Drama about the staff and inmates of a women's prison.
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Series cast summary:
Kika Mirylees ...
 Julie Johnston / ... (96 episodes, 1999-2006)
Victoria Alcock ...
 Julie Saunders / ... (96 episodes, 1999-2006)
Helen Fraser ...
 Sylvia Hollamby / ... (91 episodes, 1999-2006)
Jack Ellis ...
 Jim Fenner (88 episodes, 1999-2005)
 Di Barker / ... (76 episodes, 2000-2005)
Victoria Bush ...
 Tina O'Kane / ... (73 episodes, 2001-2006)
Alicya Eyo ...
 Denny Blood (59 episodes, 1999-2003)
Claire King ...
 Karen Betts (57 episodes, 2000-2005)
Linda Henry ...
 Yvonne Atkins (58 episodes, 1999-2005)
James Gaddas ...
 Neil Grayling / ... (52 episodes, 2002-2006)
Isabelle Amyes ...
 Barbara Hunt (52 episodes, 2000-2003)
 Crystal Gordon (44 episodes, 1999-2002)
Pauline Campbell ...
 Al McKenzie / ... (42 episodes, 2001-2004)
Amanda Barrie ...
 Beverley Tull (41 episodes, 2003-2006)
 Phyllida Oswyn (39 episodes, 2003-2006)


A thoroughly thought-provoking drama series based on the events in a womens prison. Bad Girls captures the highs and lows in the prison, and questions which side of the bar really is the most intense- its a world where the 'screws' versus the 'cons,' a world where anything and everything can happen, a world where the women really are vulnerable at the hands of the screws... Written by Anonymous

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The love scene between Helen and Nikki in the Series 2 finale was edited and deleted from the broadcast version. In the original version, when Helen and Nikki start kissing and Helen unbuttons Nikki's nurse uniform, revealing her bra (As in the broadcast version). Niki opens up Helen's hoodie, revealing a blue bra, Helen and Nikki make out on the sofa, Nikki puts her hands on Helen's breasts and they continue kissing and the scene ends. The deleted version was in the deleted scenes in the special features on the "Complete Collection" DVD box-set, released on November 10th 2010. See more »


Julie Johnston's surname varies from Johnson and Johnston throughout the series run. See more »


Dr. Malcolm Nicholson: [walking into a pawn brokers, looking for an engagement ring] Looking for something conventional, not too pricy. How about that top one there, how much is that?
Sales Assistant: A hundred and fifty, sir.
Dr. Malcolm Nicholson: Good God!
Sales Assistant: Well, it's nine-carrot gold and it's got the...
Dr. Malcolm Nicholson: [interrupting] Forget the pitch! Much too expensive.
Sales Assistant: [she shows Malcolm some cheaper rings] Well, we've got these.
Dr. Malcolm Nicholson: Ah, yes. That's more like it.
Sales Assistant: Only... they're cubic zircon, they're not real diamonds.
Dr. Malcolm Nicholson: Yeah, well it's the sparkle, isn't it? I can't tell the...
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Crazy Credits

For the ending credits of each episode for series 1 & 2, there was a standard scrolling credits used. Listing all characters in order of appearance. See more »


Edited into Bad Girls: Most Wanted (2004) See more »

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Effective and Powerful Drama.
4 September 2004 | by (Hampshire, England.) – See all my reviews

Bad Girls is Shed Productions first, and most popular drama series on ITV.

Bad Girls is based in larkhall womans prison. After having watched every single episode to date, Bad Girls have successfully displayed what being in a womans prison of this nature is really like. It is shocking, depressing, and more often than not disturbing.

Even after watching 3 - 4 episodes, you get a feel for the characters, and what happens to them, happens to you too. At times you feel happy, and at others you feel sad. There is comedy thrown in every now and again, but there is always a more serious underlying concept that can never be forgotten.

At the end of each episode, you are left wanting more. Bad Girls NEVER fails to surprise you with what's in store round the next corner. Just when you think it can't get any better, it does.

This drama is a masterpiece that will hopefully go on for years to come.

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