Ackley Bridge (2017) s02e08 Episode Script

Series 2, Episode 8

I can't do this.
I can't live like this.
- I'm going to make it really easy for you.
- You just going to walk out, are you? Oi! I paid good money for them.
You were robbed.
Now move it along! That's not exactly the welcome we had planned for you.
- I just wanted a smoke! - If you love us, you will leave us alone.
I'm moving in.
- I'm in love with you.
- It was a one-night stand.
- You and Riz? - You devious little cow! Sit down.
Sit down.
Good morning, Year 11.
Today we are going to talk about exams.
La! La! La! La! I'm not listening.
They don't want to talk about exams but we need to get them to buckle down and start revising, now! - How are we going to do that? - As of this week, your school day will no longer end at 3 o'clock.
You will now go to Period 7 study skills until 4 o'clock.
Well, good luck with that.
They'll just go home as usual.
Not if Mr Simpson does his job properly.
Gate patrol.
LAUGHTER Oh, and I've cancelled the prom.
What?! I know.
I know it's a disappointment, but you have to understand that sometimes, in order to succeed in life, you have to make sacrifices.
It's not fair.
I've already bought my prom dress.
And Grandpa said he'll babysit.
I'm sorry, Candice.
It's out of my hands.
I'm not sure that went at all well.
It went exactly as I expected.
Mayday! Assistance required.
This is not a drill.
He just wandered in.
You should see the state of him.
I'll break the door down.
You're in the NUT, not the SAS, Mr Shah.
Lorraine? I was a Girl Guide! Always prepared.
Get off me! I'm not one of your sort! - Gays! Hey! - That's enough! That's enough! I'll deal with this.
- Are you sure? - Yes! I'll deal with it.
Well! Look who it is! All right, Dad? All right, Nathan? Morning, Ray.
Home, sweet home.
He's in the toilet.
Erm how are you? Yeah, I'm fine.
And Steve? Let's not do this, Mum.
We said all that needed to be said last time.
When he sobers up, tell him if he ever comes to my school again, I'm calling the police.
He hadn't had a drink in months.
He's got dementia.
This is him on a good day.
He's getting worse.
He wanders.
He don't realise where he is, what he's saying.
He makes people so angry - and HE gets - FLUSHING - and he gets so angry.
- That's not dementia, Mum that's just Dad! You're still making excuses for him.
I need a I need a break.
To sort things out.
Two weeks, that's all.
Mandy, if you don't help me, I swear I offered to help you five years ago, Mum.
You made your choice then.
He stopped looking after the pigeons.
I got a call from Jonny at the allotments.
He hadn't been paying his subs.
Mandy? - Racist alert.
- What? Oh, she totally still fancies you.
Yeah, well, that's her problem, not mine.
Yeah, sign this.
Save the prom.
Ah! I weren't even sure I were going.
I mean it all seems a bit babyish, to be honest.
Now that me and Aaron are co-habiting.
Oh, give it here! You're supposed to be getting some vitamin D.
What's going on under there? Nothing, Miss.
Razia! I used some skin bleach and it went wrong.
Hee-hee! Shamone! Razia! I know, isolation! I'm going! She got a skin bleach off the market.
I did tell her.
Are you all right? Look, Raz, you might not be my mate any more, - but I'll always be yours.
- Sh! Why did you do it? Riz.
He didn't want a brown girlfriend, did he? There's a sandwich in the fridge for your lunch and the remote's just there.
I've left my num I've left my number by the phone, in case you need me.
I should be back just before six.
So, erm have a nice day, I suppose.
So? What is it? I'm at I'm at work.
What is it? Whatever it is you need I can't Can you get rid of that for me, Lorraine? She's not been coping since Steve left.
Not at all.
I thought she chucked him out? Have you spoke to him? What did he say? - SMOKE ALARM BEEPS - Oh, for God's sake, Dad! What you playing at? You could burn the house down.
I told you.
I left you a sandwich in the fridge.
Oh! I were watching that.
- I said I were watching that.
- Yeah, I heard you the first time.
Don't you turn your back on me.
I'm not, Dad.
I'm just trying Always have to have the last word, don't you, eh? How many times do I have to tell you about that mouth of yours? When you're under my roof, you do as I say, all right? Back into school.
Your day is not over.
