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Waterloo Road: Leo and Sonya let the school down

leo waterloo road(Series 10, ep.19) The penultimate episode, and a few plot strands were resolved. Justin was permanently excluded for cyber-bullying Bonnie, but a bit of detective work from Kenzie soon uncovered the real culprit to be mild-mannered younger Fitzgerald brother Leo. Oh, Leo. That’s no way to impress people.  Continue reading

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Waterloo Road: Just trying to feel something

sonya ianto jones waterloo road(Series 10, ep.18) The appearance of Ianto Jones off of Torchwood at the end of this episode has finally made sense of ten series’ worth of barmy madness. Waterloo Road is the centre of an alien invasion! Most of the staff and pupils are humanoid(ish) visitors from other worlds! There was another clue in this episode when New Marco told his science class that extra-terrestrial life was a “mathematical certainty.” Thank heavens that Torchwood are finally on the case (though I seem to recall that Ianto Jones is technically dead…).  Continue reading

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Waterloo Road: Is it true about the new graphics teacher?

guy waterloo road(Series 10, ep.13) There were three new guys in the school this week. Technically only two of them were guys (the other was a girl) and literally speaking only one of them was called Guy. He was the one everyone had a problem with, on account of him having come via some fast track route which meant he’d only had six weeks’ teacher training. He was also the one who seemed a tad too friendly with new girl Carrie.  Continue reading

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Waterloo Road: The one with bikes

waterloo road(Series 10, ep.12) It’s a sign of the continuing deterioration of Waterloo Road that the thing I enjoyed most about the most recent episode was that one of the actors is called Pooky Quesnel.

To the action, then, and there was a Controversial New Initiative which involved a bike borrowing scheme which apparently had been cooked up by Vaughan and local bike dealer Mubbs from Holby (last seen on Waterloo Road as Sam Kelly’s oncologist). This led inevitably to a high-speed bike chase around the playground and the wider vicinity, and to Kevin Chalk coming off his bike and ending up in hospital with Maggie the Dinnerlady staring compassionately at him, like she does. He’s now planning to move to Havelock High because of their superior IT teaching and also to get away from being gazed at compassionately by Maggie.  Continue reading

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Waterloo Road: The twilight zone

waterloo road(Series 10, ep.11) This review comes to you through a fog of apathy only partly induced by the horrible cold virus I’ve had since Boxing Day. Most of the apathy is due to the fact that the episode just wasn’t very good.

As usual at the start of a 10 episode “term,” there were a bunch of new characters. These were:

– New deputy head Lorna, who fulfils the WR teaching remit of being fairly useless at her job. Her chief skill is annoying Christine with her upstart ways.

– Vaughan’s estranged wife Olga, who is working as a supply teacher. Despite Leo and Justin spending the last ten weeks bleating about how much they missed her, they’re a tad mortified to have both their parents on the teaching staff. I would say “Oh, the fickleness of youth,” if I didn’t agree with them.  Continue reading

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Casualty: Love will get you like a case of anthrax

Who’d have thought I’d be able to use a Gang of Four lyric as a title for a Casualty post?

When May opened a letter addressed to Yuki in resus, a lot of white powder fell out. And a note. Apparently in revenge for May breaking someone’s neck a few weeks ago, someone had decided to send a package of anthrax to the hospital.

What could be worse that anthrax in resus? Well, you could have a stupid F2 (May again) posting it through the hospital system to the lab. Way to spread it around. And you could have a dying boy, no access to the blood or operating theatre he needs, and the woman who ran him over while trying to kill his mother, who when she was a child had killed the first woman’s daughter. Are you following this? And the hysterical mother of the boy and former child killer barging her way in as well.

And I haven’t mentioned yet that Yuki was also there. He’d been found in a skip, in a confused and dehydrated state, and hadn’t said anything since he arrived, only pointed at May with a trembling and accusatory finger once or twice. It turned out it was lucky that Yuki was there, because he was the only one present (including the sainted Charlie) who knew that it was possible to manually test different peoples’ blood for compatibility. Thus even from his sickbed Yuki managed to outsmart his fellow F2’s, and save the life of the little boy when it turned out that the woman who’d run him over was a blood group match.

I should probably mention at this point that the white powder turned out not to be anthrax, but a hoax. The little boy survived, Yuki was on the mend – and finally May’s conscience got the better of her. She went to Nick Jordan and ’fessed up that it was she, and not Yuki, who’d broken a patient’s neck.

While all this was going on, Adam and Jessica had time to get to grips with how they felt about losing Harry. At one point, it looked like they might get back together again – they were calling each other “Mr and Mrs Trueman” and making cocoa. But when Jess found Harry’s little spoon in the cutlery drawer and said every day she felt she was losing more and more of him, Adam realised that even if she stayed now, at some point in the future she’d have to leave again. So poor Adam is alone yet again.

Nick Jordan and Dr Zoe Hanna were in the car park for most of the episode, what with the hospital being under precautionary lock down and so on. But did I see them briefly squeeze hands under the desk once they were allowed back inside? I think I did, you know. Bless.

And Shona, the former girlfriend of Charlie’s waste-of-oxygen son Louis, turned up. Guess what? She’s still pregnant.

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Casualty: There’s always something you can do

Hasn’t Adam Trueman suffered enough? His baby son (whose birthday it was) has died, his wife has left him, and now the next woman he gets involved with turns out to have a grudge-bearing psycho with a rifle for an ex-husband. It all ended up with the woman, Lynne, getting shot.

Adam has had to do some improvisational procedures involving kitchen utensils. The police are circing the house, but the second before the credits rolled, the rifle which was pointing at Adam went off. Has the curse of being a staff member at Holby City Hospital struck again?

Nick Jordan spent the episode winding Dr Zoe Hanna up. We knew what he was doing – it was the grown-up equivalent of throwing frogs at her. He was attention-seeking because he’s not Kieron Fletcher’s father and he wishes he was, and Zoe is engaged to Matt and Nick wishes she wasn’t.

At the end of a shift in which we learned some excellent new terminology (“equivocal Babinski sign” and “Argyll-Robinson pupils” were my favourite), Nick asked Zoe out for a drink. When she agreed he reminded her “You know a drink is never just a drink with us.” Indeed not, and isn’t that just what Dr Zoe Hanna enjoys most about a drink with Nick Jordan?

Meanwhile, May was worrying a bit about Yuki, who is now officially a Missing Person. She’s worrying about him so much that she didn’t get all that upset when she was pulling a patient’s shoe off and his foot came off with it. Messy.

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