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Louis Theroux - Savile

Episode 25 Louis Theroux - Savile



A woman victim of Jimmy Savile’s limitless appetite for sexual assault clearly had the measure of her attacker when she tells Louis Theroux: “He picked really easily and well.” Savile made a beeline for victims who were young and vulnerable, often again and again. “I never said ‘don’t’ because I knew he could.”

Sixteen years after Theroux made When Louis Met Jimmy, where he spent time with Savile, a man who even then was famously guarded about any aspect of his private life, Theroux returns to his subject to examine if there was any way he could have seen signs of the monster Savile really was.

“I feel a bit ashamed now, knowing what I know,” says a rueful Theroux, who befriended Savile and kept in touch after the original documentary.


In light of the unmasking of Jimmy Savile as a predatory sex offender, and 15 years on from the BBC documentary When Louis Met Jimmy, Louis Theroux sets out to understand how a man who was at the centre of British entertainment and charitable fundraising for decades was able to get away with a long litany of crimes. Louis talks to some of Savile's victims and people who worked closely with him, and re-examines moments from the original film as well as footage that's never aired before on television.

Cast & Crew

Presenter Louis Theroux
Executive Producer Aysha Rafaele
Producer Arthur Cary