When is the Jimmy Savile drama The Reckoning on BBC One?

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 the late TV star's sexual abuse of young girls was kept under wraps until after his death.

When will Jimmy Savile drama The Reckoning be on BBC One?

The mini-series will trace the life of Jimmy Savile, a man who rose from working-class origins to become one of the biggest stars of British television, but in death has become one of the most reviled figures of modern history.

The Reckoning was announced on October 15, 2020.

There is currently no air date, but it is likely to be screened on BBC One in 2021.

The BBC have also not confirmed if filming has started yet.

What is The Reckoning about?

The story will trace Savile through his early years in the dance halls of northern England, his career with the BBC, to his twilight years when, in failing health and with his fame in decline, he sought to dispel the growing rumours about his life and the legacy he would leave behind.

The BBC production team are working closely with many people whose lives were impacted by Savile to ensure their stories are told with sensitivity and respect, and the drama series will also draw on extensive and wide-ranging research sources.

It will examine the impact his crimes had on his victims and the powerlessness many felt when they tried to raise the alarm.

Savile, an eccentric showman, the youngest of seven siblings, used his involvement in multiple organisations, such as hospitals, prisons, charities and the BBC, to legitimise himself.

The drama will explore the way he used smoke and mirrors to conceal his wrongdoings.

Producer Jeff Pope told the BBC: “We must understand why a man like Savile seemed to remain immune for so long to proper scrutiny and criminal investigation.”

Who's in the cast Of The Reckoning

It has not been confirmed who will portray Savile in the drama.

In fact no names of those taking part have been revealed yet.

The BBC tell us that "casting and further details will be announced in due course".

Who was Jimmy Saville and when did he die?

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 on October 29, 2011.

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