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Old 23-08-2012, 21:06
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I stopped watching Waterloo Road when Amanda Burton left, but tuned in to see how they would include the move, and I really liked it. It was very different, but I think it worked!

Laurie Brett is fantastic and I hope there's a long journey ahead for her rather than a breakdown in episode 3 then she's a recovered alcoholic.

The boarding house adds a great new dimension to the show. I didn't think I would like the episode but I really did.
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Old 23-08-2012, 21:06
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Again read, she is Scottish. The EE accent was "acting"

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I have seen a couple of interviews with her, yes she's Scottish but has stayed in England for so long that her accent is now more English.

Her Scottish Tongue is somewhat forced I think, but she said that herself on 'Lorraine' the other day that her accents get muddled!

She looks like she might be quite good in this though that is if I can get my head round the fact it's a Scottish school with about 2 pupils who speak Scottish!
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Old 23-08-2012, 21:07
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Oh my. I was shouting at the tv, laughing, it was ridiculous, this programme used to be a favourite but the plot is so tenuous that I dont know if I can watch it again.
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Old 23-08-2012, 21:10
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I've never seen it before, but thought I'd give it a go tonight. Wow, what a laughably bad show! Almost every single scene was utterly ridiculous, kids at an actual high school could have written better scripts. I won't be wasting my time with this load of crap again.
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Old 23-08-2012, 21:14
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That's a great wee school !

They give out free board, meals and uniforms!!!

I wish I could send my two there I'd save a fortune!
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Old 23-08-2012, 21:17
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Maybe Tony Blair will turn up in the next episode praising the school as an example of a great PFI-funded academy.
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Old 23-08-2012, 22:31
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Is this just extremely lazy writing or can you actually up sticks and move a school from one educational jurisdiction in England to another in Scotland which is completely different?
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Old 23-08-2012, 22:46
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I stopped watching Waterloo Road when Amanda Burton left, but tuned in to see how they would include the move, and I really liked it. It was very different, but I think it worked!

Laurie Brett is fantastic and I hope there's a long journey ahead for her rather than a breakdown in episode 3 then she's a recovered alcoholic.

The boarding house adds a great new dimension to the show. I didn't think I would like the episode but I really did.
Yes I was exactly the same so I missed the last series.
I was a bit sceptical for the first half hour but then I got right into it and actually enjoyed it.

It is filmed just 10 minutes down the road from the village where we live so it was quite exciting recognising places!
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Old 23-08-2012, 22:53
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Is this just extremely lazy writing or can you actually up sticks and move a school from one educational jurisdiction in England to another in Scotland which is completely different?
I know! That's what was annoying me, I couldn't get my he's round how stupid it was what they have done with the storyline.

However, I gave it a chance and I actually did quite enjoy it.
It looks good despite the silly crazy story line of how they got a whole High School of pupils transferred to Scotland from England!!!
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Old 23-08-2012, 23:09
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I think the way the teachers behave is ridiculous, they supposed to be professionals! The way that rival headteacher behaved was a joke.
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Old 23-08-2012, 23:24
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how much money has Lorraine got?
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Old 23-08-2012, 23:49
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Interesting little article about the programme.



They should make the kids stand up now when a teacher comes in the class.
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Old 24-08-2012, 01:22
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They should make the kids stand up now when a teacher comes in the class.
I did that at grammar school.
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Old 24-08-2012, 01:35
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I think the way the teachers behave is ridiculous, they supposed to be professionals! The way that rival headteacher behaved was a joke.
Not just the rival HT. As soon as the WR HT realised who he was, he would have taken him aside and given him as much time as possible if he was at all professional. Awfully contrived story-telling. A new 'troubled' student this week, and we're getting another next week evidently. School drama by numbers.
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Old 24-08-2012, 01:46
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Why can't people just see it as a bit of escapism?

Its not supposed to be a documentary or real life. It's just a made up drama. At least the kids are not non stop swearing like they do these days.

East(crap)enders is much worse for plots and acting & anything resembling real life!!!
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Old 24-08-2012, 01:59
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I did that at grammar school.
'Good mooooorning head teacher, good moooooorning everybody'

Our head's name was Babbage so of course it was
'Good moooooooorning Mrs Cabbage...'
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Old 24-08-2012, 07:13
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Why can't people just see it as a bit of escapism?

Its not supposed to be a documentary or real life. It's just a made up drama. At least the kids are not non stop swearing like they do these days.

