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Bad Girls

Bad Girls

ITV 1999

Step inside HMP Larkhall and meet the women of G-Wing, who've committed various offences that range from shoplifting to murder. Bad Girls shows what life is like for these women in the 'inside world' and also shows the real-life problems (and maybe behaviour!) of the officers who watch them!

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The 10 Worst Episodes of Bad Girls

Bad Girls - S4E15

#1 - Marriage of Inconvenience


Season 4 - Episode 15

Karen returned from her holidays to be met by Ritchie Atkins - She later told Yvonne about her relationship with her son, leaving Yvonne visibly annoyed. Neil's stag night turned out to be a dinner for two...for him and Jim - After slipping a drug into Jim's wine, Neil finally got what he wanted, much to Jim's disgust the following morning! Cassie and Roisin found out from the internet that Buki's son was disabled, causing Buki to start cutting herself again. The '3' Julies signed up for an education class but found that only Julie S was cut out for it. We finally learned about Snowball's dangerous plan - to plant a bomb on G-Wing to help her escape...!

The episode was rated #1 Worst episode of Bad Girls from 19 votes.

Bad Girls - S4E5

#2 - Only the Lonely


Season 4 - Episode 5

Tina was visibly distraught after discovering who murdered Virginia. Neil made himself more unpopular by banning the officers smoking and using the Gym. Yvonne had a catfight with Maxi and to her surprise, Tina joined in to help her! - is this the end of the Peckham Boot Gang? Denny and Shaz' tunnel plan took a possibly tragic twist when Buki found out and demanded to be a part of the operation...a tunnel collapse put her life in danger! Julie J's daughter Rhiannon showed up on G-Wing. Karen seemed to be getting close to Mark but Jim, for some reason, warned her off him. Sylvia's computer class was a disaster because of her less-than-basic skills and with the fact that pornography was found on the second-hand machines. Jim moved in with Neil but...shall we say...(as numerous hints suggested) why exactly did his wife divorce him...?!

The episode was rated #2 Worst episode of Bad Girls from 23 votes.

Bad Girls - S5E11

#3 - Episode Eleven


Season 5 - Episode 11

The fallout from Snowball's suicide begins, with both Jim and Karen finding themselves in a precarious position. Jim gives Tina a camera. Neil bribes Di with a wing-governor's job in order for her to keep the baby. Julie S returns from hospital and is eventually cheered up by the party that her friends have organised. Yvonne believes Colin, regarding the woman in his bed, and they kiss.. only to be captured on camera by Tina! Neil told Karen what we'd all been dreading... ""You're Sacked!""

The episode was rated #3 Worst episode of Bad Girls from 16 votes.

Bad Girls - S4E12

#4 - Appearances Sake


Season 4 - Episode 12

Sylvia's attempt to hide Maxi's corpse in the chapel is exposed when it rolls out of it's hiding place during a church service! Mark was offered a promotion at a prison in the North but didn't want to go because of Karen...until she told him that she didn't love him! Yvonne's estranged son, Ritchie, came to visit Yvonne but ended the day in Karen's newly empty bed! At Maxi's funeral, Tina was distraught when her father told her that he would never love her as much as Maxi! Tina later decided to transform herself into Julie O'Kane, with the 2 Julies' help. Sylvia was told that due to her horrendous mistakes, the wing governor post would be re-advertised. Babs told the vicar about the fight but was horrified when she learned that he had told Neil - because of this, Shaz was shipped out of Larkhall, never to be seen again...!

The episode was rated #4 Worst episode of Bad Girls from 18 votes.

Bad Girls - S3E14

#5 - Fronting Up


Season 3 - Episode 14

Jim began his 'after-hours job' collecting money from Virginia's brothels. Helen was determined to prove that Jim is unfit to work with female prisoners and was very happy when Yvonne told her about the job he was participating in for Virginia. After yet another arguement between Helen and Jim, Karen made it clear to Helen that she was on Jim's side. Di spread lies about Gina. Virginia, while alone in her cell, stood up to look in the mirror, proving that her disability was a lie. Shaz asked for a transfer to the lifers' unit to get away from Al, but Dr Waugh suggested an unorthodox way of boosting her self-esteem. Crystal received the date for her court appearance. Gina and Di came to blows over Mark, with tragic consequences. Helen and Dr Waugh went to the dog races together and later, at his flat, shared a kiss!

