BBC drama boss Piers Wenger has defended the upcoming series, The Reckoning, insisting it will give Jimmy Savile victims a voice.
BBC’s latest drama, The Reckoning, will cover the disgraced star Jimmy Savile’s childhood, career, and the prolific sex offences he committed whilst in the spotlight. However, despite the backlash since the announcement of the series, BBC boss Piers Wenger has defended the BBC’s choice to run the series. He commented that it will highlight and give voices to the victims of Savile.
Speaking about the upcoming series in a press conference, Wenger said: “It’s a decade since Jimmy Savile died (and) it will be a decade next year since his behaviours first came into the public eye.
“Our primary intention with the drama is to give voice to the victims.”
Wegner continued: “(We want to tell) their stories sensitively and with the utmost respect. There are still many important questions that need to be answered about Savile, so I think it’s incredibly important that the BBC tell that story.”
He was also asked questions about how a dramatized show such as this would be able to add anything yet to be addressed by the factual documentaries made about Savile.
“The documentaries that have been on show you the heinous and nature of his crimes, but I’ve yet to see one that really answers the question, ‘How did this happen?’” Wegner explained.
“We will work with survivors to ensure their stories are told with sensitivity and to examine the institutions which Jimmy Savile was associated with and the circumstances in which these crimes to place.
“Drama has the ability to tackle sensitive real-life subjects and consider the impact of a crime on its survivors and hat lessons can be learnt to stop this ever happening again.”
The Reckoning has been extensively researched, and many of the survivors are involved in the drama’s making.
However, the decision to drag the chronicles of Savile’s life once again through the media came under fire, with it not being the first time this has happened.
Savile rose to fame and became one of British televisions biggest stars, fighting growing speculations about his illegal exploits throughout his career with the BBC.
The BBC led an inquiry found that he had sexually assaulted at least 72 children, some as young as eight, over. “Brinkwire Summary News”.