Bad Girls (TV series)

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Bad Girls
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Also known as Bakom Järngaller (Sweden)
Les condamnées (France)
Pahad tüdrukud (Estonia)
Jail Birds (UK working title)
Created by Maureen Chadwick
Ann McManus
Starring
Country of origin United Kingdom
No. of series 8
No. of episodes 107 (List of episodes)
Production
Executive producer(s) Brian Park
Producer(s) Brian Park
Claire Phillips
David Crean
Cameron Roach
Rachel Snell
Sharon Houlihan
Running time 60–90 Minutes
Production company(s) Shed Productions
Broadcast
Original channel ITV
Picture format 16:9 (576i SDTV)
Original run 1 June 1999 (1999-06-01) – 20 December 2006 (2006-12-20)
Chronology
Related shows Footballers' Wives (2002–2006)
Bad Girls: The Musical (2006–2007)
External links
Website

Bad Girls is a British television drama series that was broadcast on ITV from 1 June 1999 to 20 December 2006 and starred Simone Lahbib (Helen Stewart), Mandana Jones (Nikki Wade), Debra Stephenson (Shell Dockley), Linda Henry (Yvonne Atkins), Jack Ellis (Jim Fenner), Helen Fraser (Sylvia Hollamby), and many more throughout the eight-year run. The series was broadcast in 17 countries and was produced by Shed Productions, the company that later produced Footballers' Wives and Waterloo Road. It is set in the fictional women's prison of Larkhall, and features a mixture of serious and light storylines focusing on the prisoners and staff of G Wing. From 2010-2014, the UK broadcast rights were held by CBS Drama.

Series[edit]

The first series of Bad Girls was shown on ITV in 1999, lasting 10 episodes. There have been eight series in total, ranging from 10 to 16 episodes. Christmas specials were produced in 2005 and 2006 and are now established as the final episodes of Series 7 and Series 8, respectively. All series have been shown on ITV, at 9 pm, on varying days but primarily Tuesdays and Thursdays. The 100th episode, part of Series 8, was shown on Thursday 3 August 2006 at 9 pm.

ITV axed Bad Girls after Series 8 and the 2006 Christmas Special was the final episode.

Shed closed a deal with US channel FX, for them to create their own version of Bad Girls. On 27 May 2008 it was announced that Alan Ball, executive producer of Six Feet Under would adapt Bad Girls for an American audience. A pilot script is to be penned by Nancy Oliver and Raelle Tucker for HBO with Ball as executive producer.[1] Film and TV actress Michelle Rodriguez has signed on with the series. It has been revealed that the American version will remake the UK version, featuring the same storylines and characters.[2]

The UK Digital channel CBS Drama began showing re-runs of the series from October 2010 to February 2011 broadcasting all the episodes of series 1 through to 7; however, for licensing reasons, series 8 could not be broadcast by the channel until July 2011, after which, ITV's contracted broadcast rights of Bad Girls expired. After a re-run of series 1–7 from 7 March 2011,[3] series 8 was finally aired. A popular staple of the channel's schedule, as of August 2012, CBS Drama are once again re-running the entire series. On 21 September 2012, Series 3 was being aired. The channel began running the series again from the beginning on 5 July 2013 in a new 12.10 am time slot. As of July 2014, CBS Drama announced, via their Facebook page, that they no longer have the rights to show Bad Girls.

Sets[edit]

An exterior shot of Oxford Prison, used in Bad Girls (Series 1–3)

HM Prison Oxford was used for the exterior shots that featured in Series 1–3, and for the interior shots, the set was a replica of the prison's real wing set-up. For series 4–8, a replica exterior set of the prison was constructed, built to look similar to HM Prison Oxford, because the prison had been redeveloped into a hotel complex.

Location of HMP Prison Oxford

Setting[edit]

The exact location of the fictional HMP Larkhall was never revealed, although in Series One, Episode Four it was mentioned to be 'not far' from Clapham. There were several other references through the series that eluded to it being in the South London region, but no specific location was given. Several districts of the London area were referenced throughout the series run, these include: Peckham, Clapham, Acton, Catford, Streatham, Sydenham, Tooting, Stratford, Balham, and Bethnal Green.

Cast[edit]

Main Cast[edit]

Character Portrayed by Series
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8
Helen Stewart Simone Lahbib
Nikki Wade Mandana Jones
Shell Dockley Debra Stephenson
Jim Fenner Jack Ellis
Denny Blood Alicya Eyo
Rachel Hicks Joanne Froggatt
Lorna Rose Luisa Bradshaw-White
Dominic McAllister Joe Shaw
Sylvia Hollamby Helen Fraser
Julie Johnston Kika Mirylees
Julie Saunders Victoria Alcock
Zandra Plackett Lara Cazalet
Monica Lindsay Jane Lowe
Crystal Gordon Sharon Duncan-Brewster
Yvonne Atkins Linda Henry
Karen Betts Claire King
Josh Mitchell Nathan Constance
Di Barker Tracey Wilkinson
Malcolm Nicholson Philip McGough
Barbara "Babs" Hunt Isabelle Amyes
Shaz Wiley Lindsey Fawcett
Gina Rossi Lisa Turner
Mark Waddle Paul Opacic
Buki Lester Kim Oliver
Maxi Purvis Kerry Norton
Tina O'Kane Victoria Bush
Al McKenzie Pauline Campbell
Neil Grayling James Gaddas
Cassie Tyler Kellie Bright
Roisin Connor Siobhan McCarthy
Snowball Merriman Nicole Faraday
Colin Hedges Tristan Sturrock
Phyl Oswyn Stephanie Beacham
Bev Tull Amanda Barrie
Kris Yates Jennifer Ness
Selena Geeson Charlotte Lucas
Frances Myers Eva Pope
Natalie Buxton Dannielle Brent
Darlene Cake Antonia Okonma
Janine Nebeski Nicola Stapleton
Arun Parmar Rebecca Hazlewood
Kevin Spiers Andrew Scarborough
Pat Kerrigan Liz May Brice
Sheena Williams Laura Rogers
Joy Masterton Ellie Haddington
Lou Stoke Amanda Donohoe
Donny Kimber Sid Owen
Rowan Dunlop Colin Salmon
Mandy Goodhue Angela Bruce
Key:
     Main
     Recurring
     Guest
     No appearance

