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BBC 1 shown on Thursday evenings at 8pm during school term time. It first started in 2006.
Waterloo road is a British series shown on BBC one it's set in a comprehensive school in Scotland (previous series were set in Manchester) Waterloo road has a variety of different characters from strict teachers to ones that can't control the class. The pupils are mostly mischievous and causing trouble but there a few that mean well. Then there's the parents who like to interfere wherever possible. This series is good, one of my many guilty pleasures and as I'm sick off work today I've spent the day on bbc I player catching up on the current series, season 9. A lot has happened over the 9 Seasons. I didn't think I. Was going to enjoy this series as much as I have the past few due to my favourite characters - one of the only original actors to remain throughout the whole series left at the end of series 8 but it's surprised me, it's just as good and they have introduced a couple of new actors.
What I find with every series is they introduce quite a few new characters which is good to add some new talent and fresh ideas To the show but it also means that some characters are either no longer in it or get killed off in order for the replacements to shine. I do tend to get attached to a few story-lines or characters which i think everyone does and it shows the acting of those characters are good. Everyone can relate to a character either they remind you of yourself at school or they remind you of someone you know.
I do find at the end of each series it is left on a cliffhanger which is good for the viewers to be wanting more but it's also annoying having to wait months for the next series.
Waterloo road Has dealt with a lot of issues from teen pregnancy to abuse to drugs and so on but also it tackles bulling at the common affects schools have on the pupils. Although I'm not sure every school faces a different major issue every week but still it's good and it's kept me gripped from the start.
I currently only own season 1 and 2 on DVD so I don't want to rate the DVDs and extras and things due to not being a very accurate review but I do hope to own them all one day. The first 2 seasons are set in school years where as from then onwards it's set in the school academic terms.
Prices on Amazon
Complete Season 1 - £59.98
Complete Season 2 - £59.99
Complete season 3- £21.60
Complete season 4- £20.03
Complete season 5 - £20.14
Complete season 6-£21.67
Complete season 7 - £29.07
Season 8 spring term - £14.40
Season 8 autumn term- £14.20
Season 8 Summer term- £15.37
My thoughts on the prices vary, season one and two I think are incredibly expensive and I would advise you to shop around because I did not pay that price when they first came out I think I paid around the £15.00 mark so look on other websites. The rest of the box sets are reasonably priced and I would pay that although I'm thinking once I've received enough points on here I'll treat myself as I can't be spending too much money on box sets when I have other things to buy.
I would recommend this series if you like dramas based around a school with so many problems I'm shocked it hasn't been closed down. Why not give it a try and tune in on Thursday.
Btw, 'rubbing salt in the wounds'...PAINFUL! (without the healing process)!The events depicted in this drama is not in the slightest exaggerated. It's far worse than the show!I'm sure this is a relief to anyone who doesn't have to live here!
Waterloo road is a british television programme, about a school 'Waterloo Road' (hence the name), which is mainly concentrated on the lives of a number of students and the staff. It is broadcasted on bbc one, on wednesdays at 8pm, also on bbc iplayer if you ever miss an episode.
I find this show extremely interesting and enjoyable, whilst also teaching valuable lessons to youth that watch it, as it goes through real life scenarios with students from the school, and showing how they deal with it, or in some cases do not deal with it.
It is a very addictive show, whereby at the end of an episode it shows a few short clips of what is to happen next week, without giving the plot away, making me want to watch it there and then, not being able to wait for the next one.
Overall i find that this show is really good and know of many people who like to watch it, however even though the last series was not as good as i expected, they have bounced back with a phenomenal start to the new one!!
I think this program is excellent , it about a school that is called Waterloo Road it has it all , teachers that don't really want to be their, a goody two shoes teacher that thinks the best way to punish a child for a being naughty is to sit and talk, and not to mention a head teacher that used to a be a high class prostitute , i am not sure as a mother myself i would like my children going to school where the headteacher (Rachael Mason) was a prostitute. It has it all a problem with drugs , teenage pregnancy, teenage weddings and even had a high profile murder case where it turned out the teenage daughter killed her dad because he had been abusing her for years. I particular like the French teacher Mrs Haydock , who is worse at speaking French than i do and i failed my French Exam, how she gets away with i do not know , they even went through a stage where they sent her back to college but she his still as worse as ever and often turns up to school hungover probably still a little drunk from the night before. You also have the bigamist teenager who was the sister of Mrs Mason that got married twice without getting a divorce.
