May 18, 2024

New Jimmy Savile BBC Drama The Reckoning Will Include Testaments From Real-Life Victims

A rather controversial TV series called The Reckoning is coming later this year, looking at the life and crimes of disgraced TV presenter Jimmy Savile.

The BBC will bring Savile’s disturbing history of paedophilia to TV screens, including his use of hospitals, prisons, charities, members of the showbiz industry, politicians, journalists, the Catholic Church and the Royal Family to protect his serially abusive behaviour from being discovered. Savile also preyed on young, disabled children, using his industry connections to do so, abusing under-aged girls and attacking others aged up to 75 years old.

A first-look image of Steve Coogan – who is set to play Savile – was released last week, showing the Alan Partridge star dressed in one of the red suits that the presenter was so famous for wearing.

The divisive decision to involve Savile’s victims in the series has also been debated. According to The Sun, four people who were abused by the presenter will be «interviewed on camera to offer their further insight and to reflect on their experiences in the hope that the telling of their stories will prevent something like it happening again. »

As part of the duty of care efforts by the BBC and the series – which began filming in Manchester in November 2021 – victims were also invited on set to try and convince them that the story was being handled sensitively. One victim named Sam Brown called Coogan’s performance “creepy, weird, awful” and “disgusting. ”

Here’s everything we know so far about the TV series.

What will The Reckoning be about?

According to an official BBC synopsis, The Reckoning «will trace the life of Jimmy Savile, a man who, for decades, became one of the UK’s most influential celebrities, but in death has become one of the most reviled figures of modern history following revelations of extensive and horrific abuse.

«Savile used his involvement in multiple organisations, such as the BBC, hospitals, prisons, and charities, to legitimise himself, forging friendships in show business, politics, journalism, the Catholic Church and even the Royal family to cement his position. ”

A description written by IMDB adds that the TV series will begin by looking at Savile’s “working class roots”, all the way to his success as a BBC TV presenter and his efforts to conceal his sexually abusive crimes. He died in 2011 before his crimes were uncovered.

Alan Partridge star Steve Coogan will play Jimmy Savile in the BBC's dramatisation of his life.

Who has been cast in The Reckoning?

Alongside Coogan, we will see Happy Valley stars Siobhan Finneran and Mark Stanlet, as well as BAFTA winning Gemma Jones, Outlander‘s Mark Lewis Jones and EastEnders star Sandra James- Young.

What exactly is the controversy surrounding The Reckoning?

Critics have argued that bringing the painful stories of Savile’s victims back to the foreground, as well as on screens, might trigger people who suffered from his actions firsthand, and is a distasteful story to tell.

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