|Created by||Ann McManus|
|Country of origin||United Kingdom|
|No. of series||10|
|No. of episodes||200|
|Production location(s)||Rochdale, England (seasons 1-7)|
Greenock, Scotland (seasons 8-10)
|Running time||60 minutes|
90 minutes (1 episode)
|Distributor||Warner Bros. Television|
|Original network||BBC One (2006-14)|
BBC One HD (2010-14)
BBC Three (2015)
BBC Three HD (2015)
|Picture format||1080i 16:9 (HDTV) (2009-15)|
576i 16:9 (SDTV) (2006-15)
|Original release||9 March 2006 -|
9 March 2015
Waterloo Road is a British television drama series set in a comprehensive school of the same name, broadcast on BBC One and later on BBC Three. The show was set in the English town of Rochdale from series one until the end of series seven, and the Scottish town of Greenock from the beginning of series eight until the end of the show in series ten. In 2014, it was confirmed that the tenth series of Waterloo Road would be the last. The first episode was broadcast on BBC One on 9 March 2006 and the final episode on BBC Three on 9 March 2015. Waterloo Road ran for 10 series, 200 episodes, and exactly nine years. Reruns previously aired on CBS Drama in the UK. In September 2019, every episode was made available on BBC iPlayer.
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. 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.
Production was scheduled to move locations in 2009, with storylines in the fourth and fifth series designed to coincide with the planned move. However, these plans did not go ahead and the show remained in its original location for three more years. Series 5 and 6 filmed back to back from 2009 to 2010. 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.
Following the seventh series, the show was commissioned for a further fifty episodes to air over two series and relocated to Greenock Academy in Scotland as part of a BBC initiative to produce more programming outside of England. At its new location, Waterloo Road became an independent school as opposed to a comprehensive school in the past seven series. The eighth series ran for thirty episodes between 23 August 2012 and 4 July 2013. The ninth series ran for twenty episodes between 5 September 2013 and 12 March 2014.
On 19 September 2013, a tenth series was commissioned. It was announced on 2 April 2014 that series 10 will be the final series of the show. The final scenes were filmed on 22 August 2014. On 11 December 2014, it was announced that the final 10 episodes would be aired on BBC Three in 2015, however a repeat is aired on BBC One later in the evening. The final episode of Waterloo Road, was the 200th episode, and aired on 9 March 2015 on BBC Three and BBC One. In the story the school remains open after a lengthy battle against a school merger.
The show is an ensemble drama, with a large cast of up to forty main characters, including students, staff and parents. Due to their appearance on the opening credits, teachers receive top billing for the main cast. From term to term the cast changes; the overall longest running cast members were Philip Martin Brown, who played Grantly Budgen, and Jason Done, who played Tom Clarkson who appeared from Series 1 until their exits in Series 9 and 8, featuring in 166 and 160 episodes respectively.
The original teaching cast consisted of headteacher Jack Rimmer (Jason Merrells); deputy head Andrew Treneman (Jamie Glover); Art teacher and Head of Pastoral Care Kim Campbell (Angela Griffin); Head of English Grantly Budgen (Phillip Martin Brown); English teachers Lorna Dickey (Camilla Power) and Tom Clarkson (Jason Done) Head of French teacher Steph Haydock (Denise Welch); and Head of Drama teacher Izzie Redpath (Jill Halfpenny). The cast of students included Donte Charles (Adam Thomas), Chlo Grainger (Katie Griffiths), Janeece Bryant (Chelsee Healey), Yasmin Deardon (Rhea Bailey), Mika Grainger (Lauren Drummond) and Lewis Seddon (Craig Fitzpatrick).
