Steve Coogan once performed an impression of Jimmy Savile to his face years before playing him in The Reckoning.
The series itself was described by viewers as 'stomach churning' as it dramatised parts of Savile's life and the staggering amount of crimes he committed, though Coogan's performance received plenty of praise.
Disturbing as it was to see Savile's actions dramatised, viewers horror and revulsion was a testament to how well Coogan played his part.
Recently, footage of Coogan doing an impression of Savile with him in the room has resurfaced.
In 1988, a much younger Coogan appeared on Radio Aire's The James Whale Show alongside Savile and was called on to do his impression.
Coogan was asked to 'do a quick impersonation of Jimmy while he's sat here' and the young actor obliged.
Adopting the voice of Savile he spoke the line 'it didn't get to number one but he was a number one guy', which Savile said he'd spoken in his first week working on radio about Cliff Richard.
Savile then held up a picture of him meeting Richard, saying he'd been sent the image by Radio Trent.
At the time Coogan would have had no idea that 35 years later he'd have been playing Savile in a drama showing the horrendous abuses he committed over the course of his life.
He'd explained prior to The Reckoning that there were 'probably a handful of people in the country who could who could play the part' and he counted himself among them.
Coogan described the role as a 'professional challenge' and revealed that there were some scenes which he was incredibly 'uncomfortable' doing.
While scenes in The Reckoning were 'created for dramatic purposes' and the show acknowledges this right from the beginning what's disturbing is how close so much of it is to exactly what happened.
A great deal of what viewers saw on their screens in the series happened in real life and even the parts which didn't go exactly as The Reckoning showed were still incredibly similar to the truth.
The Reckoning features contributions from real-life survivors of Savile's abuse and they found Coogan's portrayal of the monstrous paedophile to be disturbing to the point that he had to reassure them he was acting and 'not him'.Featured Image Credit: Radio Aire