Bad Girls

Bad Girls

Overview

Bad Girls was a British television drama series, set in the fictional women’s prison of Larkhall, and featured a mixture of serious and light storylines focusing on the prisoners and staff of G Wing.

Helen and Nikki’s relationship should have been a disaster that ended in heartache. A lesbian in jail for killing a man who tried to rape her girlfriend falls in love with the straight governing governor. But there’s was a fairytale romance for the ages. It remains, to this day, one of the most satisfying queer storylines in TV history, and it ends with Nikki getting released from jail (after her crime is ruled self-defense) and chasing Helen down in the street, where Helen says to her: “[My boyfriend] Thomas is gorgeous, and he’s everything you’d want in a man. But I want a woman.” The last scene of season three, their last appearance on-screen, fades to black as they make out against a storefront in the middle of the day on a crowded street. Free to just be with each other. Free to be.

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The same happiness cannot be said of the others.

Queer Plotline Timeline

Season three ends with Helen and Nikki somehow happy together. Nikki was in jail for killing her girlfriend’s would-be-rapist, and Helen is a straight governor. After Nikki’s released (it was ruled self defense), she chases down Helen who admits she’s in love. The season ends with them making out, both finally free.

The same can’t be said for anyone else on the show.

Characters

There are 16 queer characters listed for this show; 3 are dead.

Regulars (15)

Al Mackenzie

 Pauline Campbell
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Arun Parmar

 Rebecca Hazlewood
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Cassie Tyler

 Kellie Bright
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Denny Blood

 Alicya Eyo
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Helen Stewart

 Simone Lahbib
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Kris Yates

 Jennifer Ness
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Mandy Goodhue

 Angela Bruce
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Natalie Buxton

 Dannielle Brent
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Nikki Wade

 Mandana Jones
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Pat Kerrigan

 Liz May Brice
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Roisin Connor

 Siobhan McCarthy
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Selena Geeson

 Charlotte Lucas
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Shaz Wiley

 Lindsey Fawcett
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Sheena Williams

 Laura Rogers
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Shell Dockley

 Debra Stephenson
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