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A portly man known as “Daddy” takes an underage girl, Holly, into a fetid bedroom. After assiduously grooming Holly and her friends with kebabs, curries, vodka and cigarettes, he wants what he thinks is due to him: “When are you going to let me have sex with you?... I buy you things, I give you things, now it’s your turn to give something to me.” Then he rapes her.
Nicole Taylor’s devastating script, a three-part dramatisation of the Rochdale child grooming and sexual abuse scandal, is coruscating, brutal and unflinching. Holly (an extraordinary performance from Molly Windsor), after a falling out with her parents, is vulnerable and easy prey for the mainly British-Pakistani men who pass her and their other victims around like lumps of meat.
Her only ally is sexual health worker Sara Rowbotham (Maxine Peake), who builds up a picture of what the uninterested police call a “lifestyle choice”. It’s anything but.
New series. The story of three of the children who were victims in the 2012 grooming and sex trafficking case in Rochdale. New to the area, Holly is keen to make friends, but finds herself drawn into a frightening world all too familiar to sexual health worker Sara. As her relationship with her family fractures, Holly unearths the courage to speak out - but will her nightmare finally end? Starring Maxine Peake and Lesley Sharp.
Cast & Crew
DC Margaret Oliver
DC Jack Harrop
PC Richard Bryan
Boy at Clinic
Arresting police officer
Haider Mohammed Javed
Sexual Health Worker
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