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Jimmy Savile Victim "Unwell" After Watching Alistair McGowan Portrayal


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A victim of the notorious paedophile Jimmy Savile has spoken of feeling "quite unwell" after watching the new London play An Audience with Jimmy Savile in which Alistair McGowan plays the predatory presenter.

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The controversial play provoked a mixed response though McGowan's performance was described as "uncanny" and former victim of Savile Karin Ward described the play as "absolutely fantastic."

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Are People Ready for a Jimmy Savile Play?


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Journalist Jonathan Maitland has announced that his new play will be An Audience with Jimmy Savile, with the impressionist and actor Alistair McGowan in the lead role. The play will draw on transcripts of interviews with the former TV star - considered one of the biggest predatory sex offenders in history.

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"It is one of the biggest stories of the last five years," he said. "It has changed everything; it has changed the way we look at abuse, it has changed the way we prosecute it, it has changed attitudes towards it, the way we treat the survivors of it.

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English Primary School Cancels Play After Realising Character Is Based on Jimmy Savile


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Parents of children at Scargill Junior School in Rainham, Essex have expressed their dismay following  the cancellation of 'Lights Camera Action!', a school play featuring a caretaker charachter called Will Fixit - based on Savile's BBC show Jim'll Fix It.

"He's a real life superhero, bet he'd look real good in tights,” read lyrics from the musical. "With your box of tricks you're never short of jobs to do. So many things need mending, everyone's depending on you."

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Jim Davidson "Delighted" After Sex Offences Allegations Are Dropped


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Jim Davidson says he is "delighted" after the attorney general of the Falkland Islands confirmed that the comedian will not be prosecuted for an alleged sex offence from the 1980s. 

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In a statement, Mark Lewis said a file of evidence had been reviewed and "no further action" would be taken. The allegation against Mr Davidson, 60, related to a trip the comedian made to the islands in 1980s, to entertain troops.

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The Jimmy Savile Child Abuse Enquiry: £5 Million Well Spent By The BBC?


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When the news of former television presenter Jimmy Savile's sordid past was brought to light last year the world shrieked in horror at the appalling allegations brought forward against the once beloved philanthropist and TV personality. The company who hired Savile for the majority of his career, the tax-payer-funded BBC, have released information into their own enquiries into the allegations, revealing that they spent over £5 million in tax-payer's money on their own investigations, a sum that some have questioned for being irresponsible spending.

The corporation spent £2.8m on the Newsnight investigation that looked to shed light on Savile's deprived lifewhen the allegations first surfaced, eventually shelving their investigation and never airing their finding on the late-night news show. The BBC went on to spend an extra £2.5m on further investigations, bringing the total to £5.3m. With the shelved Pollard investigation costing upwards of £80,000, £185,000 in damages being paid after false child abuse allegations were made against Lord McAlpine and some eye-watering six-figure sums being handed out to senior BBC officials throughout the investigation - figures that may be displeasing to some - the BBC has been forced to re-evaluate it's spending.

With the publication of the spending now available to the public, BBC director general Tony Hall has since pledged to bring an end to the bureaucratic and regulatory practices used at the corporation, saying these unnecessary expenses are "inhibiting its [the BBC's] creativity". Hall also pledged to take personal charge of a new review that will aim to "simplify our organisation" following the failed Pollard review into the case, highlighting a need for cultural change at the corporation to prevent further mis-spending. Hall did not mention how much this review would cost the tax payer.

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Stuart Hall Sent To Prison For 15 Months: Is It Long Enough?


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Stuart Hall's prison sentence was passed down at Preston Crown Court on Monday (June 17, 2013), with the veteran BBC broadcaster told he will serve 15 months for sexually abusing under-age girls. Hall, 83, of Wilmslow, Cheshire, had admitted to 14 offences that occurred between 1967 and 1985. One of the girls was just nine-years-old when Hall assaulted her.

The broadcaster's barrister Crispin Aylett told the court that Hall has "all of 13" victims, compared to Jimmy Savile's 1,300. Prosecuting barrister Peter Wright QC said Hall's first victim was 16 at the time of the assault, with the TV personality meeting her at a prize giving ceremony at the BBC studios in Piccadilly, Manchester. 

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Jimmy Tarbuck The Latest Celebrity To Be Arrested For Claims Of Child Sex Abuse


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 Jimmy Tarbuck is the latest celebrity to be tarnished by claims that he sexually assaulted children throughout his decade-spanning career on television. The allegations, stemming from the inquest started by the revelations into Jimmy Savile's depraved life, claim that Tarbuck sexually assaulted a boy during the seventies in the North Yorkshire town of Harrogate.