It's Period 7.
Oi! Get back here! - See you later! - See you later, mate! What? Did you always want to be a traffic cone when you grew up, sir? You think you're funny? Let's still see if you're laughing in detention.
I can't! It's Comedy Night at the community centre.
I'm on first.
I need to get ready.
Oh, so you DO think you're funny? Come on, please, sir.
Go on.
SHE LAUGHS At least have the decency to laugh behind my back like everyone else.
Not everyone! I'm sorry.
What can I do to cheer you up? Nowt.
Well, we could go to his comedy night and heckle? Yeah, all right.
I'll meet you there.
Cool then.
I'll catch you.
Whoa, mate! Whoa! Nice try! It's only for another week.
It's fine.
No, it's not.
You're camping out in your car, you're struggling at work and I've been here 20 minutes, you've not gone near a corkscrew.
It's a screw top.
I'm not saying you can't cope.
I just I just think with everything else Where's yours? - I'm not in the mood.
- Since when? Congratulations.
It couldn't have come at a worst time.
This is not for discussion in the staffroom, or anywhere in Lorraine's earshot, right? Course not.
How are you feeling? Tired mainly.
Get used to that.
HE BLOWS HIS NOSE Having him here won't help.
Damn, I'm going to be late.
- Do you mind if I take that bottle? - No.
- You're not going to drink it.
- No.
- See you.
- See you.
SMATTERING OF APPLAUSE Er - good evening - MICROPHONE FEEDS BACK Come on! Get on with it.
Er, I'm Naveed.
I'm still at school.
You know it's, it's not a rough school or owt, but, erm yesterday our English teacher asked us what comes after a sentence.
And this one kid stuck his hand up and said "The appeal!" And, er, and then bell went off.
Only it wasn't the bell, were it? It were his tag.
But you know it's not just our school, is it? It's the whole town.
Ever wondered why birds fly upside down round here? There's nowt worth crapping on, is there? I mean let's face it, the best thing to come out of Ackley is the A58, ain't it? Straight out of here! APPLAUSE HE CLEARS THROA So, what do you think? Pretty good.
Funnier than some of the stuff on telly.
So, what's next? Another gig? A world tour? I've got me A-levels first, sir.
Right answer! Although there is a course in Liverpool I've looking at.
Performing Arts.
Are you going to go for it? My mum and dad want me to do biochemistry.
- But do they know you're doing this? - God, no.
- They'd go spare.
- But you don't know that.
I do.
Now, ladies and gents, it's time for our next act.
You're brilliant, you, aren't you? GIRLS START TO LAUGH Right, what have you done? It's the latest thing.
- What do you think? - Er, I think you're daft in the head.
Well, I think you're a racist.
Oh for God's sake? What now? How can it be racist? - I'm showing everyone that brown is beautiful.
- Are you, though? - Are you really? - All right.
All right.
Out of the way.
Oh, Hayley! Miss, it's not what you think.
She were just trying to be a good mate, that's all.
Miss Carter's office, now! Hang on.
Isn't Razia a racist an' all? No, she's an idiot.
She's just trying to live up to Western standards of beauty.
In many ways that makes her a victim of racism.
So it's one rule for you and one rule for us? Who even asked you? Leave it.
All right, Razia, come with me.
Everyone else straight to registration.
Now! Come on.
Wait in there.
I know what it looks like, but she's not got a racist bone in her body.
It's her face that I'm worried about.
Well, just be aware she's had a rough trot this year.
So, tread lightly, yeah? - I were making a point.
- That brown is beautiful.
Which indeed it is.
So I don't see what the problem is.
Well, it's not so much the sentiment, Hayley.
It's more how you've chosen to express it.
I think maybe we should, er, call your mum.
No, you can't! She's she's not at home.
Why's this the first I've heard about that? It's OK, you can call Aaron.
He lives with us now.
Why don't I deal with this? Take your call.
Come on.
- You have a visitor.
- Well, tell them to wait.
It's your mum.
Year 7.
We asked them to paint a picture of what they'd most like to see outside their bedroom windows.
We're trying to get them to think beyond Ackley Bridge.
I know which one you would have painted at that age.
You used to love that week in Filey.
Come a long way since then.
Good job, lovely fella.
Why are you here, Mum? I I can't do it.
I can't have him back in the house.
