Bad Girls ran for about eight years and aired on ITV. I used to watch it fairly regularly in the days it used to on as it was something a bit different to the usual drama. The programme was set in Larkhill women's prison and focused on the everyday goings on there and in the lives of the prisoners on G Wing. This particular wing was full of a lot of women who were in for life for murders or other such serious crimes such as fraud and child abuse.
There was alot covered in the show that perhaps might not have been covered in a men's prison. But among the controversial subject there was drugs, murder, rape and lesbian affairs sometimes between the actual prisoners and sometimes between them and the guards.
As with alot of dramas the characters are all important and they are all very good and the relationships between them brilliant. Some of the more familar characters were Shell Dockley played by Debra Stephenson who had an affair with Jim Fenner played by Jack Ellis. Then there was Yvonne Atkins played by Linda Henry, played Linda Henry who is now Shirley in Eastenders. Her character was murdered in the show. Throughout each series the subjects were looked into in depth which made it so enjoyable and were extremely powerful in the way they were dealt with.
It's a shame it ended to be honest with you and is worth watching some of the re-runs if you've never watch an episode
'Bad Girls' was a British television drama, shown on ITV between 1999 and 2006. The show lasted for 8 series and centred around Larkhall women's prison, and the lives of the inmates and officers on G-Wing.
'Bad Girls' started out as a gritty drama with hard-hitting, socially relevant relevant plots, but ended as a farce when one of the prison officers was visited by the ghost of a former inmate. Over the first 3 series (when the programme was at its best) the storyline which attracted the most attention from fans was the forbidden love story between inmate Nikki and prison officer Helen. Mandana Jones (Nikki) and Simone Lahbib (Helen) acted their parts beautifully and when they left, the show really felt their departure. After this, the show portrayed various other lesbian relationships, perhaps in an attempt to emulate the success of Helen and Nikki, but generally these fell flat, as Jones and Lahbib had great chemistry which proved very difficult to copy.
During the time when 'Bad Girls' was still considered a serious drama, it covered some very dark storylines, such as one officer's abuse of her elderly mother who she was meant to be caring for, domestic violence, and suicide, as well as screening some pretty harrowing scenes. Amongst all this high drama, the occasional bit of humour was very welcome, and some of the inmates schemes like operating an adult chat line from their cells, and making a 'special brew' using rhubarbs from the prison allotment, provided a light-hearted foil for some of the more grim events taking place.
The thing that annoyed me most about 'Bad Girls', was its bad habit of completely dropping storylines with no explanation to their outcome; characters would disappear from one series to the next and the last 2 series in particular left a huge murder storyline with practically no explanation. As a dedicated viewer of the programme this was very frustrating, and probably assisted in the show's demise. The programme's creators threw in quite a lot of disposable characters towards the end too (Rowan Dunlop, Arun Parmar), none of whom made much of an impact.
Despite this, over the years 'Bad Girls' gave us some fantastic characters such as the eternally grumpy Sylvia 'Bodybag' Hollamby, top dog Yvonne Atkins, 'The Costa Cons' Phyl and Bev, and one of the greatest British TV villains of all time; corrupt officer Jim Fenner. Several of the characters are played by familiar faces, many of whom popped up in soaps before and after their stint on the show, Claire King (Emmerdale), Sid Owen (Eastenders), Danielle Brent (Hollyoaks), Eva Pope (Coronation Street) among many others.
All 8 series are available to buy on DVD; the first few series have excellent extra features, with lots of cast interviews and bloopers, whereas the last couple of series are a bit of a let down, and provide very few special features.
As disappointing as it was to see the once strong storylines and characters, being replaced with nonsensical plots, and one dimensional bit-players towards the end of it's run, in it's heyday, 'Bad Girls' was unmissable television, and so it merits 4 stars from me, on the strength of it's first 3 series.
