Waterloo Road

Series 8 - Episode 12

Radio Times
Review by:
Jane Rackham

Over the years there have been many reasons why pupils have left Waterloo Road. But this is a new one. Phoenix and Harley Taylor have won the lottery. And not just a tenner. They’ve pocketed £200,000 and are merrily blowing it on trainers and designer T-shirts when their dad (John Thomson) turns up to see them. You don’t need a psychology GCSE to realise it’s because he’s heard about their windfall.

The Barry family are keeping an unusually low profile despite mum Carol (Zöe Lucker) acting like a female Fagin, but Michael Byrne and Christine Mulgrew are behaving like daft teenagers – that’s a relationship none of us saw coming.

About this programme

12/30. Phoenix and Harley win the lottery and all they want to do is spend, but their good fortune is overshadowed by the return of their father Nelson, who reveals his business is in financial trouble. Nikki suspects Scout has stolen her car and handbag and sets about punishing her, a guilt-ridden Connor can't bear to look Imogen in the eye, while Michael finds a friend in Christine when he receives news about his impending court case.

Cast and crew


Nelson Taylor
John Thomson
Phoenix Taylor
Kaya Moore
Harley Taylor
Kane Tomlinson-Weaver
Barry Barry
Carl Au
Dynasty Barry
Abby Mavers
Kacey Barry
Brogan Ellis
Carol Barry
Zoe Lucker
Nikki Boston
Heather Peace
Jodie `Scout' Allen
Katie McGlynn
Lula Tsibi
Marlene Madenge
Michael Byrne
Alec Newman
Christine Mulgrew
Laurie Brett
Daniel Chalk
Mark Benton
Kevin Skelton
Tommy-Lawrence Knight
Lorraine Donnegan
Daniela Denby-Ashe
Sian Diamond
Jaye Jacobs
Connor Mulgrew
Shane O'Meara
Imogen Stewart
Kirstie Steele
Rhiannon Salt
Rebecca Craven
Maggie Budgen
Melanie Hill
Grantly Budgen
Philip Martin Brown
Tom Clarkson
Jason Done
Jack MacAlister
Taylor Rhys
Sonya Donnegan
Victoria Bush
Audrey McFall
Georgie Glen
Liberty Gordon
Adiza Shardow


Steve Brett
Nicola Larder
Paul Mousley