High school means high drama. At Waterloo Road, every day is an education. In this hit British series, students and staff at a troubled school learn lessons that can't be taught from textbooks. Sharp scripts, strong characters, realistic dialogue, and contemporary topics--from teen pregnancy to bullying--put this bold drama at the top of its class. Jason Merrells (Lark Rise to Candleford) and Jamie Glover (Emma) star. Seen on BBC America. 8 episodes, 7 hrs, 2 DVDs, SDH.
Thrust into the position of headmaster after his predecessor's breakdown, Jack Rimmer appoints the distinguished Andrew Treneman as deputy head in a desperate bid to save Waterloo Road from being shut down.
Horrified after a student accident, the school's teens and adults lash out at the perceived culprit. Meanwhile, friction continues between Andrew and art instructor Kim Campbell, and tensions grow between newlywed teachers Tom Clarkson and pregnant wife Lorna Dickey.
An underage student gives birth on her first day at Waterloo Road, even as Lorna makes a pivotal choice in her life with Tom. Andrew's new system for the school does not go as planned, and Steph's hopes for harmony with Jack are dashed.
Drama teacher Izzie Redpath is humiliated when the six-foot-tall bunny standing on the school roof turns out to be someone she knows all too well. Elsewhere, the grades for Steph's French class seem too good to be true.
Lorna is optimistic about her relationship with Tom, but he has other ideas involving Lorna's best friend, Izzie. Kim clashes with the head of the English department over a problem pupil, while another student, Chlo, struggles to avoid implication in a school tragedy.
Jack is alarmed when a visiting school inspector states that Waterloo Road is in immediate danger of closure. Under devastating pressure, he goes to Steph with an ultimatum, but she counters with one of her own.
An open house at the school seems like a real chance to avoid closure by the LEA-until one of the pupils assaults a teacher during detention. Andrew questions Jack about Steph's conduct, Lorna confronts Tom and Izzie, and a gay student stands up against bullying on campus.
Low attendance, bad grades, and a series of catastrophes have kept Waterloo Road on the endangered list. The inspectors are now ready to make their decision, but Jack and Andrew have plenty of other problems to deal with, including a teacher on the verge of quitting.
Packaging: BOxed set
Run Time: 414 minutes
Number of Discs: 2
Color or B&W: Color
Region Code: 1
Aspect Ratio: 16:9
Other: Due to music rights, this program has been modified for home video presentation.
"Pure entertainment" --San Jose Mercury News