He's he's going have to stay at yours.
Come through.
Two weeks.
That all you said you needed.
I know and I'm sorry, but when I think about him coming back You've seen what he's like.
I always knew what he was like.
It's you that's been pretending he was somebody different.
I didn't realise how hard everything had got.
I thought it were all my fault for being stupid and useless and always making him angry.
You're right.
You're right.
I should've come with you.
I should have packed my bag and got in your car.
But you didn't, Mum.
You chose him.
It wasn't like that.
Five years.
Five years without a word and you only turn up, what, now you want something? You'd got out.
If you'd have had me to think about, you wouldn't have all this.
Yeah, well, this school is failing, erm, the house is mortgaged to the hilt and I chucked Steve out two weeks ago.
And I'm pregnant too.
So, yeah I don't know if I want to keep it.
I am doing really well.
Excuse me.
Hiya, erm, I'm here about Hayley Booth.
They said there was an emergency or something but they wouldn't tell me what it was about.
Is she OK? Keep your hair on.
She's fine.
Excuse me.
You need to sign in.
So why am I getting calls from your school? All you have to do is tell Mr Shah that Hayley's not a racist.
- What? - Just say she's learnt a valuable lesson and you'll make sure she never does it again.
That way we don't have the social workers sniffing around.
This isn't my first rodeo.
It's just life with the Booth Sisters, innit? Mr Turner? Hiya.
Look, she's not a racist.
That's ridiculous.
I mean her best friend is a Well, I mean, I am.
Kind of Well, I'm not, I'm half, but there you go.
Why hasn't she washed her face yet? Well, you know, it's just daft kids' stuff, innit? If you can't handle that, then I don't know, maybe you're in the wrong job.
This is why I would have preferred to speak to Hayley's mother, not her sister's boyfriend.
Yeah, well, that's not an option, mate, is it? Looks like you're stuck with me.
Look, let's just say that she's learnt a valuable lesson and she won't do it again.
Yeah? Cool.
Are we done? Sorted.
See? Just a misunderstanding.
I'm not sure I agree.
This kind of behaviour isn't on.
And in the absence of your mother, I've no choice but to speak to social services.
- But, sir - Hayley, you'll be spending the rest of the day in isolation.
Off you go! Nice one.
What did you say? What you told me to.
Well, you must have got it wrong.
Well, then maybe you shouldn't have dropped me in it? This is not what boyfriends do, all right? And I'll I'll take him home tonight.
- No, Mum, you can't.
- I'll manage.
Thank you.
You need to get back to your own life.
No, Mum, I'm not going to let him carry on ruining your life.
- Not now that you've finally - Finally come to my senses? It's too late, Mandy.
I've made me bed.
No! Neither of us have to put up with him.
We'll we'll put him in a home.
I looked into it.
I don't have that kind of money.
Well, what sort of money? You just told me that you were in debt.
Everyone's in debt, Mum.
Your dad doesn't deserve a penny from you.
I wouldn't be doing it for him.
Oh! It was always me big plan.
Ever since I was in school.
Just go to uni, get a good job and then go rescue me mum from me crappy dad.
And when the big day came, I waited outside in the car, until me dad had gone to the pub.
And I just walked into me mum's flat and told her to pack her bags.
How did that go down? She was too scared.
I get that now.
- But you didn't back then? - No.
No, I was so angry.
I mean 20-odd years he'd knocked her around, called her every name under the sun, and I was offering her a way out, so I gave her a choice.
I told her I couldn't be around him any more, which was true, and that as long as she wanted to be with him, I didn't want to see or hear from her.
And then I just walked out.
She made the right choice in the end.
It just took her five years to get there.
Right, Dad, I'm off Dad! Dad! Dad, I've got to go to work.
You can't stay in here.
Mm, you're my little beauty, aren't you? The care worker's coming again this afternoon.
Do you remember? Oh.
Oh, don't be frightened.
See you later.
Daddy see you later.
Put some trousers on.
Don't you get too comfortable.
You're days are numbered an' all.
Neil Sykes and Clint Northwood.
I'll see you in me office.
Oh, excuse me.
I need to know who was playing on table five yesterday.
Stop! Go back.
Oi! Hey, what are you doing? INDISTINCT COMPLAINING It's your home help.
- Jordan.