The final, Series 10 cast consisted of Head Teacher Vaughan Fitzgerald (Neil Pearson), Deputy Head Lorna Hutchinson (Laura Aikman), Head of English Christine Mulgrew (Laurie Brett), Head of Modern Languages George Windsor (Angus Deayton), Home Economics Teacher and Housemistress Maggie Budgen (Melanie Hill); History Teacher Audrey McFall (Georgie Glen), GPD Teacher Guy Braxton (Regé-Jean Page), Science Teacher Marco D'Olivera (Stefano Braschi), Geography Teacher Olga Fitzgerald (Pooky Quesnel) and School Secretary Sonya Donnegan (Victoria Bush). An extensive set of pupils were prominent in the final series, including Rhiannon Salt (Rebecca Craven), Lenny Brown (Joe Slater), Lisa Brown (Caitlin Gillespie), Darren Hughes (Mark Beswick), Shaznay Montrose (Je'Taime Morgan Hanleyand), Justin Fitzgerald (Max Bowden), Leo Fitzgerald (Zebb Dempster), Kenzie Calhoun (Charlotte Beaumont), Scott Fairchild (Andrew Still), Carrie Norton (Tahirah Sharif), Bonnie Kincaid (Holly Jack), Dale Jackson (Finlay MacMillan) and Abdul Bukhari (Armin Karima).
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The first episode of Waterloo Road was broadcast on 9 March 2006, having been filmed the previous autumn in 2005. Characters included head Teacher Jack Rimmer (played by Jason Merrells), deputy head Andrew Treneman (played by Jamie Glover) and pastoral care teacher Kim Campbell (played by Angela Griffin).
Throughout the series, the school is dealing with the threat of closure by the governors owing to falling pupil numbers and bad pupil behaviour. Other storylines include the death of pupil Adam Deardon in a car crash, a pupil struggling to care for his mother who has Huntington's Disease, and the break-up of Tom and Lorna Clarkson's short-lived marriage, due to Tom's love for another member of staff. At the end of the series, the local education authority decide to keep the school open. Lorna, distraught at the end of her marriage, throws herself into a canal.
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).
The audience learns that Lorna has survived the suicide attempt she was last seen preparing for 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 are expecting their first child together. Following a fall down the stairs and several other accidents, Lorna is diagnosed with Multiple sclerosis and her life becomes even more stressful.
She re-unites Izzie and Tom, who had separated after Izzie suffered a miscarriage, 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 online hate campaign against Mika Grainger by sixth-former Leigh-Ann Galloway, the return of former pupil Maxine Barlow after she conquers her drug addiction, a series of sex attacks on teenage girls for which Maxine's step-father Kevin Hurst is revealed to have committed, and the arrival of a popular 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 is attacked by local drug dealer Jed Seddon, whose drugs have hospitalised a teenage girl at the school, and an ensuing fight leads to the fatal stabbing of Izzie.
A third, 20-part series began in October 2007 with the introduction of several new characters, including new Deputy Head Eddie Lawson (Neil Morrissey) and, in the seventh episode, new Head Teacher Rachel Mason (Eva Pope). Other staff arrivals include NQT English Teacher Jasmine Koreshi (Shabana Bakhsh) and Head of Music and Drama Matt Wilding (Chris Geere). Pupils introduced in the third series include Aleesha Dillon (Lauren Thomas), Danielle Harker (Lucy Dixon), Karla Bentham (Jessica Baglow), Paul Langley (Thomas Milner), and Bolton Smilie (Tachia Newall).
The series begins with Jack recording a radio interview after witnessing the stabbing of Izzie Redpath (Jill Halfpenny) in the final episode of the previous season alongside Eddie Lawson, the new Deputy Head following Andrew Treneman's acceptance of a teaching post in Rwanda. With Kim Campbell travelling to Rwanda with Andrew, she was replaced by Steph Haydock as Head of Pastoral Care.
Storylines in the first half of the season include the marriage and subsequent separation of Chlo Grainger and Donte Charles, the introduction of a pupil with Asperger Syndrome, the breakdown of Brett and Mika's relationship and Jack's illegal use of educational funds to bribe parents into sending their children to Waterloo Road. Jack is forced to resign as Head in episode 6 and is replaced by Rachel Mason (Eva Pope). The first half also saw the departure of ex-bully Lewis Seddon, who had served as a canteen assistant in the first half of the season.
