Jimmy Savile (31 October 1926 29 October 2011) was an English media personality whose career began as a deejay at dance halls in his native Leeds. He joined The BBC in 1964, regularly presenting shows between the 1970s and 1990s, through which he became known for his eccentricities. The shows also acted as a forum for philanthropic work for various hospitals that led to him receiving many honours that have all been posthumously rescinded.
His death on 29th October 2011 led to a two-hour tribute programme that aired on the BBC. A year later, ITV broadcast a documentary about Savile that triggered a police investigation into the biggest sexual abuse scandal in British history.
Tropes associated with Jimmy Savile:
- Alliterative Title: Clunk Click was the name of a pop music show he presented, and also a reference to Savile's road safety PSAs.
- Celebrity Cameo: He appeared on Celebrity Big Brother in 2006.
- Crossover: Appeared in a special mini-episode of Doctor Who, "A Fix with Sontarans", along with a child who wanted to appear in an episode of his favorite show. It has since been banned from inclusion in DVDs.
- Friend to All Children: Jim'll Fix It portrayed this image, a show that helped children fulfill their dreams and wishes.
- Long-Runners: Started as a radio presenter in the 1950s, became a regular host on the pop concert show Top Of The Pops from 1964-1984, had a travel series in the early 1970s, a children's wish fulfilment show from 1975-1994, and was still appearing on TV until the 2000s. Episodes of shows he appeared in are no longer aired.
- Undermined by Reality: The posthumous revelations of Savile's crimes as one of the U.K.'s most prolific sex criminals has ruined the reputations of all the shows he helped present Top of the Pops, Clunk Click, and Jim'll Fix It were all aimed at children or teens, and he used them to find victims. The scope of his crimes, which he was never tried for in his lifetime, effectively undermined the entire BBC!