First look at Steve Coogan transformed into paedophile Jimmy Savile on set of gritty new drama The Reckoning

STEVE Coogan has been pictured for the first time after being transformed into paedophile Jimmy Savile on the set of a new drama.

The Reckoning will chart his early life, rise to fame and prolific offending.


Steve Coogan has been pictured as Jimmy Savile for the first timeCredit: Eamonn and James Clarke
Steve was dressed as Jimmy as a jester for The Reckoning


Steve was dressed as Jimmy as a jester for The ReckoningCredit: Eamonn and James Clarke

Steve’s casting was exclusively revealed by The Sun last month, and now the 55-year-old actor has been pictured in the role for the first time.

Steve could be seen through a window with Savile’s distinctive blunt blonde hairstyle while wearing a red and green jesters costume.

Steve looked serious as he took on the role, having previously admitted: “To play Jimmy Savile was not a decision I took lightly.

“Neil McKay has written an intelligent script tackling sensitively a horrific story which, however harrowing, needs to be told.”

The BBC has worked closely with Savile victims to ensure their stories are told with sensitivity and respect.

Executive producer Jeff Pope said: “Its purpose 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 has a unique ability to inhabit complex characters and will approach this role with the greatest care and integrity.”

Coogan is best known for his comic creation Alan Partridge but recently played a cop in ITV drama Stephen about murdered Stephen Lawrence’s family’s struggle for justice.

A source said: “It’s an unlikely casting in a way but Steve has shown an ability to take on serious roles.

“It is certainly a brave decision on his part.”

Savile, also known for his charity fundraising and links to royals, died aged 84 in 2011.

The BBC said: “He rose from working-class origins to become one of the biggest stars of British television — but in death has become one of the most reviled figures of modern history.

“The drama will examine the impact his appalling crimes had on his victims and the powerlessness many felt when they tried to raise the alarm.”

The drama will chart Savile's early life, rise to fame and prolific offending


The drama will chart Savile’s early life, rise to fame and prolific offendingCredit: Getty – Contributor
Steve said the decision to play Savile hadn't been an easy one


Steve said the decision to play Savile hadn’t been an easy oneCredit: Getty
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