What We Know About BBC One's Jimmy Savile drama 'The Reckoning'
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The story of disgraced entertainer Jimmy Savile is the subject of a brand new BBC drama titled The Reckoning. The rise and fall of the late radio DJ and television presenter, as well as the devastation of Savile's prey crimes, will be explored in the mini-series. But who will take over the role and when will it air? Here's what we've learned so far.
The Reckoning will air on BBC One in the near future. However, given that the series has only just been announced, an exact air date is yet to be determined. Nonetheless, according to RadioTimes, filming is on hold.
As previously stated, the mini-series will follow radio and television presenter Jimmy Saville, who rose from humble beginnings to become one of the UK's top entertainers in the 1970s and '80s, appearing on top shows like Top of The Pops & Jim'll Fix It.
Savile's long history of sexual abuse was exposed after a sensational ITV documentary and dozens of public inquiries following his death in 2011. Savile has become one of the most hated figures in modern history shortly after the scandal broke.
As the Radio Times reported, The Reckoning will examine all areas of Savile's life and career, including his early years in northern England, his career at the BBC, and his attempts to conceal any damaging allegations, while also highlighting the impact his crimes had on the many victims he assaulted throughout his life.
Steve Coogan, of Alan Partridge and Philomena fame, has been named as the shows lead actor. Coogan said the decision to play Saville was not a decision I took lightly," adding that this horrific story needs to be told.
Saville will be portrayed by Coogan for the first time in Oct. 2021 on the set of The Reckoning, per Digital Spy.
Executive producer Jeff Pope, who is overseeing The Reckoning alongside BAFTA-winner Neil McKay, also described The Reconciliation as "a story that has to be told."
Jimmy Savile, who has a criminal history, has long been immune to proper scrutiny and investigation, he added. Piers Wenger, the BBC drama controller, recently clarified the intentions of the mini-series, saying the drama "did not intend to sensationalise these crimes," but rather "give voice to his victims."
"We will work with survivors to ensure that their stories are told with sensitivity and respect, as well as to examine the institutions with which Jimmy Savile was associated and the circumstances in which these crimes took place. Wenger concluded that "dramatically, it has the ability to examine sensitive real life issues and consider the effects of a crime on its victims and what lessons can be learned to prevent this from happening again."
This post was first published on November 18, 2018.