School features in BBC police drama Cuffs

Tuning in to the latest episode of BBC’s police drama ‘Cuffs’ last week, viewers may have recognised a Upper Beeding school that heavily featured in one of the main storylines.

The pupils and staff at Towers Convent in Henfield Road were thrilled to have their historic building featured in the popular BBC drama.

Deputy head Anne Bowerman said: “The staff and pupils were able to watch the crew in action.

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“It was a really exciting project to be apart of. We’re delighted with the coverage.

“One afternoon a big cherry picker crane was parked by the front tower with a huge lamp pointing at the stained glass window of the chapel.”

Shot in May, trucks, cables and lights were seen crowding the school entrance as actors Shaun Dooley and Paul Ready were on location for the show’s third episode, where two DIs investigate a series of attacks on pupils.

However, the all girls school was transformed into an all boys school for the duration of the shoot.

The episode aired on Wednesday, November 11, and the school’s exterior, chapel and hallways were used to set the scene.

“We were thrilled with the result because we were used so much in the episode, we got about five minutes of footage,” said Mrs Bowerman.

Cuffs, an eight-part mini series, focuses on both the working and personal lives of modern-day police officers on the beat.

While the series is officially set in Brighton, many scenes were filmed in Adur and Worthing including Teville Gate, The Castle Tavern in Newland Road, Portland House in Richmond Road and Long Feng Foods in Southwick Square.

In April, Worthing Town Hall along with the neighbouring Assembly Hall, were being used to film court scenes, while the office of Alex Bailey, chief executive of Adur & Worthing councils, was dressed as a head teacher’s office.

The production company also transformed the Adur Civic Centre, in Ham Road, Shoreham, into a police station.

The ground floor was turned into a cell block and custody suite, while the first floor was being used as offices.

A number of private houses and allotments in Shoreham were used as the homes for lead characters. Local artwork was also selected to adorn the sets.

The drama is produced by London-based Tiger Aspect, which has credits including Peaky Blinders, Ripper Street, Benidorm, Bad Education and Restoration Man.

The show is commissioned for weekdays at 8pm on BBC One.

If you missed episode three, you can check it out on BBC iPlayer here

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