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Savile play set to open next month

The writer of a play about the Jimmy Savile abuse scandal has revealed the mother of its star, Alistair McGowan, is among its critics.

Journalist Jonathan Maitland penned An Audience With Jimmy Savile to tell the story of the late TV presenter's public and private life, but he admitted the project received a "tsunami of abuse" from Twitter users.

Former Spitting Image impressionist McGowan will appear as Jimmy Savile in the play set to open in London next month.