Rumours of Jimmy Savile’s alleged child abuse have been floating around for years, and throughout much of his life. Louis Theroux touched upon this issue in the 2000 BBC documentary “When Louis Met Jimmy” and yet it remained unresolved. Now, almost a year after his death, there seems to be answer to the question, and yet, perhaps, no true resolution or retribution for the victims.
The Jimmy Savile documentary that will be broadcast this Wednesday on ITV1 (03/10/2012) purports to expose the “truth” of Savile's offences. The show includes the confessions of four of Savile's victims, all of whom were allegedly pursued and abused by Savile as teenagers, so reports the Daily Mail having been given an exclusive preview of the documentary.
Theroux, responded to the news of the imminent documentary on his Facebook page, saying: “I can’t say that I’m completely blindsided by these revelations. Still, it’s shocking and upsetting to have one’s worst fears confirmed.” In the original documentary in 2000, Jimmy came across partly as a bit of an egomaniac, but more than anything a little bizarre particularly in his Miss Havisham style preservation of the bedroom of the late “Duchess”, his mother.
In a late night chat with Savile, he exposed his more violent side talking of the days in which he was a dance-hall manager in the north of England, saying “I wouldn't stand for any nonsense whatsoever. Ever. Ever. I never threw anybody out. Tied them up and put them down in the bloody boiler house until I was ready for them.”
In a Guardian interview at the time he talks of the “11 successive New Years he spent with Margaret Thatcher” and jokes about the “marvellous arguments” they had. There certainly seem to be many sides of the illusive Jimmy Savile, at once a philanthropist, brute and unlikely-friend-of-the-Prime minister. This week's documentary may shed some extra light on one of these identities..