Yesterday, Ladies and Gentlemen of the jury, I told you about the fact that just 8 days after Jimmy Savile's headstone was unveiled an article appeared in the Guardian newspaper advertising the fact that a documentary was to be aired on ITV alleging that he had 'abused girls as young as thirteen' !
Around that time, previews of the show appeared on mainstream television at various times of the day hinting what was to come, namely that there was indeed a 'DARK SIDE' to our dead national treasure !
I myself was NOT going to watch it, but I did and here I submit exhibit 5 a copy of Exposure the other side of Jimmy Savile aired on Wednesday October 3rd 2012 at 11.10 pm
I have no idea how other viewers felt after watching this program but I do know that it seemed pretty convincing to ME AT THE TIME ! Here's the responses and reviews it attracted in the press. Let's start with the AUDIENCE NUMBERS shall we ?
NOTE THE WORDS 'heavily trailed' Ladies and Gentlemen ! Impressive audience for a late-night mid-week show !
I won't go into the program itself or the standard of testimony, credibilty of the content, a great blogger has already done that and I refer you to exhibit 6 a series of 'Expositions' compiled and published from March 23rd 2013 by the blogger Moor Larkin. There are ELEVEN parts in all including the 'conclusion' and I suggest you read them all ! Here is the FIRST !
But, let's return to October 4th 2012 now shall we, and the press response to the film ! Here's just one, from Mark Lawson in the Guardian
Mr Lawson's final words are those that interest me most !
Let me read those words to you again ladies and gentlemen of the jury !
By midnight ... the reputation of a peak-time legend had already been convincingly DEVASTATED !
Later today I will describe what happened NEXT because, Ladies and gentlemen, it is truly bizzare and has resulted in one of the greatest TRAVESTIES OF JUSTICE that this country and, perhaps the world has EVER KNOWN !