Representatives of malevolence and mischief include the rogueish JR and the positively perfidious Walter White of Breaking Bad. Some of the wicked women to be featured are Alexis Colby, Joan Collins’s scheming alter ego in Dynasty; as well as the cold and calculating Tanya Turner of Footballers' Wives fame,whose husbands each met a sticky end. Plus, where in the line-up will EastEnders villainess Janine Butcher end up? Turning to the so-called bad guys of real life, the show also asks whether sharp-tongued Britain's Got Talent judge Simon Cowell is nastier than Nasty Nigel, Mr Lithgoe.
A host of television and showbiz personalities offer their insight into what keeps us rooting for the bad guys, including Linda Gray, (otherwise known as Sue Ellen Ewing); Bad Girl Claire King; Katie Hopkins from The Apprentice; Popstars judge Nikki Chapman; Neighbours baddie Stefan Dennis; the singers AnaMatronic and Suzanne Shaw; and EastEnders actors Brian Capron, Billy Murray and Larry Lamb.