Three Girls wins five awards at Baftas

Date published: 14 May 2018

Three Girls, the BBC drama based on the Rochdale grooming scandal which aired in May 2017, has won five prizes at the Bafta Awards.

Best Mini-Series
Best Actress - Molly Windsor
Editing: Fiction -  Úna Ní Dhonghaíle
Director: Fiction -  Philippa Lowthorpe
Writer for a Drama Series - Nicole Taylor

The series told the true story of Holly, Amber and Ruby - portrayed by Molly Windsor, Liv Hill and Ria Zmitrowicz - who were victims of sexual abuse which was brought to light in 2012.

‘Three Girls’ was made with the full co-operation of the victims and their families, and aimed to tell the victims’ stories; how they were failed by authorities directly responsible for their protection and how the abuse impacted on their lives. 

All of the victims were under-age white British girls, and accusations were made that the authorities had failed to thoroughly investigate the issue amid fears of being accused of racism.

In May 2012, nine men of Pakistani and Afghan origin were convicted at Liverpool Crown Court with offences including rape and sexual assault, conspiracy to engage in sexual activity with a child and trafficking a child within the UK. They were all ordered to sign the Sex Offenders’ Register for life and received sentences ranging between four and 19 years in prison.

Ringleader Shabir Ahmed was given a 19-year sentence and also jailed for 22 years concurrently in July 2012, for raping another child 30 times over a decade.

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