Steve Coogan was spotted filming Jimmy Savile’s biopic The Reckoning in Manchester on Wednesday disguised as a pedophile presenter in the 1960s.
The Alan Partidge star, 56, caused a stir when it was revealed he could play the disgraced DJ and philanthropist on the BBC show, but he insisted the series tackle gently to the monstrous crimes of the late Savile.
In the latest photos from the shoot, Steve was seen in a Manchester park donning a plaid coat while sporting short bangs – the hairstyle being the tallest storyteller of the moment shot in the full-scale series.
Changes: Steve Coogan was spotted filming Jimmy Savile’s biopic The Reckoning in Manchester on Wednesday, disguised as a pedophile presenter in the 1960s
Steve looked eerily like Savile with a wig showing off the star’s famous blonde and later gray hair in a straight style with short bangs.
Steve entered the character as he was filmed in a Rolls Royce Silver Cloud III and walked into the club – which the star believed to be recreating scenes from 1962.
Last month he was seen in the same coat and filming in the car, in scenes from the same era – showing his haunting resemblance to the vile star.
The decision to chronicle Savile’s life was criticized by many, but the BBC said it was working with its victims and portraying a story “with sensitivity and respect”.
Open and honest: The Alan Partidge star, 56, caused a stir when it was revealed he could play the disgraced DJ and philanthropist on the BBC show, but he insisted the series gently tackles the monstrous crimes of the late Savile
Back in time: the TV host owned a fleet of Rolls Royce cars over the years
Filming: Steve was driving a Rolls Royce Silver Cloud III
Coogan, who plays famous fictional comedy character Alan Partridge, previously explained in a statement that the decision to play Savile was not one “that I took lightly.”
He added: “Neil McKay has written a clever script that sensitively approaches a horrific story which, heartbreaking as it is, needs to be told.”
Savile, who rose from a modest working-class education to become one of Britain’s biggest television stars, died aged 84 in 2011.
In his later years he fought to quell growing speculation about his illegal exploits throughout his illustrious BBC career – the testimony of victims set to come to life in the new drama.
Going out: he grabbed a briefcase in similar tones to the rest of his outfit
Emerged: He got out of the car while wearing the plaid coat
Going out: he then put on a modern pair of glasses, apparently his own
A BBC investigation into his actions found he had assaulted at least 72 children, some of whom were only eight years old, during a four-decade sexual abuse campaign with his first victim in 1959 and his last in 2006.
His horrific reign of abuse could be traced “in the hallways, canteens, stairs and locker rooms of all BBC premises,” according to their 2016 report.
Executive producer Jeff Pope said: “I think it’s a story that needs to be told. We have to understand why a man like Jimmy Savile has seemed to remain immune for so long from scrutiny and d ‘appropriate criminal investigation.
Must Be Told: Executive Producer Jeff Pope said, “I think it’s a story that needs to be told. We need to understand why a man like Jimmy Savile has seemed to remain immune for so long from scrutiny and criminal investigation.
Exit: Steve maintained an expression of steel and brought his chin out to show the facial expression of Savile’s underbite
“Steve has a unique ability to inhabit complex characters and will approach this role with the utmost care and integrity.”
The BBC also said it would draw on “extensive and far-reaching research sources” or the project, examining the lasting impact of Savile’s crimes and the “helplessness” felt by its victims.
BBC Drama’s Piers Wenger Controller added: “Jimmy Savile’s story is one of the most moving and disturbing of our time. We do not intend to sensationalize these crimes but to give voice to his victims.
Out: he was driving the famous cqar
Driving: Steve was serious throughout filming
“We will work with survivors to ensure their stories are told with sensitivity and respect and to examine the institutions with which Jimmy Savile was associated and the circumstances in which these crimes took place.
“Theater has the ability to address sensitive real-life topics and consider the impact of a crime on its survivors and the lessons to be learned to prevent it from happening again.”
The release date has not yet been announced and filming for the series is expected to continue in Manchester over the next few months.
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Release: The release date has not yet been announced and filming of the series is expected to continue in Manchester over the next few months