East(crap)enders is much worse for plots and acting & anything resembling real life!!!
Totally agree. I love watching waterloo road. And eastenders i stoppex watching a couple of years ago. Tried warching again on tuesday and still cant stand it. I can even watch hollyoaks if im really bored but not eastenders.
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Old 24-08-2012, 08:20
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To be honest, I'm not sure If I'll get used to the new location, or there being SO MANY new characters, and the new ones they've shown us so far are in the later years of school, so won't be there much more than a series or two at the most.

I'll stick with it at least till Josh and Scout leave as they are my main reasons for watching because they are long running characters we've sorta grown to love. Least Scout seems to have a big storyline going on, Josh has become a bitpart like he was in the middle of series 7.

Next weeks episode looks so ridiculously outlandish, with that Lulu I think her name is, with the over the top acting. Least the story of Tariq trying to come to terms with his disability is a interesting story, and I kinda liked the short scenes of Josh and Tariq's friendship, Its kinda like a role reversal of last series because Tariq was there when Josh was having his mental breakdown and at least they kept continuity by having Josh mention his time in the psychiatric unit.

I'm willing to give it a chance, but I'm 60/40 on if I really like the new location or not, wish they'd have just stayed in Rochdale tbh.

Oh and don't get me started on how angry I am they've killed Denzil off, Why TPTB? Hasn't his mum gone through enough, a son in prison for murder, a daughter who died of cancer, now a son dead because of a drunk lorry driver.. Poor Rose Kelly.
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Old 24-08-2012, 10:21
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To be honest, I'm not sure If I'll get used to the new location, or there being SO MANY new characters, and the new ones they've shown us so far are in the later years of school, so won't be there much more than a series or two at the most.

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Thats always been a bit of an issue with waterloo road. I suppose with it being set in a secondary school you are always going to have new characters as pupils come and go. Since this show has an evening slot it has to appeal to adults so i guess thats partly why they focus on the older pupils as you can get more storylines. The younger pupils only tend to stay longer if they have older siblings or come from care.

One thing ive noticed about waterloo road in the last few seasons is that every episode tends to involve a new character weve never seen before who has the major sl and once its resolved by the end of the show they arent seen again.

I think the continuity lies with the teachers but waterloo road seems to have so many teachers come and go, i think sometimes they need to give them a story to force you into paying interest to them.

I shall probably tune in again to see how i find the next episode but this first one seemed too predictable. Will be interesting to see how the boarding house plays out. im hoping that will feature in some drama rather than just featuring early on to remind the audience how its possible the students moved to scotland before it becoming unused.
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Old 24-08-2012, 10:40
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Had to record it seen as they've put it on on a Thursday now, which is a bad move imo, should have left it as Wednesday, as there was nothing on on a Wednesday when it was on, so could watch it, but now, its on at the same time as Emmerdale and Corrie, so id expect its ratings to be hit.
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Old 24-08-2012, 10:59
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I think Corrie and Emmerdale are moving to Wednesdays soon anyway
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Old 24-08-2012, 12:37
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If it is privately funded then it would be outside the jurisdiction of the differences between the Scottish and English education systems
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Old 24-08-2012, 12:42
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I know! That's what was annoying me, I couldn't get my he's round how stupid it was what they have done with the storyline.

However, I gave it a chance and I actually did quite enjoy it.
It looks good despite the silly crazy story line of how they got a whole High School of pupils transferred to Scotland from England!!!
I noticed they were using the English system for form years (Year 13 for example) instead of 1st year (12 to 13), 2nd year (13 to 14), 3rd year (14 to 15), etc that's used in Scotland. Which curriculum is used, English or Scottish? Scottish Highers or English A Levels? Have the writers thought this shite out?
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Old 24-08-2012, 12:43
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I thought it was so ridiculous last night that I don't think I am going to bother watching it again. I can't see it having another series with the way it is going.

Drew looked in his mid-twenties. Grantley looks far too old to be teaching, and that headteacher from the rival school that came in at the end was stupid. As if a professional man would act like he did.

Towards the end, we saw a man chasing after a dog, I thought it was Michael Foot reincarnated. Lol.
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Old 24-08-2012, 12:53
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Why can't people just see it as a bit of escapism?
Because its not particularly good escapism, i want good escapism i dig out my prisoner cell block h i have watched that time and again but i'd never watch an episode of waterloo road more than once, once is definately enough!!
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