Military-style discipline causes problems for staff and pupils at Ashfordly School and, consequently, for the Aidensfield constabulary. Former soldier Jim Osgood is now a gym teacher at the school and he runs his classes like a drill sergeant. The local police are impressed by his style. He's not taking any nonsense from the students and, he believes, nor should his colleagues. So, Osgood's particularly put out when Gary Bell, a pupil, gives new teacher Wendy Kelshaw a hard time. The boy needs to be taught a lesson and Osgood's the man to do it – but his teaching methods put the lad in hospital. Gary's frightened friend turns to nurse Carol Cassidy, who, in turn, asks Pc Joe Mason to investigate. But he dismisses it as internal school business. So, free to continue marching about bully-style, Osgood tells Wendy she owes him for getting rid of her problem pupil. Reluctantly, she agrees to a drink but Osgood wants more and, as he drives her home, he takes what he wants. Carol's is again the shoulder cried on but Wendy is scared to go to the police. Osgood's first victim, Gary, is not scared, though. He wants revenge – and he's armed with a gun. Now will the police act?
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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.