Steve Coogan was spotted on Wednesday filming Jimmy Savile biopic The Reckoning in Manchester dressed as the pedophile presenter in the 1960s.
The 56-year-old Alan Partidge star caused a stir when it was revealed he could play the disgraced DJ and philanthropist on the BBC show, but he continued to insist that the series will carefully tackle the monstrous crimes committed by the late Savile.
In the latest film shoot, Steve was seen in a Manchester park donning a plaid jacket while sporting cropped bangs – the hairdo being the biggest narrator included in the wide range at the time.
Changes: Steve Coogan was spotted on Wednesday filming Jimmy Savile biopic The Reckoning in Manchester dressed as the pedophile presenter in the 1960s
Steve bore an uncanny resemblance to Savile in a wig that showcased the star’s famous blonde and later gray hair in a wiry haircut with short bangs.
Steve took on character when he was filmed in a Rolls Royce Silver Cloud III and entered the club – which the star thought was mimicking scenes from 1962.
Last month he was seen in the same jacket and filming in the car, in scenes from the same time – showing his terrifying resemblance to the villainous star.
The decision to describe Savile’s life has come under fire from many, but the BBC has stated that they have worked with his victims and will portray a story “with sensitivity and respect”.
Open and honest: The 56-year-old Alan Partidge star caused a stir when it was revealed he could play the disgraced DJ and philanthropist on the BBC show, but he continued to insist that the series will carefully review the monstrous crimes committed by the late Savile tackle
Back in time: The TV host owned a famous fleet of Rolls Royce cars over the years
Shooting: Steve sat behind the wheels of a Rolls Royce Silver Cloud III
Stern: He also wore Savile’s heavy gold jewelry, including a heavy Sovereign ring and a sturdy watch
Featured: The Rolls Royce fleet became synonymous with the star, so of course a key focus of the props is to make the show as convincing as possible
Coogan, who plays the fictional comedic character Alan Partridge, previously explained in a statement that the decision to play Savile was not “one I took lightly.”
He added: “Neil McKay has written an intelligent script that sensitively addresses a horrific story, no matter how poignant it may be.”
Savile, who grew up from a humble working-class upbringing to become one of British television’s biggest stars, died in 2011 at the age of 84.
In his final years, he fought to quell growing speculation about his illegal activities during his illustrious career at the BBC – with victim testimonials expected to come to life in the new drama.
On his way: he grabbed a briefcase in the same shades as the rest of his outfit
Emerged: He got out of the car wearing the plaid jacket
Exit: He later put on modern glasses, apparently his own
A BBC-led investigation into his actions revealed that he had molested at least 72 children, some as young as eight years old, during a four-decade campaign of sexual abuse, with his first victim in 1959 and his last in 2006.
His horrific reign of abuse could be mapped “in the corridors, canteens, stairways and dressing rooms of every BBC building,” their 2016 report found.
Executive producer Jeff Pope said, “I think this is a story that needs to be told. We need to understand why a man like Jimmy Savile seemed immune to scrutiny and criminal investigation for so long.
Needs to be told: Executive producer, Jeff Pope, said, “I think this is a story that needs to be told. We need to understand why a man like Jimmy Savile seemed immune to a thorough investigation and criminal investigation for so long.”
Exit: Steve kept a steely expression and stuck out his chin to show Savile’s undershot facial expression
On the way: The show has been in production for several months and a release date has not yet been announced
“Steve has a unique ability to inhabit complex characters and will approach this role with the utmost care and integrity.”
The BBC also says it will draw on “extensive and broad-based investigative resources” of the project to investigate the lasting impact of Savile’s crimes and the “powerlessness” his victims felt.
Piers Wenger Controller, of BBC Drama, added: ‘Jimmy Savile’s story is one of the most emotional and disturbing of our time. Our intent is not to sensationalize these crimes, but to give a voice to its victims.
On the way: he was behind the wheel of the famous cqar
Behind the wheel: Steve cut a serious figure while filming
“We will work with survivors to ensure their stories are told with sensitivity and respect and to investigate the institutions Jimmy Savile was associated with and the circumstances in which these crimes took place.
“Drama has the ability to tackle sensitive real-life topics and consider the impact of a crime on survivors and what lessons can be learned to prevent it from ever happening again.”
A release date has yet to be announced and filming for the series is expected to take place in Manchester in the coming months.
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Out: A release date has yet to be announced and filming for the series is expected to take place in Manchester in the coming months
Out: Steve was flanked by crew for the upcoming series