Waterloo Road is a British drama on BBC 1, Wednesday's at 8pm. It is currently on its 7th series and has been running since 2006.
** Programme Information **
The programme is set in a comprehensive school in Rochester, Greater Manchester. The focus is on the teachers and challenging pupils, the show confronts delicate issues head on such as drugs, abortion etc. Each episode usually follows a new story and usually focuses on one teacher and one pupil.
** The current main cast/characters **
Phillip Martin Brown plays Grantly Budgen, a moody, selfish English teacher.
Angela Griffin plays Kim Campbell, caring Head of Pastoral Care and Art teacher.
Jason Done plays Tom Clarkson, no nonsense Head of English.
Elizabeth Berrington plays troubled Ruby Fry, Head of Food Technology.
Denise Welch plays Steph Haydock, mutton dressed as lamb French teacher.
Eva Pope plays Rachel Mason, ex hooker, Headteacher.
William Ash plays smooth talker Christopher Mead, Deputy Head and Science teacher.
Darcey Isa plays Lauren Andrews, year 10 pupil.
Phoebe Dynevor plays Siobhan Mailey, year 10 pupil.
Richie Jeeves plays Luke Pendel, year 10 pupil.
Ayesha Gwilt plays Amy Porter, year 10 pupil.
Jack McMullin plays newcomer trouble maker Finn Sharkey, year 10 pupil.
William Rush plays Josh Stevenson, Tom Clarksons son, year 10 pupil.
Lauren Thomas plays Aleesha Dillon, year 12 pupil.
Lucy Dixon plays Danielle Harker, year 12 pupil.
Thomas Milner plays Paul Langley, year 12 pupil.
Tachia Newall plays Bolton Smilie, year 12 pupil.
Zaraah Abrahams (previously in Coronation Street) plays Michaela White, year 12 pupil.
** My Opinion **
I really like this programme, some may say that the events are unrealistic, but this programme reminds me exactly of how my school days were (no wonder I left with no GCSE's lol). I find it funny and enjoyable to watch.
I like the way that the programme is full on when it comes to the story lines, at the end of the day teenagers will watch this show, and I think that the characters will be easy to relate to and there is always a positive underlying message within the episodes.
This programme is very easy to get into, so if your put off watching it because you haven't seen the rest of the episodes, then don't be, as you will soon pick up whats going on and familiarise your self with the characters.
Obviously the casts ages vary although it always surprises me how well they perform, after all some are dealing with delicate issues and they always pull it off.
Overall I think this is a really good entertaining drama, which is easy to watch and is interesting. Another great thing is that because it is on BBC there are no adverts! = )
Waterloo Road is a fantastic bbc drama programme which is currently being shown on wednesday at 8pm on bbc 1. Th eseris is set in a school in Rochdale, Manchester.
The programme is about a troubled comprehensive school and focuses on teachers and there students.
There are now 7 series of waterloo road and each one keeps getting better and better each time another one is shown.
waterloo Road is alos now available to buy on dvd.
Most of the series takes place at Waterloo Road comprehensive school, a fictional co-educational, community school. The real life location for Waterloo Road is the fromer hill top primary school in Kirkholt, Rochdale.
Some of the main characters are:
Kim Campbell who is played by Angela Griffin. Kim is Head of the art department and also head of Pastoral Care.
Tom Clarkson who is played by Jason Done and Tom is head of the English department..
Ruby Fry who is played by Elizabeth Berrington. Ruby is a Food Technology Teacher. Ruby came into the series in 2009.
This review is about series 1 on DVD.
I LOVE this Tv programme, and in my opinion this is the best series.
It is basically a series about a school where something exciting happens every day.
Jamie Glover stars as my favourite character Andrew Treneman.
The headmaster is a really excting guy, all the teachers are always in trouble and have really exciting lives, and the kids are all really naughty and are always rebelling and stuff. Its fantastic.
Im 15, a girl. All my mates love it and my mum and their mums do too.
I would DEFINITELY recommend this in fact I think you would be mad not to buy it. If you want some previews search Series one waterloo road on youtube or google or something. And you can catch it on Wednesdays from 8.00 till 9.00 on BBC1.
