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Mur­der In Soho: Who Killed Fred­die Mills? 9pm, BBC Four

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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.

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