The new girl shakes things up
Finn’s understandably having trouble coming to terms with girlfriend Sam's terminal illness. He’s trying to be strong, but who can he turn to for support? A new girl tries to empathise with him, although it quickly becomes obvious that she has issues of her own. No sooner has Evie Prior arrived at Waterloo Road than she’s winding up her classmates and causing more than a few problems for Karen. Gradually, her story emerges, leaving the school to deal with the fallout. It's appraisal time for the comprehensive’s new teachers. Their respective methods could hardly be more different. Will Eleanor Chaudry’s strict discipline win out over Daniel Chalk’s more laid-back approach? Karen doesn’t seem to have a lot of time for Eleanor but, after sitting in on their classes, she finds there’s room for improvement in both cases. You’d think the headmistress would have enough work on her plate, but it seems Karen’s not too busy to provide out-of-hours advice to a certain good-looking school caretaker. As Rob works towards his PGCE, she’s quick to offer some help with his essay writing after work. Could this be the start of a beautiful friendship? Meanwhile, Rob’s son Aiden is proving he’s a bit of a player, happily canoodling with Jess while also enjoying illicit encounters with Vicki. This is sure to end in tears!
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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.