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'We go back a long time' - ITV footage shows Rolf Harris joking with Jimmy Savile about their friendship

Jimmy Savile and Rolf Harris share a joke during filming at ITV West studios in 1992. Credit: ITV News

ITV footage from 1992 shows Rolf Harris joking with Jimmy Savile as he draws a portrait of the prolific sex offender.

As Savile smokes a cigar in an armchair with his shell suit unzipped to his navel, Harris laughs with both Savile and the interviewer during the filming at the ITV West (then HTV West) studios.

"We go back a long time," Harris says, before asking Savile: "What was it? Several weeks ago wasn't it when we first met?"

When their link through Harris' music career is mentioned and that his songs would have been played on Savile's programmes for many years, Savile jokingly mistakes him for Elvis Presley, saying: "A thousand times have I played Don't Be Cruel, Blue Suede Shoes..."

Jimmy Savile poses with the portrait Rolf Harris drew of him. Credit: ITV News

After Harris presents Savile with the finished portrait, the late presenter appraises it, saying: "I see strong character lines, I see liquid brown eyes and I see the firm jutting chin, all together makes a horrible sight," as Harris laughs: "It looks nothing like you."

The NHS Trust responsible for Broadmoor Hospital said today that Harris may have visited the mental health facility with Savile in 1973.

Jimmy Savile poses with Rolf Harris at the ITV West studios in 1992. Credit: ITV News

The West London Mental Health NHS Trust said Harris "was escorted by staff at all times and there is no suggestion of any inappropriate behaviour or incident occurring during the visit."

Harris "was escorted by staff at all times and there is no suggestion of any inappropriate behaviour or incident occurring during the visit."

Broadmoor Hospital in Berkshire is one of the institutions involved in the Jimmy Savile scandal. Credit: PA Wire

"We cannot say with certainty whether Jimmy Savile accompanied him on this visit, but we believe he may have,” a spokesman stressed.

It follows a report in The Sun that claimed Savile showed Harris around Broadmoor while female patients were getting ready for bed.

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