Waterloo Road (TV series)

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Waterloo Road
Current opening sequence
Created byAnn McManus
Maureen Chadwick
Written byVarious writers
Directed byVarious directors
Country of originUnited Kingdom
Original language(s)English
No. of series9
No. of episodes180 (as of 12 March 2014 (2014-03-12)) (List of episodes)
Running time60 minutes
90 minutes (1 episode)
Production company(s)Shed Productions
BBC Scotland[1]
Original channelBBC One (2006–)
BBC One HD (2010–)
BBC HD (2009–10)
Picture format1080i 16:9 (HDTV) (2009–)
576i 16:9 (SDTV) (2006–)
Original run9 March 2006 (2006-03-09) – present
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Waterloo Road
Current opening sequence
Created byAnn McManus
Maureen Chadwick
Written byVarious writers
Directed byVarious directors
Country of originUnited Kingdom
Original language(s)English
No. of series9
No. of episodes180 (as of 12 March 2014 (2014-03-12)) (List of episodes)
Running time60 minutes
90 minutes (1 episode)
Production company(s)Shed Productions
BBC Scotland[1]
Original channelBBC One (2006–)
BBC One HD (2010–)
BBC HD (2009–10)
Picture format1080i 16:9 (HDTV) (2009–)
576i 16:9 (SDTV) (2006–)
Original run9 March 2006 (2006-03-09) – present
External links
From 2012 the series setting is the former Greenock Academy, Madeira Street, Greenock.

Waterloo Road is a British television drama series, set in an English and later Scottish comprehensive school of the same name, that was first broadcast on BBC One on 9 March 2006.

The first series contained eight episodes and ended on 27 April 2006. The show was subsequently commissioned for a second series consisting of twelve episodes.[2] The second series began on 18 January 2007 and ended on 26 April 2007. A third series was commissioned, consisting of twenty episodes, premiering on 11 October 2007 and ending on 13 March 2008. The show's fourth series contained twenty episodes and aired from 7 January 2009 to 20 May 2009.[3]

Waterloo Road came under the threat of being axed following the show's fourth series due to the planned demolishing of the show's location at the time;[4] however, these plans did not go ahead until after the seventh series[5] and the show was commissioned for two additional series each consisting of twenty episodes.[6] The fifth series started on 28 October 2009 and aired its finale on 15 July 2010. The sixth series ran from 1 September 2010 to 6 April 2011. A seventh series was commissioned in April 2010 and was later expanded to thirty episodes, which began airing on 4 May 2011 and ended on 25 April 2012.[7]

Following the seventh series, the show was commissioned for a further fifty episodes to air over two series and relocated to its current setting of Greenock Academy in Scotland after the eventual demolition of the previous location in Rochdale.[5] At its new location, Waterloo Road became an independent school as opposed to it being a comprehensive school in the past seven series.[8][9][10] The eighth series ran for thirty episodes between 23 August 2012 and 4 July 2013. The school benefactor left Waterloo Road at the end of series eight and thus once more the school is a comprehensive.

On 19 September 2013, a tenth series was commissioned.[11] It was announced on 2 April 2014 that series 10 will be the final series of the show.[12][13]



Series 1 (2006)[edit]

The first episode of Waterloo Road was broadcast on 9 March 2006, having been filmed the previous autumn. Characters included headmaster Jack Rimmer (played by Jason Merrells), deputy head Andrew Treneman (played by Jamie Glover) and pastoral care teacher Kim Campbell (played by Angela Griffin).

A common theme throughout Series One was the threat of the school's closure by the governors owing to falling pupil numbers, bad pupil behaviour, and the bad publicity it had been receiving prior to Jack's appointment as headmaster. Rimmer, formerly deputy head, became headmaster when the previous head Brian Vasey had a nervous breakdown after 30 years at the school.

Other storylines included the death of pupil Adam Deardon in a car crash. Donte Charles, who had been driving the car involved, blamed himself for Deardon's death and was remanded into custody for three months. Donte's girlfriend Chlo Grainger also blamed herself for the death of Adam and putting her best friend Holly Tattersall in a deep coma, from which she later regained consciousness. Donte later receives a suspended sentence and Chlo is not charged with any crime, although her behaviour had contributed to Donte crashing the car.

The series also focused upon the behaviour of troubled pupil Lewis Seddon, culminating in him sexually harassing Kim Campbell. Jack Rimmer was furious when he learnt about Lewis's behaviour and expelled him, only for the governors to overrule him and reduce his expulsion to a 15-day suspension, but Lewis's mother then withdrew him from the school after Jack threatened to report her for benefit fraud unless she removed him. Lewis later attacked Jack in his office after school and tried to set him on fire, only for French teacher Steph Haydock (Denise Welch) to foil him.

Another important theme of the series was the break-up of Tom and Lorna Clarkson's short-lived marriage, due to Tom's love for another member of staff and Lorna's best friend, Izzie Redpath, who was already having family problems with her former partner and two teenage daughters, Chlo and Mika Grainger. Finally, the LEA's decide to keep Waterloo Road open for the foreseeable future.

The final moments of the series see Lorna taking a step towards the edge of a canal.

Series 2 (2007)[edit]

Series 2 of Waterloo Road featured 12 episodes. The first episode of the second series featured a number of new main characters: pupil Brett Aspinall (played by Tom Payne), sponsor governor Roger Aspinall (played by Nick Sidi) and school secretary Davina Shackleton (played by Christine Tremarco).

Series 2 began airing on BBC One Scotland on 14 January 2007 and in the rest of the UK on 18 January 2007.[14]

The audience learns that Lorna has survived what was portrayed as an attempted suicide at the end of series 1, when she jumped into a canal following the collapse of her marriage. As the series progresses, however, it becomes obvious that her troubles are far from over. Meanwhile, Tom and Izzie were expecting their first child together, until Izzie loses the baby after falling over during an argument with Lorna. After a period of manipulative and attention-seeking behaviour on the part of Lorna, she realises that she and Tom were not meant to be together. Lorna is diagnosed with Multiple sclerosis and her life becomes even more stressful.

She re-unites Izzie and Tom, before committing suicide rather than living with MS, leaving Tom and Izzie absolutely distraught and heartbroken.

Other notable storylines in series 2 included the arrival and departure of prospective sponsor governors Jerry Preston and Roger Aspinall, drug-dealing by Gemma Seddon and Jed Seddon, the alcoholism of trainee teacher Russell Millen, the perversion of canteen assistant Kevin Hurst, the bullying of Mika Grainger by fellow-pupil Leigh-Ann Galloway, the return of former pupil Maxine Barlow, and the arrival of a new sixth former named Brett Aspinall (son of governor Roger), who starts an affair with the new school secretary and breaks a lot of the teenage girls' hearts during the series. His true love, however, is Mika Grainger.

A portion of the soundtrack in series two was provided by Cornish band, Thirteen Senses.

In final moments of this series, Jack gets attacked by the local drug dealer Jed Seddon, and as Jed pulls out a knife on him, Izzie Redpath is passing by and spots the pair. She rushes into the fight, and just as she shouts Jack's name, Jed turns around in surprise and Izzie fatally runs into the knife, stabbing her right through the stomach. Jed scarpers, and Izzie is left in the carpark clutching onto Jack, who was crying for help, yet no one came.

