BBC One’s school-based drama Waterloo Road returns for a new term next month with staff and pupils dealing with the consequences of the fire that nearly destroyed the school at the end of the last series.
Determined to get the school back on track, Head teacher Rachel Mason (Eva Pope) has a clutch of new initiatives including the implementation of a full extended services programme for the community and a no exclusion policy for pupils – this is the year Waterloo Road serves everyone.
However, her commitment is immediately put to the test when the Kelly “family from hell” turn up. Unknown to the school, 15-year-old Earl Kelly is a borderline psychopath and has a gun that he menacingly shows off to terrified pupils Paul and Bolton.
Meanwhile Deputy head Eddie (Neil Morrissey) is surprised by Rachel’s choice for a new head of Extended Services, unaware that successful applicant Melissa is Rachel’s sister.
Other characters returning for the 20-part series include Steph Haydock (Denise Welch), Bolton Smilie (Tachia Newall) and Grantly Budgen (Philip Martin Brown)
BBC One, Wednesday 7 January 8pm