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Netflix Is Releasing A Documentary About Jimmy Savile Next Month

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Netflix Is Releasing A Documentary About Jimmy Savile Next Month

Netflix is releasing a new Jimmy Savile documentary next month - you can check out the trailer here:

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Jimmy Savile: A British Horror Story will use 'extensive archive footage' to take a close look at the late paedophile and how he managed to go undetected for so long.

A synopsis for the new documentary reads: "TV star Jimmy Savile charmed a nation with his eccentricity and philanthropy. But sexual abuse allegations expose a shocking unseen side of his persona.

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"Jimmy Savile was one of the United Kingdom's most beloved TV personalities. Shortly after his death in 2011, an investigation prompted more than 450 horrific allegations of sexual assault and abuse, with victims as young as five.

A new Netflix documentary on Jimmy Savile will air next month. Credit: Netflix
A new Netflix documentary on Jimmy Savile will air next month. Credit: Netflix

"The documentary examines, through extensive archive footage, the evil within Jimmy and delves into how he managed to fool an entire nation for four decades."

Savile had a wildly successful TV career and was even awarded an OBE by the Queen.

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But following his death in 2011, ITV made a documentary featuring shocking claims of sexual abuse made about the TV personality.

After it aired, many more individuals came forward to report abuse they also suffered at the hands of the disgraced TV presenter.

In the wake of the allegations, investigations were launched at both the BBC and the NHS, and the Metropolitan Police set up Operation Yewtree, which looked into historical sexual abuse allegations against Savile and other celebrities.

Savile was also the centre of two Louis Theroux documentaries - 2000's When Louis Met... Jimmy Savile and then a follow up in 2016 titled Louis Theroux: Savile .

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Jimmy Savile's victims were as young as five. Credit: Netflix
Jimmy Savile's victims were as young as five. Credit: Netflix

Writing for the BBC back in 2016, Theroux explained that he had wanted to look at the darker side of Savile during the first documentary, but failed to do so.

He wrote: "At the time, I'd done my best to be tough with him. I knew he was weird and, with all his mannerisms, rather irritating - I had no interest in making a soft piece about Jimmy the charity fundraiser.

"The dark rumours - of sexual deviance, of being unemotional, of having a morbid interest in corpses - were one of the reasons I'd taken him on as a subject.

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"I wanted to get the goods on Savile. The trouble was, I had no clear sense of what those goods were."

Jimmy Savile: A British Horror Story lands on Netflix on 6 April.

Featured Image Credit: Netflix

Topics: TV and Film, True Crime, Netflix

Claire Reid
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