Recurring and guest cast[edit]

Character Portrayed by Duration
Simon Stubberfield Roland Oliver Series 1–3
Sean Parr Oliver Fox Series 1
Spencer Lindsey Timmy Lang Series 1
Trisha Victoria Pritchard Series 1 & 3
Robin Dunstan Gideon Turner Series 1–2
Jessie Devlin Denise Black Series 1–2
Marilyn Fenner Kim Taylforth Series 2–3
Charlie Atkins Ivan Kaye Series 2–3
Lauren Atkins Danielle King Series 2–3 & 5
Rhiannon Dawson Jade Williams Series 2 & 4
"Mad" Tessa Spall Helen Schlesinger Series 2–3
Renee Williams Alison Newman Series 2
Bobby Hollamby Geoffrey Hutchings Series 2–3 & 5
"Podger" Pam Jolly Wendi Peters Series 3
Dr. Thomas Waugh Michael Higgs Series 3
David Saunders Steven Webb Series 3 & 8
Charlotte Myddleton Kate Steavenson-Payne Series 3
Caroline Lewis Helen Grace Series 3
Virginia O'Kane Kate O'Mara Series 3
Noreen Biggs Maria Charles Series 4–5
Spike Sarah Hadland Series 4
Ritchie Atkins Alex King Series 4–5
Tony Verrall Jamie King Series 5
Milly Yates Holly Palmer Series 5–6
Ben Phillips/Hennessy Richard Mylan Series 6–7
Tanya Turner Zöe Lucker Series 6
Vicky Floyd Orlessa Altass Series 7
Laura Canning Francesca Fowler Series 7
Frank Paul Henry Series 7
Bobby Darren Hollamby Louis Waymouth Series 7–8
Christie Mackay Gaynor Howe Series 7
Miranda Miles Nicola Redmond Series 7
Emira Al Jahani Laura Dos Santos Series 8
Angela Robbins Annette Badland Series 8
Vicky Stoke Melanie Cameron Series 8

Episodes[edit]

Series 1 (1999)[edit]

From the beginning, Bad Girls dealt with controversial subject matter. Early episodes of the first series included particularly shocking moments such as a pregnant prisoner miscarrying in her cell, Zandra Plackett (Lara Cazalet) being viciously strip-searched by fellow inmates for concealed drugs, and Rachel Hicks (Joanne Froggatt) committing suicide due to being bullied. The central story arc of the first three series revolved around the developing romantic relationship between Nikki Wade (Mandana Jones), a prisoner serving a life sentence for the murder of a policeman who attempted to rape her girlfriend, and Helen Stewart (Simone Lahbib), the Wing Governor who spent much of series one engaged to her boyfriend. Furthermore, the script, unwilling to compromise the realism of the programme, contained much strong language (for example, the reference to Nikki Wade as a "rug-muncher" and Denny Blood's (Alicya Eyo) gloating over the likelihood of Rachel Hicks having "singed her minge"). Other storylines to feature prominently in series one included the pregnancy of a young drug addict Zandra, the appeal of wrongly-imprisoned Monica Lindsay (Jane Lowe) (frequently referred to as "posh bitch" by other characters) and the illicit relationship between Jim Fenner (Jack Ellis), the male senior officer and Shell Dockley (Debra Stephenson), the resident bully and drug dealer, serving life for murder. Series 1 was produced by Brian Park.

Series 2 (2000)[edit]

Nikki and Helen's relationship deepens with Helen resigning from the Wing Governor's post and working as a new liaison officer for prisoners sentenced to life imprisonment, encouraging Nikki to continue her education and appeal against her sentence. Shell's background was examined in some detail, with harrowing scenes describing childhood abuse. Zandra's tragic story finally comes to a close when she dies from a brain tumour. For light relief, Yvonne Atkins (Linda Henry), the gangster's moll, set up "Babes Behind Bars", a sex-hotline staffed by the prisoners with smuggled in mobile phones, playing such characters as "Whiplash Wanda", "Saucy Sonia" and "Vicky the virgin bride". Series two ended on a double cliffhanger, with Nikki escaping from Larkhall to be with Helen, leaving Helen to agonise over whether to contact the police, and Shell luring Fenner to her cell for sex, where she reaches under her bed for a broken bottle. Series 2 was produced by Brian Park.

Series 3 (2001)[edit]

Series 3 picks up where Series 2 left off. Fenner and Shell are in bed together and Nikki, dressed in a nurse's uniform, is at Helen's house after escaping. Shell stabs Fenner with a broken bottle that she had brought back from Sylvia Hollamby's (Helen Fraser) party, with Fenner bleeding to death, Shell is in demand and soon finds herself back on top as Top Dog. New officer, the flirtatious and vivacious Gina Rossi arrives on G-Wing and soon locks horns with several inmates and staff alike. Young crack addicted prostitute, Buki Lester (Kim Oliver), arrives and lands Denny in danger when a piercing goes wrong. Nikki also suffers from heartbreak when her on and off relationship with Helen comes to an end, while she is staring her appeal in the face.

