In its finest moments, TV can change the world and at its worst when it panders to the lowest production values it’s a waste of a valuable platform.
This week the BBC has managed to do something that rarely has happened in the last 63 years of my life on this planet. It made me cry.
I watched the BBC drama “Three Girls” over three consecutive nights which made me very angry (an understatement by any measure). Now I know you will say it is a work of fiction which is based on true events but this was something different.
It terrified me. It had me thinking that if a child of mine was treated in such a manner I would have to exact revenge not only on the perpetrators but the council and police officers who were fully aware of the situation but had a reasonable excuse not to take the difficult path.
To add insult to injury in the subsequent aftermath they then shot the messenger, fed her to the dogs just to save the skin of a cowardly Chief Executive who knew what was happening and did nothing to stop it.
The subtext of this story is a tale of woefully inadequate politicians and a communications team who spent its whole time protecting the indefensible and they should be ashamed.
Hats off to the guys who made this landmark programme. We may criticise the BBC for being biased in its political coverage but this programme would never have seen the light of day on a commercial channel and for that, I will be eternally grateful.