The episode was rated #5 Worst episode of Bad Girls from 25 votes.

Bad Girls - S3E9

#6 - Common Criminal


Season 3 - Episode 9

Aristocratic ‘it-girl' Charlotte Myddleton is sentenced to a year in Larkhall for drug offences - the other inmates don't react too kindly to the new Prada-clad prisoner, especially when she treats them like lepers! Josh began his new job as a PO but got a terrible shock when he saw Crystal, who was back at Larkhall after being set up by Shell! Di deliberately rigged a drugs test to get Crystal in trouble, hoping that Josh would leave her because of it. Buki leaked information to a newpaper about Charlotte talking drugs, which was true but wasn't detected due to Di swapping her results with Crystals! We saw Shell and Denny in sunny Spain, having fun on a boat - it's a long was from Larkhall but will they ever return?...

The episode was rated #6 Worst episode of Bad Girls from 23 votes.

Bad Girls - S3E13

#7 - Revolving Doors


Season 3 - Episode 13

Shaz was bullied again by Al. Di Barker had a sexual encounter in the toilets with Gina Rossi's boyfriend Mark. She lied perfectly to cover her tracks until the end of the episode, when she couldn't hide how hurt she was when Mark said that ""She meant nothing to him"" - A distraught Gina then told Mark she was pregnant! The Julies returned to G-Wing...and so did Virginia O'Kane! Josh continued to ignore Di. Virginia's disability proved a challenge for the officers. To Maxi and Al's disgust, Tina seemed to take a shine to Virginia. Jim, as corrupt as ever, offered to collect Virginia's brothel money for her...for a 50% share of course!...

The episode was rated #7 Worst episode of Bad Girls from 22 votes.

Bad Girls - S6E3

#8 - Series 6 - Episode 3


Season 6 - Episode 3

With Bev still on the hospital wing after her overdose, Frances is determined to crack down on the drug dealers, keeping Phyl under 24-hour surveillance until she confesses. Frances gets the handcuffs out for Colin Di gets closer to Jim, but his mind is still on Yvonne Atkins - is he going mad ?! Julie S decides that since she's on 'death row', she may as well take Fenner with her!... but only manages to slash his hand with a knife! Selena is still determined to get Kris out of prison, but things don't go as she planned. Frances announces drug tests for the whole prison. Fenner goes mad and...erm... flashes more than his keys!

The episode was rated #8 Worst episode of Bad Girls from 14 votes.

Bad Girls - S3E8

#9 - Uninvited Guests


Season 3 - Episode 8

Shell and Denny celebrated their freedom with a drugs and vodka binge...and Sylvia and Bobby Hollamby received a terrible visit from the pair, hell-bent on revenge! G-Wing was in chaos due to the escape and Jim Fenner a very worried man - especially when Shaz was brought back to Larkhall and questioned. Crystal was horrified to find Shell and Denny on her doorstep but agreed to let them stay the night - Shell, as vindictive as ever, repaid the favour in a way that would have disastrous consequences for Crystal's future. Simon Stubberfield was sacked as prison governor. Denny and Shell, armed with false passports, wigs and stolen cash, made their way to the airport but where were they going, and had left Larkhall behind forever?

The episode was rated #9 Worst episode of Bad Girls from 24 votes.

Bad Girls - S3E10

#10 - Chapel of Love


Season 3 - Episode 10

Crystal is on a hunger strike to protest about her drugs test results and, after a retest is proved right! - Josh then realises what Di did and prepares for a confronation! Jim was horrified to learn that Helen was the governing governor, replacing Simon Stubberfield! Helen officially appointed Dr Waugh as new prison doctor and seemed to get on really well with him. Josh and Crystal got 'married' in the prison chapel in a service conducted by Babs. Nikki received news that her appeal was being transferred to the high court, meaning she had a good chance of being successful. The Peckham Boot Gang made a noisy arrival at Larkhall but what wing will they be on?(!) After a heavy confronation with Josh about the drugs tests, Di took out her violent anger once again on her mother, and the next day after being called ""sick"" by Josh, spiralled out of control - after being taken home by Jim, she was horrified when he discovered her badly bruised, neglected mother in her house!

The episode was rated #10 Worst episode of Bad Girls from 23 votes.

