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The Fisher family are feuding
The Fisher family are feuding (Image credit: Shed Productions)

She’s got plenty of headaches at school, but it’s at home that Head Teacher Karen Fisher is suffering... The Fisher family have their annual celebration on the eve of Bex’s birthday. It’s something they’ve done ever since she disappeared, but only Karen really wants to continue with it and emotions erupt as she insists that they should continue to do it. The children Karen still has – Jess and Harry – are miserable and husband Charlie is tormented by the memories of missing daughter Bex (Tina O’Brien – Coronation Street), which causes further damage to their already fragile marriage. At school, feelings are also about to explode… A new gay student, Connor (Luke Tittensor – Emmerdale) brings out something in Josh that he has desperately been trying to deny – his sexual attraction to Finn. Josh tries to kiss his friend, who freaks out and tells everyone. Josh lashes out at Finn and Tom questions the pair. Unable to admit the truth, Josh denies he kissed Finn and Tom is happy to believe him, rather than consider that his son could be gay. Elsewhere in the staff room... Chris’s one-night stand with Jess comes back to bite him – again – when Vicki uses it to blackmail him for better grades. And Ruby and John interview potential surrogate mothers to get the child they want and are surprised by one applicant. (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.