Waterloo Road

Series 8 - Episode 16

Radio Times
Review by:
Jane Rackham

A soldier in full uniform marches into Waterloo Road. It’s former pupil Bolton Smilie, but while some teachers welcome him with open arms, Grantly Budgen is as suspicious as always. Bolton has been fighting in Afghanistan, so Michael Byrne thinks it’d be great for him to give an inspirational talk to the pupils. It’s not one of his better ideas, although Rhiannon, still smarting from Barry’s shabby treatment of her, takes a shine to the good-looking squaddie.

It’s a downbeat edition that’s enlivened by the discovery that Audrey likes to don scarlet high heels and go salsa dancing. I knew there was more to her than meets the eye.

About this programme

16/30. Former pupil Bolton Smilie causes a stir when he turns up at the school in his army uniform, prompting Lorraine to rope him into giving a motivational speech to the sixth-formers. But it's clear his mind is elsewhere and as he tries to confide in Tom, Barry makes a shocking discovery in the ex-pupil's rucksack. Arsonist Connor is back at school, prompting Kacey and Dynasty to plot their revenge, while Imogen realises she still has feelings for her ex-boyfriend, despite his causing her disfigurement.

Cast and crew


Bolton Smilie
Tachia Newall
Grantly Budgen
Philip Martin Brown
Tom Clarkson
Jason Done
Barry Barry
Carl Au
Dynasty Barry
Abby Mavers
Rhiannon Salt
Rebecca Craven
Jodie `Scout' Allen
Katie McGlynn
Michael Byrne
Alec Newman
Jade Fleming
Paige Meade
Kacey Barry
Brogan Ellis
Connor Mulgrew
Shane O'Meara
Nikki Boston
Heather Peace
Sian Diamond
Jaye Jacobs
Sonya Donnegan
Victoria Bush
Kevin Skelton
Tommy Lawrence Knight
Imogen Stewart
Kirstie Steele
Jack MacAlister
Taylor Rhys
Liberty Gordon
Adiza Shardow
Christine Mulgrew
Laurie Brett
Audrey McFall
Georgie Glen
Daniel Chalk
Mark Benton
Maggie Budgen
Melanie Hill
Lorraine Donnegan
Daniela Denby-Ashe
Lula Tsibi
Marlene Madenge
Harley Taylor
Kane Tomlinson-Weaver
Andy Turner
Keith Gilmore
Military policewoman
Amiera Darwish


Nigel Douglas
Nicola Larder
Davey Jones