Steve Coogan was spotted filming Jimmy Savile biopic The Reckoning in Manchester on Wednesday, dressed as the pedophile presenter in the 1960s.
The Alan Partidge star, 56, caused ructions when it was revealed that he could play the disgraced DJ and philanthropist in the BBC show, yet he has remained insistent that the series will gently tackle the late Savile’s monstrous crimes.
In the latest pictures from filming, Steve was seen in a park in Manchester donning a checked coat while sporting a short fringe – with the hairstyle being the biggest teller of the time being shot in the wide-spanning series.
Changes: Steve Coogan was spotted filming Jimmy Savile biopic The Reckoning in Manchester on Wednesday, dressed as the pedophile presenter in the 1960s
Steve bore an uncanny resemblance to Savile with a wig showing the star’s famous blond and later grey hair in a wiry style with a short fringe.
Steve got into character as he was filmed in a Rolls Royce Silver Cloud III and going 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 likeness to the vile star.
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’.
Open and honest: The Alan Partidge star, 56, caused ructions when it was revealed that he could play the disgraced DJ and philanthropist in the BBC show, yet he has remained insistent that the series will gently tackle the late Savile’s monstrous crimes
Back in time: The TV host famously owned a fleet of Rolls Royce cars over the years
Shooting: Steve was behind the wheels of a Rolls Royce Silver Cloud III
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’.
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.
Heading out: He clutched a brief case in similar tones to the rest of his outfit
Emerged: He stepped out of the car while clad in the checked coat
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.
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.
Stepping out: Steve maintained a steely expression and jutted out his chin to show Savile’s underbite facial expression
‘Steve has a unique ability to inhabit complex characters and will approach this role with the greatest care and integrity.’
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.
Heading out: He was behind the wheel of the famous cqar
‘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.
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Out: A release date has yet to be announced with filming for the series expected to continue taking place in Manchester over the coming months