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on 13 June 2001
Launched as the third series draws to a close, this DVD has got to be on the wish list of many of the millions of viewers now attracted weekly.
The first series is the grittiest of the lot. The story lines seem often far-fetched so it's shocking to read that they're often based on real life stories told to the programme writers and and researchers.
The DVD contains a lot of stuff for the die-hard fan base, including interviews with the actors (interviews with the actors talking about their characters were included in the vhs box set, not sure if these are the same ones or not). Also, a behind the scenes documentary and out-takes from the series presented by Simone Lahbib.
This is not for the faint-hearted viewer, it is bloody and violent in places.. turn your eyes for the shower scene when Zandra arrives... but it's the largely female cast and strong character that make it so compulsive, fighting the hideousness of the system, there's real warmth and support between the women, watch out for the scenes with Monica and her son.
If you've never seen Bad Girls before, start right here, you'll be hooked.
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on 1 December 2000
It isn't often you can buy a TV series boxset and honestly say that every single episode is worthy of being watched many times but "Bad Girls" is an excellent drama series which is already well on it's way to become a cult classic. This extremely well writen and acted first series of the ITV drama captures the trails of women behind bars using a well balanced mix of humour and drama and raises issues which women can face not only behind bars but also in every day life such as bullying, drug abuse, homosexuality and the struggle with relationships within the family and also with lovers. "Bad Girls" features a cast of excellent and mainly previously unknown actors and actresses which will almost certainly become well known within the next few years due to the fantastic performances of the entire cast. I would say that this boxset is well worth buying as it is a moving and controversial drama full of interesting and believable story lines and you are guaranteed to find characters that you love and characters that you love to hate!!! GET A COPY NOW!!!!!!!!!!
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on 3 August 2006
this is the first series of a show that truely is a milestone in television (a lot of people dont know that it came into production because the nation enjoyed the episodes of coronation street when Deirdre Rachide went to prison!) Welcome to Larkhall-place of the damned. Rape, murder and drugs-and thats just the officers! Bad Girls has a real mixture of themes and emotions ranging from bullying to true love,and all the while capturing the harsh reality of a womens prison. Yet it still manages to incorporate a fair amount of humour, how could you ever forget the cranky 'Senior officer Hollomby' (or bodybag as she is known to the inmates) or the two Julies whose mad-cap ideas have been the cause of many a funny storyline-especially with their tendencies to go wrong! but there are also the darker characters such as the evil officer Fenner and the wicked Shell Dockley. But be warned-once you've started watching you won't be able to stop.
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on 9 April 2002
I got my dvd through the post with the idea of watching a couple of eps and then leaving the rest until the next day, but after the first one I was hooked! I watched the whole thing in one go, including the extra features :) The episodes are tightly written and superbly acted, giving a real insight into prison life and the characters you might find there. The storyline between Helen and Nikki is,IMO, entirely believable, and Monica is a great character with a powerful story being told regarding her and her son. This is a great, great series, and everyone should at least try it. The extras are great too, with funny outtakes and interesting behind the scenes features. Worth the money!
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on 1 September 2005
Bad Girls has not yet made it to Dutch television. I sincerely hope it will some day, because it's the best show ever dealing with prison drama. Perhaps 10 years ago we had a show in Holland called "Vrouwengevangenis" (womens prison) but that was childs play compared to Bad Girls.
The cast, the setting, the storylines are extremly intens and powerful. I was totally hooked from episode one, series one. The colouful introduction of all these women, so strong, so real. I simply could not resist to watch all the episodes in 2 evenings.
For me the most gripping storylines are the one between Helen and Nikki (of course!) and the one involving Monica's son Spencer. Spencer, a man (and actor) with Downs' syndrome, showing a diversity of emotions when he visits his mother in prison. The haven't been separated in 30 years, so how do you explain this dramatic situation to a person with such genuine feelings?
What to say about Helen and Nikki, what's not already been said? Seeing Helen struggle with her feelings for Nikki (and her professional career) is played so recognizable by Simone Lahbib, it made my heart beat faster. The longing, the confusing, the distracts, all extremly tense play by both actresses.
And eh as a Dutch girl I learned a lot of British slang, but is it all that controlled?
Buy the series, buy them now, you don't know what you are missing
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VINE VOICEon 4 November 2008
When "Bad Girls" debuted in 1999, it hit the headlines, with newspaper coverage of the lesbian content, and the scene that makes this DVD, unlike all other series of this programme, rated 18 (that scene that makes this adult viewing only is where a prisoner is searched for the drugs she is carrying in an unpleasant way that is suggested rather than shown). In this first series, "Bad Girls" was meaningful and controversial. It did not shy away from the realities of prison life and was not the high-camp, high jinks fun it was to become by later series, but a genuinely gritty, hard-hitting drama about life inside, based on real women's experiences, and with a cast that was, in an effort to highlight the realism, deliberately largely unknown. The most recognisable face back in 1999 was Joanne Froggatt who had played, for a short time, the ill-fated single mother Zoe on ITV's "Coronation Street". Fans of the BBC drama "Playing the Field" were astonished to see Debra Stephenson, who played such a mild-mannered character in that series, be so convincing as the psychopathic bully Shell Dockley here.

