroom it is a delightful location..

Margate is often seen on screen, having being used for previous productions including True Love (2012), The Apprentice (2009), and Last Orders (2002).

The Walpole Bay catch up episode is the last in the current series and will air on Thursday 30th August 2012 at 21:00 on Channel 5.

Links

For more information about filming in Kent email: filmoffice@kent.gov.uk  

For more information about The Hotel Inspector The Walpole Bay Hotel Series 6: https://kentfilmoffice.co.uk/2009/02/the-hotel-inspector-2009/

For more information about The Walpole Bay Hotel: http://walpolebayhotel.co.uk/

For more information on this programme visit: http://www.channel5.com/shows/the-hotel-inspector/

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Lifeline (2012)

Craig Revel Horwood, patron of The National Osteoporosis Society

Craig Revel, Horwood patron of The National Osteoporosis Society © BBC

Production Company: BBC

Locations used: Folkestone, Shepway

LifelineBBC’s monthly television charity appeal programme, came to Kent when a resident from Shepway appealed for awareness about the condition of Osteoporosis.

For more than 25 years the Lifeline appeal has helped raise money for and increased the profile of hundreds of charities across the UK and abroad.

Each month Lifeline focuses on one charity’s appeal. This month’s appeal features Craig Revel Horwood (Strictly Come Dancing, John Bishop’s Britain) who promotes awareness for The National Osteoporosis Society.

Osteoporosis is a condition which affects the bones, causing them to become weak and fragile and more likely to break or fracture. Around three million people in the UK suffer with the condition.

As the patron of the charity, Craig talks about his life-long passion for dance, keeping fit and the importance of strong bones. He also focuses on how the charity helps people affected by the disease and how the charity can help those suffering in silence.

Lifeline visited a Folkestone local who speaks on how they live with the condition and commends the help that The National Osteoporosis Society provides. The programme’s aim is to promote the charity and create awareness around the UK in the hope that the charity will grow.

Folkestone is situated in the district of Shepway on the southern edge of the North Downs. With many picturesque views and beautiful beaches Folkestone is a popular location for filming, including productions such as Is Anybody There?’ (2009) and Mud Men (2012). 

The Lifeline Appeal airs on BBC One on Sunday 15th July 2012 at 16:45pm

Links

For more information about filming in Kent contact: filmoffice@kent.gov.uk

For more information  about the programme visit: http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b006nb6j

For more information about the charity visit: http://www.nos.org.uk/

For more information about Folkestone visit: http://www.discoverfolkestone.co.uk/

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When I Get Older (2012)

Lesley Joseph with her pensioner hosts, Pat, 74, and Malcolm Still, 71, from Dartford

When I Get Older presenter Lesley Joseph with Pat, 74, and Malcolm Still, 71, from Dartford © BBC

Production Company: BBC

Locations used: Dartford, Westerham

The BBC is hosting a primetime season on tackling old age and discussing some of the issues that the elderly face in today’s society.

 Produced by ‘Daisy Goodwin (The Apprentice, Pulling) and Robert Thirkell (Speed, Only Human). ‘When I Get Older’ is presented by a host of familiar faces: journalist John Simpson, TV and Radio presenter Gloria Hunniford, actress Lesley Joseph, Eastenders favourite June Brown and actor/comedian/historian Tony Robinson, all of whom are of pensionable age.

‘When I Get Older’ visited Kent locals from Dartford and Westerham to discuss their life and the challenges they face. The presenters spent time with the contributors, in the hope of understanding more about what it really means to be an older person in the UK. The series addresses issues like working past the age of retirement, failing health, loneliness and what it is like to live in a care home.

Dartford is in North Kent and connects to both Europe and London with the high speed rail link at Ebbsfleet. Just down the road is Bluewater, one of Europe’s largest shopping centres. Dartford has played host to productions such as Who Do You Think You Are? (2014) Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows (2010) and Wasp (2003).