Some of the storylines are:
One of the teachers, Tom Clarkson, is supposed to be marrying another one of the teachers, but he is actually having an affair with her best friend, Izzie. The teacher he is supposed to be marrying also turns out to be pregnant. This all ends with an attempted suicide from one of them - won't tell you who!
Izzie is Chlo and Mika's mum, Chlo is going out with Donte and there are some exciting stories between the two of them. Chlo and Mika's dad comes to the schoo, dressed as a mouse and climbs on the school roof protesting 'Fathers 4 Justice!
A pupil (Jacqui from Hollyoaks) has a baby in the middle of a lesson!
Steph Haydock (Denise from Loose Women) also has an affair with the headmaster.
I won't spoil the endings for you!
Waterloo Road has been staple viewing in our household for the past few years. For some teachers it might be seen as a busman's holiday and they avoid it like the plague - however, I enjoy it for what it is - trashy nonsense in the vein of Bad Girls and Footballer's Wives (its actually made by the same people).
Set in a run down comprehensive school in Rochdale the show has pulled in a respectable audience over the past few years and is popular with children since the cancellation of Grange Hill in 2008.
It just seems nothing normal can happen in a school like Waterloo Road. On any particular day you might have a coach crash, a disruptive pupil setting themselves on fire and a parent's caravan exploding. Being a teacher myself I can tell you that although you might have dramatic elements to your day - Waterloo Road is more science fiction than fact - and if you are a parent watching the programme and are concerned about your own children - I don't think you've got anything to worry about!
Unlike Channel 4's 'Teachers' which basically concentrated on the teachers themselves, Waterloo Road shared the drama equally between the teachers and the pupils. Many people will recognise familiar teachers to ones that you might have had when you were at school - in particular Grantley Budgen ( Philip Martin Brown) who plays a cantankerous English teacher.
Tom Clarkson(Jason Done) is a character that has been in the show since the beginning and seems to have bedded almost the entire teaching staff. Regulars like Jill Halfpenny, Neil Morrissey and Tom Chambers have left recently leaving an absence of big name stars in the show. Rumour has it that Martin Kemp and Britain's Got Talent star George Sampson are the 'big' names coming to the show next year.
Social realism it isn't, but it does deal with some quite profound issues of the day including gangs and abortion. The show can have its amusing moments as well as its drama, but as I've said it isn't in the least bit authentic - or not what I've seen in my teaching career.
Waterloo Road is a decent hour of entertainment that passes the time whilst doing something else (like writing dooyoo reviews). Its available on DVD, but its pretty easy to get into and it is not necessary to have seen all the previous shows to watch it one off.
Waterloo Road can be seen on Wednesday afternoons at 8pm.
Waterloo road is a bb1 drama series, that follow the life of the pupils and tearchers who attend Waterloo road high school. The school is based in Manchester. It is a somewhat hard hitting drama that uses topical and controversial storylines in order to keep viewers on the edge of their seats. I always describe waterloo road to friends who havent seen it, that it is like Grange hill for grown ups!
Waterloo road is a rough school. What I love the most about this drama is that it allows you explore characters from both their school persona and home persona. This is very intresting as many times you think that the pupil is a trouble making lout, but then you discover that their home life has a huge effect on the way they are acting.
Although the show has been running for the last 5 years. Neither the quality of the acting or the punchy storylines have deteriorated. Infact the show seems to be going from strength to strength. I think this is because the shows producers and writers are not afraid to explore issues, that other shows may shy away from. (suicide, homosexuality, child abuse.) Having said that the show is not all doom and gloom and works well to offer viewers both dark and light moments throughout the hour long drama.
The teachers of Waterloo road are a very mixed bag. All having one thing in common. That they all have a barrell full of problems in their private life. Whilst one teacher battles alcoholism, another has a gambling addiction. Also there must be something in the water in Waterloo road as quite a lot of the teachers get involved in extra marital relationships with one another. This can leave me feeling a bit irritated as it can become quite far fetched and predictable.
I also think this show is very powerful in showing teenagers who may be watching the show, hard hitting outcomes to foolish situations teenagers often put themselves in. They have covered such subjects as underage pregnancies, joy riding, gun crime and each subject seems so real and shows the devestation that some actions can bring.
