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    Waterloo Road Series 9 Spoiler

    Waterloo Road and Scottish soap River City will air storylines connected to next summer's Commonwealth Games.

    The shows' characters will get involved in Glasgow 2014 as part of BBC Scotland's coverage of the international sporting event, Scotland on Sunday reports.

    Christopher Aird, head of drama at BBC Scotland, said: "We will pick up the Commonwealth Games more directly in River City and Waterloo Road.

    "It is all up in the air at the moment, but I'm sure we will have at least one storyline that ties more directly to the Commonwealth Games in those shows."

    He added: "Next year is clearly a massive year up here and all eyes are going to be on Scotland."
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    Olympic gold medal winner Nicola Adams has begun filming for a guest part in Waterloo Road.

    The boxer will play herself in an episode involving a character getting into boxing.


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    Adams told The Sun's TV Magazine: "It's great to be here. I love Waterloo Road, I watch it after training!"

    She did, however, admit that she was struggling with some of the basics, saying: "I keep calling people by their character's name!"

    The Olympian has previously had cameos in Coronation Street and Emmerdale. She received an MBE in March.

    Her Waterloo Road episode will air in October.

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    Mark Benton will return to Waterloo Road during the show's ninth series.

    The actor - who plays popular character Daniel 'Chalky' Chalk - will return for an undisclosed number of episodes after leaving the show earlier this year.

    Co-star Melanie Hill, who plays Maggie Budgen, confirmed Benton's return on Twitter earlier today (August 5).

    Hill tweeted that she is "happy" to be back working with Benton but will be "gutted" when he leaves again.

    When asked to confirm the news of Chalky's return to Waterloo Road, she replied: "yes!! You heard it here first.."

    Chalky left Waterloo Road for a new job in London but his foster son Kevin Skelton (Tommy Lawrence Knight) decided to remain at the school.

    In January, Benton revealed that he was missing the show after filming his final scenes.

    Waterloo Road returns to BBC One for its ninth series later this month.

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    Waterloo Road will return to screens early next month, it has been confirmed.

    The BBC drama's ninth series is to premiere on Thursday, September 5 at 8pm on BBC One.



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    Regular viewers know that series eight concluded in dramatic fashion in July when original character Tom Clarkson was killed off following Jason Done's decision to quit the role.

    As the new run of episodes begins, the school is still in mourning for Tom - especially Kacey Barry (Brogan Ellis), who is struggling to cope without her teacher and mentor.

    New faces at Waterloo Road will include teenage twins Lenny and Lisa Brown (Joe Slater and Caitlin Gillespie) and recently-qualified science teacher Sue Spark (Vanessa Hehir).

    Lenny and Lisa immediately feature in a storyline with Audrey McFall (Georgie Glen) as she suspects they are being neglected at home, while Sue finds the reality of teaching much harder than she expected.

    Elsewhere, fans will also be interested to see how Christine Mulgrew (Laurie Brett) is settling into her new role as head teacher, while deputy head Simon Lowsley (Richard Mylan) hides a secret which could affect his career and unsettle the staff.

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    Thursday, Sep 5 2013 at 20:00 BST on BBC One


    Scruffy twins Lenny and Lisa Brown are enrolled into Waterloo Road by their older brother and guardian Larry. They make quite an impression on their first day for all the wrong reasons. Visibly dishevelled, Lenny and Lisa's appearance worries Audrey, who barely recognises the bright, happy children she once taught at Havelock High.

    When Christine dismisses Audrey's concerns about the Brown twins, Audrey takes matters into her own hands and visits their home. Once there, a horrified Audrey discovers that Larry is growing and dealing drugs. Less than impressed, Larry lashes out at Audrey who quickly escapes to Waterloo Road. However, before she can report the incident, Larry arrives to remove the twins.

    Later at the school's football match, Audrey's private concerns become public, with far-reaching consequences for the Browns. Unbeknown to Audrey, her actions make her the target of a hate campaign by Lisa.

    Meanwhile, the school mourns the passing of Tom - especially a troubled Kacey Barry who struggles to cope without her teacher and mentor, much to the concern of Nikki.

    Elsewhere, there's a new face in school as recently-qualified science teacher Sue finds the reality of teaching harder than she thought.

    Also this week, new deputy head Simon harbours a secret which could affect his career and unsettle the Waterloo Road staff room.

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    Thursday, Sep 12 2013 at 20:00 BST on BBC One


    Full of nervous excitement about teaching science at Waterloo Road, Sue Spark's first day quickly descends into chaos as she fails to keep her classes focused and becomes the easy target for their jokes.

    With little support from fiancé Simon, who is determined to keep their relationship secret, Sue loses control and finds herself locked in the store room cupboard as the unsupervised class mess up her science experiment and set off the fire alarm.

    Determined to avoid Christine finding out about his relationship with Sue, Simon suggests that Waterloo Road might not be the school for her after all. Sensing that it's make or break time for both her job and her relationship, Sue makes a dodgy deal with Barry Barry.

