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Netflix's Black Mirror season five launches today after filming in Harrietsham and Gravesend


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If you're planning to unwind later by watching Netflix's new Black Mirror series, you might recognise some of the locations.

The fifth series of the award winning series was released on the streaming service today.

Its first episode Smithereens was filmed in at Fairbourne Reservoir East and Church Road, in Harrietsham, near Maidstone, as well as in a field in Jeskyns, Henhurst road, Cobham, near Gravesend, where they were pictured last year.

Live pictures of one of the Netflix Black Mirror scenes being filmed. (11791911)
Live pictures of one of the Netflix Black Mirror scenes being filmed. (11791911)

The 11-day filming production for the series contributed more than £261,000 to the Kent economy.

Cllr Bryan Sweetland, wo represents the Gravesham Rural ward on Kent County Council, said: "Kent has long recognised the economic benefits of filming.

"The increase in employment, tourism, and the direct spend into the local economy by production companies like Netflix, make a strong case for the council to back filming and the development of Kent as a film location.

"Since its launch, the Kent Film Office has supported many high profile productions, such as Avengers: Age of Ultron , Into The Woods, Wolf Hall, The Tunnel, Rush and Great Expectations and filming activity generates on average more than £2.8 million direct spend into the county's economy every year.

Reports of camera crew and actors filming a Netflix TV series in Jeskyns, Cobham. (11791870)
Reports of camera crew and actors filming a Netflix TV series in Jeskyns, Cobham. (11791870)

"However, the actual economic benefit to the county is far higher than the money that was spent directly by productions.
"Industry reports show that looking at the whole of the supply chain such as crew going to a local pub after work, buying supplies from local shops, bringing family down for visit etc, the true economic benefit is closer to twice the original spend, i.e. £4.4m.

"In addition to this, there is an estimated tourism benefit of at least 60% of what was originally spent in Kent for certain projects. So it’s good news for Kent."

Charlie Brooker's Black Mirror is a "science fiction TV series that analyses modern society" and has grown in popularity over the years.

Actors take a break during reported filming of Black Mirror TV series. (11791915)
Actors take a break during reported filming of Black Mirror TV series. (11791915)

There will be three episodes in the series.

Earlier this year it was revealed Netflix could be moving to a new TV studio to Ashford.

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