Who Killed Alfred Oliver? Radio Play

September 2020
BBC Radio Berkshire

Written by: Beth Flintoff


Sound Design and Composition by: Chris Mitchell


Reading, 1929. Tobacconist Alfred Oliver is found bludgeoned to death in his Cross Street store. On the same day, star of the box office smash hit, The Monster, is spotted near the scene… Could he have killed Alfred Oliver?

RABBLE Theatre, in association with BBC Radio Berkshire, present the new radio play, Who Killed Alfred Oliver?, written by Beth Flintoff (Henry I, Matilda the Empress, Henry II, Oscar Wilde on Trial). With additional research by Dr Helen Brooks of the University of Kent.

Based on the true story of Reading’s unsolved murder.

The play’s episodes were broadcast daily on BBC Radio Berkshire from Monday 21st September, followed by an omnibus edition of the whole play on Sunday 27th September.



Joe Evans: Buff, George Jeffries
Laura Penneycard: Florrie, Nellie, Landlady
Toby W. Davies: Charlie Fry
Ameer Choudrie: Coroner, Berrett
Dani McCallum: Marion, Anne Oliver, Alice James


To complement the play, we’ve created this beautiful interactive map of 1920’s Reading, with sound clips from the show hidden behind the gorgeous caricatures and key buildings from the story.

Click through, have a play and see if you can work out whodunnit!