BBC Confirm Jimmy Savile Drama ‘The Reckoning’ Air Date

BBC Confirm Jimmy Savile Drama ‘The Reckoning’ Air Date

A premier date has been announced for Jimmy Savile drama The Reckoning starring Steve Coogan as the controversial television personality and DJ.

It is set to air next month on Monday 9th October, and is set to tell the dark story behind Leeds-born Savile.

Due to its nature, it’s taken a long time in production and was due to be released back in 2022 but was reportdely delayed due the death of Queen Elizabeth, according to Radio Times.

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Another controversial drama filmed in Yorkshire, The Long Shadow, which retells the story of the victims of Peter Sutcliffe has had rave reviews of its handling of the subject, including a title change due to the upsetting nature of his nickname.

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Written by Neil McKay, who’s previous has written other true crime dramas including Four Lives and Appropriate Adult, the series will explore Leeds-born Savile’s rise to fame, as well as his dark double life and how he used his “celebrity and powerful connections to conceal his wrongdoings and to hide in plain sight”.

Coogan said “To play Jimmy Savile was not a decision I took lightly. Neil McKay has written an intelligent script tackling sensitively an horrific story which – however harrowing – needs to be told.”

Supporting cast in The Reckoning includes Siobhan Finneran from Happy Valley, Gemma Jones from Gentleman Jack and Mark Stanley, Robert Emms and Mark Lewis Jones.

Make sure you don’t miss The Reckoning on BBC One and iPlayer from Monday 9th October 2023.

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