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Jimmy Savile: A British Horror Story

David Glover, Mark Raphael

5 mins

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This Netflix documentary details the appalling true story of one of Britain's most infamous public figures, Jimmy Savile, who was revealed to be a prolific and predatory sex abuser after his death in 2011.

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Jimmy Savile: A British Horror Story

Jimmy Savile: A British Horror Story

by David Glover

Overview

British DJ and television presenter Jimmy Savile was beloved in the UK by generations of fans. Savile's eccentric but down-to-earth persona won him accolades, and his philanthropic work garnered him the admiration and friendship of the royal family, prime ministers, and celebrities.

But Savile's outward persona concealed his true identity, that of a serial sexual predator who raped and abused hundreds of people – including many children – over decades. In Jimmy Savile: A British Horror Story, filmmakers David Glover and Mark Raphael weave interviews with archival footage to tell the horrific tale of one of Britain's household names.

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A man of the people is allowed near the people. Terrible, terrible things happened because of that.

- Mark Lawson, broadcaster

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