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

BBC drama Three Girls stars east Bristol landmarks

Her complaint was not taken seriously and she carried on being abused by the gang until December 2008 when she fell pregnant and moved away.

Episode two finds Sara both relieved and unsurprised when the full extent of the abuse is revealed, sending shockwaves throughout the police.

A three part BBC mini-series explores the harrowing experiences of teenage girls at the hands of Pakistani men in Rochdale.

However, since the programme is based on the real-life sexual grooming scandal in Rochdale, Greater Manchester, it was understandably a sensitive, and mentally hard production process - and Lisa has spoken out about the "horrendous" case, and how angry she felt while bringing it to life.

Margaret Oliver, a detective constable for Great Manchester Police, is faced with the challenge of convincing the girls to revisit the horror they suffered.

"The drama looks 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", said a spokeswoman for the BBC. Molly Windsor, Liv Hill and Ria Zmitrowicz feature as a trio of girls drawn into the frightening world of sexual exploitation.

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

"So all my life, 39 years, I get in the shower thinking, "oh wow, heaven" - and I thought, 'oh wow, there's nothing to lift up!'"

"I believe senior police officers should be held accountable for failing to act", she said.

She told Screen Daily: "I was going through the education system and college". 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. "I'd choose that any day".

When is Three Girls on?

Three Girls continues on BBC1 tonight at 9pm.

All three episodes will be made available to watch online on BBC iPlayer after each one has aired.

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