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The true story of one of Britain’s strangest hauntings, with Dafne Keen and Toby Jones. Updated weekly every Thursday.

The Battersea Poltergeis‪t‬ BBC

    • Drama
    • 4.6 • 383 Ratings

The true story of one of Britain’s strangest hauntings, with Dafne Keen and Toby Jones. Updated weekly every Thursday.

    Ep8: Darkness and Light

    Ep8: Darkness and Light

    In this final episode, the investigation reaches its climax as Danny and the experts assess the evidence and look for answers to explain the strange events at 63 Wycliffe Road. Who wrote the letters? How can the seemingly impossible happen in front of multiple witnesses? Is this a haunting or a hoax?

    As the modern-day investigators try to reach conclusions, back in 1956, there are still surprises left to spring… The Hitchings face a truly chilling event as Chib searches obsessively for the clues to back up his theories. Who or what is Donald?

    Written and presented by Danny Robins, starring Dafne Keen (His Dark Materials), Toby Jones (Detectorists), Burn Gorman (Torchwood) and Alice Lowe (Sightseers), with original theme music by Mercury-nominated Nadine Shah and Ben Hillier, this gripping 8-part series interweaves a chilling supernatural thriller set in 1950s London with a fascinating modern-day investigation into Britain’s strangest ever haunting – a mystery unsolved… until now.

    Cast:

    Shirley Hitchings……..Dafne Keen
    Harold Chibbett………Toby Jones
    Wally Hitchings……..Burn Gorman
    Kitty Hitchings……….Alice Lowe
    Lily Chibbett……..Kacey Ainsworth
    Ethel Hitchings……….Sorcha Cusack
    John Hitchings……..Calvin Demba

    Written and presented by Danny Robins
    Experts: Ciaran O’Keeffe and Evelyn Hollow
    Sound Designer: Richard Fox
    Music: Evelyn Sykes
    Theme Music by Nadine Shah and Ben Hillier
    Produced by Danny Robins and Simon Barnard
    Directed by Simon Barnard

    Consultant: Alan Murdie
    With thanks to James Clark, co-author of 'The Poltergeist Prince of London'

    A Bafflegab Production for BBC Radio 4

    • 43 min
    Case Update: A New Witness

    Case Update: A New Witness

    In this bonus episode, Danny discusses your questions and theories on the investigation after the shock developments of Episode 7, and, in a new twist, he uncovers another living witness to the bizarre events at 63 Wycliffe Road back in 1956. Can they shed any more light on the case?

    Written and Presented by Danny Robins, starring Dafne Keen (His Dark Materials), Toby Jones (Detectorists, Capote), Burn Gorman (Torchwood) and Alice Lowe (Sightseers), with original theme music by Mercury-nominated Nadine Shah and Ben Hillier, this gripping 8-part series interweaves a chilling supernatural thriller set in 1950s London with a fascinating modern-day investigation into Britain’s strangest ever haunting – a mystery unsolved… until now.

    • 25 min
    Ep7: Dead Letters

    Ep7: Dead Letters

    The Hitchings family experience strange new phenomena, as drawings appear on the walls and rooms are violently trashed, but strangest of all are handwritten letters that appear, seemingly from Donald the poltergeist. Meanwhile ghost hunter Harold Chibbett makes progress in his attempts to communicate, becoming convinced he is on the verge of discovering Donald’s true identity.

    Danny assesses the new developments, alongside experts Ciaran O’Keefe and Evelyn Hollow. How can these things be possible? Are there other more human explanations for what is going on?

    Written and presented by Danny Robins, starring Dafne Keen (His Dark Materials), Toby Jones (Detectorists), Burn Gorman (Torchwood) and Alice Lowe (Sightseers), with original theme music by Mercury-nominated Nadine Shah and Ben Hillier, this gripping 8-part series interweaves a chilling supernatural thriller set in 1950s London with a fascinating modern-day investigation into Britain’s strangest ever haunting – a mystery unsolved… until now.

    Cast:

    Shirley Hitchings……..Dafne Keen
    Harold Chibbett………Toby Jones
    Wally Hitchings……..Burn Gorman
    Kitty Hitchings……….Alice Lowe
    Lily Chibbett……..Kacey Ainsworth
    Ethel Hitchings……….Sorcha Cusack
    John Hitchings……..Calvin Demba

    Written and presented by Danny Robins
    Experts: Ciaran O’Keeffe and Evelyn Hollow
    Sound Designer: Richard Fox
    Music: Evelyn Sykes
    Theme Music by Nadine Shah and Ben Hillier
    Produced by Danny Robins and Simon Barnard
    Directed by Simon Barnard

    Consultant: Alan Murdie
    With thanks to James Clark, co-author of 'The Poltergeist Prince of London'

    A Bafflegab Production for BBC Radio 4

    • 31 min
    Ep6: Fright Night

    Ep6: Fright Night

    After the press backlash, the Hitchings family fight to prove the haunting isn’t a hoax. They invite young journalist Joyce Lewis to spend a night at Number 63 Wycliffe Road – will she experience the phenomena that can prove Donald is real? Meanwhile, Danny spends his own night with a ghost, investigating a house that claims to have an active poltergeist, with sinister parallels to the Battersea case.

