Bad Girls, ITV1

by | Jul 13, 2006 | All, Reviews

Did we like it?

We’ll probably always love this programme – especially if it keeps up the quality of this series eight opener.

What was good about it?

• The exposure of prejudice against Muslims – much more effective than a dozen dry discussion shows – as Emira Al Jahani (really a Scouser called Emily) arrived in Larkhall, nabbed by a battalion of armed police while her ‘terrorist’ husband legged it out of the only window they’d failed to cover. Sylvia Hollamby – the voice of the Daily Mail as ever – stormed in with: “Get that contraption off your head” and “Get your dishcloth off!”, while the other cons were soon screaming about ricin, Osama Bin Laden and “your sort”.

• Amanda Donohoe as new deputy governor Louise Stoke, who arrived at work straight from a lap-dancing club where she seemed to be enjoying the gyrations of a busty blonde. She’s not going to rub along well with the Guv’ning Guv’nor Joyless Joy Masterston (we loved it when she made a w**ker sign behind the old bat’s back).

• Sylvia and the screws making a run for it when they thought poison was in the air, tramping Joy underfoot as they raced for the exits.

• Sid Owen as new screw Donny (a slightly grown-up version of gormless Ricky from EastEnders).

• Natalie Buxton remains as nasty as ever, cooking up a plan to make crystal meth to liven up Larkhall life.

• Pat’s The Clash T-shirt

What was bad about it?

• We did miss Bastard Jim Fenner and Dotty Di.

• The disappointment that Emira hadn’t caused the deaths of our favourite gay governor Neil and Nasty Natalie’s hard-faced henchwoman Ash. It was boring old Legionnaire’s Disease instead.

• While Phyl’s vomiting scene was good, her lousy collapse isn’t going to get actress Amanda Barrie much stuntwoman work.

• The Two Julies didn’t feature very much.

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