The second half of the third series began in January 2008 and is dominated by Rachel being blackmailed by contractor Stuart Hordley (Silas Carson) over her past life as a prostitute. Other storylines in the second half of the series include Jasmine being accused by new pupil Michaela White (Zaraah Abrahams) of assault, the inappropriate sexual behaviour of supply teacher Wilson Bingham, the environmental protests of Mika Grainger and Brett Aspinall, the deportation of pupil Sameen Azizi, and a plagiarism scandal that catches the attention of the local exam board.
In the final episode of the series, a fire spreads through the school leaving some staff member's lives hanging in the balance. Davina is rushed to hospital with smoke inhalation, while Rachel and Stuart, whose careless disposal of a cigarette had started the blaze, were trapped under falling rubble inside the school. The final episode attracted 6 million viewers.
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 them both in hospital. 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 to help him win an important match, ultimately ending his and Jasmine's relationship. Rachel Mason's sister Melissa Ryan and nephew Phillip are also introduced.
Maxine Barlow is tragically killed when her relationship with psychopathic 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. 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.
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.
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. 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.
Series 5 follows the merger of Waterloo Road with the local private school - John Fosters. The current Head Teacher, Rachel Mason, and newly appointed executive Head Teacher, Max Tyler (played by Tom Chambers), almost immediately face a clash of personalities, especially when Max takes the liberty of using Rachel's office. The lack of unity between the two schools extends to all levels of the school environment, the rivalry in the playground as well as the staff room is documented throughout the series. Six new teachers from John Fosters transferred to Waterloo Road to support the merger, much to the disapproval of the former John Fosters and new Waterloo Road Food Technology teacher Ruby Fry (Elizabeth Berrington), and to the immediate shock of the unskilled newly qualified teacher, Helen Hopewell (Vinette Robinson), whom the pupils, and some staff, soon label 'Hopeless Hopewell.', in mockery of her lack of control and insufficient experience as a teacher. 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). The aforementioned 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. The events brought forth by the forced merger lead to many conflicts within the two newly combined schools.
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 sexual relationship. Max Tyler's increasingly desperate attempts to control the school eventually result in the end of his teaching career. After he assaults Rachel's nephew, Phillip Ryan, against a filing cabinet (in episode 9), resulting in an extremely large bruise on the back Mason's Nephew, Phillip struggles to keep quiet. Shocked by Phillip's bruise, Ruby Fry mentions it to Kim Campbell (who incidentally is having an affair with Max). Eventually, Phillip admits how he received his injury. Max is fired and led away from the school by the police, much to the delight of the staff and pupils. Rachel and Chris also kiss in Episode 10, though this never led to anything further between them.
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's 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 Phillip 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.
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. Former Silent Witness actress Amanda Burton joined the cast as new headteacher, Karen Fisher.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 and Chelsee Healey (Janeece Bryant) also reprised her role, not as a pupil, but as the new school secretary. 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. Also from episode 11, Scott Haining played Nate Gurney, a love interest for the newly homosexual Josh Stevenson,Spandau Ballet member and former EastEnders actor Martin Kemp guest starred as Mr Burley, new character Ronan Burley Ben-Ryan Davies's father, and Karen David portrayed new Head of Spanish, Francesca Montoya.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 his 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
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). 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 falling 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.
On 19 November 2010, the BBC announced it had commissioned an online spin-off to the main show, Waterloo Road Reunited. The 6-part series, released in tandem with the latter half of series 6, follows the lives of former pupils and features a mixture of online episodes and social media outputs.
