'People are ready' for Jimmy Savile play, says Jonathan Maitland | UK news | The Guardian

An Audience with Jimmy Savile, begins in June and stars impressionist Alistair McGowan in the lead role

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Some people have recoiled, Jonathan Maitland admits, at the prospect of the first play to explore one of the most shocking figures of recent years – Jimmy Savile. But very quickly they ask “When is it on?”

“It is one of the biggest stories of the last five years,” he said. “It has changed everything; it has changed the way we look at abuse, it has changed the way we prosecute it, it has changed attitudes towards it, the way we treat the survivors of it.

“What person would not want to explore what kicked it off?”

Maitland was speaking before the announcement of his play, An Audience with Jimmy Savile, which will star the impressionist and actor Alistair McGowan in the lead role.