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Series 8-Episode 16

Series 8-Episode 16

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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.


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 & 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
Director Nigel Douglas
Producer Nicola Larder
Writer Davey Jones
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