Lesbian Interest TV series from UK
- Maureen Chadwick
National Television Award  Most Popular Drama
TV Quick Award  Best loved Drama
Mandana Jones, Simone
Lahbib, Jack Ellis, Helen Fraser, Linda Henry, Lara Cazalet, Victoria
Alcock, Kika Mirylees, Jane Lowe and Debra Stephenson
Synopsis of Bad Girls:
great lesbian TV series that ran into an eighth series.
This groundbreaking, award winning, lesbian themed
television drama series focuses on the lives of the people in HMP
Larkhall, a women's prison.
The lives of the inmates, prison wardens
and there loved ones is cleverly explored in what turns out to be one
of the greatest lesbian love stories screened on UK TV.
characters are diverse, individually interesting and engaging and the
Although the main theme in Bad Girls series 1 -3 was a lesbian love interest developing between prisoner Nikki Wade and prison warden Helen Stewart, there is a host of other important issues addressed in this series
Drug addiction, bullying, abuse in the work place, love, heart break, coping with a child with disability, coping with death are some of the themes that run through Bad girls the series
No-one who watched the series when it first aired can forget 'Mr Fenner', brilliantly played by Jack Ellis, the overbearing prison officer with a ever so slight whiff of corruption.
Or 'Yvonne Atkins' played by Linda Henry who is currently acting in East enders. She was the gangsters spoilt wife who is used to getting her way.
The two Julies two dizzy mums with a heart of gold and Shell Dockley.
All great characters. Loads of interesting subplots. 8 years of drama that delivered great stories every episode it aired
Really commendable was the bold and unflinching take on lesbian love both the good and the bad
Bad Girls Lesbian TV Series 1
Helen Stewart is the new governor of HMS larkhall and soon finds that her softly softly approach will not win her any authority with the prisoners on G wing who are mainly serving life sentences. Especially Nikki Wade who is in for the murder of a police officer.
We soon find that there is more under the surface with regards to Nikki than the bald facts would suggest.
Bad girls season 1 also introduces Mr Fenner, a misogynist who thinks he should be the governor of G wing. The main thrust of this season is the interplay between Nikki and Helen and Helen and Jim.
The background to this are equally relevant stories involving drugs in prison, lost partners outside the prison, bullying, death of a prisoner and the currency for authority in prisons.
Lesbians and lesbian relationships are in abundance as you would expect in any series about female prisons, and in bad girls season one the main lesbian characters are Nikki Wade and Shell Dockley.
Nikki is attracted to Helen and makes no bones about telling Helen. Helen on the other hand is engaged and very straight
Bad Girls Lesbian TV Series 2
In Season 2 Helen is torn between doing what she things is the right thing and sticking to her conservative life as is and her growing attraction to Nikki. The idea of being a lesbian just does not sit well with her and is in sharp contrast with her life so far. Mr Fenner's discovery of her little secret and other problems in the prison may prove to be more than Helen can handle
Also Bad girls series 2 Shell Dockley has a surprising and a little scary change in personality. All very deep and serious stuff but really well handled
Denny, Shell Dockleys side kick, has a rude shock and lots of food for thought on the arrival of a new prisoner to HMP Larkhall
And a junior prison officer find love behind bars but is it too late?
Bad Girls Lesbian TV Series 3
Opens big with a show down between Shell Dockley and Jim Fenner with life threatening consequencies.
Nikki gets a new roommate, very christian and miss middle England Barbara. Also with Helen now out of the prison sector and Fenner vetting all of Nikki's mail, Is there any chance of true love for Nikki and Helen
Throw into the mix a very attractive love interest for Nikki in the form of new inmate Caroline acted by Helen Grace. And the attractive prison doctor Thomas showing more than a passing interest in Helen.
realistic and very raw content of Bad Girls puts it a notch above
any other lesbian series that came before it and is only second probably to The L word [a later lesbian themed TV series from the US].
is added by the other subplots addresses in this program e.g. drug abuse,
power struggles between men and women in male dominated jobs, death of
a loved one, separation from ones children, bullying and loss of a
A confused sometimes ineffectual prison governess, a male warden we all
love to hate, a rebellious, lesbian inmate with a dark past [well done
Mandana], a feisty gangsters wife, the murderer, the drug addict, the
self harmer, the prostitute best friends [mildly neurotic] and the
female queen bee inmate with a dark side. And more
All the actors do
a great job of making their characters
real and believable
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