1×90’ Documentary for BBC4
Murder in Soho: Who Killed Freddie Mills? is a real life murder mystery about the life and untimely death of a national boxing hero, often described as Britain’s first sporting celebrity.
Set in 1960s Soho, this film delves into the world of UK and US organised crime, boxing, gambling, police corruption, and a string of brutal unsolved murders that became synonymous with the name Freddie Mills.
With access to eight hours of unseen home movies, this is an intimate portrayal of a man who rose from the humble surroundings of fairground boxing booths to become Light-Heavyweight Champion of the World and a household name. But it all ended on the 25th July 1965, when he was found shot dead in the back seat of his car. 50 years on, his family still challenge the coroner’s verdict of suicide.
Infamous gangsters like Eddie Richardson give first hand accounts of the criminal underworld at the time. Ultimately a man comes forward who claims to have been involved in the murder of Freddie Mills.
Could his testimony finally conclude a 50-year mystery for Freddie’s family; allowing him to be remembered for the man he was, and his achievements in life, rather than for the single day of his death.