Steve Coogan to play sex offender Jimmy Savile in “The Reckoning”


Actor Steve Coogan has joined the cast of “The Reckoning”, BBC One’s upcoming mini-series about the dark legacy of TV and radio personality Jimmy Savile, best known for hosting “Top of the Pops” . According to Variety, ‘The Reckoning’ will tell the story of Savile’s life from his childhood until his death in 2011, when it was finally discovered that he had abused more than 500 children. The upcoming project is written by Neil McKay.

“Playing Jimmy Savile was not a decision I took lightly. Neil McKay wrote a clever script that sensitively tackles a horrific story that – however heartbreaking – needs to be told,” Coogan said of his role. in the next series. “‘The Reckoning’ is a unique opportunity to give a voice to the survivors of Savile, the people who inspired this project. I’m sure Steve Coogan’s powerful performance as Savile will create a debate on how the cult of the celebrity hid it from scrutiny, ”said Sandra Goldbacher, who will direct all episodes of the miniseries.

McKay and Jeff Pope will produce for ITV Studios, while Lucy Richer will be executive producer for the BBC. Clare Shepherd will also produce. People accused Savile of sexually assaulting children during his career, but Savile denied the allegations and they received little publicity. The team behind the series works closely with several of Savile’s victims.

Savile’s working-class background, including his teenage years working in the coal mines, made him a galvanizing figure as he rose to fame. He became a DJ after suffering a serious spinal injury in the coal mines, first performing in dance halls, then on radio, then on television. Savile has hosted ‘Top of the Pops’, the famous music ranking program, since its premiere in 1964 for another 20 years, plus a few appearances afterwards. From 1975 to 1994, he also hosted ‘Jim’ll Fix It’, where he granted wishes described in letters usually written by children.

Coogan is known for co-writing, producing, and starring in the 2013 film ‘Philomena’, as well as developing the character of Alan Partridge, a right-wing media personality meant to satirize British pundits, and for having played the role in ‘On the Hour’ and ‘Know Me, Know You with Alan Partridge’, among other programs. Recent Coogan credits include the ITV miniseries “Stephen” and the 2019 Michael Winterbottom movie “Greed”. (ANI)

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