There's some confusion at Deansgate School as Pc's Nate Roberts and Mel Ryder are called in to investigate a burglary in teacher Becky James' classroom only to find nothing apparently stolen. Instead they find the suspects have left behind a huge painted canvas. Nate finds out that one of the suspects is Kim whose father is a school governor. Kim admits to the crime saying that she and Jimmy did it for a dare. But Kim's father is furious blaming the school and announcing he is taking his daughter elsewhere. After the meeting, Nate is concerned that teacher Becky has not been in to work and goes to her house with Mel. There, the pair find the teacher badly beaten and unconscious on the kitchen floor. Who attacked Becky? And what do they want?
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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