Crews film in Cliftonville for murder mystery starring Kerry Godliman and Howard Charles

Filming of the Whitstable Pearl mystery Photo Frank Leppard

A second day of filming for a murder mystery series starring Kerry Godliman, from After Life, is taking place in Thanet today (November 7).

Crews are at the Walpole Bay Hotel shooting scenes for Whitstable Pearl, commissioned by Acorn TV with Buccaneer Media and based on the novels “The Whitstable Pearl Mystery” and “Disappearance at Oare”  by Whitstable author and former Eastenders script writer Julie Wassmer.

Yesterday the crew filmed scenes at Ramsgate harbour.

Kerry Godliman takes the lead role

Kerry Godliman features in the lead role as Pearl Nolan and it has now been announced that Howard Charles, of Amazon’s The Widow and CBS’s The Red Line, has been cast as the co-lead.

Photo Frank Leppard

Whitstable Pearl explores the dark undercurrents of murder and debauchery swirling beneath the surface of the seaside town.

Distributed internationally by Cineflix Rights, the Acorn TV Original Series began production in Whitstable last month. The series will exclusively premiere on Acorn TV in North America, New Zealand, Australia, and the United Kingdom in 2021.

Photo Clive Hart

The series follows local celebrity Pearl Nolan, a chef-proprietor of the eponymous Whitstable Pearl restaurant which she runs alongside her son, Charlie, waitress Ruby, and in spite of her mother Dolly. She is also the proprietor of a newly-formed detective agency, finally putting her distant police-training to good use.


When Pearl discovers the body of  a close family friend, she takes it upon herself to investigate what she believes to be murder. Howard Charles takes the role of DCI Mike McGuire.