Five sex-mad party girls are sent to a convent to straighten them out in Channel 5 show

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THEY worship their phones, idolise Kim Kardashian and religiously drink themselves into oblivion.

So what in Holy Detox would five party girls be doing in a convent?

 Sister Thomas More with selfie-obsessed lingerie model Gabbi, 20, ahead of Channel 5 show

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Sister Thomas More with selfie-obsessed lingerie model Gabbi, 20, ahead of Channel 5 show
 Let us play: the girls with the nuns at Daughters of Divine Charity

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Let us play: the girls with the nuns at Daughters of Divine Charity

The unlikely situation is the focus of Channel 5’s Bad Habits, a four-part series in which a group of sex-mad ladettes try to reform their wild ways with the help of the Daughters of Divine Charity.

Conforming to the nuns’ strict regime, covering up in modest outfits and banishing social media and alcohol sounds like hell to these fun-loving women.

But can the sisters perform a miracle and show the girls a different path?

When 23-year-old Paige arrives in red thigh-high boots and a mini skirt, showing off her Nicki Minaj leg tattoo, it seems unlikely.

 Dancer Tyla, 22, poses with a pal and claims she splurged £40,000 on looking good last year

Dancer Tyla, 22, poses with a pal and claims she splurged £40,000 on looking good last year
 A pal admires Tyla in her dancing gear ahead of strict show

A pal admires Tyla in her dancing gear ahead of strict show

“Some things like swearing are offensive to the sisters,” says Paige, reading from the rules. “That’s me f***ed then.”

There are plenty of raised eyebrows as she battles her way into the Convent of the Sacred Heart, in Swaffham, Norfolk, with two enormous suitcases.

And Sister Michaela urges: “It’s about not judging by appearance.”

It’s the first time a convent has opened its doors to such an experiment, which took a year of negotiations between Channel 5 and the Catholic Church.

 Tyla pictured in an old folks' home as she gets to grips with the rules of convent life

Tyla pictured in an old folks’ home as she gets to grips with the rules of convent life
 Paige and Rebecca get to grips with prayers

Paige and Rebecca get to grips with prayers

Paige is followed by booze-loving nightclub hostess Sarah, and Geordie clubber Rebecca, who goes out six nights a week but can “probably only remember three”.

Selfie-obsessed Gabbi, 20, a lingerie model, brings a bag-full of stuffed toys and says: “I can’t live without my phone.”

And Tyla, 22, a podium dancer from Leeds, reckons she splurged £40,000 on looking good last year.

Sister Thomas More politely comments: “There were two of them that were a bit modern in their dress. I wouldn’t want them wandering around the convent like that. I thought, ‘Oh gosh’.” But it’s not just the outfits that have shocked the nuns.

 Lingerie model Gabbi confesses she can't live without her phone

Lingerie model Gabbi confesses she can’t live without her phone
 The rules of the convent from no valuable possessions to £25-a-month allowance and NO sex

The rules of the convent from no valuable possessions to £25-a-month allowance and NO sex

“If you meet someone you go home to bed with them and that’s the norm,” says Sister Thomas More.

“But it shouldn’t be the norm, should it?”

Paige, who has packed 15 pairs of shoes and lacy thongs, admits she has no idea how many men she’s slept with.

 Party girl Paige brings two suitcases of clothes with her to the convent

Party girl Paige brings two suitcases of clothes with her to the convent
 The girls embrace one last night out before they go to the convent

The girls embrace one last night out before they go to the convent

And by week two, Rebecca complains: “This is the longest I’ve gone without sex, I’m missing it.”

Meanwhile, the sisters happily entertain themselves with board games, crosswords and playing musical instruments.

They list their favourites drinks as tea, coffee and hot chocolate, and each has a monthly spending allowance of just £25.

 Nightclub dancer Rebecca proclaims she misses sex two weeks into the experiment

Nightclub dancer Rebecca proclaims she misses sex two weeks into the experiment
 Instead of going out to clubs the nuns play musical instruments to keep themselves entertained

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Instead of going out to clubs the nuns play musical instruments to keep themselves entertained

At 7.15am every day, they attend chapel, and expect the girls to do the same.

Tyla finds herself ticked off for constantly re-applying her lip gloss during the service, while Sarah moans: “Chapel is on my top 10 of most boring things I’ve ever endured in my life.”

The rebel of the group is Sarah who sneaks off to buy a bottle of vodka, saying: “It was about breaking the rules.”

