When will Jimmy Savile BBC drama The Reckoning air?

THE RECKONING is the controversial new drama series from the BBC about sexual predator Jimmy Savile. When will the series air and who is in the cast?

PUBLISHED: 07:55, Fri, Oct 16, 2020 | UPDATED: 08:03, Fri, Oct 16, 2020

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The Reckoning: The BBC has announced a new drama focusing on Jimmy SavileThe Reckoning: The BBC has announced a new drama focusing on Jimmy Savile (Image: GETTY)

The BBC has announced plans to make a drama about prolific sexual predator and broadcaster Jimmy Savile. With the working title The Reckoning, the miniseries plans to delve into Savile’s life and his legacy. Express.co.uk looks at the forthcoming series including a possible release date, cast, trailer, plot and more.

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When will The Reckoning air on the BBC?

The Reckoning was only just announced by the BBC on October 14 and so the show is a long way off.

The earliest the miniseries is likely to air would be some time in 2021 but the BBC has yet to confirm any further details beyond the fact its being developed.

The show has already attracted criticism amid fears for survivors and the risk of giving undue prominence to the serial sexual offender, who evaded justice during this lifetime.

The BBC declined to comment on the backlash when approached by Express.co.uk.

The Reckoning is being made by the team behind Appropriate AdultThe Reckoning is being made by the team behind Appropriate Adult (Image: ITV)

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Who is in the cast of The Reckoning?

No cast members have been announced as yet but Express.co.uk will update this article when any details are announced.

Acclaimed BAFTA-winning writer Jeff Pope, who also worked on Cilla and Fred West drama Appropriate Adult, will be serving as an executive producer.

He will be joined by Neil McKay who will also be overseeing The Reckoning.

The show will be a miniseries much like Pope and McKay’s previous projects Appropriate Adult and The Moorside which dealt with the disappearance of Shannon Matthews.

The Reckoning is being made by the team behind The MoorsideThe Reckoning is being made by the team behind The Moorside (Image: ITV)

Speaking about the series, Pope said in a statement: "I think this is a story that has to be told.

“We must understand why a man like Jimmy Savile seemed to remain immune for so long to proper scrutiny and criminal investigation."

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