This first series was based around Helen Stewart (Simone Lahbib), a fast-tracked Wing Governor severely lacking in support in her role at Larkhall prison. She's unpopular with her superiors, her subordinates, and, when a prisoner nearly dies from a miscarriage, with the prisoners themselves. Helen cares deeply about the inmates, does her best and desperately wants to make a difference. But she is largely ineffectual, and presides over a G-Wing in which she is unable to properly manage her staff (and how!) and fails to recognise the suffering certain inmates are going through, yet becomes too personally involved with others - most notably, convicted murderer, Nikki Wade (Mandana Jones).

The initial tabloid controversy over "Bad Girls" was generated regarding the largely unseen lesbian relationship between Shell and her sidekick, Denny Blood (Alicia Eyo). As the series developed, however, a more substantial romance was in the works, and here's where a particular recommendation comes in: if you are someone who wants to see a convincing, well-developed, well-acted lesbian romance on-screen, then begin with this series and watch series 2 and 3 of "Bad Girls" as well. As someone who watched this on television when it was originally screened, I envy those who are able to watch this brilliant lesbian romance for the first time.

Aside from the lesbian aspect, Series 1 of "Bad Girls" showcases a particular brand of British drama at its best, with clever scripts, engaging characters and first-rate acting. The viewer can believe in each and every character and feel for most of them. Not all of the characters are sympathetic. Later to become overused and a cliché, one particular prisoner officer character is chillingly convincing in these early episodes.

I thoroughly enjoyed watching S1 of "Bad Girls" at the time and I thoroughly enjoy watching this Series 1 DVD from time-to-time now as well. This is a superior drama, in which a good idea was fleshed out into convincing and meaningful television, and really is well worth a look.
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on 21 July 2005
Bad Girls is now a hit-tv show and the first season layed the foundations for this.
Great Acting, Great Writing, Great Storylines, Great direction.
This is a must have for all Bad Girls fans especially those who have only watched the recent series!
As for Amazon, my order was dispatched the day after I ordered it and I recieved it the day after that! No fuss - No problems!
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on 4 September 2001
This dvd is so good. The series itself, on its own was superb but with the extra features this dvd is unmissable. The outakes are hillarious and the interviews with cast really give you an insight into the characters that they play. It also shows you behind the scenes on the set which is quite interesting. If u have 10 hours to spare watch it all at once. Superb value for money!
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on 9 March 2004
Anyone who has watched can not help but fall into a trap and completely fall in love with the show and the characters. I have recently just got series 1, 2 and 3 on dvd after wanting it for ages and it was well worth the money as it reminds you of why you fall in love with the show in the first place. There can be no doubt that series 1 is the most powerful and eye opening out the 3 series as the first three episodes are excellent in showing us the harsh world of being a woman's prison.
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on 21 August 2001
OK, everybody ya'll must be familiar with Bad Girls? It's like one of THE best drama Britain has to offer. The characters are great, the acting is excellent. May I just point out one thing to Subtitle fans, this DVD doesn't have any, that's one thing that disappointed me, and, sometimes I just felt like BAD GIRLS DVD box set needs subtitles as every now and then, you can't pick up on what they say. There, that is all!
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