Karen Fisher finds her talents as a mother and as an educator tested when her own son Harry takes drastic action to get her attention after being bullied. Karen doesn’t even know that Harry suffers from bulimia, but she finds out after Year 11 bad boy Finn relentlessly torments the younger boy because Harry thwarted Finn’s plans to sleep with his sister, Jess. Desperate for help, but not knowing how to ask for it, Harry nearly drowns himself in the school pool. The unhappy boy and his tormentor find themselves in Karen’s office, and Harry finally tells his mum the truth about his bulimia. Stunned, Karen wonders just what kind of mother she is. Well, she’s not the kind Vicki wants. Having moved in with the Fishers to be part of a happy family’s life, Vicki sees them falling apart and realises she needs to find somewhere else to live. Clever clogs Ruth, who knows a lot but doesn’t know how to make friends, finds she’s popular with fellow pupils when she enters an Interschool Debating Contest. Ronan thinks he can make money with her talent – but Ruth isn’t quite the sure bet he thought... One thing that is for sure is that Janeece is having a baby – and she goes into labour at school. Get her in the Biology class, quick! (opens in new tab)
Patrick McLennan is a London-based journalist and documentary maker who has worked as a writer, sub-editor, digital editor and TV producer in the UK and New Zealand. His CV includes spells as a news producer at the BBC and TVNZ, as well as web editor for Time Inc UK. He has produced TV news and entertainment features on personalities as diverse as Nick Cave, Tom Hardy, Clive James, Jodie Marsh and Kevin Bacon and he co-produced and directed The Ponds, which has screened in UK cinemas, BBC Four and is currently available on Netflix.
An entertainment writer with a diverse taste in TV and film, he lists Seinfeld, The Sopranos, The Chase, The Thick of It and Detectorists among his favourite shows, but steers well clear of most sci-fi.
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