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Three Girls 

Based on three young girls who were groomed, sexually abused and trafficked by British Pakistani men in Rochdale and of the failure of the authorities to do anything about it.
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Series cast summary:
Molly Windsor ...  Holly Winshaw 3 episodes, 2017
Ria Zmitrowicz ...  Amber Bowen 3 episodes, 2017
Liv Hill ...  Ruby Bowen 3 episodes, 2017
Paul Kaye ...  Jim Winshaw 3 episodes, 2017
Rupert Procter Rupert Procter ...  DC Jack Harrop 3 episodes, 2017
Antonio Aakeel ...  Immy 3 episodes, 2017
Ross Anderson ...  PC Richard Bryan / ... 3 episodes, 2017
Jill Halfpenny ...  Julie Winshaw 3 episodes, 2017
Wasim Zakir Wasim Zakir ...  Tariq 3 episodes, 2017
Zee Sulleyman Zee Sulleyman ...  Billy 3 episodes, 2017
Simon Nagra ...  Daddy 3 episodes, 2017
Maxine Peake ...  Sara Rowbotham 3 episodes, 2017
Naomi Radcliffe ...  Yvonne 3 episodes, 2017
Lisa Riley Lisa Riley ...  Lorna Bowen 3 episodes, 2017
Jason Hughes ...  DC Sandy Guthrie / ... 3 episodes, 2017
Satnam Bhogal ...  Car Zero / ... 3 episodes, 2017
Lesley Sharp ...  DC Margaret Oliver 3 episodes, 2017
Peter Singh ...  Mr. Nadin / ... 3 episodes, 2017
Tony Billington Tony Billington ...  Street dweller 3 episodes, 2017
Brian Fletcher Brian Fletcher ...  Elliot Young 2 episodes, 2017
Kerrie Hayes ...  DC Nina Prentiss 2 episodes, 2017
Bo Bragason ...  Rachel Winshaw 2 episodes, 2017
Katherine Pearce Katherine Pearce ...  Emily Stone 2 episodes, 2017
Ace Bhatti ...  Nazir Afzal 2 episodes, 2017
Haider Mohammed Javed Haider Mohammed Javed ...  Saj 2 episodes, 2017
Ellie Lightfoot Ellie Lightfoot ...  Zoe 2 episodes, 2017
Tebraiz Shahzad ...  Tiger 2 episodes, 2017
Alison Reid Alison Reid ...  GCSE Teacher 2 episodes, 2017
Dean Ashton Dean Ashton ...  Arresting Police Officer / ... 2 episodes, 2017
Perveen Hussain Perveen Hussain ...  Aisha / ... 2 episodes, 2017
Paul Blackwell Paul Blackwell ...  Police officer 2 episodes, 2017


Based on three young girls who were groomed, sexually abused and trafficked by British Pakistani men in Rochdale and of the failure of the authorities to do anything about it.

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16 May 2017 (UK) See more »

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Some scenes filmed in same area as used for Five Daughters (2010), Knowle West, Bristol. See more »


Referenced in Granada Reports: 19 May 2017: Lunchtime Bulletin (2017) See more »

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Uncomfortable but well made and acted dramatisation
30 May 2017 | by davideo-2See all my reviews

STAR RATING: ***** Saturday Night **** Friday Night *** Friday Morning ** Sunday Night * Monday Morning

In the Yorkshire town of Rochdale, a series of girls with chaotic home lives were sexually abused over a number of years by a group of Pakistani men who operated from a takeaway store in the city, but were never challenged by those in authority for fear of being branded racist. Despite years of concerns being raised by many, including health care worker Sara Rowbotham (Maxine Peake), a series of institutional failings by police, social workers and local authorities led to the perpetrators being allowed to get away with it for years, even with one trial collapsing due to lack of evidence, before a successful trial went ahead.

In order to achieve the fairly cohesive multicultural society we live in today, many laws were passed in order to prevent discrimination and prejudice based on religious, racial, cultural and ethnic backgrounds, which were pretty successful in their aims and formed a defensive, concrete wall around those who held on to such negative attitudes and their freedom to employ them in any capacity. But while they worked well to eliminate much of the racism around, there have been instances where these new mind sets were terribly subverted, especially by those in charge, where the protective wall of anti racism was abused by those it was meant to protect, never more horrifically than in Rochdale and several other Yorkshire towns, which this drama delves into.

I happened to tune in to The Big Question last Sunday morning, and one of the topics that came up was the inexplicable question of whether white people could ever be victims of racism? Certain (non white, funnily enough) audience members had some pretty jaw dropping reasons why they couldn't, but this case certainly served to raise the bar on the issue, with these poor, emotionally neglected, not terribly well educated young girls being targeted for what appeared to be cultural reasons by large groups of Asian men, who saw them as inferior because of the way they behaved and their apparent lack of values. Surely this serves to challenge this mind set.

The portrayal of the girls by the young actresses involved is highly convincing and well done, even if they are perhaps inevitably out shined by established actress Peake, and in more background roles those depicting the predatory attackers also do well. There is a not terribly subtle nod to the 2015 Hollywood drama Spotlight when the full scale and amount of towns where the abuse took place is revealed. ****

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