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Three Girls, Living with a terminal illness, Juggling care and work

Maxine Peake and former sexual health worker Sara Rowbotham on bringing the experience of girls groomed and sexually abused in Rochdale to the screen.

This week a drama based on the Rochdale sex abuse scandal is being broadcast over three consecutive nights on BBC One. It portrays the experiences of girls who were groomed in Rochdale between 2008 and 2012, for which nine men were convicted and sentenced. The drama explores how these girls were groomed, and why, despite repeated referrals from sexual health worker Sara Rowbotham, the police, social services and the CPS failed respond to the problem. The actor Maxine Peake plays Sara Rowbotham in the drama and they both join Jane to talk about it.

The experience of those caring for family members who are ill is something we discuss on Woman's Hour often. In light of the Conservative manifesto pledge to give people the right to up to a year of unpaid leave to look after a relative full time while retaining rights to their job, we speak to three listeners about how they managed.

Documentary maker Sue Bourne on her new film, A Time To Live which features twelve people who've been told they have a terminal illness and may only have months to live. Sue says, "I didn't want to make a film about dying but about living. I wanted to speak to people who'd decided that if they only had a short time left they were going to make the most of that time." One of her interviewees is Lisa Keech: a mother of two teenage girls, she insists a cancer diagnosis, while devastating, has improved the quality of her life.

Presented by Jane Garvey
Produced by Jane Thurlow.

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58 minutes


  • Three Girls

    Duration: 16:11

  • Carers

    Duration: 15:57

  • A Time to Live - Sue Bourne & Lisa Keech

    Duration: 10:12


Role Contributor
Presenter Jane Garvey
Interviewed Guest Sara Rowbotham
Interviewed Guest Maxine Peake
Interviewed Guest Sue Bourne
Interviewed Guest Lisa Keech
Producer Jane Thurlow


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