05 Wednesday 05th October 2016
In 2000, filmmaker Louis Theroux met with now-disgraced British media personality Jimmy Savile as part of his When Louis Met... documentary series. Over the months they spent together, Theroux attempted to gain an understanding of the crass yet enigmatic DJ, including addressing persistent rumours that Savile was a paedophile- later confirmed, to a shocking extent, after his death a few years ago.
Admitting to feel guilty at being hoodwinked by Savile, Theroux has made a follow up documentary. He's spliced original documentary footage with outtakes, plus interviews with a host of individuals close to Savile; co-workers, staff at hospitals he volunteered at and, movingly, victims of Savile's abuse. You gain a sense of how Savile was opportunistic towards the vulnerable people he targeted, his brazenness in actually undressing in a BBC office, but left with the unanswerable question of how he was able to get away with it for so long. Click through the image to check out the documentary via BBC iPlayer.
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