The third series saw a high turnover of short-term characters and storylines, but also chronicled the spectacular escape of Shell and Denny to the Costa Del Sol in Spain getting revenge on Sylvia and her husband along the way; Yvonne's Top Dog status being challenged by Maxi Purvis (Kerry Norton), the head of the "Peckham Boot Gang"; prison officer Di Barker's (Tracey Wilkinson) struggles as a home carer for her disabled mother and an upbeat finale of Helen and Nikki finally committing to their relationship when Nikki's appeal is successful and she is released from prison. Series 3 was produced by Brian Park.

Note: Series 3 was the first series to use the opening titles which remained the same until Series 8.

Series 4 (2002)[edit]

Following on from one of the several cliffhangers from series three, Yvonne in the frame for Virginia O'Kane's (Kate O'Mara) murder there is a game of cat and mouse between her and Fenner while the real culprits continue their reign over G-Wing. But it's not long before Yvonne is ruling the roost again, when Denny returns in the nick of time and aids Yvonne is her bid to prove her innocence. She arrives with Roisin Connor and Cassie Tyler, imprisoned for fraud and in a lesbian relationship complicated not only by their being behind bars, but by Roisin's being a married mother-of-two. The stress of G-Wing mounts for Karen Betts (Claire King), especially when she and Fenner split, but the stress is no longer her problem when she is demoted to basic officer and he is promoted to Wing Governor by Neil Grayling (James Gaddas), the new Governing Governor of Larkhall, who developed an attraction to Fenner. The series tackled domestic violence within the relationship of Di and Barry Pearce and teenage junkie Buki's battle for the right to see her disabled son, Lennox. The bitter hatred between Maxi and Shaz Wiley (Lindsey Fawcett) grows and ends in tragedy following a brutal fight. Crystal Gordon (Sharon Duncan Brewster) gives birth in the four bed dorm to a daughter but soon loses her faith in religion when another baby in the prison dies. Rhiannon Dawson, Julie Johnston's (Kika Mirylees) daughter arrives on the wing and the Julies are soon facing an additional sentence when the truth about Rhiannon's relationship with her boyfriend, Damion, is revealed. Yvonne and Karen find themselves at war when Yvonne's son, Ritchie, is revealed to be having a relationship with Karen. This is later revealed as a decoy, as his real girlfriend is new devious inmate, Snowball Merriman (Nicole Faraday), whom Ritchie is helping to escape from Larkhall. The fourth series ended with the prison library being obliterated as part of an escape plan by Snowball, resulting in a fire that left several inmates trapped and fighting for their lives.

Series 4 was produced by Claire Phillips.

Series 5 (2003)[edit]

Popular long-time character Yvonne Atkins is left to die after Jim Fenner locks her in the old hanging cell (Series 5)

The fifth series of Bad Girls saw the brief return of a recaptured and pregnant Shell to G-Wing. Fenner pimps Shell by offering her money to give the male officers a handjob. After the baby's birth, a screw tries to force her to have sex, when she violently refuses, Fenner makes it seem as if she tried to smother her baby. Shell is carted of to a mental home and her baby is taken into care. The "Costa Cons", Bev Tull (Amanda Barrie) and Phyl Oswyn (Stephanie Beacham) arrive. There is good news for Denny, who is transferred to an open prison. The ongoing feud between Fenner and Wing Governor Karen reaches its climax as Fenner ruthlessly frames Karen for a hit-and-run accident in which a man dies. Julie Saunders is diagnosed with breast cancer and takes the decision to take her chances without chemotherapy treatment. Babs Hunt (Isabelle Amyes) marries the former prison chaplain, Henry Mills – bad news for Sylvia, who had set her sights on Henry after she was widowed when her husband committed suicide. New prison officer Selena Geeson (Charlotte Lucas) and new inmate Kris Yates (Jennifer Ness) are in a relationship. Kris is taking the rap for killing her abusive father in order to spare her younger sister, the real culprit. Fenner's nefarious ways continue when he kills Yvonne as she tries to escape Larkhall, by ensuring that she will be trapped in the "hanging cell", a small room beneath the main prison that is blocked off from the outside world. Series 5 was produced by David Crean.

Series 6 (2004)[edit]

Tanya Turner crosses over from sister show Footballers' Wives to endure a short stay at Larkhall (Series 6)

With G-Wing thinking their ex top dog has escaped HMP Larkhall Kris finds Yvonne's corpse after she tries to follow the same way out. But as it is all blocked off she tells Selena who she found. Selena then tells Neil she found Yvonne. Yvonne's death shocks G-Wing. In her absence, Phyl is G-Wing Top Dog for a short time before being stopped in her tracks by new Wing Governor Frances Myers (Eva Pope).

Frances soon begins a feud with new inmate Natalie Buxton (Dannielle Brent), in prison for organising a prostitution ring using underage girls. The other girls are disgusted with Natalie and Al McKenzie (Pauline Campbell) plans to beat her up, but Natalie turns the tables and beats Al up. Natalie soon makes the other girls believe she is innocent.

The series features a crossover with Shed Productions' other hit series, Footballers' Wives, with the glamorous character of Tanya Turner (Zöe Lucker) enduring a spell on G-Wing for three special episodes that aired over consecutive nights in May 2004. Later Tanya is soon released, after striking a deal with Frances. During her time on G-Wing, Tanya was accused of poisoning her fellow inmates with rhubarb, with Al dying from her illness, however it was soon uncovered that Bev and Phyl were actually responsible.

Kris' sister, Milly, commits suicide after Selena puts her under pressure to confess to her father's killing (in self-defence) in order to free her sister. Kris and Selena split and Kris sleeps with Natalie but the couple are reconciled and the series ends with the cliffhanger of Kris and Selena protesting in London about the injustice of Kris being behind bars.

Fenner marries Neil's ex-wife Di. As Neil and Karen are sure Fenner has something to do with the hit and run Karen was accused of, they hire a private investigator to prove Karen's innocence. Fenner is proven to have been the person who was running away from where Karen's car was dumped that night. Fenner is later arrested on his and Di's wedding day. Series 6 was produced by Cameron Roach.

Series 7 (2005)[edit]

This series does not follow up on the Series 6 cliffhanger and Kris and Selena neither feature nor are mentioned in this series. Series 7 sees a big cast upheaval with original officer Fenner leaving along with two other long standing characters, Di and Dr. Malcolm Nicholson.

Di, now Fenner's wife, lies to ensure he is released from prison and Fenner returns, not only to G-Wing, but as Wing Governor. When Bev and Phyl escape to Spain, Neil is demoted to Wing Governor and Fenner promoted to Governing Governor. Before Fenner can start his new job, he is murdered in the "hanging cell" during a memorial service for Yvonne Atkins. The police have a host of suspects to choose from, including new bisexual lifer, Pat Kerrigan (Liz May Brice), a woman who is in jail for murdering her abusive boyfriend and is a recent transfer from Alberton prison. Pat had already managed to develop a feud with Fenner over his treatment of Sheena Williams (Laura Rogers) and her son, Dylan. The increasingly mentally unstable Julie J later reveals that she committed the crime to exact vengeance against Fenner for all his past crimes, in particular, the death of Yvonne. However, it is Fenner's widow Di who is arrested, charged and remanded in custody for the offence. New Governing Governor Joy Masterton (Ellie Haddington) arrives and indicates she will instigate a tough regime at Larkhall.

Meanwhile, Natalie has taken over as G-Wing's new Top Dog. When Natalie and the other inmates find out that new inmate Arun Parmar (Rebecca Hazlewood) is a transsexual, Natalie makes her life hell until Pat, annoyed by Natalie's bullying of Arun, beats her in a fight and demands she leave Arun alone. Pat develops a romance with recovering drug addict and single mother Sheena before managing to expose Natalie, despite her denials to the contrary, as having been involved in the prostitution of underage girls. Series 7 was produced by Rachel Snell.

Rivals Pat Kerrigan and Natalie Buxton in their final battle, resulting in Natalie's death (Series 8)

Series 8 (2006)[edit]

The series begins with the arrival of Emira Al Jahani (Laura Dos Santos), a Muslim whose husband is a suspected terrorist. When Neil and ner prisoner Ashley Wilcox (Sandra De Sousa) die and other prisoners fall ill, Emira is accused of biological terrorism. However, it is later established that Neil has died of a previously undiscovered heart condition and the sickness on the wing has been caused by an outbreak of Legionnaire's Disease caused by a faulty air-conditioning unit. New G-Wing Governor Lou Stoke (Amanda Donohoe) develops a romance with the prison doctor Rowan Dunlop (Colin Salmon), not knowing he is married; she also tries to find her missing sister. Meanwhile, Pat is sickened by Natalie's use of a child in smuggling drugs into the prison and plans to get rid of her for good. Pat devises a plan in which she will trick Natalie into trying to escape, but Natalie realises she is being tricked and a fight ensues, which ends when Pat hits Natalie over the head with a rock. With the help of the two Julies, Pat disposes of Natalie's body in the sewers beneath the prison, making it seem as if Natalie has indeed escaped from Larkhall. Inmate Janine Nebeski (Nicola Stapleton) and new prison officer Donny Kimber (Sid Owen) embark on a romance which leaves her pregnant. With help from Bev, Phyl and Tina O'Kane (Victoria Bush), Janine gives birth in her cell and names the baby after Bev. Long-term inmate Tina is released for the second time but, as before, she struggles to adapt to life in the outside world and commits another crime. She takes a bank hostage with a toy gun where a man suffers a heart attack; she is re-imprisoned again. Joy's long-lost daughter Stella Gough (Helen Modern) turns up as an inmate at the prison, but is shipped out after taking her mother hostage. Darlene Cake (Antonia Okonma) is tricked into killing new inmate Catherine Earlham's husband and tries to commit suicide, but is saved by Donny. Natalie's spirit returns in the last episode to haunt Sylvia and teach her the error of her ways. Series 8 was produced by Sharon Houlihan.