    Written and presented by Danny Robins, starring Dafne Keen (His Dark Materials), Toby Jones (Detectorists), Burn Gorman (Torchwood) and Alice Lowe (Sightseers), with original theme music by Mercury-nominated Nadine Shah and Ben Hillier, this gripping 8-part series interweaves a chilling supernatural thriller set in 1950s London with a fascinating modern-day investigation into Britain’s strangest ever haunting – a mystery unsolved… until now.

    Cast:

    Shirley Hitchings……..Dafne Keen
    Harold Chibbett………Toby Jones
    Wally Hitchings…… Burn Gorman
    Kitty Hitchings……….Alice Lowe
    Joyce Lewis………..Miranda Raison
    Steve………………..Rufus Wright

    Written and presented by Danny Robins
    Experts: Ciaran O’Keeffe and Evelyn Hollow
    Sound Designer: Richard Fox
    Music: Evelyn Sykes
    Theme Music by Nadine Shah and Ben Hillier
    Produced by Danny Robins and Simon Barnard
    Directed by Simon Barnard

    Consultant: Alan Murdie
    With thanks to James Clark, co-author of 'The Poltergeist Prince of London'

    A Bafflegab Production for BBC Radio 4

    • 33 min
    Case Update: It Follows

    Case Update: It Follows

    In this second bonus episode, Danny discusses your theories about this supernatural cold case and answers some of your questions. Delving deeper into recent developments, he explores the strange tapping that seems to follow Shirley – to her new job, and even onto a live talk show on national television.

    Written and Presented by Danny Robins, starring Dafne Keen (His Dark Materials), Toby Jones (Detectorists), Burn Gorman (Torchwood) and Alice Lowe (Sightseers), with original theme music by Mercury-nominated Nadine Shah and Ben Hillier, this gripping 8-part series interweaves a chilling supernatural thriller set in 1950s London with a fascinating modern-day investigation into Britain’s strangest ever haunting – a mystery unsolved… until now.

    • 19 min
    Ep5: Strange Bones

    Ep5: Strange Bones

    After the exorcism, Shirley’s fame increases, but as she’s drawn into a press expose by two journalists, the world wants to know – is this a haunting or a hoax? At Number 63, the poltergeist activity seems to intensify, taking a terrifying new direction that puts the whole family in danger.

    Written and Presented by Danny Robins, starring Dafne Keen (His Dark Materials), Toby Jones (Detectorists), Burn Gorman (Torchwood) and Alice Lowe (Prevenge), with original theme music by Mercury-nominated Nadine Shah and Ben Hillier, this gripping 8-part series interweaves a chilling supernatural thriller set in 1950s London with a fascinating modern-day investigation into Britain’s strangest ever haunting – a mystery unsolved… until now.

    Cast:

    Shirley Hitchings……..Dafne Keen
    Harold Chibbett………Toby Jones
    Wally Hitchings…… Burn Gorman
    Kitty Hitchings……….Alice Lowe
    Ethel Hitchings……….Sorcha Cusack
    John Hitchings……..Calvin Demba
    Lily Chibbett……..Kacey Ainsworth
    Ronald Maxwell……….Rufus Wright
    John Knight……..Dan Starkey
    Consultant…….Stephen Critchlow

    Written and presented by Danny Robins
    Experts: Ciaran O’Keeffe and Evelyn Hollow
    Sound Designer: Richard Fox
    Music: Evelyn Sykes
    Theme Music by Nadine Shah and Ben Hillier
    Produced by Danny Robins and Simon Barnard
    Directed by Simon Barnard

    Consultant: Alan Murdie
    With thanks to James Clark, co-author of 'The Poltergeist Prince of London'

    A Bafflegab Production for BBC Radio 4

    • 30 min

Customer Reviews

4.6 out of 5
383 Ratings

383 Ratings

UlsterAsh ,

Sceptic

I used to believe in ghosts etc when I was younger but I stopped believing. But this podcast had me gripped. Very well put together and riveting.

MaryH1nge ,

Most disturbing thing

Is the music

hjb216 ,

Limited scope

There are parts of this podcast that are well presented and enjoyable, but I found it very disappointing how little air time is given to the ‘sceptic’ perspective. Kieran’s points were given much less attention than Evelyn’s and he wasn’t given the chance to query or respond to her views whereas she was consistently allowed to discredit his. I think the premise either needs to be reviewed or that a more even handed approach needs to be taken if there is a future version of this format.

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