Published: Sat, May 20, 2017
Global News | By Stacy Ballard

BBC drama Three Girls stars east Bristol landmarks

BBC drama Three Girls stars east Bristol landmarks

The three-part programme, Three Girls, brought to light the true story of widespread grooming and sexual assault of girls and young women in the area by a gang of Asian men.

Lisa, who plays one of the victims' mothers, Lorna, in the BBC show, revealed how she battled with the horrific storyline, telling the ITV panel: "I got angry and I got more angry".

"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!'"

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Though many members of the public are familiar with her for her positivity on Loose Women, or her impressive weight loss transformation, Lisa Riley is known for her talents as an actress first. We do a 12-hour shoot day, doing the scenes, but I would have Maggie to lean on and go, 'How do I cope?

A second viewer confessed the drama made them "feel sick", while a third added: "My God this is uncomfortable viewing". I got angry and more angry.

Written by Nicole Taylor, the moving first episode, which premiered last night (16 May), centred around teenager Holly, played by rising star Molly Windsor.

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"But the real life me, and the real life Liv (Hill's) character (Ruby Bowen), was there behind the monitor".

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. "No one." Asked by Nadia Sawalha how she was feeling, Lisa replied defiantly: "It's not about me, it's about the girls".

Yes, this can come with a huge personal cost - Sara Rowbotham lost her job and describes being in a very dark place, including suffering from post traumatic stress disorder.

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Lisa is now starring in a BBC dramatisation of the story, Three Girls, playing Lorna, the mother of one of the girls involved in the grooming ring.

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