Bad Girls - S3E16
#11 - Coming Out
Season 3 - Episode 16

On the day of Nikki's trial, Fenner tries one last time to jepordise her chances by trying to blackmail Di into putting a scalpel into Nikki's bag - luckily, Di refused as they left for court. Virginia O'Kane received a hostile reaction from all the girls except Tina Purvis, who was beaten up by her sister for being so sympathetic. Back at the courthouse, evidence has been given and the jury have their verdict - Nikki's sentence is reduced to three years for manslaughter...time she has already served so she is a free woman! As Di entered the bathrooms to check things are OK when she saw the lifeless body of Virginia - with Yvonne standing nearby...is she capable of murder or has Fenner set her up? In sunny Spain, we finally catch up with escapees Shell and Denny - the Spanish police have found them but we are left to wonder whether they survived after jumping into the sea to escape! In the final scene Nikki was in a club with Trish but no Helen - she walked sadly outside and heare

The episode was rated #1 Worst episode of Bad Girls from 22 votes.

Bad Girls - S4E3
#12 - Behind Closed Doors
Season 4 - Episode 3

As Jim continued to play power games over Maxi, he quickly realised that she will not be made a fool of, and more alarmingly that she killed Virginia! Shaz and Barbara tried to stop Di making a big mistake by ringing and cancelling the wedding - they succeeded! After being faced with a computer, computer-phobic Sylvia took credit for Barbara's work, prompting Neil to give her more. On the night of the failed wedding, Barry hit Di at her house; does she now see his true colours? Jim asked Yvonne to help him nail Maxi after being blackmailed by her over 'his' part in Virginia's death.

The episode was rated #2 Worst episode of Bad Girls from 22 votes.

#13 - Rough Justice
Season 2 - Episode 11

Renee was still causing trouble for the inmates by bullying them. Shaz and Denny lured Sylvia into their cell and then run out and slammed the door, locking her in. She then had to give them her keys to let her out - something that's strictly against the rules! Someone was seen crushing nuts and putting them in the pepper pot. Denny put some mouldy bread into Renee's orange juice. Renee used the spiked pepper and was seen choking and finaly, falling dead to the floor! Helen took the first lifers session. The police interview Shaz about the mouldy bread...she admitted it. After drinking on the job, Fenner left and went home. Renne's tests showed that she had died from an allergy so Shaz was off the hook. Karen demoted Sylvia to a basic officer and docked a months pay as a punishment for the keys incident. Yvonne was seen smirking in her cell - nice one Yvonne! Karen went to see Jim at home and he told her that Marilyn had left him and had taken the kids.

The episode was rated #3 Worst episode of Bad Girls from 21 votes.

#14 - Episode Eight
Season 5 - Episode 8

Yvonne attended Ritchie's funeral with Colin, who showed her support... but Colin showed less support when Jim 'found' drugs in Yvonne's possessions! Everyone's favourite Doctor, Dr. Nicholson, returned. Julie S found a lump in her breast which tests showed were cancerous! Neil and Di argued some more about their baby...especially when Neil told her to get out of his house!

The episode was rated #4 Worst episode of Bad Girls from 25 votes.

#15 - Facing Up
Season 2 - Episode 12

Nikki confronted Helen about her night out with Dominic. Karen explained that Sylvia and Jim are off work and also explained about Jim's situation to the other staff. Jim later turned up for work, much to Di and Karen's surprise. Helen had a meeting with Shaz to see how she's coping but Shaz was very flippant about the murders that she had committed – because of this, Helen had the idea of making her meet the family of one of the people she had killed. Dominic assured Di that there was nothing going on between him and Helen. Jim refused to help Di when the inmates started refusing to go into their cells, much to Di's annoyance. Dominic went round to Helen's flat and heard a phone call between her and Nikki – he promised not to say anything. Nikki had heard Dominic's voice at Helen's so it further backed up her theory that Helen was seeing him! Jim apologised to Di for his earlier behaviour. After the meeting with Mrs Foster (The widow of one of the people she had killed), Shaz finally

The episode was rated #5 Worst episode of Bad Girls from 26 votes.

