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BBC2 orders Louis Theroux doc on Jimmy Savile

UK pubcaster BBC2 has commissioned a documentary from Transgender Kids filmmaker Louis Theroux that aims to reveal the predatory nature of disgraced British presenter and DJ Jimmy Savile (pictured).
November 3, 2015

UK pubcaster BBC2 has commissioned a documentary from Transgender Kids filmmaker Louis Theroux that aims to reveal the predatory nature of disgraced DJ and TV personality Jimmy Savile (pictured).

The as-yet-untitled documentary from BBC In-House Documentaries marks Theroux’s second film on Savile since his 2000 landmark doc When Louis Met Jimmy, in which Theroux asked the presenter about rumors suggesting he was a paedophile. The film was featured as one of the top 50 documentaries of all time in a 2005 program by UK pubcaster Channel 4.

At the time of his death in October 2011, Savile was lauded for his fundraising efforts, having raised an estimated £40 million (US$61.5 million) for charities, though he was later revealed to be a predatory sex offender. The film will follow Theroux as he sets out to uncover the truth behind the revelations about the disgraced star by meeting the people Savile knew and previously introduced to Theroux between 1999 and 2004, including victims, coworkers, friends and family.

The documentary will investigate how one of Britain’s most beloved celebrities managed to use his status to commit the crimes, and how the “power of public image afforded him immunity.” Additionally, the film will explore the impact Savile’s crimes had on his victims and the legacy of their revelations.

Aysha Rafaele, head of documentaries, serves as executive producer, with Arthur Cary tapped to produce and direct. The film was commissioned by BBC2 controller Kim Shillinglaw and Patrick Holland, head of commissioning for documentaries.

“BBC2 should be part of the national conversation and this challenging subject matter is the kind I want to see on the channel,” Shillinglaw said in a statement. “Louis Theroux is one of the country’s most talented filmmakers, and I am very pleased that he is revisiting this important – and deeply personal – subject for us, asking difficult questions about the life of Jimmy Savile and those around him and exploring the impact his crimes had on his victims.”

About The Author
Meagan Kashty is an associate editor of realscreen, an international print and online magazine that covers the non-fiction film and television industries. Meagan is an award-winning business journalist. Prior to joining the realscreen team, Meagan was online editor of Canadian Grocer, named Magazine of the Year at the 2015 Canadian Business Media Awards. She can be reached at mkashty@brunico.com, and you can follow her on Twitter @MegKashty

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