Esteemed documentary-maker Louis Theroux first focused on Jimmy Savile in ‘When Louis Met Jimmy’, with the documentary showing the pair spending three months together throughout its production. The documentary, which was shown in 2000, saw Savile elliptically refer to his young fans, telling his interviewer that he found it more appropriate to stay away from them in order to avoid any rumours.
However the new documentary, which is to be shown on BBC2, will focus on the effect his attacks had on his victims.
Theroux, who maintained a relationship with Savile for four years after making ‘When Louis Met Jimmy’, will interview victims, family and friends in the new documentary, which aims to “understand the truth more fully”.
It will also discuss the public image held by Jimmy Savile and how it contrasted with the horrific reality that was occurring behind closed doors. BBC Two’s Controller Kim Shillinglaw has said “Louis Theroux is one of the country’s most talented film makers, and I am very pleased that he is revisiting this important, but deeply personal, subject for us, asking difficult questions about the life of Jimmy Savile”.