Coleen Nolan: Loose Women host recalls meeting Jimmy Saville
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The BBC have confirmed Steve Coogan has been cast to play Jimmy Savile in the series, which is currently titled The Reckoning. The mini-series will trace the life of the former Jim’ll Fix It star through the early years of his successful career to his twilight years. It was only after Savile had died in 2011 when the abuse allegations came to light. However, the news of the BBC drama has left some viewers unimpressed, with many slamming the broadcaster for “promoting a vile, evil paedophile”.
Taking to social media to share their thoughts on the programme, Roz raged: “And this is what the BBC call entertainment?
“Surely, they should have some shame that they were chiefly responsible for promoting a vile, evil paedophile that ruined so many lives.”
Elliot penned: “Just me that thinks it’s a tad weird the BBC are making a miniseries about Savile?”
“This is just inappropriate considering it’s the BBC itself producing it,” @Darkxaur said.
Big Giraffe added: “What on earth are the BBC thinking? This story does not need to be told.
“Don’t care how it’s handled, it’s just a shock story to get ratings. Disgraceful.”
@GentlemanMedium went on to rage: “It’s an insult to his victims and it’s an insult to the public.
“Shame on you, if the BBC ever needed defunding the time is now as it totally lost the plot, biased, left-wing this programme should be stopped dead in the water now.” (sic)
One viewer called Ann claimed: “Just WHY???? This is why I no longer have a BBC TV licence.”
While Linzi tweeted: “Absolutely not. Very disappointed Steve Coogan has agreed to do this. How the BBC can justify their biggest cover-up is an actual joke?”
The BBC reassured views they are working closely with many people whose lives were impacted by Savile to ensure their stories are told with sensitivity and respect, and the drama will also draw on extensive and wide-ranging research sources.
It will also examine the impact his appalling crimes had on his victims and the powerlessness many felt when they tried to raise the alarm.
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Savile used his involvement in multiple organisations, such as hospitals, prisons, charities and the BBC, to legitimise himself.
The drama will explore the way he used his celebrity and powerful connections to conceal his wrongdoings and to hide in plain sight.
Speaking about his new role, Coogan admitted it was a tough decision for him to make.
He said: “To play Jimmy Savile was not a decision I took lightly. Neil McKay has written an intelligent script tackling sensitively a horrific story which – however harrowing – needs to be told.”
Executive Producer, ITV Studios, Jeff Pope explained: “The purpose of this drama is to explore how Savile’s offending went unchecked for so long, and in shining a light on this, to ensure such crimes never happen again.”
He continued: “Steve Coogan has a unique ability to inhabit complex characters and will approach this role with the greatest care and integrity.”
Director, Sandra Goldbacher, added: “The Reckoning is a unique opportunity to give Savile’s survivors, the people who inspired this project, a voice.
“I feel sure that Steve Coogan’s powerful performance as Savile will create a debate around how the cult of celebrity cloaked him from scrutiny.”
Express.co.uk has approached the BBC for comment.
The Reckoning will arrive on the BBC soon.
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