Bad Girls was a discontinued series which ran for eight years and was set in HMP Larkhill on G Wing. The show was based on the every day events that went on in the prison, and covered almost every possible thing which could be a problem in a womens prison, from drug smuggeling to murder, sexuality to rape, and everything in between! Most of the prisoners on the G wing were going to be in prison for a very long time, and had been sent there for everything from child abuse to fraud. Anyone who watched bad girls could probably never forget Shell Dockley's (Played by Debra Stephenson, also used to play Frankie in Coronation street) affair with Jim Fenner ( Played by Jack Ellis). Or the murder of Yvonne Atkins ( played by Linda Henry, currently Shirley in Eastenders). The show always seemed to show each subject with compassion, althrough it was very graphic.
The show proved to be very popular, and many were shocked when it was discontinued, me amongst them!
Some of the best and most memorable characters were
*Yvonne Atkins (Four years for conspiracy to commit murder)
*Di Barker (a screw)
*Karen Betts (wing governor)
*Denny Blood (sentenced to 7 years inside for burning down her childrens home)
*Natalie Buxton (Originally remanded in custody whilst awaiting trial for income tax fraud. Later sentenced to twelve years for trafficking illegal immigrants and child prostitution.)
*Darlene Cake (Four years for GBH)
*Shell Dockley (Life imprisonment for the kidnap, torture and eventual murder of the woman who 'stole' her boyfriend.)
*Jim fenner (Principal Officer and then eventually, G-Wing Governor)
*Seleena Geeson (NEPO (New Entrant PO) joined to be with her girlfriend kris yates)
*Mandy Goodhue (Officer)
*Crystal Gordan (Twelve months for persistent shoplifting. She was later returned to Larkhall after being found guilty of harbouring escapees Shell and Denny.)
*Neil grayling (Governor (Grade 1) until demoted to G-Wing Governor )
*Sylvia hollumby (Senior Officer. She has also twice stood in as Acting Wing Governor)
*Barbara Hunt (Three years for manslaughter: the mercy-killing of her husband.)
*Julie johnston (Originally sentenced to two years for theft, but now serving a term of eight years for GBH with intent.)
*Pat kerrigan (Life: she stabbed her abusive boyfriend to death.)
*Buki lester (Thirty months for GBH after she knifed her pimp)
*Joy masterton (Governor (Grade 1))
*Dominic mccallister (officer)
*Snowball merryman (Four years for drug smuggling. She committed the crime in order to avoid extradition to the USA for the murder of a photographer in Florida.)
*Al mckenzie (Thirty months for GBH and handling stolen goods. Later sentenced to life imprisonment for Virginia's murder.)
*Tina o'kane (Originally sentenced to thirty-six months for handling stolen goods. She was then released and then remanded for setting fire to a clothes shop. Still on remand, this time for manslaughter.)
*Phyl Oswyn (Five years for fraud. She and partner-in-crime, Bev Tull sold shares in a non-existent Costa del Sol golf course and ran bogus charities in aid of Spanish orphans.
*Arun palmer (Three years for credit card fraud. Her co-defendant, Janine, is serving five years because Arun wimped out in the dock and changed her plea to guilty.)
*Zandra plackett (Ten months for credit card fraud.)
*Lou stoke (Deputy Governing Governor)
*Julie saunders (Originally sentenced to two years for theft. Now serving a term of eight years for GBH with intent.)
*Helen stewart (Wing Governor, then Lifers' Liaison Officer and then finally Governing Governor.)
*Bev tull (Five years for fraud. She and Phyl sold shares in a non-existent Costa del Sol golf course and ran bogus charities in aid of Spanish orphans.)
*Tanya turner (Five years for possession of cocaine, her second offence.)
*Nikki wade (Life: she killed a policeman who was attempting to rape her girlfriend, Trisha.)
*Sheena williams (Five years for repeated possession of drugs and shoplifting.)
*Shaz wylie (Life: she murdered three people by spiking the oysters she sold in a supermarket.)
*Kris yates (Life. She was convicted of murdering her father by stabbing him through the heart when he was asleep. Kris confessed to the crime to protect the real killer, her younger sister, Milly.)
