The BBC never shies away from the dramatisation of a harrowing true story (mind you, ITV doesn’t either). We know that there’s a Shannon Matthews drama (starring Sheridan Smith) on the way, and now the network has announced that filming has started on a drama that also explores a particularly shocking and awful true-life set of crime.
Filming begins this week on Three Girls, a new three-part BBC1 drama based on the true stories of victims of grooming and sexual abuse in Rochdale.
The drama will look at the way in which these girls were groomed, how they were ignored by the authorities directly responsible for protecting them, and how they eventually made themselves heard.
Maxine Peake and Lesley Sharp will play two women who were instrumental in getting the girls’ voices heard. It’s apt that two of country’s best actresses are going to work on something so dark and so awful. Frankly, I’d watch Maxine Peake eat breakfast, so I’m intrigued as to how this three-parter will pan out. This could not only be a harrowing watch but also extremely sensitive for the families of the survivors and the local community.
Other cast includes Paul Kaye, Lisa Riley and Jill Halfpenny as parents of the girls, alongside Ace Bhatti as Nazir Afzal, former Chief Crown Prosecutor for the North West. They will be joined by Olivia Hill, Ria Zmitrowicz, Molly Windsor, Simon Nagra, Qas Hamid and Wasim Zakir.
More news as we get it.