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Jimmy Savile victim says Steve Coogan may ‘struggle’ to portray paedophile’s darker side in new BBC series

‘Coogan can act the idiot like Jimmy Savile was, but the sinister side I think maybe he might struggle,’ said Sylvia Edwards, who was assaulted by Savile on TV in 1976

Louis Chilton
Saturday 21 May 2022 15:34
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A woman who was once assaulted on camera by Jimmy Savile has spoken out about the forthcoming BBC drama based on the prolific celebrity paedophile.

In The Reckoning, which hits screens later this year, Savile will be played by Steve Coogan, the actor best known for the comic character Alan Partridge.

Sylvia Edwards was 18 years old when Savile assaulted her on camera during a recording of Top of the Pops. At the time, her complaints about being groped had been dismissed by a crew member.

Speaking to Sky News, she said: “I’m hoping [Coogan] portrays it well to make people realise how much of a monster that man was.

“[Coogan] can act the idiot like Jimmy Savile was, but the sinister side I think maybe he might struggle,” she added. “Jimmy Savile has been destroyed anyway... he’s going to be remembered as a paedophile forever.

“I hope he plays it well... I hope he plays it so that people can actually see how despicable Savile was.”

The Reckoning has come under fire from some critics who express scepticism over the tastefulness of the miniseries, and over the casting of Coogan.

The BBC has also faced heavy criticism for its role in facilitating the covering up of Savile’s crimes, with some accusing the broadcaster of hypocrisy in making the new miniseries.

Earlier this month, Coogan said the backlash to the series is partly because “the nation enabled” the paedophile presenter’s crimes.

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