Bad Girls (series 3)

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Bad Girls (series 3)
Bad girls season 3 dvd cover art.jpg
Re-Release DVD
Country of origin United Kingdom
No. of episodes 16
Original network ITV
Original release 20 March – 3 July 2001
Series chronology
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Series 2
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Series 4

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?

Main cast[edit]

Cast Character
Simone Lahbib Helen Stewart
Mandana Jones Nikki Wade
Debra Stephenson Shell Dockley
Claire King Karen Betts
Jack Ellis Jim Fenner
Alicya Eyo Denny Blood
Sharon Duncan-Brewster Crystal Gordon
Linda Henry Yvonne Atkins
Helen Fraser Sylvia Hollamby
Nathan Constance Josh Mitchell
Victoria Alcock Julie Saunders
Kika Mirylees Julie Johnston
Lindsey Fawcett Shaz Wylie
Kim Oliver Buki Lester
Kerry Norton Maxi Purvis
Victoria Bush Tina Purvis
Pauline Campbell Al McKenzie
Kate O'Mara Virginia O'Kane
Tracey Wilkinson Di Barker
Lisa Turner Gina Rossi
Paul Opacic Mark Waddle

Guest cast[edit]

Recurring cast:

Guest cast:


# Episode Writer Director Original airdate Viewing figure
24 Back From The Brink Maureen Chadwick Mike Adams 20 March 2001 9,420,000
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.
25 The Turn of The Screw Jayne Hollinson Mike Adams 27 March 2001 8,490,000
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.
26 The Chains of Freedom Phil Ford Laurence Moody 3 April 2001 8,590,000
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.
27 False Identity Martin Allen Laurence Moody 10 April 2001 9,100,000
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.
28 Blood Ties Liz Lake Laurence Moody 17 April 2001 8,600,000
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.
29 Do or Die Maureen Chadwick Jo Johnson 24 April 2001 8,840,000
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.
30 The Great Escape Jaden Clark Jo Johnson 1 May 2001 8,510,000
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.
31 Uninvited Guests Phil Ford Mike Adams 8 May 2001 9,140,000
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.
32 Common Criminal Martin Allen Mike Adams 15 May 2001 9,100,000
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.
33 Chapel of Love Jayne Hollinson Jim O'Hanlon 22 May 2001 8,400,000
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.
34 Battle Lines Jaden Clark Jim O'Hanlon 29 May 2001 8,600,000
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.
35 Tough Love Martin Allen Jim O'Hanlon 5 June 2001 8,410,000
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.
36 Revolving Doors Jayne Hollinson Laurence Moody 12 June 2001 8,460,000
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.
37 Standing Up Jaden Clark Laurence Moody 19 June 2001 8,180,000
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.
38 Cat & Mouse Phil Ford Di Patrick 26 June 2001 8,120,000
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.
39 Coming Out Jaden Clark Di Patrick 3 July 2001 8,150,000
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,[needs update] 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.[1]

Bad Girls: Series Three
Set Details Special Features
  • 16 episodes
  • 6-disc set
  • 4-disc set (re-release)
  • 4:3 aspect ratio
  • 16:9 aspect ratio (re-release)
  • Subtitles: no
  • English (stereo)
  • Interactive Map of Larkhall Prison
  • Outtakes
  • Prison File: Behind the Scenes, Subsidiary Character Profiles and Interviews:
    • Sharon Duncan-Brewster (crystal
    • Victoria Bush (Tina)
    • Pauline Campbell (Al)
    • Jack Ellis (Jim)
    • Claire King (Karen)
    • Simone Lahbib (Helen)
    • Nathan Constance (Josh)
    • Helen Fraser (Sylvia)
    • Lara Cazalet (Zandra)
    • Kika Mirylees (Julie J)
    • Lindsey Fawcett (Shaz)
    • Mandana Jones (Nikki)
    • Tracey Wilkinson (Di)
    • Linda Henry (Yvonne)
  • Audio CD: Features music from the series
Release Dates
United Kingdom Australia
25 March 2002
4 July 2011 (re-release)
8 September 2003
9 March 2011 (re-release)


  1. ^ "Bad Girls (1999) - Series 3: Uncut (4 Disc Set)". Retrieved 2 April 2011. 

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