Broadcast history[edit]

  • Series 1: Tuesday 9 pm - 10 pm (1 June–3 August 1999)
  • Series 2: Tuesday 9 pm - 10 pm (4 April–4 July 2000)
  • Series 3:
    • Episode 1: Tuesday 9 pm - 10:10 pm (20 March 2001)
    • Episodes 2–16: Tuesday 9 pm - 10 pm (27 March–3 July 2001)
  • Series 4: Thursday 9 pm - 10 pm (28 February–13 June 2002)
  • Series 5: Thursday 9 pm - 10 pm (8 May–21 August 2003)
  • Series 6:
    • Episode 1: Wednesday 9 pm - 10:30 pm (14 April 2004)
    • Episodes 2–4: Wednesday 9 pm - 10 pm (21 April–5 May 2004)
    • Episodes 5–6: Monday 9 pm - 10 pm (10 May–17 May 2004)
    • Episode 7: Tuesday 9 pm - 10 pm (18 May 2004)
    • Episode 8: Wednesday 9 pm - 10 pm (19 May 2004)
    • Episodes 9–11: Monday 9 pm - 10 pm (2 August–16 August 2004)
    • Episode 12: Monday 9pm - 10:30 pm (23 August 2004)
  • Series 7:
    • Episode 1 Tuesday 9 pm - 10:30 pm (10 May 2005)
    • Episodes 2–8: Tuesday 9 pm - 10 pm (17 May–28 June 2005)
    • Episodes 9–12: Tuesday 9 pm - 10:30 pm (5 July–26 July 2005)
    • Episode 13: Monday 9 pm - 10:30 pm (19 December 2005)
  • Series 8:
    • Episodes 1–10: Tuesday 9 pm - 10 pm (13 July–14 September 2006)
    • Episode 11: Wednesday 9 pm - 10 pm (20 December 2006)

Reception[edit]

Early reviews of the series were generally positive. The Daily Telegraph stated that the series is "One of the biggest television drama hits of recent years" and that it was "Almost embarrassingly gripping", while The Observer said that it is a "Jewel in the Crown of prime time ITV" and that "Network executives must be thankful they have a rare, if unexpected success in Bad Girls." They also said that it is "Less cosy than other dramas... no sick animals or people are healed." DVD Monthly reviewed the series and cited that "Bad Girls is a brilliant drama about life in a ladies prison. It's gritty, well written and fully merits the phrase 'hard hitting'" and that it "Makes compulsive viewing and does so with a level of intelligence and honesty".

It currently hold a rating of 8.1/10 at the IMDb and a rating of 8.3/10 at TV.com.

Bad Girls: The Musical[edit]

A musical comedy adaptation, based on the characters and storylines of series 1, including the events of the death of inmate, Rachel Hicks, and the relationship between Wing Governor Helen Stewart and lifer, Nikki Wade. The musical originates with the same creative staff which worked on the television program. Maureen Chadwick and Ann McManus, of Shed Productions, are the book writers of the musical, and Kath Gotts, composer for Bad Girls series 2 – 4, is the composer-lyricist. The first full production of the musical premiered at the West Yorkshire Playhouse in May – June 2006. A West End production began a run at the Garrick Theatre in August 2007, closing in November 2007 (four months earlier than intended). A DVD version of the musical has since been released. A national tour of Bad Girls The Musical has been ruled out.

American version[edit]

HBO is developing a U.S. remake, with the same characters and same storylines. Shed Productions has been involved in talks since as early as 2002 regarding a US version of Bad Girls. In 2006 it was announced that FX would be bringing an American version of Bad Girls to US screens, but Shed subsequently vetoed FX's original pilot script after the show was given a "really gritty and unpleasant" feel like that of Oz.[4]

In 2008, Eileen Gallagher, CEO of Shed Productions’ parent company Shed Media, announced that HBO bought the rights to the show from FX. HBO's version of Bad Girls is being developed with creative input from Six Feet Under writer Alan Ball, and it will be written by Nancy Oliver and Raelle Tucker. According to Gallagher, the HBO team will be sticking very closely to the characters and story lines from the original show.[5]

In February 2012, it was confirmed that NBC would be developing an American remake version of Bad Girls. The pilot episode is expected to be aired in either 2014 or 2015.[6]

Bad Girls around the world[edit]

Country Broadcaster Series shown
 Australia Seven Network Series 1–3. (No plans to show Series 4–8)
UK.TV Series 1–4. (No plans to show Series 5–8)
 Belgium vtm Series 1–4
 Bosnia and Herzegovina TVSA Series 1–8
NTV Amna
 Canada OUTtv
 Estonia Kanal 2
 Finland Nelonen
 France NT1 Series 1–7
AB1 Series 1–6
 Ireland TV3 Series 1–8
 Luxembourg RTL9 Series 1–7
 Montenegro TV Vijesti Series 1–8
 New Zealand TV ONE
 Serbia Košava Series 1–4
 Sweden TV4 (Sweden) Series 1–2
 South Africa M-NET Series 1–8
 Georgia rustavi 2
 UK ITV
ITV2
ITV3 Series 1–3
Five Life Series 4
CBS Drama Series 1–8 (No longer viewing)
 USA BBC America Series 1 and 10 episodes of Series 2
LOGO Series 1–8

Home Media[edit]

United Kingdom[edit]

Contender & 2entertain releases:

Bad Girls was originally released in the United Kingdom on VHS format by home entertainment group, Contender. The first series consisted of three volumes, which began releasing on 5 June 2000 to coincide with series two's television airings. Series two, three and four all consisted of four volumes. In addition to this, they all received complete boxsets. Series five was the final series to be released on VHS, which again consisted of four volumes, and later as a complete boxset.[7] Several of the VHS sets did contain special features.

On 18 June 2001, Contender began releasing Bad Girls on DVD format for the first time. Series one was released in a four disc DVD set, comprising all ten episodes and a number of special features including the Documentary, Bad Girls in Oxford, Cast Interviews with Simone Lahbib, Mandana Jones, Debra Stephenson, Jack Ellis, Alicya Eyo, Victoria Alcock and Kika Mirylees, an Outtakes reel, a Fan Featurette, Bad Girls Book Signing, a Photo Library and a Commentary Track on Episode 10.

