Steve Coogan films distressing altercation scenes as paedophile presenter Jimmy Savile


Steve Coogan filmed distressing scenes as Jimmy Savile on a Welsh beach on Sunday in which he got into a physical altercation with a young woman.

The 56-year-old actor’s resemblance to Savile was uncanny, with Coogan dressed in a burgundy tracksuit and bleach blonde wig. He filmed physical scenes with the young actress, who appeared to scream for help as Coogan shook her.

Coogan was filming The Reckoning, a new BBC drama about disgraced presenter Savile’s rise to fame and posthumous notoriety as a predatory sex offender.

Distressing: Steve Coogan, 56, filmed distressing scenes as Jimmy Savile on a Welsh beach on Sunday in which he appeared to get into a physical altercation with a young woman

Distressing: Steve Coogan, 56, filmed distressing scenes as Jimmy Savile on a Welsh beach on Sunday in which he appeared to get into a physical altercation with a young woman

Altercation: Coogan filmed physical scenes with the young actress, who appeared to scream for help as Coogan shook her

Altercation: Coogan filmed physical scenes with the young actress, who appeared to scream for help as Coogan shook her

After breaking free from Coogan’s grasp, the actress exchanged heated words with the actor before picking up her blue rucksack and walking away.

Coogan shouted after the young woman and was seen looking over his shoulder to check there were no witnesses.

Crew members were positioned around the two actors wearing face masks.

MailOnline has reached out to representatives for BBC for clarity on the context of Sunday’s scenes.

Old times: Savile photographed next to an artist's impression of the female form in 1973. He would later be exposed as a serial sex offender with his crimes spanning decades

Old times: Savile photographed next to an artist’s impression of the female form in 1973. He would later be exposed as a serial sex offender with his crimes spanning decades 

Uncanny: The actor's resemblance to Savile was uncanny, with Coogan dressed in a burgundy tracksuit and bleach blonde wig

Uncanny: The actor’s resemblance to Savile was uncanny, with Coogan dressed in a burgundy tracksuit and bleach blonde wig

New drama: Coogan was filming The Reckoning, a new BBC drama about the disgraced presenter's rise to fame and posthumous notoriety as a predatory sex offender

New drama: Coogan was filming The Reckoning, a new BBC drama about the disgraced presenter’s rise to fame and posthumous notoriety as a predatory sex offender

Storyline: The setting echoes a 1975 incident in which two teenage girls reported Savile for indecent assault after he lured them into his car near a holiday park in Scarborough

Storyline: The setting echoes a 1975 incident in which two teenage girls reported Savile for indecent assault after he lured them into his car near a holiday park in Scarborough

Context: According to The Express, the two 15-year-olds were staying with their parents at a seaside resort near Savile's second home

Context: According to The Express, the two 15-year-olds were staying with their parents at a seaside resort near Savile’s second home

However the setting echoes a 1975 incident in which two teenage girls reported Savile for indecent assault after he lured them into his car near a holiday park in Scarborough, North Yorkshire.

According to The Express, the two 15-year-olds were staying with their parents at a seaside resort near Savile’s second home.

Savile ‘spotted them wandering around arcades on the seafront while cruising Scarborough’s Golden Mile in his Rolls-Royce’ and after luring them into his vehicle, ‘drove away from the seafront and indecently assaulted both girls’.

Crew: Crew members were positioned around the two actors wearing face masks

Crew: Crew members were positioned around the two actors wearing face masks

Spotted: Savile 'spotted the two girls wandering around arcades on the seafront while cruising Scarborough's Golden Mile in his Rolls-Royce'

Spotted: Savile ‘spotted the two girls wandering around arcades on the seafront while cruising Scarborough’s Golden Mile in his Rolls-Royce’

Assault: After luring them into his vehicle, Savile 'drove away from the seafront and indecently assaulted both girls'

Assault: After luring them into his vehicle, Savile ‘drove away from the seafront and indecently assaulted both girls’

Shouting: Coogan shouted after the young woman and was seen looking over his shoulder to check there were no witnesses

Shouting: Coogan shouted after the young woman and was seen looking over his shoulder to check there were no witnesses

After telling their parents what happened, the two girls were escorted to Scarborough police station to report the incident, however were told to ‘toddle off home’, according to the paper.

The decision to chronicle Savile’s life has come under fire from many, however BBC has stated that they worked with his victims and will portray a story ‘with sensitivity and respect’.

Coogan, who famously portrays fictional comedic character Alan Partridge, previously explained in a statement the decision to play Savile was not one ‘I took lightly’.