The online series joins Michaela, Bolton, Danielle, Janeece, Phillip, Aleesha and Paul after completing their secondary education, making decisions and taking actions that could cause success or trouble. The series picks up on storylines during the castmember's time as students in Waterloo Road, as the viewer sees them again during a school reunion. The web series picks up on the storylines introduced on the main program, and adds new stories and situations for the character depicted. It is also the final appearance of the cast members, with the exception of Janeece Bryant who became Waterloo Roads secretary from series six until series eight, and Bolton Smilie who made a guest reappearance in series eight.
A seventh series of 30 episodes was announced on 7 April 2010, airing from May 2011 to July 2012.
The seventh series added several new cast members, including new Head Teacher Michael Byrne (Alec Newman), school site manager Rob Scotcher (played by Robson Green), maths teacher Daniel Chalk (Mark Benton), new Head of English Linda Radleigh (Sarah Hadland), school benefactor Lorraine Donnagan (Daniela Denby-Ashe) and pupil Jodie Allen, A.K.A "Scout" (Katie McGlynn).
The seventh series surrounded the school being under inspection, following a student being allowed entry to the school after their release from a Youth Detention Centre. The Director of Education recommends Head Teacher Karen Fisher's dismissal. Karen Fisher does ultimately depart, with the role given to Michael Byrne later in the series. Byrne is revealed to suffer physical and mental issues of his own stemming from him being attacked by one of his pupils at a previous school. He begins an affair with teacher Sian upon his arrival. Later in the series, we see the departure of Linda following an attempt on Michael's life by way of a hit and run. To replace Linda, Nikki Boston (Heather Peace) joins the team after a comparison between her and another candidate, led by Tom. Matt Wilding also returns to the school as he battles himself over what to do with his friend who wants a sperm donation. With Michael's demons haunting him throughout series seven, some of these demons being fellow staff members, the threat of closure does not go away. When the LEA decides to close the school, Michael is contacted by one of his old students - now a successful businesswoman - Lorraine Donnagan. Lorraine proposes the school relocate to Scotland, with her as the school's benefactor, running it from the ground up. Byrne accepts after much deliberation, as do some of the staff members and pupils, but the series ends on a cliffhanger as a truck hurtles toward the group, and a proposing Grantly, on their way to Scotland.
Other storylines included fan-favourite Sambuca Kelly dying of cancer, the arrival of two threatening local gangs named the Dale Sken Crew and the Murray Set Boyz in the final third of the series with Tariq Siddiqui, Kyle Stack and Finn Sharkey joining them, respectively. English teacher Tom Clarkson discovering his son Josh has been diagnosed schizophrenia, school receptionist Janeece being conned out of her life savings and being left at the altar by her lover and the one time pupil Martin being MtF.
This was the final series to be set in Rochdale. Shed Productions decided to relocate to Scotland as this was cheaper than staying at the original location. The original school was demolished shortly after filming ended in 2011 and is now a housing estate.
Series 8 shows the start of Greenock's Waterloo Road. Laurie Brett and Georgie Glen join the main cast as English teacher Christine Mulgrew and History teacher Audrey McFall respectively. The Rochdale staff and students mourn the death of Denzil Kelly in the tragic crash, while Tariq is wheelchair bound. A memorial is staged to remember Denzil in the first episode. Grantly and Maggie run the schoolhouse together and later marry, becoming 'Mr and Mrs Budgen'. A bullying campaign between ex-Rochdale student Rhiannon Salt (previously unseen, played by Rebecca Craven) and Scout spirals to dangerous levels, but the two girls eventually make their peace and become friends. Christine struggles with an alcohol problem which also disadvantages her troubled son Connor (Shane O'Meara); he becomes an arsonist, burning several items in the school and eventually causing an explosion in an Art classroom which leaves his girlfriend Imogen Stewart, played by Kirstie Steele, badly injured. Christine covers for him, and gets help for her alcoholism, slowly overcoming it over the following terms with Audrey's help.