Bad Girls - S2E10
#16 - Family Plan
Season 2 - Episode 10

Denny and new inmate Shaz seemed to be getting on very well. The 2 Julies hatched a hilarious, madcap plan to get pregnant. Karen wanted to know exactly who it was who broke Shell's arm, no-one, including Shell herself, grassed on Babs. Julie J had the idea of inviting the man, John, who she spoke to through 'Babes Behind Bars' to visit her...then she...er...relieved him under the table! He got very annoyed though when Julie dropped the yoghurt pot, in which she was collecting the sperm!!!!! Hardnut, Renee Williams arrived - she obviously knew Yvonne and they seemed like bitter enemies. Denny and Shaz somehow escaped from their cell after lock up and vandalised the toilets. no-one knew that it was them. Shell seemed jealous of the time Denny was now spending with Shaz. The rig was up for 'Babes behind Bars' after a phone was found! Renee tells Yvonne that she had had an affair with 'Her Chalie' - Yvonne obviously didn't beleive her until she mentioned a scar that he had in a very priva

The episode was rated #6 Worst episode of Bad Girls from 21 votes.

Bad Girls - S4E2
#17 - Unholy Alliances
Season 4 - Episode 2

Yvonne's escape bid was foiled by Jim, Karen and PO Blakeson so she spent the week down the block. New PO Barry Pearce arrives on G-Wing, along with new Governor Neil Grayling, who seems to have big ideas for Larkhall...ones that dont involve Karen! Barry caught Di's eye and made such an impression that she asked him to move in with her. Karen tore up Helen Stewart's sexual harassment report against Jim. Sylvia was put in charge of the newly privatised canteen and got off to a bad start by selling out-of-date items. Neil demoted Karen to uniform and promoted Jim to the Wing-governor position! Shaz and PO Blakeson were on the receiving end of Barry's violent temper - are we seeing his true colours?

The episode was rated #7 Worst episode of Bad Girls from 22 votes.

Bad Girls - S1E2
#18 - Drug Wars
Season 1 - Episode 2

Monica Lindsay and Zandra Plackett arrived at Larkhall. We learned later that Monica has a 30 year old son, Spencer, who has down's syndrome. Helen Stewart took a stand against drugs and formed the Dedicated Search Team (DST). Shell forced Rachel to write to the DST naming Nikki - the DST then raided Nikki's cell but obviously found nothing. Denny took an instant dislike to Zandra, saying that she owed her drugs from the last time she was at Larkhall. Shell, once again, verbally abused Rachel.

The episode was rated #8 Worst episode of Bad Girls from 37 votes.

Bad Girls - S3E15
#19 - Cat & Mouse
Season 3 - Episode 15

Josh received a surprise package from Denny that could prove Crystal's innocence. Jim told Nikki that Helen is now seeing Dr Waugh - Something Helen didn't deny! Virginia's disability was publically outed as a scam by Al. Helen continued to lie in wait for Jim at Virginia's brothels - she finally found him and told him she wanted his resignation letter or she would tell Karen and area. Jim blackmails Di into helping him find evidence about Helen's relationship with Nikki and is overjoyed when he finds in Babs' diary about Nikki's escape. Defeated by this new evidence, Helen has no ammo against Jim and is blackmailed by him to resign. Crystal was found guilty because Karen gave her a bad character statement - this was because Sylvia's stolen clock (remember that?) was found and returned to Karen!

The episode was rated #9 Worst episode of Bad Girls from 27 votes.

Bad Girls - S6E2
#20 - Series 6 - Episode 2
Season 6 - Episode 2

G Wing say a final farewell to Yvonne while Jim gets another shock when Lauran turns up on his doorstep asking questions. Tanya makes Sylvia an offer she can't refuse & Neil gets offered a new job from an unexpected source. A full-scale investigation is launched into Yvonne's death, and while Jim finds it hard not to crack, Colin appears to be the prime suspect. The wing is shocked by Yvonne's death, but Julie J has a bigger shock in store. The new wing governor introduces herself to G Wing, giving the women yet another surprise. New inmate Darlene is quickly befriended by Phyl, who is interested in her drug stash.

The episode was rated #10 Worst episode of Bad Girls from 15 votes.

Last updated: jan 29, 2021



Totally underrated series about female prisoners - OITNB and Wentworth eat your heart out. Helen Stewart and Nikki Wade's storyline was a joy to watch.. and I guess ahead of its time!

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