Breaking free: After breaking free from Coogan's grasp, the actress exchanged heated words with the actor before picking up her blue rucksack and walking away

Breaking free: After breaking free from Coogan’s grasp, the actress exchanged heated words with the actor before picking up her blue rucksack and walking away

Police: After telling their parents what happened, the two girls were escorted to Scarborough police station to report the 1975 incident

Police: After telling their parents what happened, the two girls were escorted to Scarborough police station to report the 1975 incident

Shocking: However, the young women were told to ‘toddle off home’, according to the paper

Shocking: However, the young women were told to ‘toddle off home’, according to the paper

Under fire: The decision to chronicle Savile's life has come under fire from many, however BBC has stated that they worked with his victims and will portray a story 'with sensitivity and respect'

Under fire: The decision to chronicle Savile’s life has come under fire from many, however BBC has stated that they worked with his victims and will portray a story ‘with sensitivity and respect’

Explanation: Coogan previously explained in a statement the decision to play Savile was not one 'I took lightly'

Explanation: Coogan previously explained in a statement the decision to play Savile was not one ‘I took lightly’

He added: ‘Neil McKay has written an intelligent script tackling sensitively a horrific story which, however harrowing, needs to be told.’

Savile, who rose from a humble working-class upbringing to become one of British television’s biggest stars, passed away aged 84 in 2011.

In his final years, he fought to quell growing speculation about his illegal exploits throughout his illustrious career with the BBC – with victim testimony expected to be brought to life in the new drama.

A BBC-led inquiry into his actions found he had molested at least 72 children, some as young as eight, over a four decade campaign of sexual abuse with his first victim in 1959 and his last in 2006.

He added: 'Neil McKay has written an intelligent script tackling sensitively a horrific story which, however harrowing, needs to be told'

He added: ‘Neil McKay has written an intelligent script tackling sensitively a horrific story which, however harrowing, needs to be told’

Death: Savile, who rose from a humble working-class upbringing to become one of British television's biggest stars, passed away aged 84 in 2011

Death: Savile, who rose from a humble working-class upbringing to become one of British television’s biggest stars, passed away aged 84 in 2011

Final years: In his final years, he fought to quell growing speculation about his illegal exploits throughout his illustrious career with the BBC

Final years: In his final years, he fought to quell growing speculation about his illegal exploits throughout his illustrious career with the BBC

Brought to life: Victim testimony expected to be brought to life in the new BBC drama

Brought to life: Victim testimony expected to be brought to life in the new BBC drama

His horrific reign of abuse could be charted ‘in the corridors, canteens, staircases and dressing rooms of every BBC premises’, their 2016 report found.

Executive producer, Jeff Pope, said: ‘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.

‘Steve has a unique ability to inhabit complex characters and will approach this role with the greatest care and integrity.’

The glory days: Savile was awarded the OBE at Buckingham Palace in 1972 (pictured) He became a British institution thanks to his appearances on Top Of The Pops and Jim'll Fix It and would not be exposed as a dangerous predator until after his death in 2011

The glory days: Savile was awarded the OBE at Buckingham Palace in 1972 (pictured) He became a British institution thanks to his appearances on Top Of The Pops and Jim’ll Fix It and would not be exposed as a dangerous predator until after his death in 2011

The BBC also says it will draw on ‘extensive and wide-ranging research sources’ or the project, examining the lasting impact of Savile’s crimes and the ‘powerlessness’ his victims felt.

Piers Wenger Controller, of BBC Drama, added: ‘The story of Jimmy Savile is one of the most emotive and troubling of our times. We do not intend to sensationalise these crimes but to give voice to his victims.

‘We will work with survivors to ensure their stories are told with sensitivity and respect and to examine the institutions which Jimmy Savile was associated with and the circumstances in which these crimes took place.

‘Drama has the ability to tackle sensitive real life subjects and consider the impact of a crime on its survivors and what lessons can be learnt to stop this ever happening again.’

A release date has yet to be announced with filming for the series expected to continue taking place in Manchester over the coming months.

Vile: A BBC-led inquiry into Savile's actions found he had molested at least 72 children, some as young as eight, over a four decade campaign of sexual abuse

Vile: A BBC-led inquiry into Savile’s actions found he had molested at least 72 children, some as young as eight, over a four decade campaign of sexual abuse

Shocking: His horrific reign of abuse could be charted 'in the corridors, canteens, staircases and dressing rooms of every BBC premises'

Shocking: His horrific reign of abuse could be charted ‘in the corridors, canteens, staircases and dressing rooms of every BBC premises’

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