Tarbuck was quizzed by North Yorkshire police at his home in Kingston, Surrey, for some hours before being freed on bail on April 26. The news was kept under-wraps by police until now, although it had been known for some weeks that police were questioning a 73-year-old household name in connection to the ongoing Operation Yewtree, the inquest started by the Savile scandal. When asked about his accusation this weekend, he replied: "I'm not commenting on this. You need to speak to my solicitor."

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Jimmy Tarbuck, with his wife (left) and daughter Liza (right) at a recent charity event.

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Rolf Harris Arrested On Suspicion of Sex Offences After Long Investigation


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Rolf Harris has been arrested by police officers working on Operation Yewtree on suspicion of sex offences. The much-loved 83-year-old TV star and singer was held over historic sex abuse allegations by the police unit set up following the Jimmy Savile scandal. Senior detectives have been investigating Harris for more than four months.

According to The Sun newspaper, officers raided his Berkshire home on November 24 last year, though he was not at home. He was interviewed under caution on November 29 after attending a South London police premises by appointment. Harris continued to perform several concerts following the interview, though was eventually arrested on March 28, two days before his 83rd birthday. 

Scotland Yard said: "An 82-year-old man from Berkshire was arrested by officers on Operation Yewtree on suspicion of sexual offences.He has been bailed to a date in May pending further enquiries. The individual falls under the strand of the investigation we have termed 'others'." Police have refused to give any details of the allegations, though Harris vehemently denies any wrongdoing. Over a million people tuned in on Wednesday night to watch Rolf's Animal Clinic on Channel 5. 

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Jeremy Paxman: BBC’s Peter Rippon Was "the fall guy"


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Pollard report into the BBC's Savile inquiry show Jeremy Paxman to be hugely critical of the way The BBC treated its then Newsnight editor Peter Rippon. In a set of transcripts, Paxman said he had a "suspicion" Mr Rippon was told he couldn't run the story by someone else within the organisation.

In a fascinating insight, Paxman said it was "very unfair, and frankly not at all untypical, that the BBC has dumped all this on one individual [Rippon]. I think the BBC's behaviour now is almost as contemptible was it was then." Rippon wrote a blog back in early October, in which he gave his reasons for dropping the programme. It was later described as "inaccurate or incomplete in some respects" by the BBC. "He [Rippon] ws being used as the fall guy ... I profoundly disagree with the BBC's refusal to engage with it and to justify or attempt to justify its position,” said Paxman.

Sky news' Nick Pollard compiled the full report, which itself comprises 3,000 pages of emails, interviews and submissions from BBC executives and journalists. The Pollard Review, which concluded in December, surmised that the decision by the BBC's flagship current affairs programme to shelve its probe into sexual abuse claims against the television star was "seriously flawed".

Jimmy Savile Sex Scandal Documentary Wins Two Journalism Awards


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The ITV documentary that sparked the Jimmy Savile sex scandal has won two prizes at the Royal Television Society TV journalism awards. The Guardian reports that Exposure: The Other Side of Jimmy Savile won ‘scoop of the year’ and ‘best current affairs programme’ and ITN also won an award for its news coverage of the Savile scandal, as it unfolded. Channel 4 also walked away with a record number of six awards.

Exposure beat a Panorama investigation to both of its awards. The BBC Panorama programme investigated people with severe brain injuries and their ability to communicate. The Exposure documentary, about the allegations made against Jimmy Savile and his alleged sexual abuse of a number of children, is understood to be the reason that many of Savile’s former victims eventually spoke out and approached the police with their stories of his past crimes. Police have since received a staggering number of calls in relation to Savile’s crimes and he is understood to have abused hundreds of victims during his time working as a BBC presenter.

After an investigation, the Pollard report was published last year, criticising senior BBC executives for shelving a Newsnight investigation into the allegations and instead choosing to air a tribute to the disgraced presenter. On Friday, the transcripts of the internal inquiry into the Newsnight investigation will be published, according to the Guardian report. 

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BBC Under Fire After The Tweenies Jimmy Savile Spoof Is Repeated


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A repeated episode of children’s BBC show The Tweenies, that was initially show in 2001, has come under fire after it portrayed a spoof of the disgraced late disc jockey and television presenter Jimmy Savile.

The repeat of the episode was shown on the channel CBeebies on Sunday (January 20, 2013), and showed the character Max appearing in a blonde wig, wearing Savile’s trademark tracksuit and copying his accent and catchphrases. The character was hosting a spoof of a Top Of The Pops show. Given the current furore over Savile’s sexual practices, with the victims of his actions during his life running into the hundreds, the timing of the repeat hasn’t gone down well, with the BBC receiving 216 complaints about the show since yesterday morning.

With media watchdog Ofcom assessing whether any broadcasting rules had been broken, the BBC issued the following the statement: "This morning CBeebies broadcast a repeat of an episode of the Tweenies, originally made in 2001, featuring a character dressed as a DJ impersonating Jimmy Savile. This programme will not be repeated and we are very sorry for any offence caused." The Tweenies was cancelled in 2003 but has been repeated regularly on the CBeebies channel ever since.

