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When Louis Met... Jimmy (2000)

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Louis spends a week with Jimmy Savile and attempts to get behind the public persona.



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Credited cast:
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Jimmy Savile ...
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John Prescott ...
Terry Waite ...
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Louis spends a week with Jimmy Savile and attempts to get behind the public persona.

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13 April 2000 (UK)  »

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[Jimmy shows Louis his bedroom]
Jimmy Savile: [pointing at his bed] The altar. That's the altar, there.
Louis Theroux: Why do you call it the altar?
Jimmy Savile: Because I go to sleep in it, and I smile, and it's nice to be there.
Louis Theroux: Yeah. That doesn't sound like an altar to me.
Jimmy Savile: Well, it just sounds like one to me.
Louis Theroux: [smiling] Really?
Jimmy Savile: Yes.
Louis Theroux: The altar, is that because you sacrifice people on the altar?
Jimmy Savile: No, no, no, no, that's negative, I'm positive.
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Good subject, good chemistry, good documentary
28 March 2002 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

Louis spends time with charity-working celebrity Jimmy Savile. He sees his homes and joins him on public appointments. Over breakfast, lunches, late nights and early mornings they get to know each other.

Like most of Louis characters, Jimmy is a bit of a character and a bit of a social misfit. We all know who he is but know little about him, what makes him tick or how he lives. Louis gets close enough to actually see beyond the character and expose areas of his life that he doesn't usually show. His relationship with his dead mother is strange – he calls her the Duchess and keeps all her clothes perfectly in her room.

Louis clearly gets attached to Jimmy and they do get on all right. Jimmy's character doesn't seem to be a character – he doesn't seem to have a guard up at all and lets Louis do anything he wants.

Overall this is one of Louis best – an interesting subject, a good chemistry and plenty of interesting tit-bits.

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