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Is Three Families based on a true story?

THE subject of abortion is never an easy one, but BBC drama Three Families will tackle the issue.

But many viewers may start to wonder if the series is based on a true story.

BBC's Three Families is based on abortion laws in Northern Ireland


BBC’s Three Families is based on abortion laws in Northern IrelandCredit: BBC

Is Three Families based on a true story?

The new drama focuses on abortion in Northern Ireland and how many women from the region travel to England to undergo the procedure.

Gwyneth Hughes’ two-part series Three Families, starring Irish actress Sinead Keenan, is set between 2013 and 2019, and tells the true story of three women and their families before the recent change to legislation.

Abortion laws in the country were liberalised by MPs at Westminster in 2019 at a time when powersharing was collapsed.

The Republic liberalised abortion laws following a referendum in 2018.

Three Families is based on real-life events


Three Families is based on real-life eventsCredit: BBC

What is Three Families about?

Three Families follows the story of different women and how they dealt with living in Northern Ireland under strict and restrictive abortion laws.

The stories include a mother trying to help her pregnant teenage daughter and two young newlyweds who discover that their first child will die of a fatal foetal abnormality.

In their grief, the couple speak to their doctor about their options, only to realise how limited their choices are.

When is Three Families on BBC?

Three Families starts on Monday (May 10, 2021) at 9pm on BBC One.

The concluding episode of this two-part series then airs the following day on Tuesday (May 11, 2021).

You can catch up with episodes after they have aired on the BBC iPlayer.

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