Steve Coogan will play Jimmy Savile within the BBC One drama The Reckoning
The sequence comes from Neil McKay and government producer Jeff Pope and is produced by ITV Studios. Sandra Goldbacher will direct all episodes and Clare Shepherd will produce.
The Reckoning will observe Savile by means of his early years within the dance halls of northern England, his profession with the BBC, to his twilight years when he sought to dispel the rising rumors about his life. Savile rose from working-class origins to grow to be one of many greatest stars of British tv. Nevertheless after his loss of life in 2011, his legacy plummetted when the total extent of his crimes, which included sexually abusing a whole lot of kid victims, have been revealed.
“To play Jimmy Savile was not a call I took calmly. Neil McKay has written an clever script tackling sensitively an horrific story which — nonetheless harrowing — must be advised,” Coogan says.
“The aim of this drama is to discover how Savile’s offending went unchecked for therefore lengthy, and in shining a light-weight on this, to make sure such crimes by no means occur once more. Steve Coogan has a singular capacity to inhabit advanced characters and can strategy this function with the best care and integrity,” Pope provides.
“The Reckoning is a singular alternative to provide Savile’s survivors, the individuals who impressed this undertaking, a voice. I really feel certain that Steve Coogan’s highly effective efficiency as Savile will create a debate round how the cult of celeb cloaked him from scrutiny,” Goldbacher, says.