Austin Healey visits Waterloo Road

There’s a celebrity in Waterloo Road’s midst this week, as rugby player Austin Healey is due to arrive at the school for a presentation.

Chalky has just found out that his class have won the inter-school robot competition. However, he’s left confused seeing as he knows neither he nor his class entered. It’s soon revealed that Kevin single-handedly entered and won the competition! Instead of being elated, Chalky is angry that Kevin didn’t tell him about his entry.

Furthermore, tension between the pair reaches fever pitch when Kevin decides to use Chalky’s laptop. He finds secret, encrypted files that seem to hint at a hidden past for his foster parent. But it’s revealed that Chalky has changed his name after suffering a terrible, abusive childhood in a care home. Kevin’s initial anger at his secrecy gives way to compassion, and the pair end up closer than ever.

Meanwhile, Sonya is determined to make a good impression with Austin, as she’s a big fan of his. She decides to make chocolate brownies for the star, but she doesn’t count on the Barries intervening and ruining her day. Dynasty Barry places marijuana in the brownies, causing yet another scandal for the school.

Elsewhere, still reeling from Connor’s confession, Imogen tells him that if he doesn’t confess everything to Michael, she will. Christine is distraught, but Connor decides to stand up in front of the whole school and admit to what he has done. He is then led away by the police.

Patrick McLennan

Patrick McLennan is a London-based journalist and documentary maker who has worked as a writer, sub-editor, digital editor and TV producer in the UK and New Zealand. His CV includes spells as a news producer at the BBC and TVNZ, as well as web editor for Time Inc UK. He has produced TV news and entertainment features on personalities as diverse as Nick Cave, Tom Hardy, Clive James, Jodie Marsh and Kevin Bacon and he co-produced and directed The Ponds, which has screened in UK cinemas, BBC Four and is currently available on Netflix. 

An entertainment writer with a diverse taste in TV and film, he lists Seinfeld, The Sopranos, The Chase, The Thick of It and Detectorists among his favourite shows, but steers well clear of most sci-fi.