Steve Coogan, who was transformed into Jimmy Savile as sex predator during filming for The Reckoning, looked completely different.
The 56-year old actor has been filming new scenes for the upcoming series and was pictured wearing a blonde hairstyle, a tweed jacket and red suit to film 1960s scenes outside a Manchester nightclub.
Steve, who is well-known for his comedy character Alan Partridge was filmed stepping from a Rolls Royce Silver Cloud III to enter the club. Star is said to be reliving scenes from 1962.
The club had a poster featuring Elvis Presley. It was titled “Afternoon Party with Jimmy Savile”.
Additionals dressed in 60s attire were also seen on-set, while the star looked sombre during dramatic scenes
The new drama will explore the life of the disgraced star’s childhood, early career and prolific child sexual offences.
Many have criticized the BBC’s decision to document Savile’s life. However, BBC stated that they worked closely with his victims and will tell a story “with sensitivity and respect”.
Steve explained previously in a statement, that the decision not to play Savile wasn’t one he made. “took lightly”.
He told the BBC last month when his involvement in the show was announced: “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 also defended its decision to celebrate the life of the vile sex abuser in the new drama.
Disgraced Savile, a British TV star who rose from humble beginnings to become a household name, died in 2011 at the age of 84.
Savile’s crimes came to light only after his death. Many survivors bravely spoke out and told their stories of the abuse they suffered at the hands of Savile.
Sandra Goldbacher, BBC director explained more details: “The Reckoning is a unique opportunity to give Savile’s survivors, the people who inspired this project, a voice.
“I feel sure that Steve Coogan’s powerful performance as Savile will create a debate around how the cult of celebrity cloaked him from scrutiny.”
It is not yet known when the series will be released. Filming will continue in Manchester for the next several months.
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