Hard-hitting BBC drama Three Girls, the true story of three girls drawn into the frightening world of sexual exploitation, will air on BBC One over three consecutive nights this week, after being filmed on location in Bristol last year with production base at The Bottle Yard Studios.

Beginning on 16 May, Three Girls tells the story of three of the children who were victims in the 2012 grooming and sex trafficking case in Rochdale. Made with the full cooperation of the victims and their families, it aims to tell the victims’ stories; how they were failed by authorities directly responsible for their protection and how the abuse has impacted on their lives.

Coordinated from a production base at The Bottle Yard Studios, the drama filmed on location across Bristol from the end of June until August 2016. Bristol Film Office provided locations, permits, unit base bookings, parking and general shooting logistics support, whilst also overseeing a consultation process between producers, police, residents and local councillors, briefing those in filming areas about the sensitive nature of the series’ subject matter.

Written by Nicole Taylor (The C Word), Three Girls is produced by the same team as the acclaimed and award-winning BBC drama Five Daughters (also made at The Bottle Yard Studios in 2010) including director Philippa Lowthorpe (Call The Midwife, Jamaica Inn), producer Simon Lewis and Executive Producer Susan Hogg. Cast includes Maxine Peake, Lesley Sharpe, Paul Kaye, Lisa Riley and Jill Halfpenny.

Natalie Moore, Bristol Film Office said: ““Philippa and her team are no strangers to bringing sensitive true stories to the screen – it was a pleasure to support their expert handling of this production, and to support their return to Bristol where they made the BAFTA-winning Five Daughters eight years ago, also based at The Bottle Yard Studios.”

Council offices on Temple Street doubled as Liverpool Crown Court, whilst Bristol Register Office was used for interior community meeting scenes. Filming also took place in Victoria Park, Eastville Park and streets in Hartcliffe, Knowle, Easton, Bedminster and Redcliffe.

Watch Three Girls on BBC One at 9pm on 16th, 17th and 18th May 2017.