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Graffiti on the roadside directs the driver to Boxdale Prison. But the barbed wire, steel bars and CCTV cameras on the building are misleading: it’s not a prison, it’s Boxdale Boys High. Ex-student Matt Bashir has just been appointed as the school’s new principal and his brief is to knock the place into shape. The students are a diverse group: Asian, Arabic, African, Polynesian, with the occasional Anglo. It is a school beset by mayhem and violence, but Matt Bashir is determined to make a difference.
This, the first of four episodes in the series, takes place over Bashir’s first two weeks at the school. Screenwriter and co-creator Kristen Dunphy skilfully introduces her characters and carefully sets up the action, not only bringing the audience with her, but also keeping them entertained, informed and intrigued. The dialogue is consistently lively, witty and authentic, the characters well-drawn and the tension tight as Dunphy explores one man’s drive and determination to get the best out of a school no one else wants to touch.