The BEST Episodes of Bad Girls

Every episode ever - ranked by fan votes!

Last Updated: Jan 14, 2021

Network: ITV1

British hard-hitting drama about the staff and inmates of a women's prison.

Christmas Special 2006

#1 - Christmas Special 2006

Season 8 - Episode 11 - Aired Dec 20, 2006

It's been a tough Christmas Eve on G-Wing, but things look to get even worse when Sylvia receives a nightmare visit from her very own ghost of Christmas past - Natalie Buxton.

star 8.56
18 votes
Directors: Laurence Moody
Writers: Phil Ford
Series 6 - Episode 8

#2 - Series 6 - Episode 8

Season 6 - Episode 8 - Aired May 19, 2004

Frances gets deep into trouble when she is suddenly thrown into a violent and illegal plan to get to Tanya from the outside. Could her sex games have at last got her into some very serious trouble? Kris and Natalie grow closer and Colin leaves to clear his head but only Julie S knows why. The Julies celebrate their birthday.

star 8.33
12 votes
Writers: Phil Ford
Christmas Special

#3 - Christmas Special

Season 7 - Episode 13 - Aired Jan 1, 2006

Julie S is thrilled that Julie J has been allowed to return to Larkhall. But Julie J is still haunted by the memory of Fenner and is convinced that she can see him lurking around the landings and stabs herself in the stomach. New inmate, Miranda Miles, worsens the atmosphere when prison Chaplain, Christy Mackay is convinced she is possessed and pleads with Joy to let her perform an exorcism. Sylvia suffers a panic attack while down in the cellar with Phyl and falls down the steps, blocking the door and leaving Phyl trapped. Natalie manipulates Miranda into murdering Christy.

star 8.33
15 votes
Series 8 - Episode 8

#4 - Series 8 - Episode 8

Season 8 - Episode 8 - Aired Aug 31, 2006

Tina is returned to Larkhall and almost kills herself when she self harms. Vicky becomes a Music teacher at Larkhall. Pat and the Julies are sweating over what to do with Natalie's dead body. They know they have to move it - a hot laundry is no place to hide a festering corpse.

star 8.31
16 votes
Directors: Jim Loach
Writers: Phil Ford
Episode Seven

#5 - Episode Seven

Season 5 - Episode 7 - Aired Jun 19, 2003

Fenner plans to set up Yvonne but Colin puts a stop to it. The presence of the media and a celebrity guest at HMP Larkhall gives the women a perfect opportunity to make a very public protest about the prison's forthcoming privatisation. Phyl and Bev are transferred to an open prison. Di's plans for pregnancy are a success. Snowball and Richie make a pact to die together but only one of them dies.

star 8.26
23 votes
Directors: A. J. Quinn
Writers: Jaden Clark
Episode Four

#6 - Episode Four

Season 5 - Episode 4 - Aired May 29, 2003

Shell goes into labour. After being forced to fend off Colin Hedges' advances, Shell threatens to blow the whistle on Fenner and his pimping scheme, a decision which ultimately brings about disaster. Sylvia becomes the Costa Cons' latest sucker. Di uses "Gnasher" to get at Neil. The privatisation team arrive and upset the prisoners and some officers alike. Snowball makes another attempt to see Richie.

star 8.23
22 votes
Series 8 - Episode 1

#7 - Series 8 - Episode 1

Season 8 - Episode 1 - Aired Jul 13, 2006

New Deputy Governor Lou Stoke has her work cut out on her first day at Larkhall when a sudden illness starts striking down the inmates. As rumours of a chemical attack start to spread, panic sets in, and all fingers point to new inmate Emira Al Jahani who is sent to Larkhall on suspicion of terrorism. Plus, Neil is found dead in his office following the sudden outbreak of Legionnaires' disease. Natalie's new right arm woman, Ashley Wilcox, is also found dead after contracting Legionnaires' disease. Phyl is shot in a bid for freedom with Bev.

star 8.18
17 votes
Writers: Liz Lake
Episode Six

#8 - Episode Six

Season 5 - Episode 6 - Aired Jun 12, 2003

Snowball attempts to convince Neil that she has changed. Di plans to get pregnant, with the help of Neil's boyfriend. One of Phyl and Bev's many business ventures comes to light when Colin discovers the drugs stash hidden behind their mirror, but given his own little habit, it's unlikely that he'll be shopping them. Also, the Costa Cons' have another plan for booze, in the garden.

