The BBC is to broadcast a new drama tracing the life of Jimmy Savile and the sexual abuse scandal that emerged after his death.

The mini-series, entitled The Reckoning, will tell the story of how the BBC DJ came from a working-class background in Yorkshire to become one of the biggest stars on British television in the latter half of the 20th century.

It will also focus on Savile's years of sexual abuse and the impact he had on his many victims, many of whom were hospitalised and incapacitated children.

Executive producer Jeff Pope said: "I think this is a story that has to be told. We must understand why a man like Jimmy Savile seemed to remain immune for so long to proper scrutiny and criminal investigation."

The series will air on BBC One, and Piers Wenger, Controller of BBC drama, said: "The story of Jimmy Savile is one of the most emotive and troubling of our times.

"We do not intend to sensationalise these crimes but to give voice to his victims.

"We will work with survivors to ensure their stories are told with sensitivity and respect and to examine the institutions which Jimmy Savile was associated with and the circumstances in which these crimes took place.

"Drama has the ability to tackle sensitive real-life subjects and consider the impact of a crime on its survivors and what lessons can be learnt to stop this ever happening again."

Savile died in 2011 aged 84 having never been brought to justice for his crimes. He is now believed to be one of Britain's most prolific sex offenders.

A number of public inquiries following his death found that the broadcaster had leveraged his involvement in organisations such as charities, hospitals, prisons and the BBC to prey on hundreds of people - mostly vulnerable young females.

A 2016 report into his abuse found staff at the BBC, who employed Savile for many years, missed numerous opportunities to stop him.

Casting for the series, which has been written by Neil McKay, will be announced at a later date.