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BBC under fire over controversial new Steve Coogan drama

Steve Coogan is poised to play Jimmy Savile in a ‘sensitive’ BBC drama.

The Alan Partridge star will take on the ‘complex’ character of the notorious paedophile in The Reckoning.

Coogan said the story of Savile needed to be told, ‘however harrowing’ it is.

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Executive producer Jee Pope added: “The purpose of this drama is to explore how Savile’s offending went unchecked for so long. And in shining a light on this, to ensure such crimes never happen again.

“Steve Coogan has a unique ability to inhabit complex characters. [He] will approach this role with the greatest care and integrity.”

Coogan himself 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.”

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But Twitter user Victoria Smith: “Bit sick of murderers and child sex abusers being described as having “complex” characters, tbh.”

Suse N wrote: “That’d a been a good angle to come from. But I can just imagine how it’s gonna go and I’m disappointed Coogan will play him although he will be brilliant at it. But I won’t watch, I don’t see this guy deserves a movie.”

Grace Hawthorn wrote: “seriously. if there needs to be a drama made around this, i’d like the central protagonists to be the middle-aged nurses at the LGI who tried so hard to whistleblow. With JS as an orbital character. I want the focus to be on the complexities of women trying to safeguard”

Snowy wrote: “Seriously makes me feel very uncomfortable. Has anyone consulted any of the victims? Some stories do need to be told but genuinely don’t believe anyone needs to give this monster anymore air time.”

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