- I aren't doing owt wrong.
Yes, you are! You are taking advantage of a vulnerable old man.
Ray? Whatever! I aren't taking advantage of anyone.
Oh, right.
So, you just took it upon yourself to become a home help and you're getting nothing in return, yeah? They give me change, for when I've been to the shop.
Then sometimes let me sleep on their couch a few nights.
Home helps don't stay for breakfast, Jordan.
Look, I don't ask for any of it.
I'm all right with a cup of tea and biscuits.
Right? So, they take Jammie Dodgers - down the snooker hall these days? - Look he just He wanted to go out somewhere.
He's just tired of being stuck in front of TV all day.
And he told you that, did he? Yeah, he did.
He's quite chatty once he gets going.
Tell him I said ta-ra.
He's been faking it, Mum? You said he'd been like this for months.
It were hard to tell the difference at first.
- But he got worse.
- Well, did you take him to the doctors, - get him checked out? - He hates doctors.
- If I even suggest - Oh, Mum! It never even crossed my mind that he were taking the mick.
- I mean, why would he do this? - Cos it's what he does, isn't it? Make people's lives a misery.
You must think I'm so stupid.
If you're stupid, then I'm an idiot.
- What are you going to do? - I should go to the police.
You're right.
- And I'll own up to my part in it all.
- SHE SIGHS Mum, you've done nothing wrong.
Haven't I? I were the one that took him to the school and talked you into taking him in.
- I deserve everything that's coming to me.
- Right, calm down.
Mum I don't even know what they'd charge him with, anyway.
We'll deal with this ourselves, yeah? We'll do it together.
Thanks, love.
Thank you.
Right so, thank you, everyone, for joining me this afternoon.
Er, I won't take up a lot of your time.
But I do have one or two things, that I would like to raise, before you go off and do your marking.
So, I'll be brief.
And I thought we could get some feedback about how the extra study skills sessions are working.
SOFT MURMURING Er er, right.
Erm (SHE CLEARS THROAT) Well, look, I know it's been a bit of a slow start, hasn't it? Mandy I know I'm always banging on about smaller class sizes, but it's getting ridiculous, even with Will on the school gates.
I'm trying my best.
It is quite dispiriting, teaching the kids who can't outwit a physical education teacher.
None taken.
I think you're on the right track.
Extra teaching hours is the way to go.
But focused teaching, you know, targeting kids who need it.
Now I could come up with an alternative plan for the year elevens.
Then, if we all agree, - we - Erm, hang on a minute.
Hang on.
I'm a big fan of democracy, but that's not what this school is.
I am still the head teacher: I set the educational policy.
Yeah, but if you're not around to see that policy in action ? Now, I appreciate that things at home are difficult Absences can't always be avoided.
I look forward to hearing your thoughts.
No boy is worth this.
Same with the yoyo diets, and the and the silly shoes that hurt the feet that you read in a magazine.
That's just one idea of beautiful.
Huh? DOOR OPENS AND SLAMS Missy's got a right face on.
Apparently, I've messed everything up cos I'm a racist.
- I wasn't even being racist.
- Oh, Hayley, come here.
Sit down.
I don't even know what I've done! You're too young to remember, but people used to be funny buggers about us on the TV.
- Painting their face.
Wobbly head - I never even I know! I know! And it's not on the TV any more.
That's good.
But it doesn't mean people are not funny buggers still.
They're just sneaky about it now.
We don't want to be the joke any more, Beta.
I'm sorry.
You say that to Mr Shah.
It'll all be OK.
VOICE MAIL: Aaron's phone.
Leave a message.
I missed you last night, babe.
Er, did you stay at your mates? Anyway, er I don't want to be a nag, but we've got that meeting with the social worker tomorrow.
They'll take Hayley away if we don't have an adult in the house.
We need you.
INDISTINCT CHATTERING I might have done something daft.
- Like what? - I invited Naveed's dad.
Good evening, good evening, good evening.
Well, you seem like a nice crowd.
You know, you never know.
I've erm I've had a few rough gigs recently.
I'm not going to Erm Did a funeral last week.
Doesn't get much tougher than that.
People actually heckled.
"Get away from grandad's coffin! We've called the police.
So disrespectful.
" LAUGHTER Miserable bunch, I tell yer.
