The drama stars Alan Partridge star Steve as it tells the story of how after Savile’s death in 2011, aged 84, it emerged that he had been a prolific predator and sex offender.
And while the controversial documentary shows Coogan transformed into the disgraced children’s entertainer, a shocking clip of the two side-by-side has now emerged.
In 1988, Coogan, now 58, and Savile appeared together on James Whale’s Talk Show.
That was the first time Coogan would ‘play’ Savile, doing an impression of him in the interview.
Putting on Savile’s chilling voice and accent, it’s almost difficult to tell which of the two men are speaking, as Savile himself praises: ‘That was turning the clock back to when I was first on the radio, my first week in showbiz with a very young Cliff Richard.’
‘How do you know I sounded like that then?’ he asks Coogan, who jokes: ‘Oh, the grapevine.’
Talk TV’s Chuck Thomas shared the resurfaced clip, which has stunned viewers.
‘How scary that Steve Coogan impersonated Jimmy Savile and also was alongside him all those years ago,’ one said.
Another simply wrote: ‘That’s extraordinary.’
The Reckoning met intense backlash as soon as it was announced, while the episodes being released sparked even more outrage.
However, in a recent Q&A, Coogan explained that the series had been two years in the making due to ‘diligent forensic application about trying to make sure all the right decisions are made’.
When it came to portraying Savile’s offences, he said there was ‘no right or wrong answer’, but that he felt a responsibility to share his ‘opinion about what the right thing to do is’.
‘There’s a tension between showing too much of Savile’s offences, and it being grotesque, or sugar-coating them, which is also wrong [as we won’t] see the horror of what he did,’ he said, as reported by The Independent.
He added they had to ‘strike that balance’ of not ‘upsetting survivors’ and not wanting to ‘anesthetise the full effect’.
The Reckoning is available to watch on BBC iPlayer.
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