Series 3 (2007–08)[edit]

The third, 20-part series began in October 2007 with several new characters, including a new deputy head teacher played by Neil Morrissey and, by episode seven, a new headmistress played by Eva Pope.[15]

The series began with headmaster Jack Rimmer recording a radio documentary featuring the death of his colleague Izzie Redpath (played by Jill Halfpenny). Jack had witnessed Izzie's stabbing at the very end of the previous series, although it had not been revealed until then that she had died.

With Andrew Treneman gone, having accepted a teaching post in Rwanda, Eddie (played by Neil Morrissey) became the deputy head. Rimmer resigned as head teacher in episode 6 due to misuse of the school budget. He was succeeded by Rachel Mason (Eva Pope), an ex-prostitute who used to be named Amanda Fenshaw. With Kim Campbell travelling to Rwanda with Andrew, she was replaced by Steph Haydock as Head of Pastoral Care. Steph was later replaced by Tom Clarkson in the second half of the series.

One storyline in the first half of the series is the marriage of Chlo Grainger and Donte Charles, which is thrown into turmoil when Donte finds Chlo having an affair with her sister's boyfriend, Brett Aspinall, which also enraged Mika Grainger, Brett's girlfriend and Chlo's sister. After being told by Mika that she never wants to see her again, Chlo runs away to Manchester where she finds accommodation with a criminal and his girlfriend. Chlo got caught in deep trouble but she managed to call Tom and Tom saved her. Chlo returns to Waterloo road only to be shouted at by Donte even though Donte thinks they can carry on, Chlo doesn't. Chlo and Donte file for a divorce and Donte starts dating fellow pupil Celine Dixon (played by Zeriozha Burt-Skeete). Later in the series, Chlo realizes she wants Donte back and seeks help of close friends Maxine Barlow and Janeece Bryant.

Series 3 also sees the arrival of new staff and pupils. Two new members of staff are Jasmine Koreshi (played by Shabana Bakhsh), a young English teacher, and Matt Wilding (played by Chris Geere), the newly appointed head of Music and Drama who lives with his partner Colin. Pupils introduced in the third series include Aleesha Dillon (played by Lauren Thomas), Danielle Harker (played by Lucy Dixon), Karla Bentham (played by Jessica Baglow), who has Asperger syndrome, Paul Langley (played by Thomas Milner), and Bolton Smilie (played by Tachia Newall). The first half also saw the departure of ex-bully Lewis Seddon, who served as a canteen assistant in the first half of the season.

The second half of the third series began on 10 January 2008. The third series finale aired on 13 March 2008 in most of the UK. Scotland was running three days behind due to a football league event, and was two episodes behind. In the week beginning 10 March, two episodes aired. In the second half of series 3, Davina Shackleton was accused of having a sexual relationship with a pupil and was then forced to date the pupil's father, only for her to be saved by Tom Clarkson.

Other storylines in the second half of the series include Jasmine Koreshi being accused by new pupil Michaela White (played by Zaraah Abrahams) for assault, the perversion of supply teacher Wilson Bingham, the restored chemistry of Mika Graigner and Brett Aspinall, who together start to fight for environmental rights (like not allowing a tree in the school fields to be felled), the deportation of pupil Sameen Azizi, plus a plagiarism scam which catches the exam board's attention.

The London-based band Athlete have had various tracks from the 2008-released album Beyond the Neighbourhood featured in Series 3.

The final episode attracted 6 million viewers.[16]

In the final episode of Series 3, a fire spread through the school. Davina Shackleton was rushed to hospital with smoke inhalation, while Rachel Mason and Stuart Hordley (the contractor that was going to build Rachel's new building (Rachel chose him because he threatened to blackmail her with her past if she refused)), whose careless disposal of a cigarette had started the blaze) were trapped under falling rubble inside the school. Also Chlo (née) Grainger was trapped in the toilets but Donte and Tom saved her, which brought Donte and Chlo back together.

Series 4 (2009)[edit]

The 20-part fourth series was commissioned in December 2007. The series began on BBC One on Wednesday 7 January 2009, with the show's first 90-minute opening episode.

Rachel Mason (played by Eva Pope) and Davina Shackleton (played by Christine Tremarco) return following the fire that nearly destroyed the school and left her badly injured. Examples of characters from the previous series who have left the school include: Mika Grainger, Brett Aspinall (both of whom left for University having graduated) and Celine Dixon. The fate of Stuart Hordley is left unanswered.

The fourth series introduces several new characters who become focal points of the subsequent episodes. For example, the Kelly family seems to be the epitome of the "Family from Hell" and consists of an alcoholic mother Rose Kelly and her five children: eldest son Marley, borderline psychopath Earl, daughter Sambuca, 11-year-old Denzil, and baby Prince. New Head of PE Rob Cleaver begins a relationship with English teacher Jasmine Koreshi and becomes the boxing mentor of pupil Bolton Smilie. He is later sacked by Rachel and Eddie Lawson when it transpires he is giving Bolton pills in order to help him win an important match, ultimately ending his and Jasmine's relationship. Rachel Mason's sister Melissa Ryan and nephew Philip are also introduced.

Maxine Barlow is tragically killed when her relationship with psychotic Earl Kelly comes to an explosive end, and she is fatally shot. Realising she had made a huge mistake in ever trusting him, she dies in the arms of those who loved her most, Steph and Janeece.[17] Moments after Maxines' death, Earl is arrested.

Former teacher Kim Campbell (played by Angela Griffin) returns from Rwanda in episode 11 and brings with her a baby girl, Grace, who she claims is her daughter. However, after immigration officers investigate, it transpires that Kim has in fact smuggled Grace into the UK illegally. Former Deputy Head Andrew Treneman (played by Jamie Glover) makes a brief return in episodes 19 and 20 during a Rwandan fundraising day being held at the school, and is reunited with Kim.[18]

Chlo Grainger gives birth to a baby girl, Izzy, near the end of the series, having got back with Donte following their split in the previous series. In the final episode Ralph Mellor went mad and knocked the front of the school down with a digger.

The series also marked the exit of long-term characters Davina Shackleton (who eventually qualifies as a teacher but later leaves Rochdale following Tom's new-found relationship with Rose), Donte Charles, Chlo Grainger and Janeece Bryant. Marley Kelly, Eddie Lawson (Neil Morrissey), Matt Wilding (Chris Geere), Flick Mellor (Sadie Pickering), Jasmine Koreshi (Shabana Bakhsh) and Andrew Treneman (Jamie Glover) also made their final appearances in episode 20. The final episode aired on 20 May 2009 and attracted 4.5 million viewers.[19]

Series 5 (2009–10)[edit]

In March 2009 Shed Media confirmed that a 20-part fifth series had been commissioned by the BBC. The new commission will bring the total number of episodes to 80.[3] Filming began on 11 May 2009 and the series began airing on Wednesday 28 October (Sunday 25 October on BBC One Scotland). For the first time, the series was also filmed in HD.[20]

Series 5 follows the merger of Waterloo Road with the local posh, private school – John Fosters. The current Head Teacher, Rachel Mason, and newly appointed executive Head Teacher, Max Tyler (played by Tom Chambers), immediately clash, causing a lot of tension, especially when Max takes the liberty of using Rachel's office. It isn't just the tension in the Heads' office that is brewing, the rivalry in the playground as well as the staffroom is unimaginable. Six new teachers from John Fosters transferred to Waterloo Road to support the merger, much to the disapproval of snobby John Fosters and new Food Technology teacher Ruby Fry (Elizabeth Berrington), and to the immediate shock of hopeless newly qualified teacher, Helen Hopewell (Vinette Robinson), whom the pupils, and some staff, soon label 'Hopeless Hopewell.' Other John Fosters staff transfers include New Deputy Head and Science teacher Christopher Mead (William Ash) and Head of Modern Languages Jo Lipsett (Sarah-Jane Potts). A mix of new pupils also soon make their mark with their obvious disapproval of Waterloo Road and its existing pupils and staff, causing fights amongst both. This is a new term for Waterloo Road, with many challenges for both staff and students, not all of whom will cope.

