Three Girls, episode two, review: Rochdale’s damning tale of sex abuse told soberly and with thoroughness

The sex crimes chronicled in Three Girls (BBC) are too abhorrent to contemplate in anything but the most abstract terms. So tremendous credit is due to Nicole Taylor, whose dramatisation of the Rochdale child grooming scandal conveys the unspeakable facts while maintaining a respectful distance from the suffering of the young women raped systematically by a circle of abusers and then dismissed by the police as underclass attention-seekers.

After the scene-setting horrors of the first episode, the second instalment recounted the events between the initial assaults and the ultimately successful arrest and conviction of the offenders. Yet, far from vindicating the authorities, Three Girls once again stood as a chilling and infuriating indictment of officialdom’s indifference to innocents deemed too marginal to matter.

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