Bad Girls

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.

8 Seasons, 105 Episodes
June 1, 1999
Cast: Kika Mirylees, Victoria Alcock, Helen Fraser, Jack Ellis

Bad Girls Full Episode Guide

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • Tina suffers from a guilty conscious as she is shipped back to Larkhall.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • There's bad news for Janine when her dad makes a surprise visit. Also in this episode, Phyl milks her injury.

  • 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.

  • When the police begin to investigate Jim's death, it is clear that there's an endless list of suspects. The detectives start by questioning Di and the inmates. After a cell inspection, Natalie is rewarded a television for cleanliness.

  • Jim asks Di for a divorce. When Frank tries to rape Phyl, Bev comes to her rescue only to realize that they have a chance at freedom. Arun is jealous of the budding relationship between Pat and Sheena. Meanwhile, Sylvia's honeymoon with Malcolm takes a turn for the worse.

  • Jim refuses to have anything to do with baby Dylan while Di cares for him. Pat offers to share a cell with Arun. Natalie and Janine study a prison map in hopes to plan an escape. Jim allows Sheena an early release only to be sabotaged by Di.

  • Jim finally has the doctor's okay to consummate his relationship with Di after his vasectomy. Neil decides to allow Arun back into G-wing knowing that she won't survive in a man's prison, only to have it end in a bloody fight between Natalie and Pat. After learning of Jim's vasectomy, Di makes plans for adoption.

  • Di encourages Sylvia to come clean to Malcolm. Natalie convinces Janine to take the blame for the scissors in her mattress. Tough new inmate, Pat Kerrigan, exposes Sister Thomas' real crimes. Arun decides to make a religious change after learning the news of Sister Thomas.

  • A nun, Sister Thomas More, arrives at Larkhall for embezzlement and theft. Jim finds the letter that Natalie was planning to give Di. Arun and the other women help Sister Thomas settle in despite Natalie's stand against her. Sylvia receives some disturbing news while Arun confesses all to Sister Thomas.   

  • Jim schedules a vasectomy to stop Di's dream of having a family. The Julies finally open their hair salon and invite Arun as their first customer. New inmate, Laura Canning, arrives at Larkhall for brutally murdering her mother but has a surprisingly short stay.

  • Realizing that Di can send him back to prison, Jim is desperate to make up with her. Bev and Phyl scam to trade cream cakes for vodka. The Julies are determined to make their hair salon a success in spite of Jim while the conflict between Di and Natalie ends in a physical altercation.

  • Di is waiting for Jim when he's released from prison. The women are shocked when they learn the identity of their new Wing governor. Meanwhile, Natalie continues to torment Janine just as she receives good news about her eye injury.

  • Jim is cornered and beaten by fellow inmates resulting in a move to the VP unit. Tina has difficulty adjusting to life on the outside and begins looking for ways back into G-Wing. Jim and Di concoct a plan to frame Ben and free Jim. Natalie makes an example out of Janine when her taxation scheme goes awry.

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