At one point there was even a bad girls musical, althrough i never heard all that much about it to be honest. I would honestly recommend that anyone looking for a gritty, believable( well, almost ) drama buy the box sets of this show, i have watched mine around 5 times now and am still not bored in the slightest! They definately aren't cheap for all of them, but they are a great investment for hours of watching
Bad Girls was one of the best drama's on TV that was on at that time, and I couldnt believe it ended. Set in a womens prison, it showed the lives of both the inmates and the officers, and each and every character was brilliant in their own, and I couldnt fault the acting, they made it seem so real. There were so many big storylines in this show, and every series had a big episode, like the one where on of the officers got stabbed, or when an imate blew the prision up in and escape attempt, they were all very dramatic.
Throughout the seven years that it was on our screens, the characters changed so often. You have th long timers who were in it from begining to end, such as the two Julies to new one's such as Pat Kerrigan and Buxton. Of course it wouldnt be a prison drama without the officers, many of who acted like cons. Jim Fenner had to be my favourite, and if anyone knew what he had done throughout the show, he would have been locked up himself, he was so cruel, but he did get his compupence in that he was murdered.
As a result of the show ending, I have had to buy the DVD boxset so that I can watch whenever I like. It was repeated briefly on channel 5 but it stopped after a couple of series's. Of course nothing like that could ever happen in a prison but it is a drama and a good one at that. I was so disappointed when it ended, it was a highlight to my Thursday, and was one of the best shows on TV, I miss it greatly. I wouldnt recommend it for children as there is extreme violence, drug use and of course swearing, so bare this in mind. A great exciting show.
Bad Girls is a prison drama series that ran on ITV between 1999 and 2006. It featured the fictional Larkill Women's Prison, and each week focused on the main inmates and wardens invovled with the prison.
The storylines were at times harrowing, and often bridged a numkber of episodes. As such, it is a hard drama to just watch a random episode of. There are those that have one storyline featuring all the way through, but the constant plots and character development throughout each series is lost on those who don't really watch it from the beginning.
I first started watching it when I borrowed the box set from a housemate, curled up one afternoon while ill at University (ill, not hungover!) and watched the best part of 10 episodes in one day! Although I found it entertaining, it was easy watching and the episodes didn't really vary each time and I didn't feel I had to concentrate too much to get the gist of what was going on.
Bad Girls has made stars of some of its cast, who have been praised for their performances and gone on to bigger things. Debra Stephenson is one such actress, who has gone on to have a solid role on Coronation Street before taking a break for a family. Similarly, some of the cast have chosen to remain with the show until it finished in 2006, and others have joined the show having already made their names elsewhere, such as Claire King of Emmerdale fame and Amanda Barrie, of Corrie fame.
Bad Girls is an entertaining show to watch, and it won't be long before repeats start appearing all over ITV2, 3, 4 and whatever other channels pop up. The acting is decent, and the props and sets are miles better than Prisoner Cell Block H! Give it a go. It's nothing special, but better than a lot of a lot of programs to have come our way over the past decade or so.
Bad Girls is a television drama that is set in a women's prison in the UK.
The show has been through several series (about six I think) and I do believe that they have finished filming it now.
Most of the cast are female, and include stars from other shows. Of course, the characters changed throughout the series, but long term and popular characters included Nikke Wade, Helen Stewart, Bodybag (one you loved to hate!), Shell Dockley, Denny and The Two Julies. One of the meanest characters was Jim Fenner.
My personal opinion is that the show was better in the first three series. I think that the characters were more believable, and that the storylines were fresher.
Also I think that in later series, they tried to introduce characters and expect us to connect with them, but without any knowledge of them, this was difficult.
The show is definitely adult viewing only (violence and sexual scenes) and was shown after the nine o clock watershed.
I enjoyed the show because I liked the characters and the drama.
If you have not seen any of the episodes, I would recommend starting with series one and watch from there, through at least until the end of series three.
Bad girls was an award winning drama, and definitely faced many taboos within society at the time, and actually to this day. It was aired in 1999-2006.
This in my opinion, was just a fantastic series. It basically revolved around a womens prison, and demonstrated a wide range of dramas that could well happen (although some of them were not so believable/realistic).
I personally think that the fact the series was set in a womens prison was an interesting choice, and definitely worked extremely well. We normally see mens violent actions within prison walls. But from the womens side of things, we saw both the physical and psychological torture that would occur within 'Larkill Prison'. The two combined together made very a very compelling mixture, which proved to be addictive to watch.