In the second term of the series, Jaye Jacobs left her role as deputy headteacher Sian Diamond; returning English teacher Nikki Boston, who previously appeared in Series 7, replaced her in the third term. The Barry family, consisting of troubled criminal Barry (Carl Au), the feminine yet fierce Dynasty (Abby Mavers), and tom-boy (later revealed to be a transgender man) Kacey (eventually Robbie), played by Brogan Ellis, joined the cast in the second half of Series 8. Barry caused trouble with a bullying storyline and getting involved with Dynasty's violent ex. Chalky's son Kevin (Tommy Knight) formed a romantic relationship with Dynasty, while Mark Benton departed as Chalky after 50 episodes after Chalky was hired as a game developer.
The relationship between Michael and Lorriane becomes fraught and Lorraine's business fails, leaving the school with no investment. Michael convinces Head of Glasgow Education Robert Bain (Shaun Prendergast) to take on Waterloo Road as a local authority school. Lorraine is infuriated by this, but ultimately forgives Michael before her exit in Episode 28. Michael also exited in the episode, realising that his relationship with Christine was not what he wanted. He left Christine as acting headmistress until a new head could be appointed. Angus Deayton joined the cast as Christine's old friend and Modern Languages teacher George Windsor, while Bryne appoints (Richard Mylan) as new deputy head with Christine not knowing of the appointment.
The series is important for long-standing characters Grantly and Tom. Grantly is diagnosed with chronic kidney failure, but slips into a coma as a donor is unavailable; Maggie pressures Tom into donating one of his kidneys in the hope of saving Grantly. Although Grantly wakes up, before Tom can donate he is killed when he falls from the roof of the school trying to help troubled ex-student Kyle Stack. This marks the end of the series.
In the first term, Christine attempts to establish herself as acting headmistress but she immediately comes into conflict with her new deputy, Simon Lowsley, Simon offered to do the assembly about Tom Clarksons death but she turns down Simon's offer, especially when she discovers he is the future son-in-law of the Head of East Greenock Council Education, Robert Bain due to his partner Sue Spark being his daughter. As revenge, she appoints her old friend, Modern Languages teacher George Windsor, as deputy head alongside Simon, George is unsympathetic with students and staff and is generally incompetent, starting up a Mandarin scheme despite not knowing the language well enough to teach it so he hires his wife, Princess, a Chinese teaching assistant briefly but due to the stress of George making her teach most of his lessons and work, They argue and she decides to leaves him in episode 4 to try and get fluent in the language, Christine then makes George attend Mandarin Classes at Glasgow College however he didn't attend and has pupil Archie Wong to teach him the language however he is caught therefore ruining the scheme however it wasn't found out until episode 8 until where Simon and Sue try to expose it to Robert but its dropped following the headteacher interviews, Then Simon and Sue attempted to get Christine dismissed so that Simon could become the head but Simon Christine continues to struggle with her alcoholism through the series but continues to rebel against it at the same time
Vanessa Hehir joins the cast as Simon's fiancé, newly qualified Science teacher Sue Spark. Sue cannot handle the rowdy behaviour and control her classes and he heavily relies on her husband and father, Bain, to advance her career and give her support at work. Their relationship is often very troubled but they eventually get married at the end of the first term, escaping the pressures of Sue's family and their friends by eloping. Simon also lets go of his pedantic behaviour and puts forward Christine as the better permanent fixture as head. Sue and Simon tried to keep their relationship a secret from the rest of the school however when Sue is locked in the cupboard and the fire alarms go off in episode 2, Barry takes her phone and Simon phones her unaware she was locked in the cupboard therefore the whole school found about their relationship.
