The prodigal daughter returns

The prodigal daughter returns
The prodigal daughter returns (Image credit: Shed Productions)

Well, we knew the missing Bex Fisher (former Coronation Street star Tina O’Brien) was going to turn up sooner or later and she does, making a dramatic entrance in the final episode of this sixth series and turning the Fisher family’s world upside-down. Head Teacher Karen is busy with Waterloo Road’s last day of term and doesn’t notice that she’s being watched by a mysterious, hooded figure (neither does the school’s security...) When Karen’s full attention is on a Sixth Form student revolt caused by Grantly, the young woman sneaks into her office and steals her keys. So what’s Grantly done this time? He’s been teaching the A-level students the wrong coursework. Well, his mind has been on his wife, Fleur, who has Alzheimer’s. Steph (guest star Denise Welch) comes to Grantly’s rescue again and staff and pupils show touching concern when they realise just how difficult life has been for Grantly. Meanwhile, life in Karen’s home takes a dramatic turn when Jess thinks they have a burglar in the house. It turns out no one has broken in. Bex has used the keys she took from her mum’s office to let herself in to the Fisher home. Will the series end with a happy family reunion or will the Fishers be a family at war?

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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.