If I had to be critical of the show, I would say that the only thing that I find a bit unbelievable is the fact that there is always one major drama after another. However I realise this has to be done in order to entertain viewers.
The standard of acting in this show is outstanding. I am totally in awe of the young actors who perform on this show. They are totally convincing in their roles and have great screen presence.
This show is a brilliant drama. I would certainly recommend this show to anyone who likes quite a hard hitting dramatic drama. It is very strong in its storylines and I believe this is why it continues to be so successful. I think the show works so well as they tackle subjects which all parents worry about when their child is in school.
Totally excellent show.
This programme is alright to watch if you want to pass the time. I recently just finished watching through all the episodes I have recorded on my VCR, and was somewhat impressed, but at the same time, quite disappointed.
Waterloo Road is one of the programmes on TV you really have to take light heartedly to enjoy, otherwise you will just end up (as I did) picking apart the plot, the characters, and almost always, the acting.
This programme basically follows the lives of people attending Waterloo Road School (which is based somewhere in Rochdale). Last season, the storyline was kept mostly inside the school, however this year, the introduction of John Fosters (private school) students, has been used to provoke emotional reaction between the students. The plot for this season has basically followed the neverending beef between WR and JF students, whilst occasionally venturing into the individual lives of the pupils/teachers.
However, the plot is often very,very farfetched. The characters are made far too stereotypically (and they would clearly not fit into the dynamics of a typical comprehensive school), and the acting is.... pretty poor on most accounts.
BBC1's drama Waterloo Road , now in it's sixth series, is set in a Rochdale comprehensive school depicting the life of both teacher and pupil.
The teachers cover just about every character cliché you can think of (the flirty middle-aged French teacher, grumpy English teacher, trendy art teacher, gay drama/music teacher etc.). Yet having said this...it seems to work...very well.
With the student characters there are the bright ones who want to learn, bright ones who don't, the girl-gangs, the troubled family and of course the misunderstood 'diamond in the rough'.
Story lines have covered arson, stabbing of a teacher, and guns in school, but the one I have found more hard-hitting is the recent one with girl-gangs which is, unfortunately, becoming all too familiar in today's society.
Yes - it's a drama, but I do feel there are some useful lessons which children would learn from and sections of this series could potentially be used a reference material for teachers with issues that crop up in normal school life.
It has been reported that a few of the key members of cast are leaving after the current series (Eva Pope, Denise Welch and Angela Griffin), but hopefully this will not have a detrimental affect on the series.
I have been watching Waterloo road on and off since it made its debut a few years ago, and must state I would be very concerned if I had no alternative. I say this with tongue in cheek with the goings on and the unruly behaviour of the teachers, let alone many of the ill-disciplined students.
I remember many years ago when our elder child had the choice of two local high schools, and must say was relieved that one had the standard of discipline that was acceptable, or we would have had to look for alternative solution.
The first school reminded me of Waterloo Road with the expression of disrespect by the students for their tutors and any adult in sight. Although a lot of this was not of malice; some was of over-familiarity which old fashioned as I may seem; I feel that it if the teacher who is the mentor and if the student is on an even pedestal the balance of power goes out through the window.
The second school was run by a head who believed in discipline and I partially give him and the teacher's credit for our children's success. They both made the University grades; one became a primary teacher and the other a successful businessman
When I was young, we were taught to respect our teachers as well as elders. This gave us the respect of younger people when we climbed the age ladder to adult-hood in return; so we hoped but it got worse and now we are faced with intimidation from teenage youths who appear to have the power to do what they want.
Schools like Waterloo Road appear to have this appearance of intimidating disrespect and uncontrollable behaviour amongst the Students.
The Teachers do not appear to have the control except for two or possibly three and I am surprised that "The Cooling off Room" isn't jammed packed. If the school had to drag the parents in every five minutes, I am sure they would get to be aware that their child was not performing to their potential.
I feel that the school lacks a proper full time child psychologist as well as one for the teachers who may need it with this rebellious lot.
I have to admit that I was no angel in my time but after a good hiding at some stage, I learnt respect and started to take notice when the school consulted my parents.
Waterloo Road is a television drama series and in my opinion an upgraded version of Grange Hill!!