 Nightclub host Sarah is the rebel of the group and sneaks out of the convent to buy vodka

Nightclub host Sarah is the rebel of the group and sneaks out of the convent to buy vodka
 The girls work in an old peoples' home

The girls work in an old peoples’ home

But she can’t get one over on the nuns and the contraband is poured down the sink. As Sister Francis wisely puts it: “To transform the world legless is really not a good idea.”

It doesn’t stop Sarah’s thirst for booze and adventure, and she somehow convinces their chaperones to let the girls go to the pub as a treat.

If the nuns were shocked at their outfits before, their eyes pop out of their heads when their charges appear dressed as if they’re partying in Magaluf.

 The girls swap all-nighters in the pub for playing board games with the nuns

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The girls swap all-nighters in the pub for playing board games with the nuns
 The girls give up their phones and instead read in quiet contemplation

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The girls give up their phones and instead read in quiet contemplation

Sister Michaela surprisingly says she was just like them before she found God.

“I know what it’s like to be a lost teenager,” she says.

But it’s hard to imagine the sweet sister downing a bottle of wine then twerking by the pool table, as the girls do in front of astonished locals.

 The girls must start their day in the chapel at 7.15am

The girls must start their day in the chapel at 7.15am
 After a night in the pub Rebecca ends up on the sofa in her knickers crying about a broken nail

After a night in the pub Rebecca ends up on the sofa in her knickers crying about a broken nail

They stumble back to their rooms by the 9.30pm curfew — although worse-for-wear Rebecca ends up sprawled half naked on a sofa crying about a broken nail.

It’s no wonder Sister Francis ponders: “Perhaps we’ve lost our moral compass.” Then something close to a miracle does start to happen.

The outfits grow more modest, the five lose the fake nails and join the nuns in shunning make-up.

Rebecca says: “Coming here has made me see things about myself.

“I do have a heart in there somewhere.”

And being dispatched to help at a homeless shelter makes spendaholic Tyla regret her ways and feel like a “shallow bitch”.

So determined is she to carry on this good work, she asks for a contact for a similar project near her Leeds home. To test them further, the sisters send the girls to the ultra-strict Poor Clare monastery in London.

 Rebecca and the nuns perform a song to pass the time

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Rebecca and the nuns perform a song to pass the time
 Gabbi and Tyla play a game of tennis with the nuns

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Gabbi and Tyla play a game of tennis with the nuns

Vows of silence there, and prayers in the dead of night, prove too much for the novices.

Rebecca calls it “hell”, normally eager Gabbi admits she is “praying for this to end”.

But another challenge, helping other nuns in London run a care home, is more fruitful.

Paige willingly sets her alarm for the crack of dawn to get to chapel. “I want to think about things and have a bit of time in my own head,” she says.

Gabbi tells one of the nuns the experience has enabled her to find herself. She says. “It’s found the Gabbi I used to be when I was a kid growing up and loved getting stuck in, and loved a challenge.”

After cleaning for the day, Rebecca says: “I admit I’ve been lazy, sleeping all day and going out at night, but when I come home, I’ll help out and keep my room tidy. I’m going to get a proper job and help out with rent.”

 By the end of her time in the convent Paige gets up early to go to chapel

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By the end of her time in the convent Paige gets up early to go to chapel
 Over time the girls outfits become more modest and they stop wearing as much make-up

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Over time the girls outfits become more modest and they stop wearing as much make-up

She believes a job in a care home is her calling — and at home, heads straight to college to enrol on a healthcare course.

Gabbi posts her first make-up-free selfies to her 19,000 followers, while Paige sacrifices a night boozing to return to her old hobby of horseriding.

Sarah chooses to stay sober to meet her friends. And fashion fiend Tyla donates piles of clothes to a charity shop.

“They’ve all seen a better side to themselves,” says Sister Francis.

“I think there will be some surprises. Perhaps the person we think has got the least out of it will get the most out of it.”

They may not be saints yet, but they’re certainly not the sinners they once were.

Meet the novices

Rebecca, 19, nightclub dancer from Newcastle

The only time I’ve never had make-up on is when I’m doing the walk of shame after a night out

Gabbi, 20, lingerie model, from London

My self worth comes from Instagram. If I stop getting followers, then what’s the point?

Tyla, 22, dancer from Leeds

If I go out, there’s not the slightest chance that I’m coming home sober

Sarah, 19, nightclub hostess, from London

I can spend ten hours on my phone at a time . . . it depends on how long I’m awake for

Paige, 23, secretary, from the West Country

I don’t know how many people I’ve slept with. I’ve never tried to count them all

Bad Habits, Holy Orders is on Channel 5 from Thursday October 19, at 10pm

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