What’s Pc Leon Taylor up to? Is he breaking the rules again? That’s what DS Max Carter wants to know when he catches off-duty Leon on camera as he takes surveillance pictures of Mark Wilson arguing with Josie Hibbert. Mark is definitely a wrong ‘un, with a brother in prison for drug-related crimes. So, how is Leon mixed up with them? Back at Sun Hill, DC Grace Dasari and DI Neil Manson think they need to investigate further before talking to Leon. What they discover is that Josie is a prison officer at Longmarsh, where Mark’s brother, Shaun, is serving his sentence. She has befriended Ria Crossley (former Hollyoaks star Gemma Atkinson), Shaun’s girlfriend who, they discover, is being forced to smuggle in a phone for Shaun. Then Max sees Ria leaving Josie’s house – followed a few minutes later by Leon! When he finally talks to Leon, Max discovers he and Josie are just friends; he doesn’t know Ria at all. So Max decides to use their friendship: he wants Leon to convince Josie to take in the phone for Ria so that they can bug it. Shaun is planning a murder and they need to know who he wants dead. What Max finds out, though, puts the lives of Josie, Ria and Leon in danger. Mark turns up at Josie’s house with a gun and two shots are fired, but who dies?
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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.