It is set in Rochdale, Greater Manchester and is about a troubled comprehensive school. The programme focuses on its teachers and students, and confronts social issues, including affairs, abortion, divorce and suicide, and many other storylines...drink drugs....etc
Waterloo Road is produced by Shed Productions, the production company responsible for Bad Girls and Footballers' Wives.
After making an eight part series it was launched and aired in 2006 and after being recommissioned several times we are now in the fifth series which started in October.
When Waterloo road first started we were shown the series to be gritty and exciting with the pupils running riot and the teachers thinking their jobs are pointless, with parents barging into lessons, teenagers engaging in 'overt sexual behaviour' and teachers being attacked.
Some teachers criticised the show for sending out the wrong signals and undermining viewers' confidence in the schools system - but personally I felt it was pretty realistic!!
It was an exciting first term and seemed a lot more exciting than what I ever experienced at shcool.
The cast seems to have changed substantially over time as I assume is the case with most dramas which in this case is a shame. I liked the banter between the characters and miss a lot of the great people that were originally in the series.
Jack Rimmer (played by Jason Merrells) was fantastic as head teacher and even though you knew he was wrong for the job it was fun to watch.
With an array of different characters you are sure to recognise a few familiar faces.
Kim Campbell is played by Angela Griffin and Steph Haydock is played by Denise Welch, and Tom Clarkson who is played by Jason Done
All the teachers gel well together and the students create more and more chaos with each epsode that is shown, and last night was no exception.
Whilst in a science class the bad boys of the school decide to steal some ethanol from the lab and realise it takes like alcohol...clearly not....and the consequences that follow made for exciting drama, as one of the students takes a turn for the worst.....
Aired on Wednesdays at 8oclock its a suitable and convenient time, and if you miss an episode you can also catch up by downloading the latest version for free on the BBC I player.
With the changes in staff and school kids it always keeps Waterloo Road interesting and feasbile programme to watch.
With a sixth series commissioned and expected to air in 2010 I dont think they are doing too badly
What is Waterloo Road?
Waterloo Road is a weekly BBC drama, set in a school. Think 'Grange Hill' meets 'Teachers' with a hint of Hollyoaks mixed in for good measure.
When is it on?
The series is on for about 20 weeks of the year and usually starts in the autumn which is nice as it gives you something to watch during the cold winter weeks! The show is an hour long, shown every Wednesday on BBC1 at 8pm and can also be viewed on BBC Iplayer if you miss an episode. The show is currently on it's fifth series and had definitely deserved its high popularity.
Who's in it?
Being a school drama, there are too many characters to mention everyone, but here is a list of some of the most well known and controversial.
Steph Haydock : Played by Denise Welch of Loose Women fame, Steph is a French teacher with the most awful French accent I've ever heard! She's a bit of a man eater but has a sensitive side.
Tom Clarkson: Popular male teacher who is fair but doesn't stand any nonsense. His only negative side is that he often lets personal issues get in the way of his teaching.
Grantly Budgen: The laughing stock of the school, Grantly teaches English but gives the impression that he'd rather be a dustman than a teacher. His dry sense of humour is very funny however, and you can't help but feel a bit sorry for him.
Kim Campbell: One of my favourite teachers, Kim, played by Angela Griffin is well liked by her pupils and isn't afraid to stand up for what she believes in. Kind and sensitive, her warmth and creativity makes her the sort of teacher that everyone wants.
Rachel Mason: Rachel is the long suffering headteacher of the school. Her dodgy past often comes back to haunt her but she always manages to maintain her dignity and is very fair.
Max Tyler: Max is the new joint headteacher for series five after his school merged with Waterloo Road to create one big institution. Pompous and in favour of harsh punishments, Max is not a very likeable character and is the one you'll love to hate.
Christopher Mead: Also new to series 5, Christopher is Max's deputy head. We haven't seen much of his character yet but he seems to be a nicer, more sensitive version of Max.
Helen Hopwell: Another new teacher, Helen is Max's lapdog and is extremely irritating due to her inability to deal with her classes and snobbery concerning the Waterloo Road pupils. She's the sort of person you just want to tell to pull herself together!
There are a few other teachers but the above are the characters with the main story lines at the minute.
