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Creators of The Crown have reportedly axed a scene featuring Jimmy Savile from the fourth series of the show.
The fourth season of the smash hit Netflix drama, which dramatises the lives of the British royal family, is set to air in the latter half of this year, with filming having already begun.
The iconic programme recreates the chronicles of Queen Elizabeth II’s reign, with Olivia Colman playing the monarch in season three and four. She took over from Claire Foy who starred in the first two seasons.
Now, it has been claimed that a scene depicting prolific sex offender Jimmy Saville has been cut from the series because it was felt to be “insensitive” to have him appear.
A source is said to have told The Sun, “Savile was characteristically ingratiating with the Windsors.
“But the creators felt it would be insensitive for such a sadistic predator to have even a second of airtime.”
The Crown season four will be set in the 1970s and 1980s, during which time Savile was a highly favoured celebrity in the UK.
The Jim’ll Fix It host famously met with the Queen Mother, Prince Charles and Princess Diana at the 1984 Royal Variety Performance – a moment that is thought to have been removed from The Crown’s story line.
The Crown’s reimagining will see Her Majesty the Queen attend the momentous event alongside her husband Prince Phillip, with no sign of Savile.
Season four will also see both the late Princess Diana and a young Prince Andrew portrayed on screen, with Emma Corrin and Tom Byrnes playing the renowned royals.
Olivia Colman’s replacement for the fifth and final series of The Crown was confirmed earlier this year.
British actress Imelda Staunton will take over from the Oscar winner to play the important role of the Queen.
The programme’s creator and writer Peter Morgan said, “I’m absolutely thrilled to confirm Imelda Staunton as Her Majesty the The Queen for the fifth and final season, taking The Crown into the 21st century. Imelda is an astonishing talent and will be a fantastic successor to Claire Foy and Olivia Colman.”
Going on to solidify the end of the well loved production, he added, “At the outset I had imagined The Crown running for six seasons but now that we have begun work on the stories for season five it has become clear to me that this is the perfect time and place to stop. I’m grateful to Netflix and Sony for supporting me in this decision.”