Westerham is a small village in Sevenoaks which boasts an independent brewery. It is surrounded by beautiful woodlands and can trace its roots back to the Vikings.

When I Get Older airs on Wednesday July 4 2012 at 21:00 on BBC One.

Links

For more information about filming in Kent contact: filmoffice@kent.gov.uk

For more information about the programme visit: http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/p00tt2nn

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Songs of Praise: Pugin God’s Architect (2012)

Presenter of Songs of Praise, Aled Jones, in a church

Aled Jones © BBC

Production Company: BBC

Locations used: Ramsgate Harbour, St Augustine’s Church, Ramsgate.

BBC’s Songs of Praise comes to Kent to film in the beautiful St. Augustine’s Church in Ramsgate, built by famous 19th century architect Augustus Welby Pugin.

Presented by Aled Jones (Escape to the Country, Cash in the Attic), Songs of Praise allows the nation to pray together, join in the singing of hymns and songs and discover uplifting stories of faith.

Aled explores the week’s theme, which is ‘Pugin –  God’s Architect’. Augustus Welby Pugin built St. Augustine’s Church between 1845 and 1852 and became most famous for his design of Big Ben for the Palace of Westmister

The Songs of Praise team was welcomed to Thanet in May this year, and throughout the episode, images of Ramsgate Harbour can be seen along with views of Thanet’s beautiful coastline.

Ramsgate is a popular coastal filming location and and home to the only “Royal” harbour in the country. It has been used for productions such as True Love (2012), Ruby Blue (2007)  and Hancock and Joan (2008).

Songs of Praise: Pugin God’s Architect will be shown on 24th June 2012 on BBC One at 17:30.

Links

For more information about filming in Kent email: filmoffice@kent.gov.uk 

For more information about this programme visit: http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b006ttc5

For more information about Ramsgate visit: http://www.visitthanet.co.uk/destinations/ramsgate/10539?microSiteId=210

For more information about Ramsgate Harbour visit: http://www.portoframsgate.co.uk/welcome_to_the_marina.aspx

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In The Best Possible Taste With Grayson Perry (2012)

Grayson Perry

Grayson Perry © Channel 4

Production Company: Seneca Productions

Locations used: Tunbridge Wells, Kings Hill

Artist Grayson Perry comes to Tunbridge Wells to explore the tastes of the British Middle Classes for the second episode of ‘The Best Possible Taste’, using his discoveries of the area as inspiration for a work of art.

During the series, Grayson Perry surrounds himself with people across the social spectrum as he tries to get to grips with society’s differing takes on taste. In this episode he seeks to explore the taste obsessions of the modern middle class person, including vintage furniture, original art and organic food.

He starts this mission in Kings Hill before visiting Tunbridge Wells, a town known for its middle class residents.

Using his experiences as inspiration, Perry creates a set of six tapestries from his findings, two for each of the classes. He hopes that it will tell a story of British class mobility in the 21st Century.  In conclusion to each episode, contributors are invited to view his creations.

Tunbridge Wells is a town in West Kent, home to a host of historic buildings, specialist shops, churches and a busy town centre. Productions which have previously filmed in the area include Britain’s Best Bakery (2012), Terry and Mason’s Great Food Trip (2015) and Hunted (2012).

Kings Hill is a housing and business development built on an airfield site which was used for The Beatles’ Magical Mystery Tour (1967) and more recently, the area has featured in Couples Come Dine With Me (2014) and Channel 4’s Cape Wrath (2008).

In The Best Possible Taste With Grayson Perry airs on Tuesday 12th June 2012 on Channel 4 at 22.00.

