Never one to keep her opinions to herself, Janeece gives the school’s senior staff a serious headache this week. When she picks up Year 10 pupil – and teen mum – Billie Taylor on her way to school, she notices that Billie's mother, Laura, is acting as the child’s primary carer. Concerned that Laura is trying to take the baby away from Billie, Janeece defies the advice of Chris and Adanna and urges Billie to fight for her maternal rights. The result? A clash between mother and daughter, not to mention major confusion over who has the baby's best interests at heart. In Karen’s absence, how can the situation be resolved? Meanwhile, staff and pupils are beginning to notice Grantly's increasingly unkempt appearance and wonder what’s going on. Enter Ruby and Tom, whose covert clean-up operation looks a lot like Grantly’s first step towards getting his life in order. Elsewhere, Jonah finds out that he’s the only student attending Cesca’s lunchtime Spanish lessons, and their mutual attraction provides the ideal opportunity for some intensive one-to-one, ahem, ‘tuition’. This surely can’t end well for either of them.
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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.