Thank you, thank you, Mr Simpson.
That's one of my teachers there.
Well, he's a - he's a PE teacher.
Teaching PE is for those who want to be a teacher, but don't actually want to do any of the boring reading.
In't that right, sir? In't that right? Hey, don't worry.
Your secret's safe with us.
Secret's safe with us and everyone else who's ever been to school before.
Not sure, but his dad is coming over.
HE CLEARS THROA What did you think? I think the joke's on me.
I'm not sure I understand.
Naveed told his mother and me that he was in the library studying tonight.
I said I was sorry about that.
If it wasn't for your teacher, I would never have known.
- Thank you, Mr Simpson.
- Yeah, - thanks.
- I wa I wasn't trying to get Naveed in trouble.
I really think he's got talent.
And I thought it would be a good chance for you to come and see him for yourself.
You think I don't know my son is funny? At home we laugh all the time.
Then maybe Naveed should pursue his talent professionally? Ooh! Interesting idea.
And maybe I could help him.
I could find a nice cardboard box for him to sleep in on the streets because he doesn't have a proper job! See? I'm funny, too.
All right.
Time to go.
You must have had an idea it was probably going to go like that.
I knew it was a long shot.
Then why'd you bother? Cos I want to be a good teacher more than just a traffic cone in trainers.
At least you got a good laugh out of it though, so it wasn't a complete waste of time.
See you tomorrow.
Have you had your tea yet? Oh, I'm just going to get chips on the way home.
Unless you want to get pizza, or ? - Yeah.
Pizza's good.
- Yeah? Great.
Think he wants some more? Er I don't know.
He won't get food like this when he's in the home.
Won't he? I don't know what they were cooking when I went to look round but it smelt like bleached cabbage.
And even that didn't cover up the other smell.
I think some of them had been left to sit in the their own y'know Still.
Get what you pay for, don't yer? It was the cheapest one I could find.
I mean, there's no point in wasting money on someone who doesn't even know what planet he's on.
Is there? Oh, and I worked out what to do with the pigeons.
Did you, love? Taste great, don't they? You little cow.
- My pigeons! - He's going to be so angry.
It's all right, Mum.
I won't let him hurt you.
What have you done? Oh You scheming little bitch! How long did you think you could keep it up for, Dad? - Long enough.
- Really, and what? What were you hoping to achieve from all of this? I wanted her to realise that we're better off without you.
Every birthday, every Christmas having to look at her with a face like a slapped backside, "Cos we haven't had a card from you!" Well, I'd had enough.
I knew she'd call you if I gave her an excuse.
Then it were only a matter of time before you'd turn her against me.
I knew you'd end up getting her to stick me in a home.
Now do you understand? - I I do.
- Yeah.
So Thanks for everything.
We'll be on our way! Say your goodbyes.
Don't make me have to tell you again.
You'll never have to tell me anything again, Raymond.
You think you've shown our Mandy up? You're the only one that's been shown up.
I can see you.
You heard her.
Is that the best you can do? Oh, God, what have I done? It's all right, Mum.
He's going.
He's going.
I've got nowhere to live.
The flat's in his name.
We'll we'll, we'll find you somewhere else.
How will I pay the rent? Everything goes into his account.
We'll we'll get you your own account, yeah? With the money I was going to spend on putting him in a home.
That's yours now.
- No, love! - Yes.
Yes, Mum, that money was always for you.
So, you could have your own life and your own home.
Maybe now it could be somewhere a bit closer? Oh, love.
SHE SOBS It's all right.
It's all right.
Your extra classes are a disaster, Mandy.
And unless we do summat, the Year 11 exam results - are going to be a disaster.
- We are doing something.
We're, we're doing everything we can.
What? Cracking down on uniform violations? Pulling kids out of non-core? They're just gestures.
The time for those has passed.
We need extreme measures.
I'm not sure "extreme" is a helpful phrase.
I've drawn up a list of all the pupils I think would benefit most from focused resources.
Those kids did OK in their marks.
At least five good passes.
And, perhaps, with a bit more attention, they could be doing even better.
I thought we were here to discuss the kids that are failing.
You mean the pupils that have been failing their entire school careers? We can't turn that around in a few weeks.