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Children's TV Character Dresses as Jimmy Savile in The Tweenies, BBC Apologizes


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The BBC have had to apologise after its much loved children's show The Tweenies saw one of its characters dress up as Jimmy Savile.

Few things are taboo to joke about anymore. Judging by movies and television, casual racism, rape and pedophilia are sadly up for grabs when it comes for looking for laughs, but one name that continues to haunt and shock the nation is 'Jimmy Savile'. 

Since the revelation of his predatory and pedophilic behaviour the topic,= in general has been treated with much seriousness (forget Ali-G at the Comedy Awards), so for a children's television programme to have one of its characters dress up as Savile is fairly shocking. In the episode 'Max' wore the wig and shiny jumpsuit that the television star was famed for. In their defence, however, this episode was filmed back in 2001 and was simply a repeat. However, due thought should certainly have been given to its content.

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54 years of Abuse and No Chance of Punishment: The Disappointments of the Jimmy Savile Report


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By 1990 Jimmy Savile had been made a knight in his lifetime, as well as given the Roman Catholic's highest honor, the Knight Commander of the Pontifical Equestrian Order of Saint Gregory the Great. 22 years later and the man who claimed to 'fix it' for so many children, it turns out, spend 54 years abusing the young and the vulnerable. The report has finally been completed and revealed. 

Savile died in 2011, but as the BBC reports, there was a missed opportunity in 2009 to arrest and prosecute Savile, that was missed. He was interviewed under caution in '09 in relation to three allegations. However, Savile threatened to sue the police. Ms Levitt QC said "had the police and prosecutors taken a different approach" a prosecution could have been possible.

Debbie Curtis, a victim of Savile who has been interviewed by the Telegraph already feels "let down by the way [the case has] been handled." She claims that various institutions "turned the proverbial blind eye"  and that "no one's really answered any questions, except that they agree that he's a criminal, a paedophile." While she claims it has been "a shoddy state of affairs", she concedes that the saving grace of the whole ordeal is that "It's meant that this will be unable to happen in the future... [Firstly] hopefully more victims will speak out, and secondly the CPS and the police will act on things the moment they get a complaint... whether it's a celebrity or not"

'He Groomed A Nation': Shocking Report Of Jimmy Savile’s Abuse, Revealed


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A Metropolitan Police report detailing the findings of the investigation into allegations of sexual abuse made against Jimmy Savile’s has been released to the press. The report, named the ‘Giving Victims a Voice’ report, was compiled by police working on Operation Yewtree – an investigation into allegations made not only against Savile, but others, too. The results of the report reveal the widespread and disturbing nature of Savile’s crimes.

Commander Peter Spindler is the head of the inquiry and commented that Savile had “groomed a nation.” The allegations contained in the report date back as early as 1955 and Spindler added that Savile “spent every minute of every waking day thinking about it whenever an opportunity came along he has taken it. He is programmed to think and act in that way. He only picked the most vulnerable, the ones least likely to speak out against him.” The report, he said, “paints a stark picture emphasising the tragic consequences of when vulnerability and power collide.”

450 allegations of sexual abuse were made against Jimmy Savile, over a period of 54 years, the Telegraph reports. 18 girls and 10 boys under the age of 10 were abused by him, as well as 23 girls and 15 boys aged 10 to 13 at the time of the abuse occurring. The report was co-written by Peter Watt of the NSPCC, who said the findings “simply beggared belief.”

Jim Davidson: "I've Never Forced Myself On A Girl In My Life"


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A fired up Jim Davidson spoke of his dismay at being arrested in connection with the Jimmy Savile sex-abuse scandal this week. The former Generation Game host is accused of sexually molesting two women though vehemently denies that he has ever forced himself on anyone.

Speaking to The Sun newspaper following his release from custody, the controversial comedian said, "I've never forced myself on a girl in my life." Apprehended at Heathrow airport before a scheduled appearance on Celebrity Big Brother, Davidson was quizzed by police investing two incidents 25 years ago. However, the father of five angrily said, "It's not in my make-up to do what I've been accused of. If a girl wasn't interested I'd say, 'F*** it, all right then' and move on. I know at the end of this I will be completely exonerated. I have done nothing wrong." The 59-year-old - who won early acclaim for his comedy though has since courted notoriety for his distasteful jokes - insisted he once gave up his bed so a "drunk dancer" could sleep in safety. "I never laid a finger on her even though she was completely comatose and wouldn't have had a clue what was going on. That's what kind of bloke I am - I'm a gentleman." Nice to know Jim, nice to know.

Police probing claims of sexual abuse against Jimmy Savile say more than 600 women had come forward with information. Other celebrities arrested as part of Operation Yewtree include Freddie Starr, Dave Lee Travis and Max Clifford.

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