Sunday 30 April 2017

“We need a coup!!”

It stars Maxine Peake, undoubtedly a terrific actress (sorry, “actor”) who first came to our attention playing the comedic role of “Veronica” in Channel four’s early series of Shameless. 

She’s a communist by the way, and a pretty vocal one with it. 
 She does manage to get herself cast in dramas that have a distinctly ‘lefty’ message, the most cringeworthy of which was “Silk”  (God, that was bad) and she is proud to be known as socialist/ communist and a pro-Palestinian activist 

So I look forward to her portrayal of “Sara Rowbotham, the sexual health worker who repeatedly reported her concerns to the police that the girls were being abused – and was repeatedly ignored”  and I couldn’t help wondering how she would cope with a script that would confront, head-on, the religion of the perpetrators; but I don’t think it will be an issue. By the looks of it they’ll avoid dealing with it  altogether.The Guardian explains:

“It does not focus on the abusers, but the abused: three working-class girls betrayed by the council, the police, and the Crown Prosecution Service, as well as the men who stole their lives. The girls were written off by the agencies that should have protected them, because their lives were chaotic and they did not present as ideal victims.”


  1. Thanks for that Sue. I was wondering how they were going to skate round the elephant on the ice to speak...and there you one elegant, deft move, it will be all about feisty feminists doing their best by these girls up against the white patriarchy by the sound of it.

    1. Yep it will all be the fault of the white male establishment Tory government.

  2. That really does sound about right for the BBC.

  3. This is of course one of the two major facets of the story. When this story first broke in a big way, a large part of it was about the victims complaining that the police and other authorities didn't believe them, even some victims dismissed by being told they were known liars, etc. But considering how the BBC was complicit in keeping a lid on this story for years - as well as recalling the first Question Time episode to address it when it all came out, where the panel blamed the victims and the audience was outraged - if they really go the "Don't mention the defining element of the perpetrators" route, they will be guilty of covering it up all over again.

  4. Is it directed by Leni Riefenstahl?

    Female director. Good at shaping the narrative. All good.


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