Three Girls (miniseries)
Three Girls is a three-part British television drama series, written by screenwriter Nicole Taylor, and directed by Philippa Lowthorpe, that broadcast on three consecutive nights between 16 and 18 May 2017 on BBC One. A co-production between BBC Studios and Studio Lambert, the series is a dramatised version of the events surrounding the Rochdale child sex abuse ring, and describes how the authorities failed to investigate allegations of rape because the victims were perceived as unreliable witnesses. The story is told from the viewpoint of three of the victims: fourteen-year-old Holly Winshaw (Molly Windsor), sixteen-year-old Amber Bowen (Ria Zmitrowicz) and her younger sister Ruby (Liv Hill); although the focus later shifts to sexual health worker Sara Rowbotham (Maxine Peake), who became the main whistleblower who drew attention to the case after repeated pleas for help from social services and the police fell on deaf ears.
|Written by||Nicole Taylor|
|Directed by||Philippa Lowthorpe|
|Country of origin||United Kingdom|
|No. of series||1|
|No. of episodes||3 (list of episodes)|
|Executive producer(s)||Lucy Richer|
|Editor(s)||Úna Ní Dhonghaíle|
|Running time||60 minutes|
|Production company(s)||BBC Studios and Studio Lambert|
|Original network||BBC One|
|Picture format||16:9 (1080i)|
|Original release||16 May– 18 May 2017|
DC Margaret Oliver (Lesley Sharp), the lead investigator on the case, manages to gain the support of her superior officer, Sandy Guthrie (Jason Hughes) to instigate a full-blown investigation. However, despite significant evidence, the CPS decided to drop the case because of an “unrealistic prospect of conviction”. After Margaret convinces Amber Bowen to testify against her former boyfriend, Tariq (Wasim Zakir), the case is re-opened by recently appointed public prosecutor Nazir Afzal (Ace Bhatti), who with the assistance of the police and the victims involved, manages to secure convictions against ten men involved in the ring. Rowbotham, Oliver, and Afzal all acted as consultants on the series.
Three Girls drew a strong viewing audience upon its first broadcast, with 8.24 million viewers for episode one, 7.88 million for episode two and 8.19 million for episode three. The series was released on DVD in Region 2 on January 8, 2018.
A BBC documentary on the case, The Betrayed Girls, was broadcast on 3 July 2017 as a follow-up to the drama.
- Maxine Peake as Sara Rowbotham
- Lesley Sharp as DC Margaret "Maggie" Oliver
- Molly Windsor as Holly Winshaw
- Ria Zmitrowicz as Amber Bowen
- Liv Hill as Ruby Bowen
- Ace Bhatti as Nazir Afzal
- Paul Kaye as Jim Winshaw
- Jill Halfpenny as Julie Winshaw
- Bo Bragason as Rachel Winshaw
- Lisa Riley as Lorna Bowen
- Naomi Radcliffe as Yvonne
- Jason Hughes as DC Sandy Guthrie
- Rupert Procter as DC Jack Harrop
- Ross Anderson as PC Richard Bryan
- Antonio Aakeel as Immy
- Wasim Zakir as Tariq
- Zee Sulleyman as Billy
- Simon Nagra as Daddy
|Episode||Title||Written by||Directed by||Viewers
|1||"Episode 1"||Nicole Taylor||Philippa Lowthorpe||8.24||16 May 2017|
|New to the area, Holly is keen to make friends but finds herself drawn into a frightening world she is unable to escape - a world all too familiar to sexual health worker Sara. As her relationship with her family fractures, Holly finds the courage to speak out, but will her nightmare finally end?|
|2||"Episode 2"||Nicole Taylor||Philippa Lowthorpe||7.88||17 May 2017|
|With her pleas previously ignored, Sara is both relieved and unsurprised when the true extent of the abuse and betrayal is finally uncovered. Can Maggie and the police team persuade the girls to revisit the horror they suffered? And what does that do to the fragile lives they have struggled to rebuild?|
|3||"Episode 3"||Nicole Taylor||Philippa Lowthorpe||8.19||18 May 2017|
|With the ordeal drawing to a close and betrayals still raw, what does the future hold for the victims of the abuse and those who fought so hard to support them? Can justice be served, and can their experiences stop the mistakes happening again?|
Link to Finsbury Park attackEdit
In June 2017, a terrorist attack was launched against mosque-goers in Finsbury Park. The attacker, Darren Osborne, used a van to run over Muslim pedestrians, killing one man and injuring several others. In the course of the trial, it was remarked that Osborne developed an obsession with Muslims after watching Three Girls.
|2017||WFTV Awards||The Deluxe Director Award||Philippa Lowthorpe||Won|||
|2017||Festival de la Fiction TV Awards||Jury Special Prize for European Fiction||Three Girls||Won|
|2018||British Academy Television Awards||Best Mini-Series||Three Girls||Won|||
|Best Actress||Molly Windsor||Won|
|Best Supporting Actress||Liv Hill||Nominated|
|British Academy Television Craft Awards||Best Director in Fiction||Philippa Lowthorpe||Won|||
|Best Writer in Fiction||Nicole Tyler||Won|
|Best Editing in Fiction||Úna Ní Dhonghaíle||Won|
|Irish Film & Television Awards||Editing||Úna Ní Dhonghaíle||Won|||
|RTS Programme Awards - West of England||Best Television Drama||Three Girls||Won|||
|Best Director Drama||Philippa Lowthorpe||Won|
|RTS Programme Awards||Mini-Series||Three Girls||Won|||
|Writer Award - Drama||Nicole Taylor||Won|
|Breakthrough Award - On Screen||Molly Windsor||Nominated|
|Broadcasting Press Guild||Best Single Drama/Mini-series||Three Girls||Won|||
|UK Broadcast Awards||Best Drama Series or Serial||Three Girls||Won|||
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