Waterloo Road

8:00pm Thursday 3 January on BBC ONE

The new school term starts with the opening of Michael’s new Pupil Referral Unit and the return of no-nonsense teacher Nikki Boston. But the positive mood changes with the arrival of the Barry family – a hell-raising criminal clan lead by matriarch Carol Barry, lone parent to Waterloo Road’s newest pupils, bad-boy Barry and daughters Dynasty and Kacey.

Carol assures Michael her brood will behave but it’s not long before sparks fly when Barry goads fellow pupil Jack MacAlister into a fight. Tom intervenes and discovers the reason behind their hostility – Barry is sleeping with Jack’s mum, Olivia.

When challenged, Barry promises Tom he’ll keep his relationship with Olivia discreet for Jack’s sake, but the troublemaker has no intention of honouring his word and sets about humiliating Jack in front of the school – screening a steamy video of him with Olivia.

Michael gives Barry a stern warning – put an end to his bad behaviour or he’ll be excluded from Waterloo Road. And if Barry won’t listen to his teacher’s words of warning, his mother Carol isn’t so easy to ignore, arriving at school to literally slap her son into shape.

Elsewhere, Scout raises Nikki’s hackles with her disrespectful attitude to being in the PRU. Later, when her car goes missing, Nikki suspects Scout is responsible – an accusation the schoolgirl denies. But Nikki doesn’t believe Scout and the battle lines are drawn.

The new term also brings uncertainty for head teacher Michael. On bail awaiting trial, accused of assisting his father’s death, opinions in the staffroom are divided, casting doubt on Michael’s leadership.

Scarred in last term’s fire, Imogen blames Christine for ruining her life and driving a wedge between her and Connor, little realising the truth. Also this week, Chalky learns he is going to be Kevin’s foster parent.

Michael is played by Alec Newman, Nikki Boston by Heather Peace, Carol Barry by Zoe Lucker, Barry Barry by Carl Au, Dynasty Barry by Abby Mavers, Kacey Barry by Brogan Ellis, Jack McAlister by Taylor Rhys, Tom by Jason Done, Olivia by Pollyanna McIntosh, Scout by Katie McGlynn, Imogen by Kirstie Steele, Christine by Laurie Brett, Connor by Shane O’Meara, Chalky by Mark Benton and Kevin by Tommy Lawrence Knight.

Waterloo Road is a Shed Production for BBC One through BBC Scotland.

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