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..
Lifeline, BBC’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 forThe 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 Folkestonelocal 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.
Folkestoneis 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
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.
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.
Artist Grayson Perry comes to Tunbridge Wellsto 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.
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 EastKent Historical Organisation, a local re-enactment and combat group during their activities at a local recruitment and educational drive.
Favershamis 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.
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?
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.
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 Marshsheep, 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 EthnobotanistJames Wong (Countryfile).
During his Kent visit, Giles discovers what British beer tasted like before hops arrived from Europe when he visitsKent Life, Alys investigates the origin of English cherries, and Lucy heads to Whistable in search of shellfish. They also visit Romney Marshto 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).
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).
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.