Episode 8 marks the departure of hopeless English teacher Helen Hopewell, who takes it upon herself to leave after realising that her bribery of the students to ensure their good behaviour during her teaching inspection will result in her sacking. Before she took her undignified leave from Waterloo Road, Helen left Rachel a computer disc, proving that Max had taken her on not just "for being a good student", but also because they had had a fling. Max Tyler's increasingly desperate attempts to control the school eventually result in the end of his teaching career. After he brutally shoves Rachel's nephew, Philip Ryan, against a filing cabinet (in episode 9), resulting in an extremely large and painful-looking bruise on his back, Philip struggles to keep quiet. Shocked by Philip's bruise, Ruby Fry mentions it to Kim Campbell (who incidentally is having an affair with Max). Eventually, Philip admits how he received his injury. Max is fired much to the delight of the staff and pupils. Rachel and Chris also kiss in Episode 10. When Waterloo Road came back on air 3 months later, in Episode 11 Kim Campbell announces that she is pregnant with Max's baby. New students are introduced, in one-off appearances, in Episode 11 (Bianka), 12 (Craig) and 13 (Aidan). Adam Fleet arrives, an old friend of Rachel and he later proposes to her, whilst Steph starts dating Chris' father, Oliver. The main storyline throughout the second half of Series 5 is Finn Sharkey, an unruly pupil who causes havoc. He graffitis the staffroom, does drugs and forces Amy to deface a valuable painting in Episode 18. In Episode 16, after Finn has done drugs with Amy and Josh, Josh spikes Tom's dinner and when he later drives Kim to the hospital, he hallucinates and crashes, although they both survive, including Kim's baby. In Episode 17, Jo Lipsett is suspended for acting inappropriately when student Ros McCain reveals she loves her, whilst Ruby Fry is on medication for the majority for the series. In episode 15 Bolton Smilie and Sam Kelly kiss but Bolton ignores Sam afterwards.

Long serving characters Steph Haydock (Denise Welch), Kim Campbell (Angela Griffin), Rachel Mason (Eva Pope), Paul Langley (Thomas Milner), Karla Bentham (Jessica Baglow), Danielle Harker (Lucy Dixon), Aleesha Dillon (Lauren Thomas), Bolton Smilie (Tachia Newall) and Michaela White (Zaraah Abrahams), as well as Philip Ryan (Dean Smith), Siobhan Mailey (Phoebe Dynevor) and Jo Lipsett (Sarah-Jane Potts) left at the end of Series 5.

The last episode aired on 15 July 2010 with an audience of 4.5m viewers.[21]

Series 6 (2010–11)[edit]

Production and filming for the 20-part sixth series started on 9 November 2009 and finished in May 2010. The series started airing on BBC One from 1 September, with the second episode following the next day with a strong audience of 5.1m.[22] Former Silent Witness actress Amanda Burton joined the cast as new headteacher, Karen Fisher, BSc(Hons) MSc [23] Linzey Cocker played alongside Burton as on-screen daughter, Jess Fisher and Ceallach Spellman played her on-screen son, Harry Fisher, Coronation Street actor Lucien Laviscount was cast as rebellious teenager Jonah Kirby[24] and Chelsee Healey (Janeece Bryant) also reprised her role, not as a pupil, but as the new school secretary.[25] On 21 December 2009, it was announced that former Coronation Street actress Tina O'Brien had been cast as Bex Fisher, and that Britain's Got Talent winner George Sampson would be joining the cast as a new Year 11 student, Kyle Stack – his scenes aired from episode 11.[26] Also from episode 11, Scott Haining played Nate Gurney, a love interest for the newly homosexual Josh Stevenson,[27] Spandau Ballet member and former EastEnders actor Martin Kemp guest starred as Mr. Burley, new character Ronan Burley (Ben-Ryan Davies)'s[28] father,[29] and Karen David portrayed new Head of Spanish, Francesca Montoya.[30] Wil Johnson portrayed new Geography teacher, Marcus Kirby, Jonah's father, and the family was further expanded by the addition of Anna Jobarteh, who played his daughter and new pupil, Ruth. Elaine Symons also reprised her role as Rose Kelly in episode six.

Janeece returned to the school pregnant, much to the dismay of Karen. At first, she appeared pleased with the fact that she was pregnant. In episode 3, she revealed to Tom that she did not want her baby. In episode 4, the storyline reveals that John and Ruby have been trying desperately for a baby, but have difficulty doing so because of Ruby's age. Learning of their problems, Janeece approached them with the proposition of adopting her child when she was born. However, when she sees John and Ruby with the baby, she realises that she does love her child, whom Ruby has named Poppy, and she is faced with the dilemma of retrieving her. She eventually succeeds, and names her Cheryl.

Other notable storylines include Tom's son, Josh Stevenson, revealing his homosexuality. Josh attempted to kiss his best friend Finn Sharkey who was disgusted with and angry at Josh's behaviour. Josh embarks on a relationship with Lauren Andrews, but realises he is unhappy and unwittingly embarrasses her in front of the whole school. Grantly was having trouble with is wife Fleur who was showing signs of developing Alzheimer's disease, and Steph Haydock returned in episode 9 for a guest appearance, assisting him with his troubles. A small sub-plot in the series was Jess Fisher's relationship with previously clueless science teacher and deputy head Chris Mead, who was appalled when he found out that he had been in a relationship with his boss's daughter. Jess later embarked on a relationship with Jonah Kirby, who was also disgusted when he learned of Jess's antics and was distraught when he caught her flirting with him. Episode 10 featured Grantly placing Fleur in a nursing home after realising that he cannot continue to provide for his wife's high level of need. The episode also revealed that due to Grantly's issues with Fleur, he had been teaching his A-level English class the wrong syllabus, leading to angry parents phoning up the school and Karen having to bear the brunt of all the anger. Jess also found her missing sister Bex, who appeared in their home to collect some belongings. Just as Jess persuaded Bex to stay, Bex walked into her room to find it empty as if she has died. Bex therefore left but following a change of heart, she returned to Karen's office. The episode and this first part of the series is then left on a cliff hanger.

The series took a mid-term break from 27 October 2010 and resumed with episodes 11–20 beginning on 2 February 2011[30][31]

Waterloo Road returned with Karen introducing a separate sex classes policy, which was very unpopular with the new Head of Pastoral Care, Adanna Lawal (Sharlene Whyte).[32] Episode 12 saw Janeece become involved with a pupil Billie Taylor, who claimed her mother was trying to steal her baby, which introduces the second mental health storyline in series 6. The main story during the spring term was the relationship which developed between Cesca and Jonah. This was revealed in episode 19 and Cesca was arrested. In episode 20 she was released on bail, so she and Jonah drove to Gretna Green to get married; she was arrested after the ceremony. Adanna meanwhile tried to unite the sexes with the school production "Cinderfeller" which didn't go according to plan. Kyle and Denzil escape having destroyed the production, and in attempt to impress Kyle, Denzil climbs a railway bridge only to become stuck, hanging off of the bridge in serious danger. Finn became critically injured having fallen off the bridge, however he managed to save Denzil in the process.