Links

For more information about this programme visit: http://www.channel4.com/info/press/programme-information/all-in-the-best-possible-taste-with-grayson-perry

For more information about Tunbridge Wells visit: http://www.visittunbridgewells.com

For more information about Kings Hill: http://www.kings-hill.com/

For more information about filming in Kent email: filmoffice@kent.gov.uk

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Great British Story: A People’s History (2012)

The Great British Story: The Peoples History presenter Michael Wood

The Great British Story The Peoples History © BBC Maya Vision

 

Production Company: Maya Vision International

Kent locations used: Faversham

The BBC’s new series Great British Story: A People’s History is presented by historian Michael Wood, who investigates the history and fascinating lives of the ordinary person in a specific time period, from the Viking invasions, across the Industrial Revolution to the Second World War.

This episode saw Michael Wood visit Faversham Market, which is one of the oldest in Kent. It dates back nearly 900 years and is a significant landmark in terms of Faversham’s local history.

The crew followed the activities of the East Kent Historical Organisation, a local re-enactment and combat group during their activities at a local recruitment and educational drive.

Faversham is a market town in the Swale Borough of Kent and boasts over 400 listed buildings as well as being renowned for the beautiful Faversham Creek and picturesque countryside that surrounds it. The town also has excellent rail links to London, with connections enabling a fast route into the capital. Faversham is a popular filming location, having previously welcomed TV programmes such as Great British Railway Journeys (2014), Peter Andre’s 60 Minute Makeover (2013) and Our Food (2012).

Don’t miss the Faversham episode of The Great British Story: A People’s Story which is being aired on 15 June 2012 at 8pm on BBC Two.

Links

For more information about filming in Kent contact: filmoffice@kent.gov.uk

For more information about the programme visit: http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/p00r12j3

For more information of Faversham visit: http://www.faversham.org/visit_faversham.aspx

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Long Lost Family (2012)

Long Lost Family presenters Davina McCall and Nicky Campbell

Long Lost Family presenters Davina McCall and Nicky Campbell © ITV

Production Company: Wall to Wall Media

Locations used: Rochester

The tear-jerking ITV show that traces and reunites family members who have been separated for years comes to Rochester. In this episode the team tries to help a local family answer questions about a relative they haven’t seen in years and hopefully bring them back together.

Series 2 returns with presenters Davina McCall (The Biggest Loser, Got to Dance and The Million Pound Drop) and radio and TV personality Nicky Campbell exploring how and why families drifted apart. In some cases, despite having painstakingly searching for each other for many years they have had no luck.

Davina and Nicky visit Rochester and the episode follows two stories. The first is about a young man, who at the age of 6 discovered that his father wasn’t his biological father. After years of many questions will he finally receive some answers about his father, and will he ever get to meet him?

The second story is about a woman who also needs answers about her father after discovering at age 10 that her “older sister” was actually her mother and her real father was forbidden from seeing her. After searching for years for the mystery man, will Davina and Nicky be able to help bring them together?

Rochester is a historic City that boasts an impressive cathedral and castle that links back to the medieval period. The City has strong connections with Charles Dickens, and many TV and film adaptations of his famous novels have filmed here such as Great Expectations (1989) and BBC’s The Mystery of Edwin Drood (2012).

Don’t miss the heart-wrenching Rochester episode which will air on ITV1 on Thursday 31st May 2012 at 21:00

Links:

For more information about filming in Kent please contact: filmoffice@kent.gov.uk

For more information about the programme visit: https://www.walltowall.co.uk/program/long-lost-family-2_1033.aspx

For more information about Rochester visit: http://www.visitmedway.org/destinations/rochester

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Come Dine With Me (2012)

The Come Dine With Me logo

Come Dine With Me © Channel 4

 

Production company: ITV Studios, Shiver Productions

Kent locations used: Dover, Folkestone

The renowned Channel 4 cooking show comes to Dover and Folkestone and sees four amateur chefs compete by trying to hold the best dinner party and scoop the £1,000 prize.

