ITV has confirmed it is to screen a documentary featuring claims that former Top of the Pops host Jimmy Savile sexually assaulted teenage girls during his time as one of TV’s most popular figures.
RadioTimes.com understands a number of women have been interviewed for the programme, each alleging that as under-age teenagers they were abused by Savile during the 1970s.
A channel spokesman said the programme was still being edited and declined to comment on reports that the alleged assaults – said to range from indecency to unlawful sex – involved girls as young as 13.
The programme – part of ITV’s documentary strand Exposure – is due to be broadcast on 3 October, three weeks before the first anniversary of the former DJ and charity worker’s death.
Former police detective and child protection expert Mark Williams-Thomas conducts the programme’s investigation. He also presents the channel’s criminal chasing series On the Run.
Savile’s friends and family have previously dismissed claims he was a sexual predator. Howard Silverman, a friend of 40 years, has said that suggestions of abuse are nonsense.
“Of course we would go out in the 1970s and chat women up but everyone did that at the time, we were single guys and having a good time. But none of the girls were ever unwilling and they were definitely never underage. Jimmy hated anything like that.”
Savile, who died last year aged 84, began broadcasting in 1958 on Radio Luxembourg. In 1964 he presented the first edition of BBC chart show Top of the Pops, beginning a career at the BBC which included work as a Radio 1 DJ and as host of long-running television programme Jim’ll Fix It. His considerable charity work during his life is estimated to have raised some £40m for good causes and earned him a knighthood in 1990.