Sam Fights Back
: An engaging, stroppy 12/13 year-old, having blinded his sister, must save for her eye operation by Christmas. He has to outwit ruthless crooks wanting his computer skills, or disappear.
Sam is covertly watched by Neski, a small time crook, as he hides his earnings in a derelict building. Neski steals the money. Sam re-possesses his money, leaving Neski with a bloody nose. Sam is tricked by Neski into becoming his and the grotesque Charlie’s drug courier. Sam, chased by a police dog round a store, realizes what he has been carrying. The crooks blackmail the boy into helping them break into offices, after a frightening climb. The crooks think they have him where they want him, an innocent looking helper with PC talents, paying him well.
Sam finds a resourceful friend/mentor in pensioner Daniel, a widower. Sam helps Daniel with his computer, and aided by his spy-cam statuette presented to Charlie, they can see the crooks planning their next break-in from their office. Sam provides Daniel with a new purpose in life. He helps Sam with his homework and becomes fond of the boy. Neski traps Daniel as he tries to find the film cassettes and imprisons him in a derelict cell. Sam finds and rescues Daniel.
Charlie and Neski use Sam to break into an office and tell him to switch huge funds from the Red Cross HQ to their own account. Neski chases Sam and ends up through a window and head-first into a dustbin. Daniel lassoes Charlie, and Sam sends details of the crooks direct to Police Headquarters and rakes off the price of Jenny's operation.
The crooks celebrate Christmas in their police cell. Neski: "Well you wanted a bright boy!" Jenny’s eye operation is a success. The family celebrate Christmas with Daniel, and Sam’s courage is recognized by all. Dad finds a job cutting grass for the Council and looking out for trouble makers. "Supergrass!"
Audience: Billy Elliott, Home Alone, Whale Rider, Wimpy Kid et al by Michael Faunce-Brown
14 year-old girl
Nigel Havers as Daniel