Series 6 saw the last appearances of Francesca Montoya (Karen David), Ruby Fry (Elizabeth Berrington), Jonah Kirby (Lucien Laviscount), Ruth Kirby (Anna Jobarteh), Marcus Kirby (Wil Johnson), Adanna Lawal (Sharlene Whyte) and Nate Gurney (Scott Haining). It ended on 6 April 2011.

Series 7 (2011–12)[edit]

A seventh series of 20 episodes was announced on 7 April 2010 after Shed Media announced their final results.[33] However, only 10 episodes were filmed due to the difficulty of shooting during the winter months.[34] These episodes were broadcast from 4 May 2011, four weeks after series 6 ended, airing in addition to the usual autumn run of ten episodes that began on 14 September. The third block of episodes was broadcast from 22 February to 25 April 2012 .

Robson Green and Mark Benton join the cast as site manager Rob Scotcher and Maths teacher Daniel Chalk respectively. Oliver Lee appears as Rob's son Aiden, and Debra Stephenson as his estranged wife Naomi for four episodes. Poppy Jhakra also appears in the first ten episodes as English teacher Eleanor Chaudry. Other new regular pupils include twin actresses Millie and Hope Katana as Rhona and Shona Mansfield, and Katie McGlynn as Scout from episode 7.

The first block of episodes' storylines include teen pregnancy and child abuse. Another significant storyline includes the revelation of pupil, Martin Dunbar's, Gender Dysphoria. Furthermore, a student attends Waterloo Road, after being released from a Youth Detention Centre as a result of being convicted of the murder of a young child. These events lead to Director of Education Richard Whitman (Nicholas Gleaves), aided by inside information from Eleanor, to recommend the school's closure. They also are in favour of dismissing Karen.

Other plot elements include the death of Sambuca Kelly from cancer, Vicki and Jess both becoming pregnant by Aiden, and the relationship between Karen and Rob. Eventually the staff and pupils' loyalty saves the school from closure, but Karen's future remains in doubt. Chris also decides to leave the teaching profession after his determination to help Scout causes further trouble for Karen, and Rob resigns as site manager after becoming a qualified teacher.

Alec Newman portrays the new headmaster Michael Byrne, from the second block of episodes, with Alex Walkinshaw and Jaye Jacobs as newly married teachers Jez and Sian Diamond, the latter of whom is appointed deputy headteacher with Tom. Paul Nicholls was initially cast as Jez, but was released from his contract after three days of filming due to personal problems affecting shooting.[35] Chris Geere also rejoins the cast, his character Matt Wilding returning to Waterloo Road on Michael's request to reinvigorate the music and drama departments, and Sarah Hadland plays Head of English Linda Radleigh from episodes 13 to 21. New pupils include Phoenix and Harley Taylor (Kaya Moore and Kane Tomlinson-Weaver), Tariq and Trudi Siddiqui (Naveed Choudhry and Aryana Ramkhalawon), and Jez's children Madeline and Zack Diamond (Georgia Henshaw and Lee Abbate) from episodes 11 and 12. Shifaa Arfan plays Tariq and Trudi's younger sister Naseem from episode 21, with canteen assistant Maggie Croft (Melanie Hill) also making her first appearance in the same episode. George Sampson also rejoins the cast as troublemaker, Kyle Stack from episode 21. Heather Peace plays Head of English Nicki Boston from episode 23,[36] and Roxanne Pallett joins the cast as alcoholic pupil Shelby Dixon in episode 28.[37] Daniela Denby-Ashe joins as Lorraine Donnogan, a former pupil of Michael's, who prompts the relocation of the school from Rochdale to Scotland. Rob Haythorne appears as Wayne Johnson, a pupil from Michael's last school who is acquitted of attempted murder after attacking him, from episodes 11 to 20, and John Thomson appears in three episodes as Nelson Smith, the father of the Taylors.

Storylines in the second block of episodes revolve around Michael's personal and physical problems. Having recovered from the stabbing he suffered at his previous school he attempts to reunite with former partner Sian, despite the presence of her new husband in the school. His problems heighten after a confrontation with his attacker Wayne, culminating in the latter being run over and left in a coma. Michael then finds himself anonymously harassed by both Phoenix, who witnessed the incident, and Linda, who initiates a hate campaign on Michael after he ends their brief relationship. Sian decides to leave Jez and starts an affair with Michael, but changes her mind after the affair becomes public. Michael eventually makes his peace with Wayne and apologises to both staff and students to finally earn their respect; however, Linda runs him over with her car after her deception is uncovered, leading to the latter's arrest at the beginning of the next term. Other storylines include Tom's struggles with the pressure of his promotion to deputy head, Emily's deteriorating behaviour causing trouble for Scout, Vicki and Ronan's relationship difficulties in their final term at the school and Tariq's issue with Finn and Trudi starting a relationship.

The third block of episodes begins with the arrival of a new local gang, the Dale Sken Crew (DSC). It is soon revealed that Kyle Stack is now a loyal member of the DSC and this instigates an intense storyline which involves Tariq, Finn and Kyle.

Tariq ends up in trouble again when he is infiltrated by the DSC after the gang forms a powerful hold over him when they set him up with a knife wanted in connection with a robbery. He manages to put on a brave front, but it later transpires that he feels quite vulnerable in respect of his situation and does not have a desire to engage in behaviour which could lead him into trouble with the police. When Finn and Trudi are elected as the new Head Boy and Head Girl, they eventually take their relationship one step further when Trudi instigates the idea that, out of her love for Finn, she would like the relationship to become more physical. Things, however, become complicated when Trudi discovers that she's pregnant. She confides in Tariq and Naseem but, under Tariq's influence, keeps it secret from Finn and dumps him; this results in Finn getting involved with a rival gang of the DSC, the Murray gang. Trudi decides to have an abortion, but changes her mind. However, she later miscarries and finally tells Finn the truth. Devastated and out of his love for Trudi, Finn officially joins the Murray gang to get revenge on Tariq. However, he later bows out of the gang when they force him to set Naseem's hideout on fire and eventually gets back together with Trudi. Kyle is expelled from school after he is caught selling illegal vodka shots and swears revenge on Finn. He orders a crossbow and threatens Tariq into killing Finn at the school prom, but Tariq tries to get out of it by hiding the crossbow in the school and finally accepts Finn and Trudi's relationship. However, Kyle sneaks into the school during the prom, finds the crossbow and unsuccessfully attempts to carry out his plan, but Finn is saved by Josh, Ronan and Tariq and Kyle is arrested. Tariq promises Michael to tell the police everything he knows about the DSC, thus ending the feud between Tariq, Finn and Kyle.

The first episode of this block focuses mainly on the investigation pertaining who ran Michael over. Initially, the prime suspect is Jez out of suspicions of his alleged jealousy of Michael's relationship with Sian. Luckily, an astute Chalky manages to correctly attribute the crime to Linda, who is arrested and dismissed. Chalky thus emerges as a more heroic and stern figure, compared to his performance in the previous blocks of episodes.

Sub-plots include one where two contenders run for the role of the Head of English. Tom eventually takes a shine to former soldier, Nicki Boston, who is instrumental in getting Josh to open up to her about his use of cannabis. Josh's problems are exacerbated even though he claims that he has ceased using drugs, but his behaviour becomes more and more erratic. When alerted, Tom makes the difficult decision to take his son to see a GP, who submits him to a psychiatrist. It is afterwards that Josh is diagnosed with schizophrenia.