Other stories include Audrey's dealings with troubled new students Lenny and Lisa Brown (Joe Slater and Caitlin Gillespie), Kacey/Robbie Barry's journey to become a professional boxer with the help of spurned ex-deputy head Nikki, and Grantly's brief return to the school before his sudden death hours before he was due a kidney transplant; this marked the departure of the show's longest running character. In the 1st episode, Audrey catches eyes on Lenny and Lisa who she taught at Havlock High and its a shock to the system for her to see the state they were in from the once bright children she taught, To make matters worse, Audrey then goes round to Larry(Lisa and Lennys older brother and legal guardian) house where she notices that he was growing Cannabis in the house, Then out of the blue Larry arrives at home and Audrey knocks herself out, After waking up she talks to Larry but he refuses to accept that the twins would be better off in care, However they both back to the school and Larry attempts to pick up the twins however as they were at the football(In memory of Tom) Sonya takes him to the match however Audrey then phones the Police and as Larry attempts to take Lenny and Lisa home, The Police arrive and Larry is arrested leading to Lisa and Lenny having to move into the school house and leading to feud with Audrey, The twins and Christine, Audrey is then strongly criticised by Christine for getting Larry arrested and for handling the situation the wrong way, In episode 5, Audrey then gets the twins Grandfather involved however this proves to be a bad idea at first as Lenny and Lisa hadn't seen him for quite a few years however the meeting doesn't go to plan where the meeting gets heated where Lisa storms out and accuses Audrey getting too involved in their lives however Lisa then steals there grandads medals however they are returned and Lisa apologises to both her grandad and Audrey, Kacey also starts to become a professional boxer with Nicola Adams also visiting to do a match with her in episode 9, In the same episode, A supply teacher under the name Frankie McGreggor arrives at the school to cover for one of the other science teachers who had taken Maternity leave however thing's don't go plan when he tries to discipline Darren for emptying Lenny's bag however his approach is witnessed by Simon who sees it more as intimidation, Christine remains unconvinced at this point and think's he's good news so she puts Frankie into Sue's class to get a feel of the school, However once in class, Sue asks Frankie if he could take the class while finishes marking up for her and Simon's wedding however as Frankie teachers, He doesn't known the exactly what the pupils are learning which leads some pupils to question is his teaching skills but he starts to warm to Lenny and gives him a new jotter, At lunch time, Frankie shows Lenny how to tie flies and asks Christine if he can take Lenny fishing to the pier however she says no and Lenny gets annoyed, However after a while Christine lets them go fishing however Simon raises concerns after Sue tells him about the way he taught in his class so he goes to Sonya to ask if he's a real teacher, After phoning the council, It turns out that the man who said he was Frankie McGreggor wasn't who he said he was, Now with Lenny in danger, Christine, Simon and George then figure out that he's taken Lenny to the Loch south of Greenock, Christine and Simon find Lenny only for the fake teacher to push him into the water while Simon rushes in to save him from drowning, Once out of the water, The man is arrested and charged with Child Abduction and for Impersonating a Teacher, It is also turned out that his real name was Jim Ronsley who was Frankie McGreggor's brother in law. In episode 10, Kacey's money for her boxing camp in America is stolen putting the whole trip in jeopardy, It then turns out that Barry had stolen the money and Carol kicks him out and disowns him, Kacey then jets off to America and Christine is given the head teachers job permanently.
The second term of the series is started with the arrival of troublemaking student Gabriella Wark (Naomi Battrick), a privileged girl who has been expelled from her previous schools. She sets her sights on new PE teacher Hector Reid, played by Leon Ockenden, who in turn attempts to seduce Nikki, despite her current lesbian relationship with Sue's sister Vix (Kristin Atherton). Jealous, Gabriella sabotages Nikki and Vix's relationship, but they reconcile and depart together at the end of the series.
