Jimmy Savile

Jimmy Savile victim says Steve Coogan may ‘struggle’ to portray paedophile’s darker side in new BBC series

A woman who was once assaulted on camera by Jimmy Savile has spoken out about the forthcoming BBC drama based on the prolific celebrity paedophile.In The Reckoning, which hits screens later this year, Savile will be played by Steve Coogan, the actor best known for the comic character Alan Partridge.Sylvia Edwards was 18 years old when Savile assaueld her on camera during a recording of Top of the Pops. At the time, her complaints about being groped had been dismissed by a crew member. Speaking to Sky News, she said: “I’m hoping [Coogan] portrays it well to make people...
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Steve Coogan says people are uncomfortable with his Jimmy Savile drama because ‘the nation enabled him’

Steve Coogan has said the backlash to him playing Jimmy Savile in a forthcoming BBC drama is partly because “the nation enabled” the paedophile presenter.Later this year, mini-series The Reckoning, starring Coogan as Savile, will air on BBC One. When the project was announced last year, many people condemned it, arguing that it exploits Savile’s victims.The series, which was written by Neil McKay, will explore how the late Top of the Pops host was able to commit his crimes unchecked for decades.After his death in 2011, hundreds of survivors came forward with stories of abuse by Savile, who used...
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‘The Elon Musk Show’: BBC Greenlights Landmark Documentary Series On World’s Richest Man From ‘Jimmy Savile: A British Horror Story’ Producer 72 Films

Click here to read the full article. EXCLUSIVE: The BBC has greenlighted a landmark documentary series on Elon Musk from Jimmy Savile: A British Horror Story producer 72 Films, Deadline can reveal. Airing later this year, BBC Two’s The Elon Musk Show (working title) comes with the world’s richest man in the headlines like never before as he pushes through his $44B mega-deal to buy Twitter. Deadline understands the producers have updated the three-part doc series in order to accommodate for the Twitter acquisition, the big news of the past few weeks. 72 Films, which has nursed a reputation over the years for...
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Capsule Reviews: Memoria, Jimmy Savile: A British Horror Story, and Wecrashed

This week the Plaza theater in Atlanta featured the limited theatrical run of Tilda Swinton’s artful and thought-provoking “Memoria.” The Oscar-winning actress (see her outstanding work in everything and winning effort in 2008’s “Michael Clayton”) plays a Scottish woman named Jessica, traveling in Bogotá, Columbia. One morning, she hears a disturbing sound.

Steve Coogan On Using Comedy To Tackle #MeToo In Channel 4 Show ‘Chivalry’ And Playing Jimmy Savile: “Things Are Better Talked About Than Not Talked About”

Click here to read the full article. Steve Coogan has spotlighted his and Sarah Solemani’s use of comedy to tackle the #MeToo debate in upcoming Channel 4 show Chivalry and talked openly about playing Jimmy Savile, stating: “Things are better talked about than not talked about.” The Philomena and Lost King star told Deadline the aim with Chivalry, which comes from his BBC Studios-backed indie Baby Cow, was to make a show about “love and respect” that could make people laugh, while using humor to open up a wider debate. Coogan and Solemani play the lead roles in Chivalry, having come up with the concept during the filming of Michael Winterbottom’s Greed when...

Lynn Barber recalls ‘harrowing’ moment with Jimmy Savile: ‘Now I shudder’

Veteran journalist Lynn Barber has recalled an encounter with Jimmy Savile that makes her “shudder”.After the TV presenter’s death in 2011, hundreds of survivors came forward with stories of abuse by Savile, who used his work at the BBC and at hospitals, prisons and charities to conceal his paedophilia.A new Netflix documentary, Jimmy Savile: A British Horror Story, landed on the platform earlier this month. It features an interview with Barber, who met Savile twice. She has now also written about her experiences with him.She writes in The Telegraph: “The first time I met him, in 1982, was at...

Jimmy Savile: American Netflix viewers horrified by new documentary about British paedophile

American Netflix viewers have shared their shock after watching a new Netflix documentary about the crimes of Jimmy Savile.Jimmy Savile: A British Horror Story was released on the streaming service yesterday, and focuses on the life and crimes of the TV presenter and paedophile.When Savile’s crimes were brought to light in 2012, they made headlines around the world, but the story received far more coverage in his native UK than in the US and overseas.On Twitter, some American viewers, and others outside the UK, have shared that they were unaware about the specifics of Savile’s case, with many horrified...

Netflix's Jimmy Savile: A British Horror Story doesn't convey the structures that kept him aloft and continue to dominate British culture and politics in 2022

The docuseries on the disgraced British TV icon "is two parts long and runs at about three hours. It’s not enough, frankly," says Kayleigh Donaldson. "This thing could have been the length of the extended Lord of the Rings trilogy and there would still be a slew of key information to cut. We don’t hear from many of Savile’s victims, nor do we get much in terms of his pre-fame life (check out the Dan Davies book In Plain Sight for a more comprehensive view of things.) A psychologist offers a truncated analysis of his predatory behaviour but doesn’t go far enough. In fairness, I’m not sure anyone ever could create a full portrait of such a grotesque man. This is an abuser who disguised himself with the truth, a very smart bully who played the game with a lot of help from his powerful friends. In one rare moment of candour, we hear Savile on tape as he is interviewed by the police and his anger becomes impossible to cloak with the dazzle of celebrity."