Steve Coogan's film company spotted filming in Botany Bay
STEVE Coogan's film company has been spotted filming a new comedy series in Botany Bay.
The comic's firm, Baby Cow Productions, was working on new Sky comedy Hunderby. Steve Coogan is best known for playing chat show host Alan Partridge on television.
The new show is set in 19th century and tells the tale of a pastor who falls in love with a shipwreck survivor.
Kingsgate's distinctive clifftops were judged to be the perfect location to represent a far-flung foreign beach and will feature in the shipwreck scenes. Cast and crew were lucky with the weather, getting at least some spells of sunshine, after Bollywood producers filming on the beach last week, battled wind and driving rain.
To celebrate the opening of our new offices in Canterbury and Whitstable we are offering 50% off our standard selling fees on production of this voucher.
Terms: If you have instructed another agent on a sole agency and/or sale selling rights basis, the terms of those instructions must be considered to avoid possible liability to pay two commissions.
Contact: Whitstable 01227 208268
Valid until: Monday, September 30 2013
The Fayreness Hotel catered for nearly 100 members of cast and crew with production staff boarding at Walpole Bay Hotel and Smiths Court Hotel in Cliftonville.
Ross Coles, general manager at The Fayreness, said: "Botany Bay is such a beautiful bay and the stretch of sand between the chalk stack and the cliffs is a great backdrop.
"It's a great boost for the local economy and the busiest I've known it in 16 years here.
"It's been a hidden gem for so long but the publicity through films and adverts has been great."
Botany Bay has been a popular filming location in recent years after starring in a national ad campaign to promote tourism in Kent and has welcomed several film crews recently to film other adverts and music videos.
The distinctive cliffs surrounding the bay provided the backdrop for a Bollywood epic last week as well, the Washed Up film in 2009 and a BP ad starring athlete Jessica Ennis last year.
The new show stars Love Actually actress Julia Davis and is produced by Steve Coogan's Baby Cow Productions. Baby Cow is behind TV hits including Gavin and Stacey, The Mrs Merton Show and The Day Today.
The seven-part series will be broadcast this summer on the Sky Atlantic channel.