Jez and Sian's marriage is back on track, following Sian's affair with Michael, but the marriage ultimately breaks down for good. When Jez suggests that they start a family together, Sian deceives him again by pretending to be in favour of the idea when in fact, she isn't and is secretly taking the pill behind Jez's back. Eventually, Sian comes clean about everything and Jez finally realises that she is not willing to fight for their marriage as much as he is and leaves her.

Matt reaches fatherhood sooner than planned after Rosie, following a clumsy accident made by Naseem, goes into premature labour and gives birth to a baby girl, Martha. Grantly starts a business selling comestics with canteen assistant, Maggie Croft, in order to save money to keep his wife in a care home. However, the company later goes bust and Grantly's world is turned upside-down when Fleur becomes terribly ill. She doesn't recognise him when he visits her, so he brings her to where they spent their honeymoon in an attempt to bring back her memory. In the end, his attempt is successful as Fleur's memory returns moments before she dies. The aftermath of Fleur's death brings Grantly and Maggie closer and eventually, the two admit their true feeling for one another and begin a relationship. Maggie is able to see past Grantly's cynical and abrupt ways.

Romance blossoms for Janeece when she falls in love with Craig O'Leary and the relationship moves forward very quickly when Craig moves in with her almost immediately. He then proposes to her during the school fun run and she accepts him. But on the day of the wedding, Janeece's whirlwind romance turns into heartbreak when Craig stands her up at the registry office. Chalky discovers that the reason for Craig's absence is because he has drained Janeece's bank account and stolen all of her possessions. It is revealed that Craig is in fact a con man known to the police and has performed the same con on other women in the past. Janeece is too embarrassed and humiliated to let everyone know what happened, so she decides to attend her reception at the school and tells everyone that it was her decision to dump the groom at the altar.

At the end of the series, despite his best efforts, Michael receives devastating news when the Education Authority announces that Waterloo Road has not improved its standards and will therefore be closed. Luckily, a former pupil and friend of Michael's, Lorraine Donnogan proposes a solution. She offers him the opportunity to be head teacher at a new independent school she is opening in Scotland. At first, Michael declines, but changes his mind after the Education Authority's decision. The series ends with Michael moving to his new post, though he does not go alone. Joining him are: Sian, Tom, Grantly, Maggie, Chalky, Scout, Phoenix, Denzil, Harley and Tariq and Josh. His reasons for wanting to start the new school are somewhat altruistic. He realises that for certain pupils, the decision to close Waterloo Road might destroy all of the good work that various pupils have achieved. By giving the students the opportunity to attend a different school, they will be able to continue to flourish.

Guest stars in the series include Gemma Atkinson, Dominique Jackson, Alicya Eyo, Margi Clarke, Jodie Prenger, Lisa Riley, Tupele Dorgu, Tracy-Ann Oberman, Kai Owen and Jane Asher.

Series 8 (2012–13)[edit]

Series 7 concluded with a "dramatic and explosive storyline", prompting the school (and the show's production) to relocate to Scotland for the eighth series.

Fifty new episodes have been commissioned with filming due to commence in April 2012, due for broadcast over two years from autumn 2012.[5] A new set was found based in Greenock, Scotland, 25 miles outside of Glasgow at the former Greenock Academy school.[38]

Series 8 started on 23 August 2012 at 20:00, and will run for 10 episodes (autumn term) concluding on 25 October. Alec Newman returned as Head Master Michael Byrne, and Chelsee Healey reprised her role as Secretary, Janeece Bryant. Jason Done, Jaye Jacobs, Mark Benton, Phillip-Martin-Brown and Melanie Hill reprised their roles as teaching staff. Laurie Brett joined the cast to portray English teacher Christine Mulgrew, and Georgie Glen portrays history teacher Audrey McFall, who previously taught at rival school, Havelock High, and was brought from retirement after being impressed by Michael's vision for the school.[39]

The series begins with the shocking news that Denzil Kelly died in the tragic crash over the summer. Tariq is now a paraplegic and uses a wheelchair. Scout, Phoenix, Harley and other new students have taken residence with Grantley and Maggie, who are working as housemaster and housemistress in order to raise enough money to get married. Rhiannon Salt, another resident, starts a Bullying Campaign against Scout. The bullying later comes to an end and the girls tie up all loose ends with each other when Scout discovers that Rhiannon self-harms because of her neglectful background and the absence of her older brother.

Elsewhere, Jade Fleming and her mentally unstable boyfriend, Drew Kelly are on the run from the police. They ran away from their care home after Drew stabbed a member of staff because he believed the victim tried to break him and Jade up. He is very controlling, possessive and overprotective of Jade and believes that anyone who attempts separate them from each other is immediately a threat to their relationship. Soon, Jade learns she is pregnant, but Drew becomes more violent and aggressive, which causes Jade to fall and be rushed to hospital. The police are called, Drew is exposed and arrested, leaving Jade to live in the school house and carry on with the academic year.

New student Connor Mulgrew tries to control his alcoholic mother, Christine's drinking habit, which causes problems when he begins a relationship with Imogen Stewart. Christine's erratic behaviour takes a step forward when she forms a grudge against Audrey McFall. To hide his mother's secret, Connor tries to help Christine by marking all of her classes course work. But when he gives everyone an A, Audrey gets suspicious and questions Christine. Christine is offended by Audrey's accusations and files a complaint against her. Audrey apologises when Connor is revealed as the culprit, but Christine refuses to withdraw her complaint. Connor and Imogen try to spend the summer holidays in the school house together; however, Christine ruins their plans, causing Connor to go into a violent rampage, exposing Christine's alcoholicism and sets the art room on fire, with the devastating result in Imogen being seriously injured. In wake of this, Christine finally sees the error of her ways and decides to get help for her drinking problem.

Sian gets a surprise when Madi shows up to visit, claiming that her reasons for travelling to Scotland were because she needed space from her mother, Sarah, who was constantly bothering her. But however, it is later revealed that Sarah has thrown Madi out after she had an affair with Sarah's new boyfriend to get back at her. Sian is disgusted with Madi's issues, but decides to take things one step at a time with her and later lets Madi spread her wings when she gets a job on a cruise ship.

Another new student named Lula is believed to be a troubled child, yet the cause of her troubled behavior is due to personal problems she's having at home, which involves her aggressive, overzealous uncle believing she's 'evil'. Luckily, Tom saves the day by rescuing Lula from being taken and 'healed' by the pastor and Lula is able to build bridges with her mother.

Tariq is wondering whether life's worth living in a wheelchair, and contemplates suicide. However, he is heroically rescued by Michael and decides to take up kayaking as a professional sport. He also forms a relationship with new pupil, Liberty.

As the rivalry between Waterloo Road and Havelock continues, it is revealed Micheal had nearly killed his father, after a rivalling school's headmaster posts old newspaper articles on all of Waterloo Road's notice boards that document the event. When Sian confronts Micheal about this, he tells her his father was abusive towards her mother. Meanwhile, the rival headmaster makes rumours Michael assaulted him, but it comes to an end when Michael's father Billy, arrives to defend his son. Even though he saved his career, Micheal wants nothing to do with him, but the father and son eventually reconcile. Michael is soon devastated when he discovers his father and dying and wants him to help his father die, which Billy's wish comes reluctantly true by a heartbroken Michael. He is arrested on Billy's death after confessing what he done.

