BBC One announces new drama about Jimmy Savile child abuse horror

The BBC has announced its plans for a new drama about TV personality Jimmy Savile, titled The Reckoning.

The mini-series will tell the story of how the presenter rose to fame, and how the horrifying sexual abuse scandal which had been kept under wraps throughout his life unfolded after his death.

It has not been revealed who will take on the role of Savile.

The drama will trace back to Savile’s early years when he was at the height of his fame, and explore the impact his crimes left on his victims even after his death.

On why the BBC wanted to tell the story, executive producer Jeff Pope explained: ‘We must understand why a man like Jimmy Savile seemed to remain immune for so long to proper scrutiny and criminal investigation.’

TV bosses stressed they are working closely with many people whose lives were impacted by Savile, assuring their stories will be told with both sensitivity and respect.

Controller of the BBC drama Pete Wenger said: ‘The story of Jimmy Savile is one of the most emotive and troubling of our times.

‘We do not intend to sensationalise these crimes but to give voice to his victims.

‘We will work with survivors to ensure their stories are told with sensitivity and respect and to examine the institutions which Jimmy Savile was associated with and the circumstances in which these crimes took place.’

‘Drama has the ability to tackle sensitive real-life subjects and consider the impact of a crime on its survivors and what lessons can be learnt to stop this ever happening again,’ he continued.

He was knighted in 1990.

A year after his death in 2011, reports surfaced that Savile had sexually abused hundreds of people throughout his life.

The Metropolitan Police stated that the total number of alleged victims was 589, of whom 450 alleged abuse by Savile.

The drama will explore the way he used smoke and mirrors to conceal his wrongdoings.

Who was Jimmy Savile?

Savile was born in Leeds on October 31, 1926, and he was one of seven children.

During the Second World War he survived serious spinal injuries while working in a coal mine.

He later went on to become a dance hall DJ and manager.

In the late 1950s, he moved into radio at Radio Luxembourg before joining BBC Radio One as a presenter.

In 1964 he presented the first ever Top Of The Pops, and continued to make appearances on the show for decades.

He later did more TV work including the popular kids’ show Jim’ll Fix It

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