BBC One will broadcast the series that will chart the presenter’s career and history of sexual abuse that only emerged after he died in 2011.
Savile was a presenter of several popular BBC show and, in 2016, a report found that he carried out sex attacks on 72 victims in “virtually every one of the BBC premises in which he worked”.
The same report also found that there was no evidence of BBC bosses being aware of the scandal, but said some junior and middle-ranking staff knew of Savile’s “inappropriate sexual behaviour”.
In total, 117 witnesses who had worked at the BBC had “heard rumours” of Savile's activities.
Speaking about the new series, executive producer Jeff Pope said it was “a story that has to be told”.
While many people agreed, they expressed uncertainty over whether the BBC should be the channel to broadcast the series.
One concerned TV viewer wrote: “The BBC doing a drama about the Jimmy Savile scandal would be like the Nazis doing a drama about the Holocaust.”
Another added: “Will they detail their part in turning a blind eye?”
One other tweeter called it “vile self-serving stuff”, with somebody suggesting the drama would “sanitise” the corporation’s involvement in the scandal.
No actor is yet attached to play the role of Savile.
I question the BBC’s choice to make this programme. If it has to be made at all, in the circumstances another broadcaster might have been best.
BBC to make drama about Jimmy Savile's life - BBC News https://t.co/47WEmnVZnH
— Alex Deane (@ajcdeane) October 14, 2020
BBC making a drama about Jimmy Savile is to sanitise the role of the Corporation in not only enabling the abuse but covering it up, too.
— Sonia Poulton (@SoniaPoulton) October 14, 2020
Absolute brass neck of the BBC.
Jimmy Savile wasn’t brought to justice when he was alive because the BBC let him get away it it.
They knew exactly what he was up to and swept it under the rug - just as the UK establishment always do when “one of their own” is implicated. https://t.co/wNLIRKZEfe
— Evolve Politics (@evolvepolitics) October 14, 2020
BBC drama controller Piers Wenger said that the BBC “will work with survivors to ensure their stories are told with sensitivity and respect and to examine the institutions which Jimmy Savile was associated with and the circumstances in which these crimes took place”.
The Independent has contacted the BBC for additional comment.