Next of Kin (2018)

Actress Archie Panjabi and actor Jack Davenport embrace against a grey background

Next of Kin: Archie Panjabi as Mona Shirani and Jack Davenport as Guy Harcourt © ITV / Mammoth Screen

Writers:  Natasha Narayan, Paul Rutman

Directors:  Justin Chadwick, Jamie Childs

Starring:  Archie Panjabi, Jack Davenport

Production Company:  Mammoth Screen

Kent Locations Used:  Oakdene Cafe, London Road, Wrotham

ITV’s new drama series Next Of Kin follows whip-smart GP Mona Shirani who lives in London with political lobbyist husband Guy Harcourt. Family life is shattered when Mona’s brother is brutally murdered whilst working for a medical charity abroad. In the wake of the murder, Mona’s family comes under suspicion and is drawn deep into a tangle of betrayal and conspiracy as they try to protect their loved ones and careers.

The six-part series was written and created by husband and wife team Paul Rutman (Indian Summers, Vera) and Natasha Narayan. Emmy Award winner and Golden Globe nominee, Archie Panjabi (The Good Wife, The Fall), and renowned actor, Jack Davenport (Pirates of the Caribbean, Smash), star in Mammoth Screen’s fast-paced family thriller, Next Of Kin.

Oakdene Cafe, London Road in Wrotham Kent  features in Episode 4 where filming took place in June 2017.  Wrotham is a village on the Pilgrims’ Way in Kent, at the foot of the North Downs. It is one mile north of Borough Green and approximately five miles east Sevenoaks, a historic market town which has attracted several large productions in 2017 including Judwaa 2 (2017) and The Big Family Cooking Showdown (2017).

Kent is increasingly popular with ITV drama productions and hosting popular series such as Liar (2017) filmed partly in Deal and Walpole Bay and Mr Selfridge (2016) partly filmed at The Historic Dockyard Chatham.

ITV’s new drama series Next Of Kin starts on Monday 8th January at 9pm and the episode featuring Kent will be screened on 29 January 2018.


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Secrets from the Workhouse (2013)


Fern Britton standing at an old operating theatre

Fern Britton at an old operating theatre © Wall To Wall

Production company: Wall To Wall Media Ltd

Kent locations: Wrotham and Plaxtol

Secrets from the Workhouse is a  two part ITV special that sees famous faces go on an emotionally charged journey to investigate how their ancestors lived a life of poverty in  a workhouse, which was where the poor, homeless, unemployed or ill were sent  in Nineteenth Century.  

Presenter Fern Britton, actor Brian Cox, actresses Felicity Kendal and Kiera Chaplin and author Barbara Taylor Bradford delve into the lives of their Victorian ancestors to uncover stories of heartache and sadness as well as tales of extraordinary triumph.

Fern Britton visited Wrotham and Plaxtol to investigate how her great, great, great grandfather, Friend Carter ended up in a workhouse in the area and the struggles he faced. 

Wrotham and Plaxtol are two neighbouring villages in Tonbridge and Malling. Both are picturesque and have the usual amenities such as a school, pubs and a church and had workhouses in Victorian times.

Don’t miss Secrets from the Workhouse on Tuesday 25th June and Tuesday 2nd June at 21:00 on ITV1.


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