Series two was released on 1 October 2001, with all 13 episodes on a four disc set and special features including two photo galleries; a Behind the Scenes gallery and pictures from The National TV Awards, the Documentary, Bad Girls in South Africa, with Simone Lahbib, Mandana Jones, Lara Cazalet and Joe Shaw, Deleted Scenes and Cast and Producer Biographies.

Series three was released on 25 March 2002, consisting of a 16 episodes over 4 discs, and a fifth disc containing several special features; an Interactive Map of Larkhall Prison, an Outtakes reel, and a "Prison File" which contains Behind the Scenes footage, Subsidiary Character Profiles (guest characters) and Cast Interviews with Sharon Duncan Brewster, Victoria Bush, Pauline Campbell, Jack Ellis, Claire King, Simone Lahbib, Nathan Constance, Helen Fraser, Lara Cazalet, Kika Mirylees, Lindsey Fawcett, Mandana Jones, Tracey Wilkinson and Linda Henry. In addition to this, an audio CD was included as a sixth disc containing the soundtrack (incidental music) of the series.

The first three series from Contender were not released in their original formats. Each contained the cropped 4:3 full frame versions, transferred from the VHS formats, and not their original 16:9 (1.78:1) formats, from which they were produced. Additionally, all three series had their recaps at the start of each episodes removed, which the exception of the first and fifth episodes of series three, which did contain recaps, also, the "Next Time on Bad Girls" scenes were removed from series three (they were not produced for the first and second series).

Series four was the final series to be released by Contender as home entertainment company 2entertain acquired the rights to release further series. Series four was released on 9 June 2003 and contained all 16 episodes on four discs, and for the first time remained unedited, unlike the previous series; it contained its original 16:9 format and the recaps and "Next Time on Bad Girls" scenes remained intact. A fifth disc contained the special features which included, Series One: Feature Length Version, an Outtakes reel, Tour of the New Exterior Set – hosted by Jack Ellis, an International Promo Trailer, Fan Event with Simone and Mandana, Photo Gallery and PC Wallpapers.

2entertain began releasing the series in 2004, bringing a new style of artwork. Series five was released on 23 August 2004 in a four DVD set containing all 16 episodes. Unfortunately it was not very big on special features, which only contained an Outtakes reel and a Photo Gallery, but for the first time did contain a subtitle track.

Series six was released on 25 June 2005 in a 3 DVD set Containing all 12 episodes and a number of special features including, an Outtakes reel, The King of Larkhall (a scene for an episode with Colin Hedges performing as Elvis), Cast Interviews with Tristan Sturrock, Antonia Okonma, Amanda Barrie and James Gaddas, Tanya Turner – The Ultimate Bad Girl (an interview with Zöe Lucker), and Bad Girls The Musical. The special features did not contain Bad Girls Most Wanted, a behind the scenes show, hosted by Jack Ellis, which counted down the top 10 Bad Girls, it originally aired after the series six finale in 2004. This also marked the final time that a Bad Girls release saw multiple special features.

Series seven was released on 7 August 2006 and contained all 13 episodes on a 4 DVD set. Special features include a Photo Gallery, and the 2005 Christmas Special (episode 13), which is now established as the series seven finale.

Series eight was released on 26 December 2006, not long following the final episode, since the release meant it was not going to coincide with a new series on television, it was decided that it should have an early release. It contains all 11 episodes on a 3 DVD set. The special features include a Photo Gallery and the 2006 Christmas Special (episode 11), which is now established as the series eight finale.

In 9 October 2006, a DVD boxset from Contender comprising the first four series were released in an 18 DVD set and the CD which was included with series three. The Series five to eight boxset was released by 2entertain in a 14 DVD set on 22 October 2007. A complete boxset could not be commissioned due to both distribution companies owing rights to different Bad Girls series.

In addition, a title had been inserted at the beginning of each episode, something which did not exist on screen in television airings, but only in TV guide listings. On DVD, from series one to four, each episode contained a title and was included in the first scene when the titles appeared. Series five to eight did not contain titles, but did have its series number and episode number included below the Bad Girls title for those episodes.

Each of these releases are out of print, as home entertainment company Acorn Media has acquired the rights to all eight series.

Acorn Media releases:

In 2011 Acorn Media began releasing Bad Girls on DVD from the very beginning. Each series contains newly commissioned artwork, some of the series also contain less discs than in the previously releases. Series one has been given new certificate by the BBFC, previously given an '18' for disturbing scenes of violence, it has now been reduced to a '15' certificate. Also for the first time, series one to three has been released in their original widescreen format, and they contain subtitles, as does series four, which were previously not included. In 2012, Bad Girls: The Complete Collection was released on 2 July, for the first time all eight series are included in a complete boxset.

  • Bad Girls: The Complete Series One – 7 February 2011
  • Bad Girls: The Complete Series Two – 18 April 2011
  • Bad Girls: The Complete Series One and Two - 2011
  • Bad Girls: The Complete Series Three – 4 July 2011
  • Bad Girls: The Complete Series Four – 5 September 2011
  • Bad Girls: The Complete Series Five – 3 October 2011
  • Bad Girls: The Complete Series Six – 26 December 2011
  • Bad Girls: The Complete Series Seven – 20 February 2012
  • Bad Girls: The Complete Series Eight – 2 April 2012
  • Bad Girls: The Complete Collection – 2 July 2012

Australia[edit]

In Australia, each series has been released by distribution company Shock Records. All eight series have been released twice by Shock. The first releases contain the same artwork as Contender and 2Entertain's artwork in the UK, with the exception of series seven and eight which contain their own style of artwork. The New releases contain brand new artwork on all eight series.