The Kent locals are self-confessed witch Lisa, eccentric 70-year-old Janet, parish priest Andy and businessman John. They each host a dinner party for the other contestants and pull out all stops by serving a three-course meal as well as providing entertainment to impress their guests. Watch out for an Abba tribute band, a song about cowboys, a 1950s-themed evening and a Downton Abbey dress code! At the end of each night, the guests score the event out of 10, and the winner takes home the £1,000 prize. The show, as always, has commentary from Dave Lamb, known for his witty take on the proceedings. The hit programme has been running since 2005 and is currently in its 26th series.

Dover is home to Europe’s busiest passenger port, facing France across the narrowest part of the English Channel. The surrounding chalk cliffs have become known as the White Cliffs of Dover after “(There’ll Be Bluebirds Over) The White Cliffs of Dover”, a World War II popularised by Vera Lynn. The Dover area has previously featured on screen in The Tunnel: Sabotage (2016), Wolf Hall (2003) and Sherlock Holmes: Game of Shadows (2011).

Folkestone is the principal town in Shepway. It has Edwardian architecture on The Leas, a sandy beach and an award winning coastal park within just an hour of London by High Speed Train. The Folkestone area has been used as a location for filming by productions such as The Tunnel (2013 – 2016) Mud Men (2012) and Is Anybody There? (2009).

Don’t miss out on the Kent episode of Come Dine With Me on Friday 27th April 2012 at 20:00 on Channel 4.

Links:

For more information about filming in Kent please contact: filmoffice@kent.gov.uk

For more information about the programme: http://www.channel4.com/programmes/come-dine-with-me

For more information about Dover: http://www.whitecliffscountry.org.uk/

For more information about Folkestone: http://www.visitkent.co.uk/destinations/folkestone-hythe-and-romney-marsh/6438

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Our Food (2012)

The Our Food team l-r Lucy Worsley, Alex Langlands, Giles Coren, Alys Fowler and James Wong

The Our Food team l-r Lucy Worsley, Alex Langlands, Giles Coren, Alys Fowler and James Wong © BBC

Production Company: BBC

Kent locations used: Upchurch, Chatham, River Medway, Isle of Sheppey, Queenborough,  Allington Lock, Maidstone, Kent Life, Faversham, Whistable, Romney Marsh

In a brand new BBC series, well-known presenters and experts including food critic Giles Coren, take us on a journey around Britain to discover how food is grown around the country and explore how the landscape, history and climate shape what kind of food we grow.

The Kent episode sees Giles sail on the River Medway, following old trade routes as he and the team visit various places to discover the history of Kentish foods such as the hops and beer, cherries, Romney Marsh sheep, native oysters, lavender and cobnuts.

The presenting team is headed up by Giles Coren (Gordon Ramsay’s The F-Word), who is joined by some familiar faces including historian Lucy Worsley (If Walls Could Talk: The History of the Home), archaeologist Alex Langlands (Time Team), gardener Alys Fowler (Gardener’s World), and Ethnobotanist James Wong (Countryfile).

During his Kent visit, Giles discovers what British beer tasted like before hops arrived from Europe when he visits Kent Life, Alys investigates the origin of English cherries, and Lucy heads to Whistable in search of shellfish. They also visit Romney Marsh to learn about the lives of shepherds.

Faversham is a beautiful, historic market town which boasts nearly 500 listed buildings and is set on the picturesque Faversham Creek. It has many restaurants, shops, attractions and beautiful walks. The Favershamarea has been used as a film location for A Taste of Britain (2014), Southcliffe (2013) and Great Expectations (2012).

The Isle of Sheppey is an island off the northern coast of Kent and has beautiful landscapes such as the RSPB Elmley Marshes and coastline.  Queenborough is a delightful harbour town on the Isle of Sheppey, with an impressive maritime history. The Hide (2009), Great Expectations (1989) and Top Gear – The Sweeney (2012) have previously used The Isle of Sheppey as a film location.

Chatham is part of historic Medway and has many unique filming locations including Fort Amherst and The Historic Dockyard Chatham. Previous productions that have filmed in Medway include Call the Midwife (2013), The Mystery of Edwin Drood (2012) and The Golden Compass (2007).

