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Series 9 Episode 1
Beyond the Call of Duty

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Episode number 161
Release Date 5th September 2013
Created By Ann McManus and Maureen Chadwick
Producer Lizzie Gray
Director Patrick Harkins
Writer Liz Lake
Credits See List
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Beyond the Call of Duty is the first episode of Series 9.

Synopsis

As the school mourns the loss of Tom, Audrey gets out of her depth when she suspects new pupils, Lenny and Lisa Brown, are being neglected. Visibly dishevelled, Lenny and Lisa’s appearance worries Audrey who barely recognises the bright, happy children she once taught at Havelock High. Audrey visits their house, where she finds their elderly brother Larry is selling drugs. Later, at the school’s football match, Audrey’s concerns become public – with far-reaching consequences for the Browns. And, unbeknown to Audrey, her actions make her the target of a hate campaign by Lisa. Elsewhere, newly qualified science teacher Sue Spark feels the pressure in the classroom while deputy head Simon harbours a secret from his colleagues.

Plot

With the school still in mourning for Tom Clarkson at the start of the new term, scruffy twins Lenny and Lisa Brown are enrolled at the school by their elder brother Larry, their guardian whilst their mother is in psychiatric care.

Lenny and Lisa make quite an impression on their first day – for all the wrong reasons. Audrey is shocked at the deterioration in their appearance since she knew them from when she taught them at a previous school.

When Christine dismisses Audrey’s concerns about the Brown twins, she takes matters into her own hands, visiting their home. Once there, a horrified Audrey discovers Larry is growing and dealing drugs. Larry pushes Audrey to the floor, which knocks her out. When she regains consciousness, she quickly escapes to Waterloo Road – but before she can report the incident, Larry arrives to remove the twins. As Larry and the twins were leaving, the police arrived at the school, having received a call from Audrey. Larry tries to run but is caught and arrested. The twins move into the schoolhouse. Lenny is pleased to be in a warm, clean home but his vengeful sister determines to get even with Audrey.

Elsewhere, a troubled Kacey Barry struggles to cope without her teacher and mentor, Tom. She builds her own shrine to him, but is encouraged to move on with the promise of boxing lessons from Nikki.

There’s a new face in school as recently qualified science teacher, Sue Spark, finds the reality of teaching harder than she thought; and new deputy head, Simon, harbours the fact that she is his girlfriend.

George pushes to have Mandarin on the syllabus, thus employing his wife, Princess, as his teaching assistant.

Main cast

Staff

Students

Others

  • James Young as Larry Brown (One-off appearance)
  • Kevin O'Loughlin as Sol (One-off appearance)
  • Shaun Prendergast as Robert Bain
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