Steve Coogan plays Jimmy Savile in 'sensitive' BBC drama | Jimmy Savile | MCUTimes

Steve Coogan plays Jimmy Savile in ‘sensitive’ BBC drama | Jimmy Savile

Steve Coogan plays Jimmy Savile in an upcoming BBC drama series about how the high-profile presenter spent decades living a double life as one of the country’s most notorious pedophiles.

The Alan Partridge star said the decision to portray Savile on screen was not one he “took lightly”, but the series had “an intelligent script that sensitively handled a horrific story that – no matter how shocking – has to be told” .

The creators say the series will examine both Savile’s rise to fame and his final year fighting rumors about his privacy and examining how the host “used his fame and strong connections to hide his misdeeds and hide from the eyes”.

Aware of the potential for criticism that they are exploiting Saviles’ hundreds of victims, the creators of the drama titled The Reckoning say they have worked with some of those affected by the host’s actions.

When Savile died in 2011, he was originally widely celebrated as a whimsical British eccentric who had entertained generations of Britons through his appearances on BBC shows such as Top of the Pops and Jim’ll Fix It. He began his career in northern clubs and — always happy to burn his own legend — claimed to have been the first DJ to play with two turntables side by side, before later becoming ubiquitous on British television and radio.

Yet within a few weeks of his death, the BBC’s Newsnight program had prepared an investigation into allegations that Savile was a serial sex addict, only to be kept out of the air by BBC executives.

A year later, ITV published a survey of the presenter and released a cascade of allegations of a cover-up of an establishment. Instead of an eccentric, a picture emerged of Savile as a pedophile who had covered up decades of illegal behavior through his charity work, links to the police, and media connections. He protected his reputation by threatening lawsuits against anyone who investigated charges against him.

The mishandling of the affair and subsequent aftermath contributed to George Entwistle’s resignation as BBC CEO.

Jeff Pope, the executive producer of The Reckoning, said: “The purpose of this drama is to investigate how Savile’s violation has been uncontrolled for so long, and by shining light on this to ensure that such crimes never happen again. Steve Coogan has a unique ability to inhabit complex characters and will approach this role with the utmost care and integrity. ”

Savile’s grave remains in a cemetery in Scarborough despite local opposition after his crimes occurred. He left instructions that his coffin should be at 45 degrees so he could always “see the sea”. His grave was also encased in concrete, allegedly to protect the remains from robbers, making it impossible for him to be dug up. Savile’s tombstone, which has since been removed, had the inscription: “It was good while it lasted.”

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