    Meanwhile, the pupils are angry about the closure of the Breakfast Club and the cancellation of school trips due to budget cuts. When Connor leads the pupils on a walk-out in protest, Christine has no choice but to threaten her own son and the rest of the class with exclusion.

    Elsewhere, George introduces his new Mandarin teaching assistant and wife Princess, who seems immediately popular with some of the pupils.

    Also this week, the Brown twins continue their vendetta against Audrey, and Nikki offers to continue Kacey's boxing training.

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    These are the first pictures of Waterloo Road newcomers Lenny and Lisa Brown, who join the show when series nine kicks off next week.

    Joe Slater and Caitlin Gillespie have been cast as twin siblings Lenny and Lisa, who are enrolled into the school by their older brother and guardian Larry.



    Joe Slater and Caitlin Gillespie as Lenny and Lisa Brown on Waterloo Road
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    Joe Slater and Caitlin Gillespie


    As the twins are visibly dishevelled on their first day, they make an immediate impression on their peers for all the wrong reasons.

    History teacher Audrey McFall (Georgie Glen) already knows Lenny and Lisa as she used to teach them at Havelock High.

    Georgie Glen, Joe Slater and Caitlin Gillespie in Waterloo Road
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    Georgie Glen, Joe Slater and Caitlin Gillespie


    Barely recognising them in their current state, Audrey is deeply concerned over their wellbeing, and some detective work leads her to discover that Larry could be to blame as he is involved in illegal activity.

    When Audrey's worries become public with the arrival of police at a school football match, Lisa is distraught and vows to get even with the well-meaning teacher…


    Lisa is distraught as the police arrive
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    Lisa is distraught as the police arrive


    Audrey will face the wrath of Lisa
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    Audrey will face the wrath of Lisa

    Waterloo Road returns on Thursday, September 5 at 8pm on BBC One.

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    Waterloo Road star Heather Peace says viewers can expect more humour when the series returns next week.

    The actress, who plays English teacher Nikki Boston in BBC's school drama, has said that the show has reinvented itself - although it will still tackle serious storylines.


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    Peace told What's on TV: "It has kind of reinvented itself again. There is a lot of laughter in this next series.

    "For Nikki, the storyline is a little bit more serious. It sees me and Kacey, who is played by Brogan Ellis, pairing up through boxing, trying to get her anger sorted out. I suggest that she takes up boxing and she becomes really quite good at it.

    "It is a really nice dynamic because Brogan is 18 and I am 38. There is a really nice relationship between the two of us. It is a really lovely energy. I think you see a softer side of Nikki through that relationship."

    Peace also revealed that she was thrilled when the show relocated from Manchester to Scotland.


    Waterloo Road actress and singer Heather Peace
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    Heather Peace plays guitar


    She said: "It feels like it is my second home. I have been here for four years. I did a show called Lip Service for two years as well.

    "When they said we were moving Waterloo Road to Glasgow, I was thrilled. I think Scottish people are very similar to Yorkshire folk.

    "They say it as it is and we have got a similar sense of humour, so I have totally loved it."

    The new series of Waterloo Road launches on Thursday, September 5 on BBC One.

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    Princess is increasingly irritated by George, which leads to temptation with one of his pupils. There’s a battle of the sexes as Simon’s Apprentice competition takes over the school, Kevin has itchy feet and Audrey thinks she’s made a new friend.
    As the council decides to roll out its Mandarin programme throughout the local area, Princess is worried about George’s poor Mandarin skills and increasingly angered by his assumption that she’ll save him from being exposed.

    It is boys versus girls as The Apprentice competition gets underway and both sides think they’ve come up with a winning idea. Princess spots an opportunity to get revenge on George and offers to help the boys with their business.

    While the others are busy, Kevin confides in Princess that he wants his life to be more adventurous before kissing her and potentially causing serious consequences for himself and George back at the school.

    Elsewhere, Audrey is delighted to have found a new friend on the internet and Christine wonders if she’s got Simon all wrong?

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    Waterloo Road's Laurie Brett has said that her character Christine Mulgrew could fall off the wagon at any time.

    The last series of the BBC One drama saw the teacher try to turn her life around after a long battle with alcoholism.

    Brett said to What's on TV: "Christine has a burning fire in her; she's like a firecracker that could go off.

    "As for any addict there's always a threat of falling off the wagon, and that threat is always going to be there for Christine - especially when she's under pressure!"

    "Christine's past is another reason why she isn't on firm ground. She's very much in recovery from her alcoholism, so she has a lot to prove. A lot of Christine's demons were exorcised last series when we really found out why she was the way she was.

    "But the thing about her is she doesn't need to be drunk to go off on one!"

    The next series will see Christine take on the position as new acting principal of Waterloo Road.

    "Christine loves what she does, but she's had this role thrust upon her so she's not at her most confident," Brett added.

    "That said, the potential for her to be a very good head is there, as she's dedicated to the school and a more than capable teacher - when sober!"

    Brett has previously confessed that she would like Christine to have an alcohol relapse.

    Waterloo Road returns on Thursday, September 5 at 8pm on BBC One.

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