How Jimmy Savile used a banana to evade questions about his personal life

It is worth watching this YouTube video. It is a programme called “Is this your life?” made by Open Media for Channel 4 in 1995. In it, Andrew Neil quizzes Jimmy Savile on a whole range of topics. In hindsight, it is a remarkable display of the evasion techniques that Savile used to avoid questions about his private life. At a key point in the questioning about his relationship with women, Savile suddenly produces a banana and eats it, finishing by holding the remains in his mouth. Andrew Neil is no slouch when it comes to interviewing. He makes an excellent job of trying to pin down Savile. But he seems a little off-beam at one point (again, with hindsight). The insinuation of his questioning is, in one respect, that Savile had relationships with men and used his allusions to relationships with women as a smokescreen.

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One thought on “How Jimmy Savile used a banana to evade questions about his personal life

  1. In hindsight, a master class in evasion and obfuscation. It’s almost worthy of using it in some advanced media training classes on how to use humour, bonhomie and props to avoid the awkward body language when a straight answer is required.

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