Death at Broadcasting House

Death at Broadcasting House

Jack Hawkins as Herbert Evans
Directed by Reginald Denham
Produced by Hugh Perceval
Screenplay by Val Gielgud, Holt Marvell & Basil Mason
Based on Death at Broadcasting House
by Val Gielgud & Holt Marvell
Starring Ian Hunter
Austin Trevor
Lilian Oldland
Music by Ord Hamilton
Cinematography Günther Krampf
Edited by Reginald Beck
Phoenix Films
Distributed by Associated British Film Distributors (UK)
Release dates
  • November 1934 (1934-11) (UK)
Running time
75 minutes
Country UK
Language English

Death at Broadcasting House, also known as Death at a Broadcast, is a 1934 British mystery film directed by Reginald Denham and starring Ian Hunter, Austin Trevor, Henry Kendall, and Jack Hawkins.[1]


The original plot comes from a novel of the same name,[2] set in what was then the mysterious world of radio in what was then the BBC's new broadcasting centre, Broadcasting House. It was written in 1934 by Val Gielgud – brother of John Gielgud, and then the BBC's Head of Productions – and "Holt Marvell" - actually Eric Maschwitz, a lyricist and writer for films and the BBC.


The same year it was made into the film, directed by Reginald Denham, with Ian Hunter (best known as King Richard I in the 1938 Adventures of Robin Hood) as the detective, Donald Wolfit as the murder victim, and Val Gielgud himself as the drama producer, Julian Caird. The film sticks closely to the plot of the book, but is lighter in tone, and capitalizes on the glamour of broadcasting by including a number of cameo appearances by radio stars, among them Hannen Swaffer, Gillie Potter, Elisabeth Welch and Percival Mackey.



  1. "Death at Broadcasting House (1934)". IMDb. 2014. Retrieved 15 November 2014.
  2. Gielgud, Val; Marvell, Holt (1934). Death at Broadcasting House. Rich & Cowan.

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