Written by Philomena McDonagh and broadcast in 1996, King Girl immediately shocked its audience with its raw energy and realism. Complaints flew in about the characters constantly swear and scenes of sex and violence – but its realism showed a side of young people in Britain that people were scared to discuss.
Glenn (Louise Atkins) is the scary leader of an all-girl gang. Glenn’s alcoholic father doesn’t care about her and her foul-mouthed mother is virtually a prostitute!
Gail (Cathy Purcell) is naive and grieving for her dead father, making her the ideal target for Glenn’s gang’s verbal and physical abuse.
Most frightening, yet unsurprising, is that even the adults are powerless to control the bullies!