New Head Teacher Karen Fisher is turning Waterloo Road into a family business. She has daughter Jess and son Harry as students and now she’s adding husband Charlie (Ian Puleston Davies – also currently in Coronation Street as builder Owen) as a maths teacher. But, unlike his dedicated wife, Charlie is not so conscientious – especially at home. Life in the Fisher family home has never been the same since daughter Bex disappeared and that trauma rears its ugly head and causes more grief for Karen as the term continues. Despite Deputy Head Chris’s unintentional extra-curricular activity with Karen’s Sixth Form daughter Jess, he’s still at the school and getting on well with Karen. Jess doesn’t like this at all and publishes a damning article in the school magazine blaming Karen for Bex’s disappearance. Jess is pleased with herself, but her spiteful actions have traumatic consequences for younger brother Harry (Ceallach Spellman – Blue Murder). Harry’s a sweet lad with a biting sense of humour – and little faith in his flirtatious father. So he’s worried when he finds his dad has planned to meet gorgeous new Spanish teacher Cesca (Karen David) for lunch… And Harry’s horrified when he sees what Jess has done. That’s when we see how he copes with the family upsets: by binge-eating then vomiting.
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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.