Three Girls Reveals True Story Of Rochdale Victims

Filming has begun on Three Girls, a new three-part drama for BBC One based on the experiences of victims of grooming and sexual abuse in Rochdale between 2008 and 2012. It will show they were ignored by the authorities directly responsible for protecting them, and how they eventually made themselves heard.

Written by Nicole Taylor (The C Word) and directed by Philippa Lowthorpe (Call The Midwife), Three Girls is produced by the same team as Five Daughters, and is made with the full cooperation of the victims and their families.

Three Girls will star Maxine Peake (Silk) and Lesley Sharp (Scott And Bailey) as two women who were instrumental in getting the girls’ voices heard, whilst Paul Kaye, Lisa Riley and Jill Halfpenny will play parents of the girls, alongside Ace Bhatti as Nazir Afzal, former Chief Crown Prosecutor for the North West.

Nazir Afzal said: “It forced every agency to look at their ways of working afresh and the creation of the first guidance for prosecutors, police, and local authorities. The case caused seismic and long-overdue change in the way trials involving vulnerable victims were dealt with. At last, victims had a voice.”

Charlotte Moore, Controller BBC TV Channels and iPlayer, says: “The team behind the award-winning Five Daughters have spent three years talking to the girls, unravelling the shocking scale of abuse, the horror of what they’ve been through and the enormous courage it’s taken for them to speak out.”