Sunday, October 7, 2007

WATERLOO ROAD SEASON THREE EPISODE ONE

BBC 1 / Thursday 11 October @ 8.00pm

It's back for a third season and a mammoth 20 episodes, the staff at Waterloo Road have some major issues to deal with in this first episode, headmaster Jack especially struggling to come to terms with the murder of drama teacher Izzie Redpath, the school itself is busy promoting its inclusion policy which states that no matter the abilities of a child or its personal circumstance it will be welcome at WR.

On the staff front there are several changes, not least the depature of Andrew Trenaman and the arrival of new deputy head in his stead Eddie Lawson (Neil Morrissey - on whom we shall reserve judgement but he doesn't seem natural teacher material to us), as well as fresh from college teacher Jasmine Koreshi (Shabana Bakhsh) and new drama teach Matt Wilding (Chris Geere).

Steph Haydock, meanwhile, is relishing her new position as head of pastoral care, but disaster looms as a new inclusion pupil, Karla Bentham, who has Asperger's syndrome, is placed in her less-than-capable hands. Utter chaos ensues when English teacher Grantly Budgen is on the receiving end of one of Karla's violent outbursts.