The second part of Series 8 saw the troubled Barry family arrive at Waterloo Road. Zöe Lucker played Carol Barry in a recurring role, with her three children, Barry, Dynasty and Kacey as series regulars. Nikki Boston was re-introduced as head of the new pupil referral unit, and has a feud with student Jodie Allen until mid-series. Although there is initial doubt in Michael's leadership in his actions with his father, this dispersed and he started a relationship with Christine. After admitting he was responsible for the fire that devastated Imogen, Connor reunited with her, and they got married in the final episode of the series. Bolton Smilie briefly returned, losing his cool and taking a classroom full of students hostage, including a pregnant Jade Fleming. Jade gave birth to a girl and subsequently had her adopted. Daniel and Kevin's father-son relationship was briefly threatened by Chalky's past, and Chalky departed at the end of the series for his dream job designing video games in London. Kevin stayed behind to focus on his studies and his friendship with Connor. Christine's freedom from alcohol was threatened by the reappearance of her ex, Joe, and it conspired at Connor was fathered by Joe's father. Barry's behaviour became more and more dangerous, and came to a head when he stalked Sian Diamond when she stands against his treatment of his sister Kacey, who is going through an identity crisis. Sian slaps Barry in a heated argument, leading to her resignation and departure from Greenock. Scout departs for university with intentions of becoming a teacher, and in the final moments of the series, Grantly is revealed to be suffering with chronic kidney failure, and in urgent need of a kidney transplant.

The following cast members left Waterloo Road between episodes 11 and 20 of Series 8: Kaya Moore (Phoenix Taylor), Mark Benton (Daniel 'Chalky' Chalk), Jaye Jacobs (Sian Diamond), Katie McGlynn (Jodi 'Scout' Allen) and Paige Meade (Jade Fleming). Benton's character Chalky got a happy ending to what was a 50-episode stint, since he joined the show in 2011. It has also been confirmed that Will Rush (Josh Stevenson) has already finished filming his character's final scenes and has returned for a one-off guest appearance in episode 24. George Sampson returned as Kyle Stack to film one episode.

Christine Mulgrew took over from Michael as head in episode 28 when Michael and Lorraine decided to come to an agreement about Waterloo Road's future and decided to leave together. It was confirmed on 10 April 2013 that Jason Done (Tom Clarkson) would be leaving after seven years in the role. Alongside Jason, Alec Newman (Michael Byrne) decided to quit his role as the headmaster and Daniela Denby-Ashe (Lorraine Donnegan) was also announced to be leaving. Former Have I Got News For You host Angus Deayton joined the cast as Modern Foreign Languages teacher George Windsor towards the end of the season. Tom Clarkson (Jason Done) was killed off in the final episode after 7 years in the role after falling to his death when he was trying to save Kyle from falling off the school roof.

Series 8's third and final installment (episodes 21–30) began airing on Thursday 2 May 2013, with the series finishing on Thursday 4 July 2013.

Series 9 (2013–14)[edit]

Acting Head Teacher Christine Mulgrew repeatedly comes into conflict with her new Deputy Simon Lowsley, appointed by the council as part of the deal that saw Michael Bryne resign, throughout the first ten episodes as he tries to become the new permanent Head Teacher. The Head of Education, and father of Simon's fiancee Sue Spark, Robert Bain, is determined to have Simon appointed. In response, Christine appoints her old friend, Modern Languages Teacher George Windsor as Co-Deputy Head Teacher, to make "Mr Lousy's" work as difficult as possible. Christine and George opt to let him conjure up difficult innovative schemes for the school in the hope that he messes up, and Christine can retain her job. After multiple embarrassments for both George and Simon, Christine has a turn of heart in the ninth episode when she sees Simon jump into a reservoir to save kidnapped pupil Lenny, who was abducted by someone impersonating a supply teacher. On the day of the interviews for the Head Teacher post, Simon is touched by Christine's passion and willingness to put her heart on the line to help a student with a stutter and his mother, and decides he needs more experience in the classroom, withdrawing his Head Teacher application in the hope Christine will become permanent head. Christine is overjoyed with the news and warms to Simon after learning the reason behind his decision, which angers Robert Bain.

Christine's alcoholism continues to be a recurring storyline in this series as she struggles with the demanding role of Head Teacher, and the presence of George, a friend and former drinking partner. Christine comes close to downing a whole bottle of vodka during the first episode but declines, proving herself to be stronger than she once was. In the tenth episode, Christine struggles at Simon and Sue's wedding reception with the alcoholic drinks that surround her, but resists and goes home after taking only a sip of champagne.

Audrey McFall suspects Lenny and Lisa Brown, pupils she knew from a previous school, are being neglected at home. The storyline begins with Audrey digging for evidence of neglect, to which she finds that their older brother has been bringing them up in a sparsely equipped dingy flat that doubles up as a cocaine making business. Audrey reports the conditions to the police and social services, the brother to be imprisoned, and Lisa and Lenny being given a room in the school boarding house. Lisa, angry at the interference of Audrey, immediately resolves to run away from the school house, but the more vulnerable Lenny refuses. Lisa vows to make Audrey's life hell - and leads a vendetta against her by assuming an online identity as a 'friend' to her and by stealing her cat. Audrey's loneliness is further explored when she realises the vulnerable duo are behind it. Although Lisa takes more time to settle in to Waterloo Road than her brother, tensions between the three are lessened. However, her new friendship with Shaznay pushes a wedge between her and her brother. This comes to the forefront during the ninth episode of the series, when a lonely Lenny is preyed upon by a supply teacher who turns out to be someone using a falsified identity. Lenny nearly drowns after being abducted, but insists the man had no sinister intentions, and becomes angry with Lisa when she tries to comfort him, until she promises not to leave him isolated again.

Newly qualified science teacher Sue Spark finds teaching tougher than she thought it would be. Unable to control her classes, she gives into an offer by Barry Barry that involves her giving him money in order to control some of her lessons. Fellow NQT Helen Hopewell accepted a similar offer in order to control her classes for an inspection in the fifth series. Later, Sue decides to end the offer and go it alone after boyfriend Simon realises what is going on, but her troubles return leading her to resume taking powerful tranquilisers she had been prescribed prior to her arrival at the school. Although Simon comes to her rescue again, he grows impatient with Sue as the series goes on. In the ninth episode, when Sue notices that the supply teacher has no idea about the subject he is meant to be teaching, she chooses to say nothing, instead focusing on her plans for her and Simon's upcoming wedding. This subsequently leads to Christine giving the supply teacher permission to take Lenny out of school at lunchtime which causes Lenny to be in danger. When Simon finds out, an even greater rift occurs between Simon and Sue, as she appears more concerned with her own job and her wedding rather than Lenny's safety. In the tenth episode, with their wedding fast approaching, Simon learns that Sue has got her father to buy them a wedding gift - a house. With everything going too fast, Simon ponders what to do next. After Simon withdraws his application to be Head Teacher, Sue breaks down when he can't say he loves her, and reveals she won't force him into the wedding, and reveals her father forced her into teaching instead of being an air stewardess. This prompts Simon to angrily confront Robert, and berate him for forcing her into a job she is not suited to. The couple reconcile and decide to elope to get married at the end of the tenth episode.

