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The Fifth Series of an Excellent Prison Drama,
This review is from: Bad Girls: The Complete Series 5 [DVD]  (DVD)The only negative thing I have to say about this series is that this is the series when the best Bad Girls character ever, Yvonne Atkins leaves. It isn't the same without Yvonne, though series 7 is my personal favourite (it's great from start to finish. I expect you're probaby confused).
This series begins with Fenner going on a men's night out, along with new officer Collin Hedges. It's then when Shell Dockley is found and returned to Larkhall. However she doesn't last long, and it's thanks to Fenner that she doesn't. He's also the reason why we say bye to some other characters; he has Dockley sent to a mental institution, where she loses her new born baby. Karen Betts gets proof of Fenner's unprofessional behavior (you know what he's like with the women), but he steals the evidence away and frames her in dangerous driving. And then there's Atkins. Her escape plan backfires when he locks her in a tunnel, which Atkins finds 2 seconds later is blocked off. The series ends with Yvonne, sitting there crying, scratching at the wall, trying desperately to escape. The series ends with two desperate words from Yvonne herself; "help me".
Other character leave in this series also. Barbara Hunt gets released at the end (she's still there when the series ends, but she's gone by series 6. Same with Buki Lester). Denni leaves also and so does Snowball, who hangs herself when she loses the will to live. There's good and interesting events throughout the series. Atkins and Hedges have an affair, but Atkins soon discovers that Colin is a heroin adict and loses respect for him, but the two get back together again. Fenner turns really nasty towards Yvonne, when he plants drugs on her and Julie S discovers she has breast cancer. And Sylvia's husband Bobby commits suicide, but it's not long until Sylvia falls for Henry.
This series also introduces some new characters. Hedges I've already mentioned. Then there's Selena Geeson (she arrives near towards the end). Then there's some new inmates such as Kris Yates (she too arrives near towards the end) and the two best characters (after Atkins) Phyl Oswyn and Bev Tull; two alcoholics and drug adicts, very sneaky and manipulative. Not to be trusted, but you can't help liking them. Series 5 is a great series, maybe not as good as 4, but definately great. A series I'd recommend to all Bad Girls fans.