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Jimmy Savile: A British Horror Story

By Melissa Camacho, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 15+

Disturbing docu describes sexual abuse, celebrity worship.

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age 18+

Pointless documentary about a vile man

Not only is this not appropriate for teenagers or children of any age, it is not worth seeing whatsoever, by anyone. The big mystery here is why this strange, bizarre, egotistical, and self-aggrandizing man was ever so revered in the UK at all. I can see nothing remotely appealing about him, even before abuse allegations cane out. Most of the series concentrates on what a great guy all thought he was, how popular, how charitable all his endeavors. We barely hear about him finally getting outed for all his horrendous crimes, until way at the end of part 2. There is no reason to watch this documentary unless you want to get up close and personal with a disgusting person. 90% of this documentary is revolting footage of this man prancing around, mugging for the camera eyes bugged out, being flippant with interviewers and basically getting away with anything he wanted to do, and anything he felt like saying. Stay away from this pointless show.

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This disturbing docuseries offers a detailed account of why a man once considered a British national treasure is now regarded as one of Great Britain's most prolific sex offenders. It chronicles Jimmy Savile's entertainment career and seemingly non-stop volunteer work, all of which allegedly allowed him to easily access, groom, and exploit his victims. It also reveals how powerful people, ranging from entertainment industry and charitable leaders, to Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher and members of the British royal family, were manipulated into ignoring the persistent rumors and behaviors that pointed to his sexual predatory behavior. But Jimmy Savile: A British Horror Story relies too heavily on conversations with journalists, many of whom spend time analyzing their interactions with the eccentric entertainer to evidence how he was able to hide in plain sight. It also spends too much time focusing on Savile, and offers limited conversations about those who protected him. Nonetheless, it's a frightening wake up call to societies that idolize and readily give power to celebrities to let them do whatever they want.

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