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Real life stories retold with contrasting results in Three Girls and Genius: Picasso

Three Girls, which is based on the Rochdale sex-grooming scandal, makes for powerful viewing while Genius is a cliched portrayal of painter Pablo Picasso

(From left) Molly Windsor, Liv Hill, Maxine Peake and Ria Zmitrowicz star in Three Girls, based on the Rochdale sex-grooming case.
(From left) Molly Windsor, Liv Hill, Maxine Peake and Ria Zmitrowicz star in Three Girls, based on the Rochdale sex-grooming case. PHOTO: BBC
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Watching the reenactment of a real-life child sex-abuse case where the victims were ignored is infuriating enough as it is. But watching it in the #MeToo era is doubly maddening and depressing in its suggestion of how little has changed.

Yet while painful to see, it is vital not to look away from stories like Three Girls, the BBC's three-part drama about the infamous Rochdale sex-grooming scandal.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on May 03, 2018, with the headline Real life stories retold with contrasting results in Three Girls and Genius: Picasso. Subscribe