In the second term, Christine starts the term confidently as full headmistress and now has Simon's support. However, when son Connor leaves for a job as a chef in London, she starts to feel increasingly isolated, It gets worse especially when George starts a relationship with Kacey Barry's mother Carol (Zöe Lucker). Kevin Chalk suffers a stroke prior to going to Edinburgh University, leading to a one-episode return for his adopted father and ex-teacher Chalky, played by Mark Benton. Kevin struggled to come to terms with his condition, despite the support of Dynasty Barry, who in turn followed her aspiration to become a police officer, despite being discriminated against due to her family ties with criminal brother Barry. He returned for several episodes, in which he set up an illegal smuggling ring. To prove herself, Dynasty exposed his actions and he was arrested and was sentenced to prison. By the end of the services, It begins to take its toll on Christine. She begins drinking again and after drinking all weekend wakes up with a horrific hangover. Out of misjudgement she gets in her car and drives to school despite being over the limit, She crashes her car into another car and abandons it, she then proceeds to school but being late for a meeting with social services leads things going from bad to worse, She starts drinking in school and when her and Simon have a meeting with the council, She resigns as head and is starts to be investigated by Police Scotland however she throws vodka into a policeman's face leading to her arrest and Connor's brief return. She is suspended from work but the board, to the surprise of Robert Bain, chooses to let her stay at Waterloo Road, on the condition she does not hold a position in senior management. Simon steps into the role of Headteacher, but is surprised to learn this position was only temporary.
Other storylines include Gabriella sabotaging Kacey's boxing career by causing her to fall and injure herself on a climbing wall; George losing the position of deputy head when he runs the school for the day with disastrous consequences; and Hector kissing Sue following Nikki and Vix's departure, hinting that there could be a romantic future for the pair despite Sue's marriage to a preoccupied Simon.
The tenth and final series began in October 2014, with Neil Pearson's Vaughan Fitzgerald taking over as the new headmaster of Waterloo Road. An extensive set of new characters joined him, including his new partner, Art teacher Allie Westbrook (Nicola Stephenson), his two children and her two children. Pooky Quesnel joined the cast recurringly in the first half of the season as Vaughan's ex-wife.
The second half of the series was moved to BBC Three, with Laura Aikman joining the cast as new deputy headteacher Lorna Hutchinson, as well as Broadchurch star Charlotte Beaumont appearing as new student Kenzie Calhoun. Quesnel became part of the main cast in the second half of the series. This half of the series focused on the fight to stop a merger between Waterloo Road and rival school Havelock High. In the final episode, impassioned students opened up about what Waterloo Road meant to them, and Angus Deayton's George Windsor blackmailed his councillor girlfriend into stopping the merger. The final shot saw Waterloo Road celebrated with voice clips from the years narrating sights of empty schoolrooms and corridors; amongst these, the voices of characters past and present including Chlo Grainger, Kim Campbell, Jack Rimmer, Finn Sharkey, Max Tyler, Grantly Budgen and Carol Barry. The final episode aired on 9 March 2015, nine years after the first episode aired on 9 March 2006.
|1||8||9 March 2006||27 April 2006||4.6|
|2||12||18 January 2007||26 April 2007||4.3|
|3||20||11 October 2007||13 March 2008||5.0|
|4||20||7 January 2009||20 May 2009||4.7|
|5||20||28 October 2009||15 July 2010||4.8|
|6||20||1 September 2010||6 April 2011||4.9|
|WRR||6||2 March 2011||6 April 2011||N/A|
