Academy drama

Controversies dogging the Government's academies programme are being explored in a populist BBC1 drama.

The second series of Waterloo Road, which started last night, follows life at the fictional comprehensive. Mirroring real life, a multi-millionaire former pupil offers to sponsor the failing school so it can be rebuilt as a city academy, but then meddles in its management. The next episode goes out on Thursday at 9pm.

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