United States[edit]

Bad Girls: The Complete First Season was release in the United States on May 9, 2006 via CAPITAL ENTERTAINMENT ENTERPRISES in a 3 DVD set. It was released in its original widescreen aspect ratio of 1.78:1 with the recaps intact. The set also contains a 'Slang Dictionary' so that American viewers can understand the British slang in which the character of the series use.

VHS/DVD overview[edit]

VHS

Title Release No. of tapes Special Features
Series 1 5 June 2000 3 Exclusive Behind the Scenes Cast Interviews
Series 2 2 October 2000 4
Series 3 25 March 2002 4
Series 4 9 June 2003 4
Series 5 23 August 2004 4

Ratings[edit]

Series 1
Television ratings

Episode Date Total Viewers ITV Weekly Ranking
1
1 June 1999
7,990,000
17
2
8 June 1999
7,390,000
16
3
15 June 1999
6,360,000
18
4
22 June 1999
6,860,000
17
5
29 June 1999
7,050,000
19
6
6 July 1999
7,020,000
14
7
13 July 1999
7,670,000
12
8
20 July 1999
7,600,000
15
9
27 July 1999
7,320,000
12
10
3 August 1999
7,660,000
14

Series 1
Online ratings

Episode IMDb rating TV.com rating
1.1 7.8/10 7.8/10 stars 8.3/10 8.3/10 stars
1.2 7.5/10 7.5/10 stars 7.7/10 7.7/10 stars
1.3 7.0/10 7.0/10 stars 7.8/10 7.8/10 stars
1.4 7.1/10 7.1/10 stars 8.7/10 8.7/10 stars
1.5 7.4/10 7.4/10 stars 8.8/10 8.8/10 stars
1.6 7.7/10 7.7/10 stars 7.5/10 7.5/10 stars
1.7 7.3/10 7.3/10 stars 7.6/10 7.6/10 stars
1.8 6.9/10 6.9/10 stars 8.0/10 8.0/10 stars
1.9 7.1/10 7.1/10 stars 8.8/10 8.8/10 stars
1.10 7.9/10 7.9/10 stars 8.3/10 8.3/10 stars

Series 2
Television ratings

Episode Date Total Viewers ITV Weekly Ranking
1
4 April 2000
9,440,000
14
2
11 April 2000
8,530,000
13
3
18 April 2000
8,210,000
11
4
25 April 2000
8,120,000
12
5
2 May 2000
8,260,000
16
6
9 May 2000
7,700,000
11
7
16 May 2000
9,300,000
11
8
23 May 2000
8,980,000
8
9
30 May 2000
9,490,000
9
10
6 June 2000
9,240,000
10
11
13 June 2000
9,130,000
8
12
27 June 2000
8,500,000
8
13
4 July 2000
8,810,000
10

Series 2
Online ratings

Episode IMDb rating TV.com rating
2.1 6.7/10 6.7/10 stars 8.4/10 8.4/10 stars
2.2 7.4/10 7.4/10 stars 9.1/10 9.1/10 stars
2.3 6.7/10 6.7/10 stars 8.5/10 8.5/10 stars
2.4 7.0/10 7.0/10 stars 8.4/10 8.4/10 stars
2.5 7.2/10 7.2/10 stars 8.6/10 8.6/10 stars
2.6 7.3/10 7.3/10 stars 8.6/10 8.6/10 stars
2.7 6.9/10 6.9/10 stars 8.0/10 8.0/10 stars
2.8 6.9/10 6.9/10 stars 9.3/10 9.3/10 stars
2.9 6.8/10 6.8/10 stars 9.5/10 9.5/10 stars
2.10 6.6/10 6.6/10 stars 9.2/10 9.2/10 stars
2.11 7.2/10 7.2/10 stars 9.8/10 9.8/10 stars
2.12 7.5/10 7.5/10 stars 8.5/10 8.5/10 stars
2.13 7.3/10 7.3/10 stars 9.9/10 9.9/10 stars

Series 3

Episode Date Total Viewers ITV Weekly Ranking
1
20 March 2001
9,420,000
16
2
27 March 2001
8,490,000
17
3
3 April 2001
8,590,000
14
4
10 April 2001
9,100,000
12
5
17 April 2001
8,600,000
14
6
24 April 2001
8,840,000
13
7
1 May 2001
8,510,000
11
8
8 May 2001
9,140,000
6
9
15 May 2001
9,100,000
9
10
22 May 2001
8,400,000
6
11
29 May 2001
8,600,000
11
12
5 June 2001
8,410,000
9
13
12 June 2001
8,460,000
13
14
19 June 2001
8,180,000
10
15
26 June 2001
8,120,000
11
16
3 July 2001
8,150,000
10

Series 4

Episode Date Total Viewers ITV Weekly Ranking
1
28 February 2002
7,560,000
13
2
7 March 2002
6,830,000
17
3
14 March 2002
7,300,000
15
4
21 March 2002
7,330,000
12
5
28 March 2002
6,820,000
15
6
4 April 2002
6,990,000
16
7
11 April 2002
6,920,000
17
8
18 April 2002
7,100,000
18
9
25 April 2002
7,120,000
14
10
2 May 2002
6,900,000
11
11
9 May 2002
7,430,000
11
12
16 May 2002
7,120,000
12
13
23 May 2002
7,350,000
12
14
30 May 2002
6,590,000
14
15
6 June 2002
6,330,000
14
16
13 June 2002
7,130,000
13