Maidstone is the county town of Kent. The River Medway runs through the centre of the town, linking it to Rochester and the Thames Estuary. The Kent Life Museum is situated by the M20, only 5 minutes away from Maidstone, and is a great family day out. It boasts 28 acres of land, hops, oast houses, some adorable animals, and fascinating historic buildings from various periods. Productions that have filmed in Maidstone include Rustom (2016), Later… with Jools Holland (2015) and Couples Come Dine With Me (2014).

Whitstable is a seaside town near Canterbury, famous for its annual Oyster Festival as well as the delightful harbour, shingle beach, busy high street and strong arts and culture scene. Projects that have also filmed in the area include Terry and Mason’s Great Food Trip (2015), James May’s Man Lab (2013) and Tipping the Velvet (2002).

Romney Marsh is a diverse landscape perfect for walkers and cyclists and has featured in Parades End (2012), Great Expectations (2012) and The Inspector Lynley Mysteries – Natural Causes (2006).

This programme is a must see for all foodies, don’t miss the Kent episode on BBC2 Wednesday 18th April 2012 at 20:00.

Giles Coren © BBC

Giles Coren © BBC

Links:

For more information about filming in Kent please contact: filmoffice@kent.gov.uk

For more information about the programme: http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b01flrfl

For more information about Faversham: http://www.visitkent.co.uk/explore/swale-faversham-sittingbourne-isle-of-sheppey.asp#Faversham

For more information about The Isle of Sheppey: http://www.visitkent.co.uk/destinations/isle-of-sheppey-sittingbourne/9186

For more information about Chatham: http://www.visitmedway.org/destinations/chatham

For more information about Maidstone: http://www.visitmaidstone.com/

For more information about the Kent Life Museum: http://www.kentlife.org.uk/

For more information on Whitstable: http://www.canterbury.co.uk/canterbury-district/Whitstable.aspx

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Don’t Get Done Get Dom (2012)

Dominic Littlewood © BBC

Dominic Littlewood © BBC

Production Company: Flame Television

Kent locations used: Sheerness

Don’t Get Done Get Dom is a consumer series presented by Dominic Littlewood who helps members of the general public that have been mistreated by some well-known  companies. In the Kent episode, Dom helps a family from Sheerness who had a bad experience with a national travel agency. Will Dom be able to get compensation from the company and more importantly an apology?

This episode features three families whose holidays were severely disrupted, and all three travel agents claimed that the circumstances were “out of their control” therefore were not responsible for any losses.  Dom takes on the three companies: Thomson, Thomas Cook and TravelSphere.com to see if he can get them to accept some responsibility and compensate the families.  Dome also investigates who decides which destinations are unsafe to travel to.

Throughout the show Dom tests the knowledge of the general public when it comes to consumer rights. He also teaches someone how to get a better deal on a product or service, which gives them more confidence in making deals with the store assistants and managers.

Dominic Littlewood has fronted many consumer shows including Cowboy Builders, Postcode Lottery and he also regularly presents features on The One Show. Don’t Get Done Get Don is in its sixth series and has been running since 2006, and Dom has taken on major companies such as Nationwide, EDF Energy, Carphone Warehouse and many more.

Sheerness is the largest town on the Isle of Sheppey, which is in north Kent. Sheerness regularly wins the blue flag for its clean beaches it also has lots of pubs, restaurants, shops and heritage attractions. The Hide (2009), Great Expectations (1989) and Top Gear – The Sweeney (2012) have previously used The Isle of Sheppey as a film location.

The Kent episode entitled “Disaster Holiday Zones” airs on BBC1 at 11am on 18th April 2012.

Links:

For more information about filming in Kent please contact: filmoffice@kent.gov.uk

For more information about the programme: http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b0070tc5

For more information about the Isle of Sheppey: http://www.visitkent.co.uk/destinations/isle-of-sheppey-sittingbourne/9186

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