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Waterloo Road 

A contemporary drama series set in a challenging comprehensive school.
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Series cast summary:
Philip Martin Brown ...  Grantly Budgen 150 episodes, 2006-2015
Jason Done ...  Tom Clarkson 148 episodes, 2006-2013
Chelsee Healey ...  Janeece Bryant 104 episodes, 2006-2012
Denise Welch ...  Steph Haydock 80 episodes, 2006-2010
Melanie Hill ...  Maggie Budgen / ... 79 episodes, 2012-2015
Kane Tomlinson-Weaver Kane Tomlinson-Weaver ...  Harley Taylor 77 episodes, 2011-2014
Darcy Isa Darcy Isa ...  Lauren Andrews / ... 76 episodes, 2009-2012
Reece Douglas Reece Douglas ...  Denzil Kelly 74 episodes, 2009-2012
Laurie Brett Laurie Brett ...  Christine Mulgrew 69 episodes, 2012-2015
Georgie Glen ...  Audrey McFall 68 episodes, 2012-2015
Rebecca Craven Rebecca Craven ...  Rhiannon Salt 66 episodes, 2012-2015
William Rush William Rush ...  Josh Stevenson 65 episodes, 2009-2013
Victoria Bush Victoria Bush ...  Sonya Donnegan 61 episodes, 2012-2015
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There's a school like Waterloo Road in every town in Britain. The staff are overworked and underpaid, the budgets only ever seem to get tighter, and the kids more troublesome. It's a melting pot of class and race where the day-to-day troubles of its students spill out in dramatic ways. However, every pupil knows that at Waterloo Road they'll always be cared for by the staff and given every chance to achieve an education. The teachers themselves are often far from perfect, but as any pupil with a problem soon discovers, a few motivated and inspiring individuals can make a massive difference. Written by Official site

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Official Sites:

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Country:

UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

January 2006 (UK) See more »

Also Known As:

Szkola na Waterloo Road See more »

Filming Locations:

Manchester, England, UK See more »

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1.33 : 1
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The first episode was broadcast on BBC One on 9 March 2006 and the final episode on BBC Three on 9 March 2015. See more »

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Featured in Breakfast: Episode dated 11 May 2011 (2011) See more »

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Great show Thats Past Its Best
2 October 2014 | by hypedupbenSee all my reviews

Waterloo Road is a show I've been watching since the beginning in 2006. It was about a troubled school where students were beating the living crud out of each other and the teachers struggling to cope with the students, and their own personal matters.

Now In my opinion the Series 1-4 were the shows best years, it showed the school progress from a school in special measures with a beat up everyday, to a school that went out of its way for its pupils to have a better life at school, and in general.

Series 5 was decent, but then on-wards the show seemed to take a very different turn. At first it was a pretty dark drama that I would really only suggest to parents and teenagers but it went from that to a lighthearted family show, at least that what it feels like to me.

For example, in the first few series, there were more fights, more deaths, more arguments and most importantly, more drama, now conflicts get resolved in the space of an episode and the pacing just seems really off. The show went from 8 episodes in Series 1 to 12 in Series 2 to the standard 20 Series 3 on-wards, and these series felt very well paced with a overarching story line coming to a big climax at the end of the series, you just don't get that with Series 5 on-wards, in fact I had to look up when a series had finished because the finale's after Series 5 just felt like normal episodes.

The pacing and different direction also might be in part to all the different writers, as the original writers and creators of the show stopped writing halfway through Series 3 I believe. Its still good TV, and with the series ending next year after its 10th series, its a good time to go back and re-watch the earlier series and see how the show has changed,its just a shame to see something once to relate-able become so different.


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