Bad Girls returned to ITV1 with its third series on 20 March 2001 and ended on 3 July 2001. It consists of 16 episodes.
Shell has led Fenner into her trap by luring him into her cell and stabbing him with a broken bottle she smuggled back from Bodybag's anniversary party. Fenner almost loses his life, while Hollamby has Shell transferred to the mental health wing where she comes face-to-face with an old enemy. Helen manages to get Nikki back into Larkhall where Helen puts an end to their relationship. Shell and Denny escape and wreak havoc in London, as they pay Hollamby a surprise visit at her home. Things seem to be going well for Crystal, who has recently been released from prison and is now engaged to Josh, but things are set to get worse as Shell and Denny arrive at her house. Maxi & Tina Purvis and Al MacKenzie (aka The Peckham Bootgang) arrive on G-Wing and make their presence known to the prisoners and officers alike. Josh has just become a prison officer, but he's in for a shock when he sees that Crystal is back on the wing. Nikki is set for her appeal, and if she wins will she find Helen waiting for her?
Revenge-hungry Shell is armed and locked in a cell with Fenner. The officers, still recovering from Hollamby's party must take drastic action. As must Helen to save escaped prisoner, Nikki Wade.
The Turn of The Screw
27 March 2001
Fenner dies but is resuscitated and transferred to the hospital. Hollamby is determined to make Shell suffer for her attack on Fenner and gets her moved to a psychiatric ward. 'Mad' Tessa, Shell's old adversary, is ready and waiting to do the rest and Shell meets Podger Pam.
The Chains of Freedom
3 April 2001
Shell is returned to G-Wing but is confined to her cell. Julie S is out of prison on a tag and the officers are out on mass sick leave, when Sylvia proposes a strike. The women jump at the chance to run the wing themselves. Things are going swimmingly - until a large knife goes missing.
10 April 2001
Julie S is back in Larkhall. Barbara is shocked to hear that she's been accused of bigamy and murder. Yvonne is getting legal advice of her own - from a succession of hunky young men.
17 April 2001
New girl on the wing Buki Lester challenges Denny to prove how tough she is, while Yvonne challenges husband Charlie in court. Denny almost bleeds to death and Fenner returns to work to find Shell waiting for him. And Charlie receives a gift in the form of a pizza man.
Do or Die
24 April 2001
Tensions mount as Podger Pam arrives on G-Wing and the new doctor, Dr. Waugh, impresses Helen. Josh begins his stint as a trainee PO under the ever-watchful eye of Di, who claims to have just come out of a relationship but starts a new obsession with Josh.
The Great Escape
1 May 2001
Buki cuts up and reveals the truth of her childhood. A fly-on-the-wall documentary crew invades HMP Larkhall, creating havoc in the process. Fenner sees a chance to get rid of Shell for good.
8 May 2001
Shell and Denny celebrate their freedom with a vodka and cocaine binge. But before they make it to the airport they have a few grudges to settle, starting with Sylvia and Bobby Hollamby. Shaz is returned to Larkhall along with Crystal.
15 May 2001
Aristocratic 'it-girl' Charlotte Myddleton is sentenced to a year in Larkhall for drug offences and the other inmates don't react too kindly to the new Prada-clad prisoner, but they begin to help her when she attempts suicide.
Chapel of Love
22 May 2001
Crystal is on hunger strike to protest against her incorrect drugs test results and it seems that only new girl Charlotte can save her. Josh and Crystal wed in a small ceremony in the prison chapel but Di is determined to stop it. And new group of girl arrive, calling themselves the Peckham Boot Gang.
29 May 2001
When Nigerian prisoner Femi is bullied by the officers, Nikki organises a sit-in to help. But with the Peckham Boot Gang involved, things look like getting out of hand, and a riot takes place on G-Wing. And The Peckham Boot Gang reveals their plan to get rid of Yvonne, after Yvonne batters Al.
5 June 2001
The fall-out from the riot leaves Nikki very unpopular so she is grateful of support from an attractive new prisoner, Caroline... that is until Maxi finds some nasty surprises in Caroline's past. The Julies are released and arrested in the space of 5 minutes.
12 June 2001
The Julies are returned to Larkhall on remand along with Wealthy madame Virginia O'Kane, an old friend, but both the inmates and officers are ill-equipped to deal with the disabled grand dame, but she hides a secret.
19 June 2001
Fenner and Virginia strike a deal that could make him a very rich man. Helen gets wind of it and sets out to prove that Fenner is unfit to work with woman prisoners with the help of Yvonne. The Peckham Boot Gang reveals Virginia's secret causing her to be very unpopular.
Cat & Mouse
26 June 2001
Yvonne exposes the deal between Fenner and Virginia. Fenner decides to strike back - and Barbara's diary gives him all the leverage he needs, but this could mean trouble for Nikki. Al and Maxi get annoyed when Tina breaks away from the gang and becomes friends with Virginia.
3 July 2001
The Peckham Boot Gang make up with Virginia but all is not what it seems. Fenner's campaign against Helen hots up and Nikki's appeal gives him the ideal outlet for his schemes. Crystal announces a miracle, but even the divine cannot help Yvonne who is accused of murder.
The third series of Bad Girls was originally released on VHS format in the UK, consisting of 5 volumes. The DVD was released on 25 March 2002. A re-release DVD is expected to be released in 2011,[dated info] both as a single and also in a boxset along with series four. Series three was released in the series one-four boxset on 9 October 2006.
In Australia, series three was released on 8 September 2003 in the same cover packaging as the UK DVD. A second release was made when it was released in the series one-eight boxset, "The Complete Collection", on 10 November 2010. It was also released separate for the complete boxset on 9 March 2011.
Bad Girls: Series Three
4-disc set (re-release)
4:3 aspect ratio
16:9 aspect ratio (re-release)
Interactive Map of Larkhall Prison
Prison File: Behind the Scenes, Subsidiary Character Profiles and Interviews: