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Three Girls cast: Lisa Riley talks trauma surrounding story

Three Girls cast: Lisa Riley talks trauma surrounding story

Holly's only ally in the ordeal is sexual health worker Sara Rowbotham - played by Maxine Peake. Filming it late a year ago over two months, Lisa got to know the victims of the case, and was keen to tell their story.

She told ITV's Loose Women, on which she is a regular panellist: "I was so lucky".

Alan Begg tweeted "spellbinding acting on the BBC One drama Three Girls this week" while Angie Boctsock commented "Young actors in this drama are brilliant, holding their own against the likes of Maxine Peake, Lesley Sharp and Lisa Riley". I remember distinctly when I was younger growing up as a teenager in high school I was told never get in a taxi by yourself.

They will be joined by Liv Hill, Ria Zmitrowicz and Molly Windsor, who play the three girls Ruby, Amber and Holly respectively, as well as Simon Nagra, Qas Hamid and Wasim Zakir.

Lisa said: "And we were just sat there as actors going, "No we can't get upset, we can't get angry".

Riley said the real girls are "over the moon" at how the three-part series, which concludes tonight, has portrayed their story, and that they feel "justice has been done".

After her pleas went previously ignored, the true extent of the abuse and betrayal is revealed and sends shockwaves through the police, and they're finally ready to listen.

"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".

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".

Three Girls sheds light on the shameful lack of response from authorities who for years turned a blind eye to the abuse - out of ineptitude, lack of communication and fear of being branded racist. "I just can not comprehend how those young, vulnerable girls were continually failed".


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