Drama school

WATER­LOO ROAD SE­RIES FIVE: AU­TUMN TERM (Acorn, cert 12, three-disc set £24.99)

The Peterborough Evening Telegraph - - Books & Dvds -

SCHOOL days are the hap­pi­est for mil­lions of fans of this hugely suc­cess­ful and long run­ning BBC1 se­ries where class­room ca­pers and staff room shenani­gans beat the cur­ricu­lum hands down. Fol­low­ing the re­cent re­lease of Water­loo Road: The Com­plete Se­ries Three these are the first episodes from the cur­rent se­ries which is pulling in a reg­u­lar audi-audi- ence in ex­cess of six mil­lion view­ers, and for the first time it comes with a range of bonus fea­tures in­clud­ing an ex­clu­sive blooper reel as well as out-takes and a se­ries of cast in­ter­views, giv­ing fans an in­sight into what it’s like be­hind the scenes. Mean­while, back to the sto­ry­line, it’s a whole new dawn at our favourite Rochdale com­pre­hen­sive as it has amal­ga­mated with the John Fos­ter School where pupils are a lit­tle posher and a lot more dis­ci­plined – or that’s how it seems on the sur­face. So, great joy, it doesn’t take long for a cul­ture clash be­tween the two schools to turn into a mass turf war, and that’s only the be­gin­ning of chal­lenges fac­ing Rachel Ma­son (Eva Pope) the ded­i­cated Head Teacher. She’s now up against a ruth­less new Ex­ec­u­tive Head in Max Tyler (Tom Cham­bers). Mean­while Steph (Denise Welch) finds her­self un­der a new depart­ment head, the openly les­bian Jo Lipsett (Sarah-Jane Potts) as pupils old and new face prob­lems of their own as they have to live with the con­se­quences of their ac­tions and those of oth­ers, from bul­ly­ing to drink of­fences, schizophre­nia, and even murder. My school was never this much fun! Which top TV re­al­ity show

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