THE BBC has announced a Jimmy Savile child abuse drama called The Reckoning ‘to give a voice to his victims’.
It will follow his rise to fame and how his sexual abuse of young girls was kept under wraps until after his death in 2011, when he was exposed in an explosive ITV documentary.
In the BBC drama, award-winning writer Neil McKay and producer Jeff Pope will reveal how he covered up his crimes.
Jeff said: “We must understand why a man like Savile seemed to remain immune for so long to proper scrutiny and criminal investigation.”
Controller of the BBC drama Pete Wenger added: “The story of Jimmy Savile is one of the most emotive and troubling of our times.
“We do not intend to sensationalise 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 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.”
Savile was a popular DJ and TV presenter during his career, with him hosting Top of the Pops and presenting his own hit show, Jim’ll Fix It.
He also raised an estimated £40 million for charities during his career and was knighted in 1990.
However, he is now considered to be one of Britain’s most prolific sex offenders after hundreds of sexual abuse allegations were made against him after his death aged 84.
It has not been confirmed who will portray Savile in the drama.