Bad Girls

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  • 1999
  • 8 Seasons
  • 7.9  (2,012)

Bad Girls is a British television drama detailing the lives of prisoners and staff at a fictional prison in England. The show ran for eight seasons featuring 107 episodes, including a number of Christmas specials acting as the finale's to season six and seven. Produced by Shed Productions for the British broadcast network ITV, Bad Girls proved controversial for its adult subject matter and language used to depict the real life of prisoners in an all female prison. Despite being a drama the show also featured comedic characters and light storylines, which ran alongside the tougher aspects of life behind bars. Set in Larkhall Prison in England Bad Girls features the lives of people entering G Wing of the all female prison, including staff, inmates, volunteers and visitors. Stories would often be featured and be resolved through the course of a single episode, with other storylines lasting throughout an entire season. Some stories progress over the course of a number of seasons, such as the relationship between inmate Nicki Wade and wing governor Helen Stewart which ran for the first three seasons. One of the most popular characters featured on British TV, prison guard Jim Fenner was a creation of Bad Girls and managed to complete a reign of terror as he abused and used the inmates and staff for his own gain over seven seasons of Bad Girls. As a sister show to other ITV broadcast shows produced by Shed Productions Bad Girls would often feature overlapping storylines and characters from shows such as Footballers Wives. The main character of Footballers Wives, Tanya Turner serves time for her crimes in Footballers Wives in Larkhall Prison as characters from both shows crossed over in season six of Bad Girls. As seasons eight had been designed as the last for the popular show the majority of storylines are tied up towards the end of the season with a number of popular cast members returning for the final episodes.

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Episode 10
10. Episode 10
March 10, 2010
TV celebrity designer Catherine Earlham arrives in Larkhall after embezzling money from a pension fund and promptly gets the inmates scrubbing the place clean for an `at home' makeover feature. Darlene falls under the spell of the star prisoner and also Costa cons Phyl and Bev fall out over her and new wing governor Bodybag Hollamby's efforts to make her mark on the place pale into insignificance.
Episode 9
9. Episode 9
March 3, 2010
Lou is glowing after the surprise proposal from Doctor Rowan, unaware he has no intention of divorcing his wife. She asks her sister Vicky to be bridesmaid and she reluctantly agrees despite knowing the truth about Rowan. Vicky is so desperate for him to continue to supply her drugs she is keeping the truth from her sister, but when she begins to demand stronger drugs, Rowan realises that he may have bitten off more than he can chew.
Episode 8
8. Episode 8
February 24, 2010
Tina suffers from a guilty conscious as she is shipped back to Larkhall.
Episode 7
7. Episode 7
February 17, 2010
The national news is reporting that Natalie Buxton has escaped from Larkhall and the inmates of G-Wing could not be happier - with the exception of Pat Kerrigan who is wondering what to do with the body. Security has been stepped up and Phyl and Bev can't smuggle in any alcohol, so they revert to blackmailing Dr Dunlop. It's the day of Tina's court appearance and she's hoping to be sent back to prison, but the judge releases her. Pat has to confess the truth to the two Julies. Sylvia has a date.
Episode 6
6. Episode 6
February 10, 2010
G-Wing is buzzing with excitement, Julie S can't wait to see her son David and meet his bride to be. Pat Kerrigan is excited too - at the prospect of being rid of Natalie Buxton for ever. Wing Governor Lou Stoke is looking after her drug addict sister Vicky following her suicide attempt. Phyl and Bev are overjoyed when their delivery of alcoholic fruit arrives. Janine Nebeski starts receiving mysterious love letters. And since her daughter showed up, Joy has taken to drink.
Episode 5
5. Episode 5
February 3, 2010
Joy is left reeling by the discovery that Stella is her daughter, but rather than try to make up for lost time she attempts to have the inmate transferred to another prison. Meanwhile, Pat hatches a plan to get rid of Natalie forever after she discovers that she used children to get drugs into the prison. Lou experiences a change of heart, asking Rowan Dunlop out on a date and Donny Kimber and Janine take the opportunity to get a little closer.
Episode 4
4. Episode 4
January 27, 2010
Joy Masterton is suitably impressed by new inmate Stella Gough's determination to join the army and sets up a scheme for the girls to get fit. Donny wins Janine round and persuades her to undergo counselling to cope with her bereavement and drug dependency, but Lou keeps Rowan guessing as the mystery of her double life at the lap-dancing club deepens.
Episode 3
3. Episode 3
January 20, 2010
Natalie vows to take revenge on Pat for the drug smuggling fiasco and Donny Kimber comes under pressure from the police to find out where Emira's terrorist husband is hiding. Bev's new cellmate Angela Robbins (Annette Badland) proves to be a dab hand on the domestic front and the sexual tension between Deputy Governor Lou Stoke and Dr Rowan Dunlop reaches boiling point.
Episode 2
2. Episode 2
January 13, 2010
There's bad news for Janine when her dad makes a surprise visit. Also in this episode, Phyl milks her injury.
Episode 1
1. Episode 1
January 6, 2010
A new inmate arrives - Emira Al Jahani, the wife of a suspected terrorist bomber. The inmates then jump to the conclusion that Emira is planning a chemical attack on the wing.
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Bad Girls is a British television drama detailing the lives of prisoners and staff at a fictional prison in England. The show ran for eight seasons featuring 107 episodes, including a number of Christmas specials acting as the finale's to season six and seven. Produced by Shed Productions for the British broadcast network ITV, Bad Girls proved controversial for its adult subject matter and language used to depict the real life of prisoners in an all female prison. Despite being a drama the show also featured comedic characters and light storylines, which ran alongside the tougher aspects of life behind bars.

Set in Larkhall Prison in England Bad Girls features the lives of people entering G Wing of the all female prison, including staff, inmates, volunteers and visitors. Stories would often be featured and be resolved through the course of a single episode, with other storylines lasting throughout an entire season. Some stories progress over the course of a number of seasons, such as the relationship between inmate Nicki Wade and wing governor Helen Stewart which ran for the first three seasons. One of the most popular characters featured on British TV, prison guard Jim Fenner was a creation of Bad Girls and managed to complete a reign of terror as he abused and used the inmates and staff for his own gain over seven seasons of Bad Girls.

As a sister show to other ITV broadcast shows produced by Shed Productions Bad Girls would often feature overlapping storylines and characters from shows such as Footballers Wives. The main character of Footballers Wives, Tanya Turner serves time for her crimes in Footballers Wives in Larkhall Prison as characters from both shows crossed over in season six of Bad Girls. As seasons eight had been designed as the last for the popular show the majority of storylines are tied up towards the end of the season with a number of popular cast members returning for the final episodes.

  • Premiere Date
    June 1, 1999
  • IMDB Rating
    7.9  (2,012)