George is lured into Christine's idea that the school should run a Mandarin scheme, despite his lack of Mandarin skills. Instead of telling Christine however, he employs, without permission, his fluent Mandarin-speaking wife, Princess, as his teaching assistant. Giving her all the work pushes her away and into the arms of pupil Kevin Chalk, who she shares a kiss with. This not only results in Princess' departure but also in a split between Kevin Dynasty Barry, though the two later reconcile. George becomes lonely briefly but Christine gets him back to school. However, she discovers he has been lying about his poor Mandarin skills. They decide to keep this under wraps, in a deal paved out by Christine that sees George having to attend Mandarin classes several times a week. The truth comes out when Sue stumbles upon George receiving lessons from student Archie Wong, leaving his credibility damaged

Grantly Budgen, the longest serving teacher of Waterloo Road, returns to the school, after recuperating from his coma. Although unwilling at first, he quickly returns to form when asked to oversee applications for a poetry competition. He angrily accuses Harley Taylor of plagiarism when the boy reads him a poem he had written for him regarding the help he has given the boy in recent years, and throws the paper away. After being impressed with the high quality of work submitted by all the pupils, he realizes the poem Harley had written was his own work, and immediately hurries to retrieve it. When Maggie finds out that someone has agreed to donate a new kidney for Grantly, she discovers her husband riffling through the school bins, eventually finding the poem. Just before an assembly in which the winning entry is chosen, Grantly rushes off to help Sue Sparks control her class, saving her from being thrown out by Christine following complaints from the student council. Grantly insists on doing the assembly, but passes away as Harley is reading out his poem. After his death, Maggie struggles to hold in her emotions - ultimately she decides to focus on work.

Kacey Barry and Nikki Boston grow closer during this series as Kacey struggles with the loss of Tom Clarkson, who helped her during her identity crisis and championed her as captain of the school's team. Their blossoming friendship is fine tuned when Nikki discovers Kacey's talent for boxing. Although she loses her first fight against a professional, the school continue to rally around her, and set up a sponsored clean to raise the money to send her to a specialist boxing academy in Miami. Nikki and Kacey's joy is cut short by the arrival of Nikki's estranged daughter Eve, who Nikki chose to give up in a deal made between her and Eve's father many years ago as she did not want to be a young mother. Kacey soon begins to feel rejected when Eve becomes the centre of Nikki's attention. Eve learns following her arrival that her mother abandoned her as a child but they depart on so-so terms after Kacey plumps up the courage to solve the rift. Nikki continues to persevere with Kacey's boxing before she departs for Miami, by inviting an Olympic champion boxer, Nicola Adams, for a special fight demonstration that she hopes will both raise her profile and help towards the cost of her trip. Kacey begins to have second thoughts along the way, but is spurred on by the school. In the tenth episode, as Kacey prepares to leave, Nikki learns the fund has been cleared - all money has been taken out of the account. With tensions running high, Kacey discovers Barry Barry, her brother, stole from her when he mentions it before anyone other than her has been told. Nikki learns of what has happened and so uses her own money to fund Kacey. As the school holds a farewell for Kacey, Kacey reveals the truth - leading to her mother telling Barry to never contact her or his sisters again.

Rhiannon Salt, a pupil, continues to feel insecure about herself during this series. Her insecurities are worsened when a series of exposing pictures she sends to Darren Hughes, a fellow pupil, are forwarded to the whole school by Barry Barry. She recovers but is soon found to be fasting which comes to a head when she collapses during the 'Living History Week'.

In the eighth episode, Audrey puts said 'Living History Week' into practice. This involves the staff and pupils turning the school into a World War Two style community with realistic settings, costumes and food. Robert Bain is invited. However, a series of mishaps almost put the scheme in jeopardy; Maggie struggles to cope with delivering students rations, whilst foraging Barry and Darren eat several poisonous mushrooms, and this all leads to tensions between Simon and Christine growing further. Bain tells them he is disappointed by both of them and reminds them they are not the only potential candidates to become the school's permanent head. Christine is subsequently given the job in the tenth episode.

The second arc of the series sees the arrival of new student Gabriella Wark, played by Naomi Battrick, having been enrolled by her posh parents as a tough-love punishment for expulsion at her last school.[40] She quickly causes havoc, repeatedly antagonising members of staff and pupils alike. However, new PE teacher Hector Reid, played by [Leon Ockenden], is the centre of her attention; Gabriella exposes herself to him whilst he is exercising, as well as harassing him outside of school hours. Hector, who was recruited by Simon as part of new initiative called Resilience Camp, attempts to seduce Nikki Boston, who has begun a relationship with Sue's sister Vix Spark, performed by Kristin Atherton, which quicly leads to engagement. Hector finally succeeds on a camping trip organised for pupils, but this nearly in disaster when Gabriella deliberately puts herself in danger and nearly drowns, having repeatedly attempted to call Hector, who had his phone switched off. Christine, who had reservations about Resilience Camp from the beginning, is naturally furious, threatening to shut Simon's initiative down. She later relents, insisting that all future activities remain on the school premises.

The fallout from this incident is disastrous; Gabriella avenges herself by breaking into Hector's office and looks at his mobile, subsequently discovering and exposing the affair, which prompts Vix to end her relationship with Nikki, who is unable to reconcile with her due to Sue's intereference. Gabriella has a short relationship with Barry Barry, who has forcefully returned to prepare for illegal dealings. Dynasty decides to apply to join the police, though this plan is almost put in jeopardy by her feud with Gabriella, when she leads a waterbroading following Gabriella's stunt on the Resilience Camp trip. Dynasty also becomes uncertain about her relationship with Kevin, who is preparing for an interview for a university place in Edinbrurgh. On the day of the interview, as Kevin confronts Dynasty over their relationship, he is hospitalised with a major blood clot in his brain. Although Dynasty resolves not to abandon him, Simon persuades her to continue the application process to join the force, reminding her that Kevin would not want her to give up her choices.

None of these trials prove easy to surmount for Christine, who continues to struggle with her drink problem. The situation is made worse by Connor's departure for a job in a London restaurant. Christine leaves George in charge for a week, but this proves a disaster as Lula's family is to be deported, with Maggie leading a rooftop protest when immigration officers arrive. George's handling of the protest leads to Harley Taylor throwing a paint tin into the playground, nearly hitting Sue as she loudly badmouths the protesters. The end result is that Lula is still deported with her mother, and Christine strips George of his duties as Deputy Head. George begins a relationship with Carol Barry, to widespread amusement amongst his colleagues, and he is further embarrassed when his mother briefly appears at the school. They part on bad terms, and she dies a short time later, while George later discovers he is broke following the inheritance of his mother's debts.

After bluntly telling her mother of her application to the police, Dynasty has a disastrous interview when her family history is brought up. To prove that she is better than her father, she looks into the nature of Barry's operation, and discovers to her horror his involvement in human trafficking. After desperately pleading with him not to go through with it, she tells the police. Carol is initially furious, but agrees with her daughter when she is told what Barry was doing. Dynasty later has another interview, and is accepted.

After trying to deal with the inappropriate behaviour of Darren Hughes, Christine finally falls off the wagon with catastrophic consequences. She drives to school with a terrible hangover and crashes her car. She then lies to the police by claiming her car was stolen, insults a Local Education Authority meeting set up to deal with Darren Hughes' behaviour, and then refuses to apologise when Simon confronts her. She finally confesses and is arrested, leaving Simon as acting Head of the School, to the glee of Robert Bain. Connor also decides to return home when he learns what happened.

