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The new supply teacher is in deep water

The new supply teacher is in deep water
The new supply teacher is in deep water (Image credit: Shed Productions)

There's a new supply teacher on staff at Waterloo Road this week and Jem Allen (played by My Family’s Daniela Denby-Ashe) and her flashy car are an instant hit with the pupils. Most of the staff are also happy about the new teacher’s arrival except for Grantly, who is suspicious of her apparently glamorous lifestyle. When the pair go on a school trip he suggests a detour to her house with the pupils to check it is as grand as she makes out. It is and the boys are soon tucking into free champagne from her fridge. However, Grantly soon discovers the house isn’t Jem’s at all, but before he has the chance to gloat Bolton is hurt after knocking his head in the swimming pool. Meanwhile, Janeece takes desperate measures to appear modest and finally decides she won’t feel better unless she has her breast augmentation operation reversed.

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.