So, we just give up on them? Sorry, maybe I misunderstood, but didn't you bring me in here to improve results and admissions, not to make same old excuses? My pupils will not experience indifference from me or any other member of my staff.
I don't care if it's their first or their last day here.
- We never give up.
- And that's a great Facebook status, but it's no way to run a school.
Look, there is no point in teaching lost causes.
Well, we haven't got any.
Hayley Booth! - You have no idea what she's been through.
- Junkie mum? Yeah, I've read the file.
So, I also know about her attendance problems, lack of discipline and how she's lagging behind in every subject.
Look, kids like her don't need to be told they can overcome the odds and go to university on the back of a unicorn.
What they need is a reality check.
I will not teach our kids to lower their expectations.
Then you have to accept that you might be doing more harm than good.
Find out when he's meeting Hayley's social worker.
- I want you there too.
- Yeah.
See you tomorrow.
And I thought she was joking when she said about the old ladies.
Going to grass me up t'police, then? No, but this has got to stop, Jordan.
You make it sound like I've got a choice.
You have.
Just listen.
I've spoken to social services, and they've finally agreed to place you in emergency foster care.
I'd rather just look after myself.
I don't believe you.
I don't believe you are happy out here on your own out here, without without your friends, without your brother.
I think you're bored and scared and miserable.
And I think if you don't get in this bloody car now, you're going to kick yourself.
And if he doesn't, I will.
I'm getting in t'front.
DOOR CLOSES, FOOTSTEPS Mum? Are you ready to go? Mum? We're going to be late! Let me guess.
Next stop, sunny Filey? Where else? Never did understand why you dragged us there every year, so we could pretend to be a happy family.
Ungrateful little cow.
My dad never took me anywhere.
I scrimped and saved to take you on holiday.
No, you didn't! Mum did.
You never put your hand in your pocket.
Where is she, Dad? If you've hurt her Well, she paid for this little beauty, didn't you, my love? What? So all that all that stuff about wanting to get away from him? - Wanting to be my mum? - Maybe if you'd have acted more like a daughter over the last few years.
Even before that, you were always trying to come between us.
As if her marriage was anything to write home about.
Yeah! Never wondered why you drive everyone away, Mandy? So, you did all this for the money? I don't think a bit of comfort in our old age were too much to ask.
- But you didn't ask, did you? - I didn't have to! You loved it, playing the martyr.
Couldn't wait to hand over the money so that you could feel better than us.
Well, you're what we made you.
Maybe we deserve something to say thank you for that? And this is what do you think you deserve, is it, Mum? A crapped-out camper van and spending the rest of your life with him? Well, I hope it makes you happy, Mum.
I really do.
Come on.
I don't remember asking you to join us, Miss Keane.
The girls need someone in their corner.
I'm not sure that's entirely appropriate.
I'm not sure I care.
Sorry I'm late.
Shall we do this? - OK.
- Thank you.
I got your text.
What's so important? I'm pregnant.
And I'm keeping it.
What? - Yeah.
- I thought No.
I mean, that doesn't mean, obviously, you and me.
No, no.
Man Mandy, listen, I know things have got really screwed up, but we've been here before, haven't we? - We've been here before.
- Yeah, but isn't that the problem? Yeah, but I'm trying to say we can sort it out.
- We can.
- And what? And then what? What, we just do it all again? I mean No.
Steve, I've seen what it's like for people who are who are trapped in a crappy marriages and how much they hurt each other and then they hurt everyone else around them.
And I I don't Let's just not do it any more.
I, erm I want to be part of my child's life.
Yeah, erm, that's why I wanted to see you, cos I want you to be, as well, and, so, we will we will talk about that.
We'll sort it out like adults.
I promise we will.
SHE SOBS Is that one better? You see this face? I love this face.
You hear me? Hmm? - KNOCK ON GLASS - Oh! THEY SQUEAL - He was brilliant.
- Not really.
Yay! Thank you.
Thank you.
- Ready? - Yeah.
Is this cos of my petition? Innit? Well, you've made me see that the prom's quite important to some of you.
It's the most important night of the year.
Prove it.
Cos the only way to get a ticket to this prom is with 100% attendance in Period Seven.
Deal? ALL: Deal! Carrot, stick.
I know these kids, Javid.
I know what works.
Year 11s, back in, please.
Two by two, thank you very much! Back into the school, Year 11s.