I think the most interesting thing to watch was the circumstances in which every girl had come from. They all had their own stories...Some were caught 'prostituting younger girls' whereas others for being wrongly accused. The clash of different characters was certainly a strong aspect, and really added alot of drama to the programme.
'Bad girls' dealt with alot of serious matters, and certainly covered a lot of controversial subjects. Miscarriages, riots, suicide, blackmail and sordid relationships between prisoners and officers were just a few of the story lines that took place within the somewhat rough prison.
The watchability factor was sky high, but i couldnt help but feel that the last episode was rushed for some strange reason. I remember watching a strange christmas episode, which had the 'ghost of fenner', which was just plain wierd and really seemed a little bit too unrealistic. Then there was a ghost of natalie, which was no better.
Shame about the ending, but i found the majority of the 8 episodes absolutely genius, and would recommend to all (over the age of 13).
What channel was it on?
What time was it aired and how long for?
9.00pm was the usual time, and each episode ran for around an hour.
All in all, i enjoyed watching this programme, it definitely had a more daring approach than many dramas we see today.
I loved this and it was so sad to see it end.
I loved all of the characters from as far as I can remember, with Deni and Michelle torturing Silvia and Bobby. I also loved the exciting scene when the suspected terrorist came in, and they thought she had crystal-math, which turned out to just be ligiones air deseise.
The newer characters bought some more excitement into it, such as Genine and Natalie. The officers also brought in excitement with there dodgy ways of work and the things they did.
I have now collected the set of DVD's of the prison drama, bad girls; and i find them great to watch.
This program doesn't really represent a real prison to what I've been told.
The ending to bad girls was terrible tho and was such a dissapointment
Also it is not for people who do not like violence, swearing, abuse and things like that, as it can get your mind going.
I absolutely love Bad Girls and have started collecting the box sets on DVD.
It is set in the fictional women's prison in Larkhall, and there really is some hard hitting drama, all sorts from drugs, sex, murder and also some funny parts too especially with the antics of the two "costa cons" who are always trying to make their own alchohol in prison or something just as crazy.
I think they made about 8 or 9 series, and as they went on, the story lines did seem to get a little more outrageous and far fetched, and Jim Fenner who is the baddy prisoner officer, got more and more evil, but he got what he deserves in the end!
Some of the characters come and go, and some are in it all the way through like the two Julies - best mates and cell mates and in prison for being prostitutes. You get to grow to like some of the characters,but some of them are just plain evil and you can't wait until they get what they deserve!
The last one that was made was a one of Christmas special, and I have to say that it was too over the top and not believeable in any way. It spoiled it a bit, as it didn't seem to run in line with the rest of the series. It was just plain silly.
Apart from that though, the rest of the series were very popular and had some real gripping drama. A little over the top maybe, but that's what makes a good watchable show.
Bad Girls was an ITV drama set in Larkhill Prison which was an all womens prison and the show focused on the lives of both the inmates and the prison officers.
Needless to say with a show set in a prison there was no shortage of bad characters however it did sem that most of these were actually the ones in the prison warders uniforms rather than the ones in prison garb, in particular the biggest and baddest of the lot was the character Jim Fenner played by Jack Ellis, he is manipulative and not adverse to taking advantage of his position to have sex with the inmates and also other guards. Most noticeable was his affair with inmate hell Dockley who is serving life and after the affair ends she sets out to get revenge on Fenner.
This show was really good in the early days but as the series wore on so the plots got ever stupider and more extreme until towards the end you just wondered if there were any non crimials in the jail at all as even the Govenor seemed involved in crime or abuse of some sort.
On the plus side it was quite engaging as a show and certainly managed to suck you in to be a regular viewer as so many story lines were running at any one time.
Bad girls was a brittish tv drama broadcast on itv1, i cant remember when it first started but it was on for quite a few years, it was produced by the same company as footballers wives which is why these two dramas were run at different times of the year to one another.