|7||30||4 May 2011||25 April 2012||5.1|
|8||30||23 August 2012||4 July 2013||4.4|
|9||20||5 September 2013||12 March 2014||4.1|
|10||20||15 October 2014||9 March 2015||3.6|
|2006||Best New Drama||Waterloo Road||Won|
|2007||Best Loved Drama||Waterloo Road||Nominated|
|2007||Best Actress||Jill Halfpenny (Izzie Redpath)||Won|
|2008||Best Loved Drama||Waterloo Road||Nominated|
|2008||Best Actress||Denise Welch (Steph Haydock)||Nominated|
|2009||Best Actor||Neil Morrissey (Eddie Lawson)||Nominated|
|2009||Best Family Drama||Waterloo Road||Won|
|2009||Best Actress||Denise Welch (Steph Haydock)||Won|
|2010||Best Family Drama||Waterloo Road||Nominated|
|2010||Best Actress||Denise Welch (Steph Haydock)||Won|
|2011||Best Family Drama||Waterloo Road||Nominated|
|2011||Best Actress||Amanda Burton (Karen Fisher)||Nominated|
|2011||Most Popular Drama||Waterloo Road||Won|
|2011||Continuing Drama||Waterloo Road||Nominated|
|2012||Most Popular Female Drama Performance||Jaye Jacobs (Sian Diamond)||Nominated|
|2012||Most Popular Drama Series||Waterloo Road||Nominated|
|2013||Most Popular Drama Series||Waterloo Road||Won|
|2014||Most Popular Drama Series||Waterloo Road||Won|
|2014||Best Actress||Heather Peace (Nikki Boston)||Won|
|2015||Best Actress||Laura Aikman (Lorna Hutchinson)||Won|
|2015||Best Continuing Drama||Waterloo Road||Won|
| Hong Kong
|BBC Entertainment||Series 1-3 have been aired in Hong Kong, Korea, Malaysia, Singapore, Thailand and India. Series 4 is currently[when?] being aired.|
|Europe||BBC One||Series 1-10 have been aired in the UK. Channel automatically available in the Republic of Ireland, Belgium, and the Netherlands.|
|BBC Entertainment||Series 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.|
|CBS Drama||Series 1-7 have been repeated in the UK. Series 4 currently airing.|
|Estonia||ETV (Estonia)||Series 1-7 have aired under the name Waterloo Roadi kool (The School of Waterloo Road).|
|Finland||YLE TV1||Series 1-4 have aired under the name Waterloo Roadin koulu (The School of Waterloo Road).|
|Slovenia||Kanal A||Series 1 has aired in Slovenia.|
United Arab Emirates
|BBC Entertainment||Series 1 has aired in the Middle East. Series 2 has aired.|
|Israel||BBC Entertainment, IETV|
|New Zealand||TV ONE||Series 1-3 have aired in New Zealand.|
|Australia||ABC||Series 1-10 have aired in Australia.|
|Russia||BBC Prime||Series 1 has aired in Russia on Networks Russia GMT+2, Russia GMT+3 and Russia GMT+4.|
|USA||BBC America||Series 1 has been aired in the USA.|
|South Africa||BBC Entertainment|
|Spain||Canal 3XL and TV3||Series 1-9 have been aired only in Catalonia.|
Series one and two were released by 2entertain, whilst series three to eight were released by Acorn DVD. Series nine and ten have not been released on home media.
|Title||Episodes||DVD release Date||Total Discs||Special features|
|Series 1||8||26 March 2007||3||N/A|
|Series 2||12||10 March 2008||4||Miss Haydock Reveals All|
Mika's Video Diary
|Series 3||20||2 March 2009 (Autumn Term)
11 May 2009 (Spring Term)
24 May 2010 (Complete)
|6||Autumn Term scrap Book|
Spring Term scrap Book
|Series 4||20||21 September 2009 (Autumn Term)
26 April 2010 (Spring Term)
18 October 2010 (Complete)
|6||Autumn Term scrapbook|
Spring Term scrapbook
|Series 5||20||14 June 2010 (Autumn Term)
27 September 2010 (Spring Term)
23 May 2011 (Complete)
Waterloo Road Cribs
|Series 6||20||7 February 2011 (Autumn Term)
20 June 2011 (Spring Term)
16 January 2012 (Complete)
Social Networking Snaps
|6||9 April 2012||1||Picture Gallery|
|Series 7||30||7 October 2011 (Autumn Term)
26 March 2012 (Spring Term)
10 September 2012 (Summer Term)
8 April 2013 (Complete)
|9||Social Networking Snaps|
|Series 8||30||4 February 2013 (Autumn Term)
3 June 2013 (Spring Term)
7 October 2013 (Summer Term)
15 September 2014 (Complete)
|9||Behind the Scenes|
In the Gym with Kaya & Kirstie
In the Lab with Jaye and Jason
Home from Home with Grantly Budgen
|6||16 September 2013||2||6 select episodes from series 3 - 8|