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Three Girls 

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Based on three young girls who were groomed, sexually abused and trafficked by a group of 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 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
Lance Hill ...  Police man 2 episodes, 2017


Based on three young girls who were groomed, sexually abused and trafficked by a group of 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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How do you stop it?
19 March 2018 | by cordenwSee all my reviews

When I was a kid, I wouldn't listen to a lecture but my parents didn't have much concern as to what I was up to, because there wasn't really anything that bad around.

Maybe a gang or two, but no drug gangs, no ethic groups or foreign cultures to pull me in as a rebel, certainly no smackheads or pot smokers. Just the occasional thief, a break and enter expert and, if there were any dealers, they were dealers in stolen goods. These types generally wouldn't cause you any harm and anyways they were stealing off people with money, so they were local heroes in a way.

Enter the 70's and 80's; drugs, cheap booze, liberal society, lower community standards , the pill etc., and there's a detonation of values. Unfortunately some of the tried and tested ones got blown up too and so kids started doing more of what they thought they liked, and less of what their parents and teachers told them to do.

Places sprang up in society that enabled the new behaviour ; free condom dispensaries, free birth control, financial help to stay home and do nothing, instant gratification, counselling, acceptance and the riddance of shame for teenage Moms.. you name it and it was allowed.

Who should be surprised then when someone moves in to gather the harvest?

Vulnerable young girls, who see the gates of freedom blown off the hinges , girls who see their friends having a life of endless parties and a culture that says that the state's taken on your responsibilities, ...... that's who.

There's always going to be someone who takes advantage of such an opportunity and in this case it was natural for those someones to be from a culture where their own female contingent are still strictly controlled.

This then was the backdrop for the girls who are featured in this story, a perfect storm of circumstances. The same perfect storm touched down in dozens of communities, proving that national, liberal public policies can be devastating in ways never even thought of.

The story devolves into an examination of the attitude of the various, now indulgent, authorities and how they handled their own responsibilities.

Not very well at all!

That is the hopeless feeling you get once the credits start to roll , the only redemption is that maybe the kids have learned and will pass it on to the next batch.

This lot of exploiters happened to be East Asians but really it could have been any group of scumbags who happened to have this jigsaw puzzle fall into their laps.

Great acting, I could have been in the cast myself and no one would have noticed. Not a real lot of hope in the final message but maybe a glimmer of understanding that unlimited freedom releases unlimited vices.

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