Opinion: We don’t need TV dramas about child abusers like Jimmy Savile

Opinion: We don’t need TV dramas about child abusers like Jimmy Savile

9/27/2021 5:59:00 PM

Opinion: We don’t need TV dramas about child abusers like Jimmy Savile

These true crime stories shift the focus away from the survivors and the victims and instead create (or perpetuate) the celebrity of the criminal

When we marginalise those who go through the abuse, and instead talk about the life and legacy of a person who perpetrated it, we forget the psychologicaltraumathat is reinflicted on the survivors who are probably trying to somehow put it all behind them and get on with their lives.

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I felt sick reading the announcement of this mini-series, even though I never had any personal contact with this man. It horrifies me to consider the impact this could have on those who were abused by him, including those who chose not to come forward. They will still have to see him on their screens – and revisit the horrors they went through. Our fascination with these types of stories could force them to relive their trauma everytime Saville’s name comes up on social media or on their TV screen.

It also feels insidiously callous and thoughtless that an organisation that played a role in glorifying a sex offender and profiting from him, while covering up his actions for many decades, are once again capitalising on his “brand” and the fascination that viewers have with monsters and true crime. headtopics.com

It is neither “sensitive” nor “complex”, but relatively simple. This series is a bad idea – and is being made at the emotional expense of all the people who were once abused by this very man. Their worst nightmares are being brought to life on screen, to be enjoyed by millions – and creating entertainment from the loss of their childhoods, dignity and self-respect.

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Unless it helps us stop future Saviles. We need to be able to spot the signs, & set up flexible structures that stop clever & determined paedophiles from destroying more lives. This production must do that, or it will fail. They had dramas into the moors murderers! well you're getting one !! 🤷‍♀️ Just seeing his image is unacceptable, as if he’s laughing at decent, normal people. Bury his memory never to be unearthed again.

Do we 'need' any TV dramas of any kind? Turning a blind eye… boycottjimmysavilebbcdrama make this hashtag viral But no problem with dramas about The Krays, Fred West, Dennis Nillson? What sort of people think that this is a good idea we don't want to watch programmes about child abusers dressed up as Drama

Should've got Boris Johnson to play the part. He wouldn't need to act much. Any Drama would be inappropriate

Jimmy Savile to be played by Steve Coogan in new drama'The Reckoning', which will a mini-drama broadcasted by the BBC, will trace eccentric former TV star Jimmy Savile's upbringing, his early career and the prolific child sex offences. So he's happy to play as a nonce? Are the BBC seriously going to make a drama about a sexual predator that they covered up for for years? Excuse me, What!

Absolutely correct no if's or buts, we may need to question the title of sir,, had there been complaints prior to that title being given, that also being a question not worthy of a TV program

Jimmy Savile to be played by Steve Coogan in new drama'The Reckoning', which will a mini-drama broadcasted by the BBC, will trace eccentric former TV star Jimmy Savile's upbringing, his early career and the prolific child sex offences. Wake up before it’s too late. Learn the truth about the vaccines. It’s all on my Twitter page. ⚡️ Why are they making a drama...🙄🙄 Just why?

Steve Coogan to play Jimmy Savile in ‘sensitive’ BBC dramaAlan Partridge star will take on ‘complex’ character of notorious paedophile in The Reckoning I hope they have involved the countless survivors in this. Really the BBC! Gross. What sort of freak wants to watch this? I think the victims would prefer never to have to hear his name again.

Viewers slam BBC after casting Steve Coogan in Jimmy Savile drama 'Shame on you'VIEWERS have slammed the BBC after the broadcaster announced actor Steve Coogan had been cast to portray paedophile Jimmy Savile in a new drama. Not so sure - it will do a good job if it shows how the BBC just ignored all the accusations - that will shoot the Beeb in the foot! Are you suggesting that serious dramas shouldn't be made?

Steve Coogan to play Jimmy Savile in BBC drama The ReckoningThe actor 'did not take the decision lightly'. Leave it buried. A BBC drama about a creep employed for decades by the BBC that turned a blind eye to his 'bad behaviour '. I'll expect it to be a sympathetic portrayal. The BBC will stoop this low Difficult one to play but does need to be told so no one can get away with stuff like this when your classed as a untouchable which he through he was

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