The last day of term sees Simon surprises the students with a climbing wall where Gabriella Wark's troublemaking reaches new heights. Having started a new feud with Kacey Barry, who has returned from the boxing academy in America and stolen the show, she destroys Kacey's dreams of participating in the Commonwealth games by stamping on her hand as they race up the climbing wall, leaving Kacey with a broken wrist. When Nikki confronts her over her actions, Gabriella sets her up to make it appear as if Nikki hit her, and her mother attempts to bribe Simon to cover up the incident. Nikki's decision to fight her corner is made difficult by the arrival of Vix, who offers Nikki the chance to come with her to Berlin. After Carol Barry attacks Gabriella's mother, Simon turns to Christine for help, despite her having just had to argue her case in front of the Local Authority. Christine returns and uses her past experience to get Gabriella to confess, revealing the cause of her behaviour to have been her family's inability to deal with the death of her sister. Robert Bain later arrives at Simon's request to inform Christine that she can retain a position as teacher at Waterloo Road, on the condition that she does not hold a position in senior management. Christine informs Connor of her decision, telling him to go to London with Imogen, while she will stay with Audrey to stop her lapsing again. Sue's attempt to prevent Nikki's reconciliation with Vix is thrwarted by Hector, as Nikki resigns to join Vix on the flight to Berlin.

Series 10 (2015)[edit]

On 19 September 2013, the BBC announced that a tenth and final series had been commissioned, with Neil Pearson and Nicola Stephenson joining the cast as teaching duo Vaughan Fitzgerald and Allie Westbrook.[11] Vaughan Fitzgerald is also the new head teacher of the school from the start of this series.

Gabriella Wark, Hector Reid, Simon Lowsely and Christine Mulgrew return for Series 10. Laurie Brett (Christine Mulgrew) confirmed that filming on the tenth series will begin in late spring 2014.[41] The tenth series of Waterloo Road will be its last, when the show ends in early 2015 after almost nine years on air. Filming began on 31st May 2014.

Transmissions and ratings[edit]

SeriesEpisodesPremiereFinaleAverage viewers
189 March 200627 April 20064.6
21218 January 200726 April 20074.3
32011 October 200713 March 20085.0
4207 January 200920 May 20094.7
52028 October 200915 July 20104.8
6201 September 20106 April 20114.9
7304 May 201125 April 20125.1
83023 August 20124 July 20134.4
9305 September 2013Autumn 20144.7


2006Best New Drama[42]Waterloo RoadWon
2007Best Loved Drama[43]Waterloo RoadNominated
2007Best Actress[43]Jill Halfpenny (Izzie Redpath)Won
2008Best Loved Drama[44]Waterloo RoadNominated
2008Best Actress[44]Denise Welch (Steph Haydock)Nominated
2009Best Actor[45]Neil Morrissey (Eddie Lawson)Nominated
2009Best Family Drama[45]Waterloo RoadWon
2009Best Actress[45]Denise Welch (Steph Haydock)Won
2010Best Family Drama[46]Waterloo RoadNominated
2010Best Actress[46]Denise Welch (Steph Haydock)Won
2011Best Family Drama[47]Waterloo RoadNominated
2011Best Actress[47]Amanda Burton (Karen Fisher)Nominated
2011Most Popular Drama[48]Waterloo RoadWon
2011Continuing Drama[49]Waterloo RoadNominated
2012Most Popular Female Drama Performance[48]Jaye Jacobs (Sian Diamond)Nominated
2012Most Popular Drama Series[48]Waterloo RoadNominated
2013Most Popular Drama Series[50]Waterloo RoadWon
2014Most Popular Drama Series[50]Waterloo RoadWon
2014Best Actress[43]Heather Peace (Nikki Boston)Won

International broadcasts[edit]

 Hong Kong
 South Korea
BBC EntertainmentSeries 1–3 have been aired in Hong Kong, Korea, Malaysia, Singapore, Thailand and India. Series 4 is currently[when?] being aired.[51]
 EuropeBBC OneSeries 1–9 have been aired in the UK. Series 10 will begin in autumn 2014.[when?] Channel automatically available in the Republic of Ireland, Belgium, and the Netherlands.
BBC EntertainmentSeries 1 has been aired in Armenia, Austria, Azores, Belarus, Belgium, Bosnia, Bulgaria, Croatia, Cyprus, Czech Republic, France, Germany, Georgia, Greece, Hungary, Italy, Kazakhstan, Latvia, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Macedonia, Malta, Monaco, Netherlands, Portugal, Moldova, Romania, Serbia, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Turkey and Ukraine.[52]
CBS DramaSeries 1–5 have been repeated in the UK. Series 6 is currently airing since 25 October 2013.
 EstoniaETV (Estonia)Series 1–7 have aired under the name Waterloo Roadi kool (The School of Waterloo Road).
 FinlandYLE TV1Series 1–4 have aired under the name Waterloo Roadin koulu (The School of Waterloo Road).
 SloveniaKanal ASeries 1 has aired in Slovenia.[52]
 United Arab Emirates
BBC EntertainmentSeries 1 has aired in the Middle East. Series 2 is currently[when?] being broadcast.[52]
 IsraelBBC Entertainment, IETV
 New ZealandTV ONESeries 1–3 have aired in New Zealand.[53]
 AustraliaABC1Series 1–4 have aired in Australia.
 RussiaBBC PrimeSeries 1 has aired in Russia on Networks Russia GMT+2, Russia GMT+3 and Russia GMT+4.[52]
 USABBC AmericaSeries 1 has been aired in the USA.[54]
 South AfricaBBC Entertainment
 SpainCanal 3XLSeries 1–8 have been aired only in Catalonia.[55]

DVD releases[edit]

TitleEpisodesDVD Release DateDiscs[56]Special Features
Series 1826 March 20073N/A
Series 21210 March 20084Miss Haydock Reveals All
Mika's Video Diary
Series 3202 March 2009 (Autumn Term)
11 May 2009 (Spring Term)
24 May 2010 (Complete)
6Autumn Term Scrap Book
Pupil Reports
Teacher Evaluation
Spring Term Scrap Book
Series 42021 September 2009 (Autumn Term)
26 April 2010 (Spring Term)
18 October 2010 (Complete)
6Autumn Term Scrapbook
Spring Term Scrapbook
School Photos
Series 52014 June 2010 (Autumn Term)
27 September 2010 (Spring Term)
23 May 2011 (Complete)
6Deleted Scenes
Cast/Crew Interviews
Waterloo Road Cribs
Series 6207 February 2011 (Autumn Term)
20 June 2011 (Spring Term)
16 January 2012 (Complete)
6Staff/Student Photos
Social Networking Snaps
Series 7307 October 2011 (Autumn Term)
26 March 2012 (Spring Term)
10 September 2012 (Summer Term)
8 April 2013 (Complete)[57]
9Social Networking Snaps
Series 8304 February 2013 (Autumn Term)[58]
3 June 2013 (Spring Term)[59]
7 October 2013 (Summer Term)[60]
9Behind the Scenes
In the Gym with Kaya & Kirstie
In the Lab with Jaye and Jason
Home from Home with Grantly Budgen
Legends Of
Waterloo Road
616 September 2013[61]16 select episodes from series 1 - 8


Waterloo Road Reunited[edit]

On Friday 19 November 2010, the BBC announced an online spin-off show, Waterloo Road Reunited. The series followed former characters of the main show, and their lives after leaving Waterloo Road.[65]

The series began in March 2011.[66] The first episode of Waterloo Road Reunited was uploaded at 9:00pm on 2 March 2011 on the show's official website.[67]

Waterloo Road Reunited
Set DetailsSpecial Features
  • 6 Episodes
  • 1-Disc Set
  • 16:9 Aspect Ratio
  • Subtitles: Yes
  • English (Stereo)
  • None
Release Dates
9 April 2012


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