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National Treasure: how Operation Yewtree became primetime drama

20 September 2016 3:56 AM, PDT | The Guardian - TV News | See recent The Guardian - TV News news »

How do you dramatise the scandal that enfolded Jimmy Savile, Stuart Hall and so many other household names? Writer Jack Thorne decided to focus on the ‘muddy middle’, where guilt and innocence were hardest to untangle

The greatest television drama of the past decade was written without a drop of ink from a screenwriter’s pen. The revelations sparked by Panorama’s aborted investigation into Jimmy Savile triggered the extraordinary chain of events which led to a number of household names being accused of similar crimes. Cuddly faces of the nation’s youth were swept from prime-time to D-wing. Some were brought to justice after decades, others were dragged into the mess without justification. So how do you dramatise the Savile story? The Rolf Harris story? The Stuart Hall story? The answer, says writer Jack Thorne, is you don’t. You fictionalise it.

Thorne – currently riding high in the West End »

- Will Dean

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