Murder In Soho: Who Killed Freddie Mills? 9pm, BBC Four
THIS engrossing true crime documentary looks at the colourful life and suspicious death of Mills, the boxer who rose from fighting in fairground booths to become light-heavyweight world champion, and a much-loved public figure as one of Britain’s first real sport celebrities. On the night of July 25, 1965, he was found shot dead in the back seat of his Citroën DS behind the Soho nightclub he owned. The official verdict was suicide, but his family has always maintained it was murder. Director Simon Dale attempts to sort fact from rumour and myth – a difficult task, given the story comes marinated in the seductive Britnoir atmosphere of London’s 1960s underworld: all movie types and TV faces rubbing shoulders with the Krays against a backdrop of police corruption and unsolved murders. To counterbalance this, interviews with Mills’s family about the man they remember lend the film an intimate, personal feel, amplified by archive footage, including Mills’s own home movies. All this, and a last-minute twist in the case.