Steve Coogan returned to work on Wednesday morning as work resumed on a controversial new drama documenting the life and death of posthumously disgraced TV presenter Jimmy Savile.
The actor takes a starring role as Savile, who died aged 84 in 2011 before his decades of sexual abuse against women and children was exposed, in forthcoming BBC series The Reckoning.
And he was back in character while filming his first scenes of the year outside Leeds General Infirmary in West Yorkshire, where Savile’s victims ranged in age from five to 75 and included adults and children of both sexes.
Back on set: Steve Coogan returned to work on Wednesday morning as work resumed on a controversial new drama documenting the life and death of posthumously disgraced TV presenter Jimmy Savile
A damning report detailed Savile’s decades of abuse across the NHS and how management turned a blind eye because of his fame and the amount of cash he raised for charity.
Victims included a young girl raped 10 times when she visited the hospital where her parents worked. The investigation found that none of the complaints were ‘either taken seriously or escalated to senior management’.
He went onto abuse a total of 177 patients, aged between five and 75, across 41 hospitals. Stoke Mandeville Hospital in Buckinghamshire was where his abuse was most prolific.
The decision to chronicle Savile’s life has come under fire from many, however BBC has stated that they worked with his victims and will portray a story ‘with sensitivity and respect’.
Steve, who famously portrays fictional comedic character Alan Partridge, previously explained in a statement the decision to play Savile was not one ‘I took lightly’.
He added: ‘Neil McKay has written an intelligent script tackling sensitively a horrific story which, however harrowing, needs to be told.’