Actress Lisa Riley hopes BBC drama Three Girls 'will help thousands'

Actress Lisa Riley hopes BBC drama Three Girls 'will help thousands'

Actress Lisa Riley hopes BBC drama Three Girls 'will help thousands'

Three Girls is based on a 2012 true story of three teenaged girls who were lured into a sexual abuse hell by a gang of men in Rochdale in the UK.

Lisa Riley - who plays Lorna, mother of Amber Bowen - told Loose Women: 'I'm so honoured to play the part of Lorna and give these girls a voice because no one believed them'.

"The focus remains on the abused trio, "three girls" Holly, Ruby and Amber, as one of them chillingly says:"[We were] passed around like a ball".

It took a little courage, however, for the BBC's Charlotte Moore to schedule Three Girls... "Unbelievable performances" and viewer Maria said: "#threegirls is one of the most hard things I've ever watched.

The star, who's gone through a major body transformation, said: "We had three and a half months last august filming it".

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.

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Three Girls was written by Nicole Taylor, who said that the idea of far-right groups such as the English Defence League (EDL) using the programme to promote their cause had occurred to her but was "not a reason for silence". It demonstrates the importance of those who need help and support being able to tell their stories on their own terms - not ours. Raped, assaulted and threatened, they came back for more.

Watching this series has evoked strong emotional reactions, including anger.

Nevertheless, I want to end this article on a hopeful note reminding us that we can not allow ourselves to give into despair - even if we end up being a lone voice like Sara Rowbotham.

Holly (Molly Windsor) is new in town and is desperate find her feet and make some new friends.

"Abbie Andrews wrote: "#ThreeGirls most uncomfortable, pit of stomach sickening TV I've watched in a long time. "She was let down by the whole system, and we were part of that system". Sometimes as professionals we were treated in a similar way to the girls we represented i.e. with open hostility.

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