Simon Lewis, Sue Hogg

The producers of Three Girls, based on child abuse in Rochdale, talk about making factual TV drama.

Producers Simon Lewis and Sue Hogg make hard-hitting TV dramas based on factual events. They talk to executive producer, Sara Brailsford, about the ethical and practical issues involved in making the BAFTA-winning Three Girls, based on the child abuse scandal in Rochdale, which came to light in 2012.

At the start of the video they are talking about how lockdown affected the completion of the drama, The Nest, an emotional thriller that is not based on a true story. They explain why they wanted to showcase the beauty of Glasgow in the series.

About Simon Lewis

Simon Lewis is a producer and executive producer, who has worked on many major UK dramas, including, among others, The Darling Buds of May, A Touch Of Frost and Sharpe. He has received a number of awards for his work, with Three Girls winning five BAFTA awards, the Prix Italia, RTS (Royal Television Society) Best Drama Serial, BROADCAST Best Drama, Broadcasting Press Guild Best Drama, the International Prize for Best Drama at the La Rochelle Festival du Fiction and the Best British TV Drama Award at the British Screenwriters Awards.

About Sue Hogg

Sue Hogg is an executive producer. Her first drama for Studio Lambert was Three Girls, written by Nicole Taylor. The shows that she has produced include many BAFTA-nominated and BAFTA-winning series, such as The C Word, Go-Between, The Fades and No Child of Mine.

About the event

This masterclass was recorded in the home of Sue and Simon on 15 April 2020. It was supported by the ScreenSkills Television Skills Fund which invests in training for the freelance television workforce thanks to contributions from the BBC, Channel 4 and Channel 5.

It was part of a ScreenSkills programme designed by media consultant Donna Taberer to support freelancers to upskill and stay connected, helping keep the industry resilient in the coronavirus crisis.

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