|Number of Episodes||8|
|Airing||9th March 2006 – 27th April 2006|
|Region 1||16th October 2012|
|Region 2||27th March 2007|
|Complete||7th October 2010|
|Next series||Series Two|
The first series of Waterloo Road was filmed in the Autumn of 2005, and began airing on March 9, 2006 and concluded April 27, 2006. A common theme throughout Series One was the threat of the school's closure by the governors owing to falling pupil numbers, bad pupil behaviour, and the bad publicity it had been receiving prior to Jack's appointment as headmaster. Rimmer, formerly deputy head, became headmaster when the previous head Brian Vasey had a nervous breakdown after 30 years at the school.
Other storylines included the death of pupil Adam Deardon in a car crash. Donte Charles, who had been driving the car involved, blamed himself for Deardon's death and was remanded into custody for three months. Donte's girlfriend Chlo Grainger also blamed herself for the death of Adam and putting her best friend Holly Tattersall in a deep coma, from which she later regained consciousness. Donte later receives a suspended sentence and Chlo is not charged with any crime, although her behaviour had contributed to Donte crashing the car.
The series also focused upon the behaviour of troubled pupil Lewis Seddon, culminating in him sexually harassing Kim Campbell. Jack Rimmer was furious when he learnt about Lewis's behaviour and expelled him, only for the governors to overrule him and reduce his expulsion to a 15-day suspension, but Lewis's mother then withdrew him from the school after Jack threatened to report her for benefit fraud unless she removed him. Lewis later attacked Jack in his office after school and tried to set him on fire, only for french teacher Steph Haydock to foil him.
Another important theme of the series was the break-up of Tom and Lorna Clarkson's short-lived marriage, due to Tom's love for another member of staff and Lorna's best friend, Izzie Redpath, who was already having family problems with her former partner and two teenage daughters, Chlo and Mika Grainger. Finally, the LEA's decide to keep Waterloo Road open for the foreseeable future.
The final moments of the first series see Lorna taking a step towards the edge of a canal.
Main Cast Edit
- Phillip Martin Brown as Grantly Budgen, Head of English
- Angela Griffin as Kim Campbell, Head of Pastoral Care and arts teacher
- Jason Done as Tom Clarkson, English teacher
- Camilla Power as Lorna Dickey-Clarkson, English teacher
- Denise Welch as Steph Haydock, French teacher
- Jill Halfpenny as Izzie Redpath, drama teacher and mother of Mika and Chlo
- Jason Merrells as Jack Rimmer, the newly appointed Head Teacher
- Jamie Glover as Andrew Treneman, the newly appointed Deputy Head
- Adam Thomas as Donte Charles
- Katie Griffiths as Chlo Grainger
- Lauren Drummond as Mika Grainger
- Chelsee Healey as Janeece Bryant
- Craig Fitzpatrick as Lewis Seddon
Recurring Cast Edit
- David Crellin as Jimmy Grainger, the father of Mika and Chlo
- Steve Money as Clarence Charles, Donte's dad
- Judith Barker as Estelle Cooper, the school secretary
- Daisy Wignell as Holly Tattersall
- Jon Ball as Adam Deardon
- Rhea Bailey as Yasmin Deardon
- Claire Cooper as Zoe Ramsden
- Shane Zaza as Ahmed Patel
- Scott Kay as Zak Walker
- Josh Hanlon as Rory Brears
|#||Episode Name||Directed by||Written by||Original air date|
|1||"Episode 1 "||Barnaby Southcombe||Ann McManus & Maureen Chadwick||9 March 2006|
|Jack Rimmer is put in charge of failing, inner-city comprehensive Waterloo Road when the previous Headmaster has a mental breakdown in front of the entire school. Jack takes a big risk by employing Andrew Treneman, a man more familiar with the upper class, to help him turn the school around. English teacher Tom Clarkson is having second thoughts about his marriage to Lorna Dickey, instead finding himself falling for Drama teacher Izzie Redpath. Donte Charles, a rebellious pupil, strikes up trouble for Izzie's daughter, Chlo.
Note: First Appearance of Jack Rimmer, Tom Clarkson, Andrew Treneman, Lorna Dickey, Donte Charles, Izzie Redpath, Mika Grainger, Chlo Grainger, Kim Campbell, Steph Haydock, and Grantly Budgen.
|2||"Episode 2 "||Barnaby Southcombe||Ann McManus & Maureen Chadwick||16 March 2006|
|Waterloo Road is in mourning following a fatal car crash that killed one of its pupils and has left another in a deep coma. When rumours circulate about what happened the night of the crash, pupil Donte Charles, the driver, faces the wrath of the entire school. Elsewhere, Izzie Redpath is still reeling after Tom kissed her at his wedding reception and Andrew and Kim begin to settle their differences.
Note: First Appearance of Janeece Bryant.
|3||"Episode 3 "||Julie Edwards||Ann McManus & Maureen Chadwick||23 March 2006|
|Heavily pregnant, fifteen-year-old Zoe Ramsden starts school at Waterloo Road, but even before she has had her first lesson, Deputy Head Andrew Treneman predicts trouble. Lorna is driving Tom away from her and both of them find comfort in best friend Izzie. Chlo is terrified that Holly will wake up from her coma and reveal what really happened the night of the crash.
Note: First appearance of Lewis Seddon.
|4||"Episode 4 "||Julie Edwards||Ann McManus & Maureen Chadwick||30 March 2006|
|Izzie is in for a shock when she finds out her that ex-husband is parading around on top of the school dressed in a rabbit costume, protesting for fathers to have fair and equal rights to see their children. Steph's marking is under fire and Andrew reprimands Lewis Seddon by making him scrub graffiti. Tom and Lorna's marriage is in a rut.|
|5||"Episode 5 "||Ian Bevitt||Steve Griffiths||6 April 2006|
|Lorna remains surprisingly upbeat despite the breakdown of her marriage, while her best friend Izzie is being chased by Tom, the man Lorna has just broken up with. Izzie has feelings for him too and may not be able to deny them any longer. Pupil Zak continues to be late to his classes, prompting Head of English Grantly Budgen to keep a closer eye on him, and Chlo Grainger goes to extreme lengths to prove to her mum that she was the one who caused the car crash.|
|6||"Episode 6 "||Ian Bevitt||Harry Wootliff||13 April 2006|
|Jack panics about the impending visit by an inspector, but the inspector turns out to be both attractive and sympathetic to the pressures the school is under. However, she has a secret that could pose the end for Waterloo Road. Meanwhile, Chlo visits the school psychologist, after confessing that she was driving the limo the night Adam Deardon was killed.|
|7||"Episode 7 "||Jim Loach||Shaun Duggan||20 April 2006|
|Jack, Andrew and Kim organise an Open Day at Waterloo Road to impress the Local Education Authority, in a last attempt to keep the school open. Kim is put in a terrifying situation when she is cornered by bully Lewis Seddon. Drama teacher Izzie warns Tom that he needs to be honest with Lorna about what he feels for her.|
|8||"Episode 8 "||Jim Loach||Ann McManus & Maureen Chadwick||27 April 2006|
|The Local Education Authority make a decision that will impact the school of Waterloo Road forever. Kim has doubts that she can remain at the same school as Lewis Seddon following her attack. After the breakdown of her marriage, Lorna puts on a brave face in the staff room.|