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The Making of Three Girls: producing powerful real life drama

Published on Thursday, 10th August 2017

Three Girls is a powerful drama based on the Rochdale child sexual abuse scandal. Broadcast on BBC One over three consecutive nights in May of this year, it tells the true stories of “Holly", “Ruby" and “Amber" who were victims of child grooming and sexual abuse over a number of years and who helped to convict nine men of child abuse offences in 2012.  The series saw more than 9.3 million requests on BBC iPlayer in May and averaged a consolidated audience of 8.1 million across its three episodes when it aired.

Critically acclaimed, Three Girls has been described as:

"an urgent, astonishingly moving piece" (The Independent)

"a harrowing, believable and brave account of the child grooming scandal" (The Spectator) 

with The Guardian applauding the strength of the drama as '"it does what everyone and everything - including the investigation - failed to do: it focuses on the abused, rather than the abusers."

It took four years to research, write and produce, including hours of in depth interviews with the victims and their families, consultants and professionals who deal with child grooming. 

Royal Television Society (RTS) Bristol presents an exclusive evening with key members of the production, who will share how they brought this important story to the screen and discuss their creative process. Join director Philippa Lowthorpe, writer Nicole Taylor, executive producer Susan Hogg, editor Una Ni Dhonghaile and director of photography Matt Gray on 11th September at Watershed for some very special insights on an outstanding piece of scripted television.

When & Where

Monday 11th September, Cinema 3, Watershed

Doors open 6.30pm

Session 6.45pm-8pm

Book here:

Followed by networking drinks in Watershed bar afterwards until 9pm.

RTS Members free, please bring along membership card

Non RTS members £10, with concessions at £6.50 (includes a free drink in the bar after the session)