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PICK OF THE BOX; Cell mates out to shock.

DRAMA: Bad Girls (ITV, 9.00pm)

WHEN former Corrie producer Brian Park axed half the Street's regulars to make way for young blood, he returned the soap to the top of the ratings.

Now his latest drama, set in Larkhill women's prison, will shock thanks to its outrageous sex scenes, stories of lesbianism, drugs and violence.

The hard-hitting 10-part series stars Simone Lahbib as caring wing governor Helen Stewart, who is struggling to control staff as well as inmates.

In the first part, Wing G is rehearsing for a spring fashion show when pregnant prisoner Carol Byatt is found unconscious in her blood-stained bed.

The finger is pointed at negligent senior officer Sylvia Hollamby (Helen Fraser) whom the prisoners want sacked.

FACTUAL: Return To Wonderland (BBC2, 11.20pm)

A LOOK at how Russians are still struggling to come to terms with post-Soviet communism.

Even at 11 years old, little Natasha is feeling the pinch. She makes money by selling books and magazines to drivers as they wait in traffic jams.

But another man featured in the programme, Vissaroin, appears to have even worse problems.

The ex-traffic cop claims to be the Messiah and leads a cult of 5000 in the heart of Siberia.

DOCUMENTARY: Sophie: The New People's Princess (Channel 5, 8.00pm)

SOPHIE RHYS-JONES comes under the microscope in this documentary in the run-up to her wedding to Prince Edward. As she prepares to become the Queen's third daughter-in-law on June 19, Sophie's childhood and life as a PR girl are explored.

Though opinions are divided, few have a bad word to say about Sophie as the world's media gears up for the latest royal wedding.

Narrated by Kirsty Young, comparisons with the late Princess of Wales are inevitable and predictable.

HEALTH: Feeling Good (BBC1, 8.00pm)

WHAT better way to feel good than to watch others getting fit from the comfort of your own armchair.

This week, Isha Sesay tries Thai massage and broadcaster Lesley Riddoch talks about her diet.

A young girl who suffered complete memory loss after a car crash tells of her battle back to health.
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Publication:Daily Record (Glasgow, Scotland)
Date:Jun 1, 1999
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