It was set in a fictional prison called larkhall, in g wing, there are a total of 8 series of bad girls i think and it was always on at 9pm but the day did change from year to year although it was mostly tuesdays and thursdays.
This drama was great, it always had me hooked right from the start, it covered all the things you would expect to happen in prison and a lot of things you couldnt even dream of happening.
Prisoners hung themselves, got pregnant by the screws, and even murdered.
Shell dockley (sorry i dont know her real name) went on to play frankie baldwin in coronation street which took a bit of getting used to after seeing evil shell
Jim fenner was one of the prison guards, god was he horrible, the inmates end up killing him.
If you havent seen this it is well worth watching, it can now be found on five life as they brought the rights to this and footballers wives off itv.
Be prepared for a roller coaster ride though, some of the story lines are just humorous and others are heart wrenching.
I'm not going to say how great the over all string of series were, we can all agree they were great, with brilliant story lines and excellent characters.
I want to talk about that last ever episode which aired at Christmas a couple of years ago. What on earth were the writers thinking?? It was a stupid way to end a series. They spent like 10 series (or some where near that number) writing these characters and building on them only to blow it all to pieces in the last episode.
I always loved Bad Girls for it's outrageous and unrealistic stories, but going the whole A Christmas Carol thing was just plain stupid. Buxton haunting Body Bag? Body Bag turning into Mother Theresa (or near enough)??? How stupid! Pat Kerrigan, a woman who has always hated anything to do with organised religion or churches because of her childhood, ended up dancing around an xmas tree? Yeah, OK.
I could rant on, but I'm sure you all remember it. I think it's ridiculous. I know I'm ranting on and after all this time it IS a bit sad. I even sound like comic book guy from the simpsons. But I'm sorry it was such a let down and I wish I could remove it from my memory lol.
Also, just an after thought, why didn't Yvonne Atkins haunt Body Bag?? Far more 'believable' than Buxton?? Really there should have been NO hauntings at all, but I think I covered that already lol.
The first few couple of series was thrilling entertainment, but if you have ever worked in one of these establishment you would laugh at the whole thing as its quite fake. But he last series has been quite entertaining and has lived up to its billing. The killing of that bitch and the escape from poor sid of eastenders when they were handcuffed and the pissed governir was quite funny along with sexy amanda donhue is gtreat late night viewing for the ladies and men.
I do think the first few series of bad girls was the best because the characters were amazing and they kicked the show off to a brilliant head start.
Bad girls is all about life behind bars for some of the weirdest and insanist women you have ever met it is also comical in a way. The inmates get up to all sorts from drug smuggling to killing fellow inmates and in one case a prison officer.
I have been enthralled by this latest series of bad girls which has left me anxiously awaiting the next episode!
With several new arrivals this series we have been treated to a wide variety of action, from fights to murders, even suicides, not to mention the nasty Fenner finally meeting has match! So if you havn;t been watching here's what has been happening...
New inmates- Two former friends are at loggerheads. Janine Nebeski is livid her partner-in-crime Arun Parmar confessed to their credit card scam
Fenner is out of jail and hes been re-instated into his old job and for the moment, it looks like nothing can out smart him
Arun walks straight into a violent trap set up by Janine and Natalie Buxton, who beat her up.
Outside the gates of Larkhall, press await the arrival of 18 year old Laura Canning, who's been convicted of stabbing her mother to death- who then commits suicide.
Natalie is keen to show new arrival, nun Sister Thomas that a habit is no protection from the evils of G-Wing
A new tough inmate Pat Kerrigan, arrives at Larkhall transferred from another prison. Pat has an ulterior motive and will stop at nothing to get what she came for
After stepping in to defend Arun it's not long before Pat is forced to face down Natalie to sort it out once and for all. Pat end victorious and has gained the respect of fellow inmates.
Di's marriage is now in meltdown as husband Jim cant believe shes taken Dylan from his mother...especially as she has no idea how to look after a baby!
Bev is quick to the rescue when Frank tries to rape Phyl and her daring action proves fruitful when they suddenly realise they are staring freedom in the face
Fenner is living on limited time- the whole of G-Wing want him dead. Even the screws have had enough of his evil, bullying ways...but who did the deed?