Series 5

Episode Date Total Viewers ITV Weekly Ranking
1
8 May 2003
8,360,000
17
2
15 May 2003
7,880,000
15
3
22 May 2003
7,630,000
12
4
29 May 2003
6,920,000
11
5
5 June 2003
7,100,000
14
6
12 June 2003
6,620,000
12
7
19 June 2003
6,760,000
12
8
26 June 2003
6,360,000
14
9
3 July 2003
6,530,000
13
10
10 July 2003
6,570,000
13
11
17 July 2003
6,570,000
13
12
24 July 2003
6,530,000
15
13
31 July 2003
6,560,000
15
14
7 August 2003
6,430,000
14
15
14 August 2003
6,540,000
14
16
21 August 2003
6,780,000
13

Series 6

Episode Date Total Viewers ITV Weekly Ranking
1
14 April 2004
7,940,000
14
2
21 April 2004
8,250,000
13
3
28 April 2004
7,510,000
15
4
5 May 2004
7,780,000
11
5
10 May 2004
7,750,000
13
6
17 May 2004
7,870,000
11
7
18 May 2004
7,220,000
19
8
19 May 2004
7,800,000
14
9
2 August 2004
6,270,000
10
10
9 August 2004
5,920,000
15
11
16 August 2004
5,570,000
15
12
23 August 2004
6,670,000
12

Series 7

Episode Date Total Viewers ITV Weekly Ranking
1
10 May 2005
6,210,000
12
2
17 May 2005
6,050,000
17
3
24 May 2005
5,640,000
15
4
31 May 2005
5,050,000
20
5
7 June 2005
4,840,000
20
6
14 June 2005
5,560,000
14
7
21 June 2005
5,180,000
15
8
28 June 2005
4,800,000
18
9
5 July 2005
5,510,000
16
10
12 July 2005
5,780,000
16
11
19 July 2005
5,580,000
15
12
26 July 2005
5,490,000
15
13
19 December 2005
7,160,000
13

Series 8

Episode Date Total Viewers ITV Weekly Ranking
1
13 July 2006
5,400,000
11
2
20 July 2006
4,470,000
14
3
27 July 2006
4,410,000
15
4
3 August 2006
4,180,000
16
5
10 August 2006
4,280,000
15
6
17 August 2006
4,870,000
15
7
24 August 2006
5,000,000
17
8
31 August 2006
4,560,000
17
9
7 September 2006
4,620,000
18
10
14 September 2006
4,980,000
22
11
20 December 2006
5,130,000
16

Accolades[edit]

Awards and nominations[edit]

National Television Awards

  • Nomination: Most Popular Actress — Debra Stephenson (2000)
  • Won: Most Popular Drama — Bad Girls (2000)
  • Nomination: Most Popular Actress — Debra Stephenson (2001)
  • Won: Most Popular Drama — Bad Girls (2001)
  • Nominated: Most Popular Drama — Bad Girls (2002)
  • Nominated: Most Popular Drama — Bad Girls (2003)
  • Nominated: Most Popular Drama — Bad Girls (2004)
  • Nominated: Most Popular Drama — Bad Girls (2005)
  • Nominated: Most Popular Drama — Bad Girls (2006)

TV Quick Awards

  • Won: Best Loved Drama — Bad Girls (2000)
  • Won: Best Loved Drama — Bad Girls (2001)
  • Won: Best Actress — Debra Stephenson (2001)
  • Won: Best Loves Drama — Bad Girls (2002)
  • Won: Best Actress — Claire King (2002)
  • Won: Best Loved Drama — Bad Girls (2003)
  • Won: Best Actress — Claire King (2003)
  • Won: Best Actor — Jack Ellis (2004)

Other media[edit]

Bad Girls Most Wanted[edit]

In 2004, following the Series Six finale of Bad Girls on ITV1, a special was broadcast on ITV2 - Bad Girls Most Wanted, which was hosted by Jack Ellis. It counted down the top ten 'most wanted' prisoners from the first six series as voted for by viewers in the UK.

The list included:

10. Tina O' Kane
9. The Two Julies
8. Natalie Buxton
7. The Costa Cons
6. Denny Blood
5. Kris Yates
4. Darlene Cake
3. Nikki Wade
2. Shell Dockley
1. Yvonne Atkins[8]

References[edit]

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  2. ^ "Interview With Eileen Gallagher". AfterEllen.com. 2008-06-29. Retrieved 2013-05-27. 
  3. ^ "Sky 149 Freesat 134". CBS Drama. Retrieved 2013-05-27. 
  4. ^ "Bad Girls: HBO locks in deal for US version of ITV prison drama ", MediaGuardian.co.uk.
  5. ^ "Interview With Eileen Gallagher", AfterEllen.com.
  6. ^ Published Wednesday, Feb 1 2012, 16:34 GMT (2012-02-01). "'Bad Girls' remake picked up to pilot by NBC - US TV News". Digital Spy. Retrieved 2013-05-27. 
  7. ^ "bad girls series 5 vhs: Film & TV". Amazon.co.uk. Retrieved 2013-05-27. 
  8. ^ "Bad Girls Most Wanted - #1 Yvonne Atkins". Youtube. June 28, 2008. Retrieved December 2, 2014. 

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