The story about the murder of an 11-year-old boy, Rhys Jones in Croxteth, Liverpool, in 2007 and his parents, Melanie's and Steve's ordeal, and how Rhys's murderer and associates were eventually brought to justice.
Brían F. O'Byrne,
Father Michael, a Catholic priest presiding over a Northern urban parish who is Modern, maverick, and reassuringly flawed; must be confidant, counsellor and confessor to a congregation ... See full summary »
As she deals with an unexpected pregnancy, D.I. Helen Weeks must return to the hometown she loathes to help her childhood best friend, who finds herself at the centre of a media frenzy following the abduction of two teenage girls.
Three Girls looked at the Rochdale child sexual abuse scandal that saw nine men of a Pakistani background convicted of child abuse offences in 2012.
The drama focuses on rebellious Holly arrived in Rochdale, she has being having arguments with her parents and befriends naive but rebellious sisters, Amber and Ruby.
Through them they encounter a group of Asian men in takeaways where they get free food, fags and booze but in reality are getting groomed to be sexually abused by them.
Maxine Peake plays sexual health worker Sara Rowbotham who sees these young girls and keeps track of who they are seeing and going out with. To her this grooming thing is nothing new and has happened previously. Warning the police has done little. No one believes the girls who are just seen as troublemakers and promiscuous.
Eventually it takes a policewoman such as DC Oliver (Lesley Sharpe) who felt that the system let the girls down and head prosecutor Nazir Ali (Ace Bhatti) who believed the girls were telling the truth and saw a case for the prosecution.
The final episode concentrates on the court case as each men have their own defence team cross examining the girls.
The aftermath of the court case is anger between the white communities, who thought their young girls were being exploited and the Asian communities who felt they were being tarred with the same brush over the action of a few.
In 2012 the late ex-Rochdale MP Cyril Smith was being investigated for sexually abusing boys many decades earlier. It really does seem sexual exploitation is less to do with race but more of a system that lets down the victims.
The drama was well acted, harrowing, it did not flinch from the racial angle.
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