The BBC has confirmed that it plans to film a new mini-series. Based on the life of shamed television star Jimmy Saville.
BBC to film new drama series on the life of Jimmy Saville: The producer of the series, Jeff Pope, said that he thinks it is “a story that needs to be told”. The series will follow Saville’s life, from his meteoric rise to fame as one of television’s biggest celebrities to the downfall of his career. And the subsequent sex abuse scandal that came about after his death. The series has a provisional title of “The Reckoning” and the cast is yet to be named.
Pope went on to say “We must understand why a man like Jimmy Savile seemed to remain immune for so long to proper scrutiny and criminal investigation.” A year after Saville’s death in October 2011 he was exposed as a serial child molester. And a documentary on ITV called “The Other Side of Jimmy Saville” gained nationwide attention. As it investigated the abuse claims against him.
A police investigation into his crimes revealed 214 offenses committed by the presenter between 1955 and 2009. Which included 34 rapes and 126 indecent assaults. Saville is probably best known for hosting the shows Top of the Pops and Jim’ll Fix It. Also raising money for Great Ormond Street children’s hospital.
Inquiries uncovered the fact that he had used his celebrity status and his involvement with various charities to carry out his abuse on hundreds of children. Mainly young girls.
Additionally, Piers Wenger, Controller of BBC Drama, said that they would be working closely on the series with the survivors of his abuse.
Later, he said in a statement that. “The story of Jimmy Saville is one of the most emotive and troubling of our times. We do not intend to sensationalize 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 Saville was associated with. And the circumstances in which these crimes took place.
Also 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.”
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