Wing Governor, Helen Stewart struggles with inmates and officers alike as she tries to establish her authority. Shell Dockley bullies an inmate to suicide – an inmate which had also won the sexual attention of her lover, Principal Officer Jim Fenner.
A mature inmate arrives and struggles with prison life, as she’s torn away from her thirty year old son. Nikki Wade, meanwhile, fights authority for justice at any chance she gets – but ends up making a move that throws a marriage into chaos. Officers Lorna Rose and Dominic McAllister fear for their jobs when Zandra Plackett escapes on their look-out.
Series 1 Episodes
Shell Dockley bullies Rachel Hicks into bringing in drugs, and the staff find themselves in trouble when a cellmate miscarries in their cell.
New inmates Zandra Plackett and Monica Lindsay arrive at Larkhall, while Nikki is subjected to a strip search.
Jim continues to take advantage of Rachel - but soon starts to regret it when Shell's jealousy gets the better of her. Zandra is left heartbroken.
Rachel is forced into a desperate situation when Shell's jealousy and Jim's rejection goes too far. Zandra decides she wants to abort Robin's baby - but will she go through with it?
Emotions are high following a suicide on G-Wing - and Helen makes Jim and Shell nervous when she announces she's going to get to the bottom of it.
Denny Blood has an emotional reunion with a figure from her past and plans to escape - will it all go to plan? Lorna attempts to save her career with a cover-up.
Helen's approached by the sound of wedding bells, while Nikki finds herself surprised by Helen's trust in her. Shell manages to intercept Lorna and Zandra's drug deals.
Julie S comes up with a plan to bring some cheer into Larkhall - but the celebrations are short lived for Monica.
Shell's turned Christian - but not everyone's fooled. Lorna's career comes crashing down around her, while things get complicated between Nikki and Helen.
When Helen's relationship crumbles, she's left humiliated in front of staff and inmate alike. The girls hear good news about Monica.
The first series of Bad Girls aired in 1999, and initially met with mixed ratings.
After suffering a dip mid-way through the series, many of the cast and crew feared the show would be axed, however, ratings picked up towards the end and a second series was commissioned – to much success.
The series is unique in that it features the nightcalls – at the end of each episode, there would be a shot of the prison exterior with the inmates calling out to each other – usually a humurous or relevant response to the episode’s events. The nightcalls were replaced in Series 2 with cliffhangers. The exception to the nightcall in the series came in Episode 4, where Crystal sang “Amazing Grace”.
Along with Series 2, Series 1 does not feature opening titles.
Series 1 was broadcast on Tuesdays at 9pm.
Series 1 Cast