Steve Coogan to play sex offender Jimmy Saville in ‘The Reckoning’

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Actor Steve Coogan has joined the cast of BBC One’s upcoming miniseries “The Reckoning”, about the dark legacy of late TV and radio personality Jimmy Savile, best known for hosting “Top of the Pops”. Is.

Los Angeles: Actor Steve Coogan has joined the cast of BBC One’s upcoming miniseries “The Reckoning”, about the dark legacy of late TV and radio personality Jimmy Savile, best known for hosting “Top of the Pops”. Is.

According to Variety, “The Reckoning” will tell the story of Savile’s life from childhood to his death in 2011, when he was eventually found to have abused more than 500 children. The upcoming project is being written by Neil McKay. Coogan said of his role in the upcoming series, “I didn’t take the decision to play Jimmy Saville lightly. Neil McKay has penned an intelligent script to sensitively tackle a horrific – though harrowing – story. Is required.”

“‘The Reckoning’ is a unique opportunity to give a voice to the survivors of Saville, the people who inspired this project. I’m sure Steve Coogan’s powerful performance as Saville will spark a debate about how celebrity’s role is. Creed turned him away from the investigation,” said Sandra Goldbacher, who will direct all episodes of the miniseries.

McKay and Jeff Pope will executive produce on behalf of ITV Studios, while Lucy Richter will serve as executive producers for the BBC. Claire Shepherd will also produce.

People accused Saville of sexually abusing children during his career, but Saville denied the allegations and received little publicity. The team behind the series is working closely with many of Savile’s victims.

Savile’s working-class background, including his teenage years spent working in the coal mines, catapulted him to fame as a galvanizing figure. After suffering a major spinal injury in the coal mines, he became a DJ after playing first in dance hall, then on radio, then on TV.

Savile hosted Top of the Pops, a well-known music chart show, for 20 more years from its 1964 premiere, as well as a few performances later. From 1975 to 1994, he also hosted ‘Gym Will Fix It’, where he fulfilled wishes usually described in letters written by children.

Coogan is best known for co-writing, producing and starring in the 2013 film ‘Philomena’ as well as developing the character Alan Partridge, a right-wing media personality aimed at satirizing British pundits and ‘On the To play a role in ‘Hour’. ‘Knowing Me, Getting to Know You’ with Alan Partridge, among other programmes.

Coogan’s recent credits include the ITV miniseries “Stephen” and Michael Winterbottom’s 2019 film “Greed.”

ANI

First published:September 27, 2021, 2:22 pm

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