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Biggins: 'BBC wanted to protect obnoxious Savile - not his victims'

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Christopher Biggins has said that the BBC chose to protect Jimmy Savile and his TV shows - and ignore the victims.

The former I'm a Celeb winner told Digital Spy: "Dear Aunty - as the BBC used to be called - was very precious. Everything was covered up, nothing was spoken about and things happened which were terrifying.

Sir Jimmy Savile, Christopher Biggins

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"Now it's all coming out and they're having to pay the price of it. It's a bit unfortunate the people in charge now had nothing to do with it, but it's appalling.

"I was never very fond of Savile. I thought he was pretty obnoxious, actually. The cover-up was intense and so wrong.

"People ask why the victims are coming out of the woodwork now. Well, when they did years ago and he was alive, they were told not to be so stupid.

Jimmy Savile in a blue tracksuit

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"They were told not to say things about 'this lovely Mr Savile' because he had two or three huge rating shows for the BBC.

"They wanted to protect that rather than protect people. What men and mostly women have suffered through his hands is deplorable and should never, ever have happened."

On his heroes and villains of 2012, he said: "The heroes - without any question - would be Team GB who were absolutely fantastic. And all the people involved in the Olympics, too.

"And my villain - dear, oh dear, there are so many. It would have to go to Jimmy Savile."

Sir Jimmy Saville

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On the current state of the BBC and its anxiety over ratings battles with other channels, he said: "I just wish they would get on making programmes. There's not enough focus on what they should be doing.

"The sooner they stop worrying about ratings and stop putting things like Strictly up against X Factor the better. It's ridiculous."

Team GB Olympic and Paralympic athletes at the GQ Men of the Year awards 2012

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Team GB at GQ Awards 2012

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