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

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Louis Theroux: Do you live here on your own?
Jimmy Savile: Yes!
Louis Theroux: So you don't have a wife and family?
Jimmy Savile: No. None whatsoever. I leave that to other people.
Louis Theroux: Why?
Jimmy Savile: Haven't the faintest idea. I don't know. But I do like the idea of getting up in the morning with just me to look after and going to bed at night and not having any brain damage.
Louis Theroux: Why would you have brain damage?
Jimmy Savile: Because, the girls I know specialize in brain damage. Wonderful, that's what makes them interesting...
Louis Theroux: What does that mean? I don't understand what that means.
Jimmy Savile:
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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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