Tuesday, 10 March 2015

Cyril Smith: Smile For The TV Camera

The BBC has secured the rights to a book dramatising the life ofCyril Smith, the Liberal MP exposed as a serial abuser of young boys.

The BBC has taken an option on Smile For The Camera: The Double Life of Cyril Smith, by Simon Danczuk, the Labour MP for Rochdale, who outed Smith in the House of Commons as a child abuser.

The book tells how the larger-than-life MP used his public profile as a celebrity to disguise his systematic grooming and sexual abuse of young boys, often in care homes he helped to establish in his Rochdale constituency.

Danczuk said: “I’m pleased the BBC are looking at bringing the story of Cyril Smith to life because I want as many people as possible to understand how a paedophile was able to enter Parliament and stay there for 20 years.”

A BBC spokesman said: “We do have an option on this book but a drama has not been commissioned and currently no plans to make it yet.” ...


Fagburn is currently working on a musical about Jimmy Savile at Stoke Mandeville, Kiddy Fiddler On The Roof.

I trust Aunty Beeb will pitch for this...


  1. If this drama is made, let's hope it gives a mention to the local paper and Private Eye who were reporting on Smith's activities and the official reaction to them over 30 years ago.

  2. Another use of "larger than life" to mean "fat". If it really did mean fat, it would hardly be a euphemism. Life is pretty big.

    1. I think 'larger than life' here is a euphemism for 'full of himself and fucking annoying'.