star 8.13
23 votes
Directors: A. J. Quinn
Writers: Liz Lake
Episode Twelve

#9 - Episode Twelve

Season 5 - Episode 12 - Aired Jul 24, 2003

Karen and Neil come to a compromise. Di and Neil reveal their split, in which Neil outs himself, and plans for surrogacy. A familiar face is welcomed back to Larkhall as old-timer Noreen Biggs arrives back on G-Wing. Unfortunately, she won't be enjoying Her Majesty's for long as she hasn't got long to live. Noreen tries to talk Tina round that Fenner is using her but Yvonne makes her see the light.

star 8.10
20 votes
Episode Fifteen

#10 - Episode Fifteen

Season 5 - Episode 15 - Aired Aug 14, 2003

Di fakes a miscarriage. Denny's planned art exhibition suffers a setback as a result of Phyl and Bev's eye on the bigger picture and the money they will squeeze out of their protege. Kris reveals she has an escape plan but Yvonne does not want to be a part of it. Yvonne's plan to fix Fenner goes into effect.

star 8.07
14 votes
Directors: Julie Edwards
Writers: Di Burrows
Episode Fourteen

#11 - Episode Fourteen

Season 5 - Episode 14 - Aired Aug 7, 2003

Di becomes Wing Governor. Yvonne plans to get rid of Fenner for good. Bev and Phyl forge some of Denny's artwork. Buki finally meets her son, Lennox, with the help of Christopher Biggins. Di and Fenner go on a date and get intimate. New inmate, lifer Kris Yates arrives at Larkhall and makes a big impression on everyone, so much so that new officer Selena Geeson requests that she be Kris' personal officer.

star 8.07
15 votes
Series 7 - Episode 1

#12 - Series 7 - Episode 1

Season 7 - Episode 1 - Aired May 10, 2005

Fenner discovers that life behind bars is no picnic for a former PO when he finds himself on the receiving end of some very rough justice from his fellow inmates. Natalie takes over as Top Dog and starts a protection racket with the help of Darlene. New arrivals, Janine Nebeski and Arun Parmar, arrive on G-Wing and suffer at the hands on Natalie. The Julies give Bev a makeover. Sylvia falls victim of voodoo.

star 8.07
15 votes
Series 7 - Episode 12

#13 - Series 7 - Episode 12

Season 7 - Episode 12 - Aired Jul 26, 2005

Having been charged with Fenner's murder, Di requests to be sent to Larkhall when she cannot afford the be bail settlement and learns the true identity of the killer. Natalie attempts to escape while out for the day but is stopped by a mob, organised by Pat. To get over the heartache of Sheena's release, Pat leads Natalie into a trap that could jeopardise her appeal but Sheena's release is short lived. Julie J begins to crack when she attacks both Joy and Julie S and then starts seeing Fenner...

star 8.07
15 votes
Series 7 - Episode 8

#14 - Series 7 - Episode 8

Season 7 - Episode 8 - Aired Jul 28, 2005

Arun's transfer is cancelled following Pat and Natalie's fight. Tina discovers Phyl and Bev's deceit. Di's marriage is in meltdown. Fenner can't believe that his wife has taken baby Dylan from his mother, especially as she doesn't even know the first thing about looking after a baby.

star 8.06
16 votes
Episode Nine

#15 - Episode Nine

Season 5 - Episode 9 - Aired Jul 3, 2003

Julie S struggles to come to terms with the reality of her masectomy and the prospect of a debilitating course of chemotherapy. Colin tells Karen about Fenner setting up Yvonne. Yvonne and Colin grow closer. Neil is adamant on kicking Di out, despite her being pregnant.

star 8.06
18 votes
Pay Back Time

#16 - Pay Back Time

Season 1 - Episode 9 - Aired Jul 27, 1999

Shell teams up with Crystal, who believes Shell has changed for good. Shell takes her full revenge on Lorna and nearly ruins Helen's career in the process. Helen struggles unsuccessfully to resist Nikki's charms.

star 8.04
24 votes
Love Hurts

#17 - Love Hurts

Season 1 - Episode 10 - Aired Aug 3, 1999

Helen has to tell Sean a few home truths while they organise their wedding. Sean later turns up at Larkhall with a lighter and white spirit. Monica hears some good news about her appeal. Shell spills the beans about her affair with Fenner - to his wife.