Some of the Pupils:
Karla Bentham: Karla suffers from Asperger's Syndrome and in the past has been bullied because of her condition. She has recently made friends with a lot of her classmates however, and they now understand her condition more. Karla's character has drawn attention to Asperger's which I think is really important in helping viewers to understand the condition more.
Danielle Harker: Danielle comes from a very religious family and leads a double life at school. At home she has to conform to strict rules but at school she is obsessed with how she looks and is constantly fixing her hair and make-up.
Denzil Kelly: The youngest member of the notorious Kelly family at the school, Denzil is very sweet by nature and often goes against the wishes of his problematic family to stand up for his own beliefs.
Sambuca Kelly: Another member of the Kelly family, Sambuca (yes she is named after the drink!) is very opinionated and can often come across as rude and cheeky. Deep down, however she is a caring girl and often worries about any problems within her family.
Bolton Smilie: Bolton isn't very popular with some of the teachers due to his disruptive attitude and unwillingness to conform to rules that he believes are unfair. He isn't a bad kid, however and never willingly tries to upset or hurt anyone.
Michaela White: Bad girl of the school and Bolton's girlfriend, Michaela is nasty and vindictive. Her favourite pastimes include bullying younger pupils and generally making teacher's lives a misery.
Lindsey and Emily James: Two of the new characters in series five, the James sisters arrived at the school on the same day that their mother was arrested after being accused of murdering their father. Lindsey puts on a tough girl attitude and makes it her sole aim to get revenge on Michaela White. However she is fiercely protective of her younger sister and won't let anyone upset her.
Amy Porter: Another new character to look out for. Feisty Amy is just looking for trouble and will no doubt be the cause of many staff breakdowns.
What's good about Waterloo Road?
One of the best things about Waterloo Road is the fact that the story lines are always really varied and often unexpected. As the programme is aimed at adults as well as children, some of the issues that it deals with are quite juicy and pretty controversial at times.
Another good thing about the programme is that the story lines often discuss issues that need to be addressed. From eating disorders to teenage pregnancy, the show deals with everyday problems in a very sensitive way and educates viewers on the best way of dealing with these problems. I also really like the fact that Waterloo Road is on BBC1 so you don't get any annoying adverts! It's just simply a full hour of drama so you can really get into the stories.
There isn't really many more specific aspects of the show that I can pinpoint as the best bits but all you need to know is that it has good characters, stories and a little bit of suspense added in. What more can you ask for really?
It's not all good however. One of the things that annoys me about this programme is that you recognise every other character from somewhere else and it becomes a game of 'where have I seen them before?'. From Coronation street to Casualty, you name it, they've been in it and you can't help but typecast!
Another thing that bugs me about this programme is that some of the story lines can be a bit confusing. You can have a whole week's episode centred on one plot and then the next week there's no mention of anything that has happened which seems a tad unrealistic to me!
Talking of unrealistic, I always watch Waterloo Road with my mum, who works in a school, and she constantly moans about how the stuff that happens on the show would never happen in a real school. Personally I don't mind as it makes it more entertaining, however some people may not appreciate stories of successive fires and explosions!
As with all TV shows, Waterloo Road has both its good and bad features but overall it's an enjoyable and light-hearted watch during the winter months. It can be pretty unrealistic but if you're prepared to just watch without questioning the likelihood of things too much, I'd highly recommend it!
Waterloo Road is a BBC drama set in a secondary school in England. It has been running for a few years, and has had the usual coming and going of characters, though a few have remained and a few have recently returned.
The show is mostly takes place at the school and follows the stories of both staff and students, sometimes venturing into their homes or the local pub. There is an interesting assortment of characters, and several staff and students with a comedy role to keep the show amusing.
Many key school based storylines have been covered over the years- gun crime, teenage pregnancy, drugs, sex, affairs with staff, affairs amonst the staff, racism, bullying, sports, exam cheating, etc. There are usually one or two stories going in one show, and most of the time they're wrapped up within that episode, with some key stories weaving throughout the series.
I really enjoy watching this, especially with my husband who works in a secondary school as his commentary is often as amusing as the show. I hope that there is a second series starting soon, and I have no doubt that the writers will keep us entertained with whatever cast they have to work with!
The story line focuses around troubled students who are coping with social issues that come with being a teenager! The teachers, on the other hand, must cope with the students!