Jimmy Savile victim 'shocked' by Steve Coogan's accurate portrayal of disgraced presenter

The actor is playing Savile in a new drama about the sex offender

Steve Coogan will play Jimmy Savile in The Reckoning. (Getty)
Steve Coogan will play Jimmy Savile in The Reckoning. (Getty)

Steve Coogan’s performance as Jimmy Savile was so spot on that one of the disgraced presenter’s victims said it gave her a “proper shock”.

The woman was one of several victims invited to the set of The Reckoning, the BBC drama that will look at the sex offender’s life.

She watched Alan Partridge star Coogan shoot a scene and told Deadline: “Oh my God, [he was] creepy, weird, awful, disgusting.

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“The voice was the thing that gave me a proper shock, I’ve got to be honest, and I don’t get shocked by much anymore because I try my hardest not to.

FILE - In this Dec. 17, 1986 file photo, British Disc jockey and presenter on Britain's Radio 1, Jimmy Savile pictured at Madame Tussauds museum in London. British authorities are investigating whether late entertainer Jimmy Savile abused children at more than 20 institutions across England, including care homes and a school for the blind. The government said Thursday, March 27, 2014, that local authorities are being asked to investigate allegations, compiled by police, dating back to the 1960s. Police investigating Savile have already found evidence of 214 offences, including 34 rapes, over m
Jimmy Savile died in 2011 aged 84. (PA Images/Alamy)

“But that was difficult.”

A male victim of Savile’s told the publication of the drama: “If it’s going to stick another nail in him, then bloody good job.”

Actor Steve Coogan filming a BBC drama the Reckoning in Llandudno North Wales, about the disgraced  entertainer Jimmy Savile
Steve Coogan filming the BBC drama. (PA Images/Alamy)

Last year, Coogan admitted he wasn't surprised about the "antipathy" over him playing Savile but said he believe it would "justify itself".

He told the Evening Standard he felt it needed to be looked at "to make sure it doesn’t happen again".

Savile was well known for hosting BBC TV shows such as Top Of The Pops and Jim’ll Fix It and was a big star in the 80s and 90s.

Sir Jimmy Savile launches the new exhibition Intelligence: New British Art 2000 at the Tate Britain, London. * 16/10/01 Original Top Of The Pops presenter Sir Jimmy will make a guest appearance for an hour-long special as the show moves to a new home, it was announced. The 74-year-old, who presented the first show from a converted Manchester church 37 years ago, will take part in the show on Friday evening. TOTP is returning to the studios of BBC Television Centre in London after leaving a decade ago. TOTP was based at TV centre for a quarter of a century before leaving in 1991.
Jimmy Savile's victims went to the set of The Reckoning. (Getty)

He died in 2011 at the age of 84 and then the following year he was exposed as a serial sex offender with many victims.

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It was discovered that he had used his celebrity as well as his involvement in charities, hospitals and prisons to abuse hundreds of people over the years.

So far an air date for The Reckoning has not been announced.

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