star 8.00
29 votes
Directors: Mike Adams
Writers: Phil Ford
Episode Thirteen

#18 - Episode Thirteen

Season 5 - Episode 13 - Aired Jul 31, 2003

Julie S returns to Larkhall. Phyl and Bev are transferred back to Larkhall. Denny shows off her talent for art. Legal proceedings begin for Al, who is up for life for murdering Virginia. Henry quits and plans to marry Babs. Fenner breaks into Karen's flat and sees all of the evidence she's amassed against him. Deciding he must take action, he sneaks out with her car keys, coat and a bottle of alcohol. Karen is arrested the following morning.

star 8.00
18 votes
Series 6 - Episode 1

#19 - Series 6 - Episode 1

Season 6 - Episode 1 - Aired Apr 14, 2004

Selena has secretly cut keys so Kris can follow Yvonne's route out of the prison. It's not long before Kris is inching down the dark corridors - but what will she discover? Two new inmates arrive both hiding a secret, one deadlier than the other.

star 8.00
17 votes
Directors: Nigel Douglas
Writers: Di Burrows, Paul Mousley
Battle Lines

#20 - Battle Lines

Season 4 - Episode 11 - Aired May 9, 2002

Fenner is back in uniform and Neil is in dire need of a new governor. Karen turns down the job which means that there is only one candidate left - Sylvia. Emotions flare following Baxter's funeral. Shaz and Al plan to fight but Maxi wants to finish Shaz. The fight goes ahead with brutal, ultimately, tragic consequences.

star 7.95
20 votes
Directors: David Holroyd
Writers: Jaime Caruana
Episode Sixteen

#21 - Episode Sixteen

Season 5 - Episode 16 - Aired Aug 21, 2003

Babs and Henry get married but Henry's brother leaves when he objects. Buki is looking forward to her release and Denny is transferred to an open prisoner. Yvonne gives into Kris and makes a bid for freedom by slipping into the cavernous depths of the prison, but Fenner is hot on her heels, intent on sorting her out once and for all, and in the most horrific manner imaginable.

star 7.94
18 votes
Series 8 - Episode 10

#22 - Series 8 - Episode 10

Season 8 - Episode 10 - Aired Sep 14, 2006

Famous new inmate, entrepreneur and interior design goddess Catherine Earlham decides to make Darlene a pawn in her twisted and dangerous game. Sylvia becomes acting G-Wing Governor, while Janine discovers she is pregnant but has to fool Joy into believing that her boyfriend "Michael" is responsible.

star 7.90
20 votes
Directors: Lance Kneeshaw
Writers: Harriet Warner
Series 7 - Episode 2

#23 - Series 7 - Episode 2

Season 7 - Episode 2 - Aired May 17, 2005

Fenner returns to Larkhall as the new Governor of G-Wing. Sylvia receives some unexpected and fortuitous news that soon has her jumping for joy. On overhearing the rumours of her windfall, greedy Dr. Malcolm Nicholson suddenly finds her irresistible. The Julies are sacked from the servary and replaced by Phyl and Bev.

star 7.89
19 votes
Series 8 - Episode 2

#24 - Series 8 - Episode 2

Season 8 - Episode 2 - Aired Jul 20, 2006

Donny Kimber and Lou escort Janine to her mother's funeral, unaware that Natalie has blackmailed their grieving charge into smuggling drugs back into Larkhall. New SMO Rowan Dunlop, records all his work with his patients and falls for Lou. Phyl and Bev blackmail Rowan into transferring her to an open hospital. Pat exacts revenge on Natalie, forcing drugs down her throat.

star 7.89
18 votes
Writers: Ann McManus, Maureen Chadwick
Series 7 - Episode 5

#25 - Series 7 - Episode 5

Season 7 - Episode 5 - Aired Jun 7, 2005

When an elderly nun called Sister Thomas Moore arrives at Larkhall, Natalie takes it upon herself to show her that the habit offers no protection from the evil on G-Wing and beats her up. A solicitor reveals the condition to Sylvia on her aunt's will. Di plants scissors in Natalie's cell. Arun hides away from the wing to keep her secret hidden.

star 7.88
17 votes