Before I show you some evidence that drives a great big hole right through Sue Thompson's story, let's hear what that story was shall we ?
Note that the ITV producer who wrote the above, mentions a 'young guest' being abused FOLLOWING the recording of a program. Not before, but after the show, a show that was recorded not BEFORE 8pm on a Monday night (broadcast on a Friday), according to my source.
This person claims to have attended Jimmy Savile's Yorkshire Speakeasy in Leeds, not for that particular recording, but for the week after. He made a note of the time of the recording in his diary, as it happens.
This person, who shall remain anonymous, claims he'd been invited to attend the show, remembers meeting Jimmy and shaking his hand. Now, bearing in mind that this would have been the time that guests and presumably audience members were asked to arrive, how long would anyone estimate, would it be before filming started ? Moreover, how long would it take to film a 30 minute television show, what time would it end ?
You see, Ms Thompson, if that is her real name, maintains that she somehow wondered into a dressing room on the day of the recording, not expecting to find anyone in there let alone the star. Yet there he was, she claims in a chair with 14 year old girl on his lap and his hand up her skirt. When I watched Exposure again recently, I formed the impression that all this took place BEFORE the recording, because her role that day was one of generally helping out, making sure Jimmy's dressing room contained finest cigars and a bottle of dandelion and burdock, that sort of thing.
The after recording scenario make's a tad more sense. Only a tad, because why would a 14 year old girl be in a dressing room with the star of a televison show ? Where was her mother ? Better still, where were the other staff and crew ? I mean, these programs don't make themselves, they can and do, involve a great many people depending on the show that is. I do not know who or how many people were involved in this particular regional show, but I do know that one of these was Nick Vaughan Barratt, and he told Pollard that, in general Savile was gone straight after the show.
But, Thompson doesn't stop at a girl on a lap who she thinks is about 14. She goes on to describe a social element to the occasion, the fact that she and others went to the cinema after the show. She says she was surprised when Savile actually went with them and sat beside as if he was, in her words, checking her out, presumably to see if she would what she had seen. But, surely he had not seen her had he ? She says he did nothing when she opened the dressing room door, just carried on abusing a young girl, as you do !
Allowing for an 8pm arrival, a 30 minute warm up and at least an hour to record, we have to be looking realistically at 10pm at the very earliest this thing would have finished. Let's add another hour or so for Jimmy to abuse the wee lass in his room. The next question will be : what time did the LAST film show start at a cinema near the studios in Leeds in 1978 ? Remember the flicks in the 1970's guys and gals ? I do, and I'm damned sure the last show was around 8 to 8.30 pm max, except for the late shows/midnight movies which tended to be on a weekend or Friday night, didn't they ?
I couldn't find any listings for Leeds cinema's around the mid/late 1970's, but I did find this for London cinemas. Yes, Revenge of the Pink Panther was made in 1978
What do I think ? I think mssrs Jones and Thomas should have checked out a few facts before they invented this woman and her story. And I haven't finished yet guys and gals, there are more Speakeasy tales to tell. In the meantime, here's a fact for you to consider. Below are images taken from a much bigger, much better known Savile television show. It's the crew behind the production because, as I said earlier, television shows don't make themselves, lots of folk are involved, including chaperone's to guide and assist especially younger participants.
The kids even bring their mums and dads !