'The Teacher' fans predict horrifying twist

The Teacher - Sheridan Smith as Jenna, standing in a school corridor wearing a silk shirt, tweed skirt, leather jacket and staff ID laminate, with a worried look on her face
'The Teacher' stars Sheridan Smith as Jenna. (Image credit: Channel 5)

The Teacher fans have come up with a great new theory after watching the second installment of the Channel 5 drama. 

The four-part series starring Sheridan Smith as accused teacher Jenna Garvey has so far had viewers on the edge of their seats as Jenna's world falls apart overnight after she is accused of sleeping with a 15-year-old student in a nightclub toilet in episode one

Jenna can't remember what happened on the night the crime allegedly took place, having blacked out after drinking too much while partying to celebrate her promotion at work to Head of English. 

Jenna stands in her childhood bedroom (still with posters on the walls), wearing a housecoat and swigging directly from a bottle of wine

Jenna has been forced to move back in with her father as the press hound her at home.  (Image credit: Channel 5)

The beginning of episode two saw Jenna being hounded by the press and the public, unable to leave the house without having abuse hurled at her. But as she became the target of online abuse, she started to doubt her own innocence and became convinced that perhaps she is guilty after all. 

Despite her solicitor urging her to plead not guilty and letting the case go to trial, Jenna decided she didn't want to put Kyle through a trial, still putting her pupil's welfare before her own. 

Soon she found herself with a suspended sentence, living with her estranged father and doing community service while sleeping back in her childhood bedroom. 

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Kyle let slip that he hasn't been entirely truthful about what happened in the nightclub toilets.  (Image credit: Channel 5)

However, towards the end of the episode, Jenna happened to bump into Kyle, and it soon became clear that all wasn't quite as it seemed. As she apologised to the teenager for her supposed crime, he replied "You weren't meant to plead guilty" before racing off. 

But while Kyle has all but admitted that he hasn't been telling the truth about what happened that night, fans think there is another twist to come after becoming convinced that Kelvin Fletcher's character, Jack, could be behind the accusations made against Jenna...

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Tonight's episode (Wednesday, Feb. 2) will see Jenna trying to piece together what really happened the night she bumped into Kyle on an evening out... starting by reassessing her life and quitting drinking.

TV tonight Sheridan Smith and Kelvin Fletcher star.

Could Jenna's colleague Jack have something to do with the accusations made against her?  (Image credit: Channel 5)

But will Jack, her ICT teacher colleague soon show that he has more to do with her predicament than meets the eye? 

Not only did he fail to help her when she saw there were notifications on her phone from the mysterious app that someone added to her phone while it was lost, but also he didn't make a statement to Jenna's solicitor. There is definitely something that doesn't add up here — could Jack be at the centre of it all? 

The Teacher continues on Channel 5 tonight at 9pm. You can also catch up on any episodes you have missed at channel5.com.

Claire Crick
Assistant Managing Editor at What To Watch

Claire is Assistant Managing Editor at What To Watch and has been a journalist for over 15 years, writing about everything from soaps and TV to beauty, entertainment, and even the Royal Family. After starting her career at a soap magazine, she ended up staying for 13 years, and over that time she’s pulled pints in the Rovers Return, sung karaoke in the Emmerdale village hall, taken a stroll around Albert Square, and visited Summer Bay Surf Club in sunny Australia. 

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