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The BBC announce plans to make TV ‘drama’ about the disgraced paedophile Jimmy Savile’s life

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The British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC) has announced its plans for a mini-series about the disgraced late TV personality Jimmy Savile.

The Reckoning, which will be shown on BBC One, will tell the story of the presenter’s rise, and the sexual abuse scandal that emerged after his death.

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Executive producer Jeff Pope said it was “a story that has to be told.”

He said: “We must understand why a man like Jimmy Savile seemed to remain immune for so long to proper scrutiny and criminal investigation.”

It is not yet known who will be cast to play the lead role in the drama.

disgraced late TV personality Jimmy Savile – Google Images

After his death in 2011, an ITV documentary investigated claims of sexual abuse against him, leading to further allegations of abuse and a string of public inquiries.

These found that the broadcaster had leveraged his involvement in organisations such as charities, hospitals, prisons and the BBC to prey on hundreds of people – mostly vulnerable young females.

The BBC drama controller Piers Wenger claimed the new drama did “not intend to sensationalise these crimes” but “to give voice to his victims”.

Mr Wenger said: “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.”

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