It's the last episode of the current series and the school's having a bit of a Britain's Got Talent/X Factor/The Choir moment... They're excited about being in the final of the North West Schools Choir of the Year contest but the wind is knocked out of them by the revelation that their songwriter, Flick Mellor, hasn't put everything she's got into the song; she stole the lyrics. Music and drama teacher Matt Wilding is bitterly disappointed, more for the kids than for himself, and he decides he's not giving up without a fight. With the help of French teacher, Steph Haydock, Matt sets about writing a new song. But can they get it finished and rehearsed in time to still take part in the contest? Also in for disappointment is head teacher Rachel Mason. Her relationship with deputy head Eddie Lawson is driven off the road to happiness by Eddie's ex, Melissa, who reappears and announces she's having his baby! But, somehow, none of that matters so much when a drunken Ralph Mellor, Flick's estranged father, turns up at the school driving a JCB. Flick's issued him with a restraining order and he's feeling angry and rejected. He blames Waterloo Road for all of his problems and he wants revenge... *A fifth series of Waterloo Road is due to be screened later this year or in early 2010*
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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.