The Battersea Poltergeist

The worldwide podcast hit, as heard on BBC Radio Four, explores the true story of Britain’s strangest haunting. And now it is coming live to a theatre near you!

Number one drama series across the world, The Battersea Poltergeist  is a multi-million download, genre-busting phenomenon, mixing documentary and drama to tell the incredible and terrifying true story of the 1956 haunting of the Hitchings family in south London at the hands of a poltergeist they nicknamed Donald.

At this exclusive live event, you can meet the show’s creator, writer and journalist Danny Robins, Evelyn Hollow, a Scottish writer and paranormal psychologist who holds a Master of Research degree in Paranormal Psychology and Ciaran O’Keeffe, a psychology professor who has appeared on TV’s Most Haunted and Jane Goldman Investigates. 

They’ll delve deeper into this paranormal cold case, bringing the investigation to life on stage, sharing exclusive footage of Shirley Hitchings and other witnesses, and revealing some stunning (and chilling) new evidence from brand new witnesses only just discovered and not featured in the podcast series. Could they hold the final clues to solving this supernatural mystery?

Dubbed Britain’s strangest ever haunting; it was a poltergeist case that spanned an incredible 12-year period. At its height it became a major national news story, with newspaper headlines about strange noises, flying objects, exorcisms and ghostly communication. An attempt was even made to contact the poltergeist on live prime-time TV on the BBC and it was discussed by the Home Secretary in the House of Commons.

There will also be a Q&A so you can put your questions about the case and the making of the series to Danny and his team of experts!

Are you #TeamSceptic or #TeamBeliever? Be part of the investigation that’s spurred millions of listeners worldwide to become supernatural sleuths.

BBC Radio Four

Tour Dates

Mon 25 Oct
The Lowry
Wed 27 Oct
G Live
Sun 31 Oct
Clapham Grand
Mon 1 Nov
Regent Theatre
Tue 2 Nov
Grand Opera House
Sun 7 Nov
Theatre Royal


Danny Robins

Danny Robins is an award-winning writer, broadcaster and journalist. He is currently making his West End debut with '2:22: A Ghost Story’ at the Noel Coward Theatre, starring Lily Allen, Julia Chan, Hadley Fraser and Jake Wood. Earlier this year, he created ‘The Battersea Poltergeist’ a podcast series that combined drama and documentary to tell a real-life ghost story, starring Toby Jones and Dafne Keen. It became a global phenomenon - the #1 Drama Podcast across the world - sparking a bidding war for the TV rights. Danny is now adapting the series with Hollywood producers Blumhouse.

He co-created the hit sitcom ’Rudy’s Rare Records’ with Sir Lenny Henry, writing four series of it for BBC Radio 4 and adapting it into his first stage play, ‘Rudy’s Rare Records’, co-commissioned by Birmingham Rep and Hackney Empire and starring Lenny Henry. The follow-up was the acclaimed End of the Pier’, starring Les Dennis, at the Park Theatre. His first radio drama, ‘The Most Wanted Man in Sweden’, was nominated for the Writers’ Guild’s Tinniswood Award. Danny is an experienced comedy writer.

He created the hugely successful BAFTA-nominated and RTS Award-winning BBC series ‘Young Dracula’, the cult BBC 2 series ‘We Are History’ and ‘The Cold Swedish Winter; for BBC Radio 4. He also created the ‘Haunted’ podcast series for Panoply, which explores real-life ghost stories. His new podcast series, ‘Uncanny’, for BBC Sounds launches October 20. Produced with Bafflegab Productions it will feature real-life stories of ghost and UFO encounters, told by the people who experienced them.

Evelyn Hollow

Evelyn Hollow is a Scottish writer and paranormal psychologist. She was formerly trained as a Travel Writer by Lonely Planet, was a resident author at Esoterica Zine for more than four years, the occult columnist for Corvid Culture, and has taught writing classes at everywhere from universities to arts festivals. She is a former psychology lecturer, now consulting as a paranormal psychologist and expert for various TV shows and podcasts — most recently the smash-hit show T’he Battersea Poltergeist’. She also gives guest lectures on paranormal history and the quantum physics of anomalous phenomena.

Ciaran O’Keeffe

Ciaran O’Keeffe provides a sceptical voice to various paranormaltelevision and radio shows (e.g. ‘Most Haunted’, ‘Ghost Adventurers’, ‘Celebrity Ghost Hunt Live’, ‘Battersea Poltergeist’, ‘Haunted’ etc.) in addition to providing expert input on Applied Psychology. His areas of expertise are Parapsychology and Investigative Psychology. He has been involved in many unusual projects: physiological effects of infrasound (at the Royal Festival Hall); ghost investigation of Hampton Court Palace; exorcism ‘training day’; Hostage Negotiation simulations; & lie detecting for the movie ‘Spy Game’.

Ciaran is Associate Head of School of Human & Social Sciences at Buckinghamshire New University where he is responsible for various programmes including several crime degrees – BSc. (Hons) Criminological Psychology, BSc. (Hons) Psychology & Criminology, MSc. Applied Forensic Psychology. His paranormal research has focussed on testing mediums & psychics in the lab and also fieldwork examining haunting experiences. Additional research has included psychic criminology and ‘Religious’ parapsychology (i.e. exorcism, possession, miracles & stigmata).

His research has been reported in The Guardian, The Times, The Independent, New Scientist, etc. and on BBC, ITV, C4, Discovery etc (including BBC Radio 4’s Saturday Live; ITV’s This Morning). He has published research in scientific journals and popular magazines (Fortean Times, Haunted Magazine, The Psychologist).

He has contributed to, and consulted on, many paranormal documentaries and also provided accounts of my daily activities in order to inform the lead (Andrew Lincoln, from AMC’s
‘The Walking Dead’) in a popular UK produced paranormal drama, ‘Afterlife’. Recently Ciaran has been working with a Global Ghost Gang of researchers to produce a book due out in early 2022: ‘Ghosted! Exploring the Haunting Reality of Paranormal Encounters’

Bafflegab Productions

Bafflegab Productions is an audio production company producing original drama. Our most recent productions are The Battersea Poltergeist for BBC Sounds, presented by Danny Robins and starring Dafne Keen and Toby Jones;  an adaptation of cult TV series Children of the Stones for BBC Sounds, and HP Lovecraft series Arkham County for Audible, starring Stanley Tucci. In 2020 we won Gold for Best Drama Special at the New York Festivals Radio Awards for our updating of M.R. James’ The Ash Tree, and Silver for Best Drama at the ARIA Awards for another James adaptation, A View from a Hill. We're currently working on another paranormal series for Sounds with Danny Robins, and an adaptation of Howl's Moving Castle for BBC Radio 4.

'Hugely entertaining… a fabulous telling'
Miranda Sawyer, The Observer
'The real-life ghost story so gripping even sceptics are drawn in'
'Fabulously entertaining'
The Independent
'Gripping and authentically unsettling'
SFX Magazine
'Freaky, creepy, insanely addictive'


Producer contact:
Seabright Productions London office: 020 7439 1173