We know where that is! Killing Eve filmed at Tufnell Park school’s Brutalist buildings
Architecture gem provides backdrop for scenes in hit BBC show
13 June, 2019 — By Dan Carrier
IT is the sassy BBC thriller commanding nearly four million viewers every week, a smash-hit that will keep fans guessing until the finale.
But one puzzle for fans of Killing Eve will be easy to solve for people living in Tufnell Park: What school was that filmed at? Answer: Acland Burghley Secondary School.
It provides the setting for an upcoming episode to be screened on Sunday, although the most impatient Evesters may have seen it already via the Beeb’s iPlayer. The iconic facade is unmistakable as the drama deepens.
Headteacher Nicholas John told the New Journal: “In the time that I have been headteacher at Acland Burghley I have grown to love the building more and more. I am thrilled that the production team for Killing Eve share my enthusiasm for its architecture.” He added: “It looks stunning in the series. We are fundraising over the next year to make our iconic assembly hall even more special as a state-of-the-art performance space for our students and the community.”
The use of the school has earned the secondary, celebrated for its arts and drama, a windfall. It was given a contribution by the producers towards their fundraising drive to renovate parts of the Brutalist building in Burghley Road.
In the storyline, secret service agent Eve, played by Sandra Oh, is married to Niko (Owen McDonnell) a maths teacher in a school called St Theobald’s – or, as we recognise it, Acland Burghley.
In one scene, Villanelle is following Eve into the school – and you can see Acland Burghley’s name on the side of the building – even though in the story the school is called St Theobald’s
School development manager Lucy Whiting said the show had helped them appreciate quite how outstanding the school’s building was.
She added: “It was really exciting having the Killing Eve production team on site and seeing our listed Brutalist building featured in a new light on screen. The stairwells, hall and classrooms were transformed through the creative vision of the production team and interesting details of the building were spotted and used well.”
A film shoot briefing in Acland Burghley’s hall and, below, the cameras are ready
The production team chose to shoot scenes during the summer holidays last August and the school’s Grade-II listed assembly hall, dating from the early 1960s, also features. One shot shows the pair running through corridors after Eve sets off an alarm.
Yoland Baguma, of lettings service Schools Plus, who manages the school for film shoots, said: “When the BBC production team contacted us, they said they liked the architecture of Acland Burghley and the general look of the space.”
Fans can also spot other Camden landmarks in the show – Marchmont Street in Bloomsbury was used in an episode previously broadcast.