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  • 1. TV Drama Waterloo Road is a TV drama which is broadcasted by the BBC. It is written and directed by various writers and directors and was created by Ann McManus and Maureen Chadwick. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4Q0gwBmJO3M&feature=related
  • 2. Characters
    • Sam (Sambuca) – Main character in the scene.
    • Rose – Mum of Sam
    • Tom – Teacher at the school, like a step dad to Sam and her two brothers
    • Finn – Sam’s boyfriend
    • Two boys – Sam’s two younger brothers
  • 3. Narrative
    • This scene does not have much of a script but when the characters do speak, they sound quiet or sometimes even whisper. Sam is lying in bed so she seems relaxed and comfortable but when she is speaking to Tom and Rose she sounds very out of breath which shows she is becoming very weak. Sam says before these scenes she wanted to find her real dad. At the beginning of this clip she says to Tom that she thinks of him as her real dad. This can show a sense of closure by finding the one thing she wanted to do before she died, also it makes it seem like her life is complete.
  • 4. Mise en scene Waterloo Road is filmed/based in Greater Manchester and is about a troubled school in Rochdale. Sam was a student at the school and was seen as one of the ‘troublesome’ students. The last few scenes of this episode are focussed on Sam. This was her last episode on Waterloo Road as Sam had a brain tumour and this episode shows her last moments before she died, these were filmed in Sam’s room. This scene shows Sam lying down with Rose and Tom with her. The scene shows she is at her weakest moment and you can tell this was going to be her final scene. Her room is quite dark but with a few dim lights on, which produced quite a calm and peaceful setting, also it seems quite a comforting place to be. Her two brothers are shown sitting outside her bedroom door as they may be too uncomfortable to go inside, but this can show in the scene that she is surrounded by the people who love her. Waterloo road usually shows students in their uniform inside the school and sometimes outside the school. In this scene Tom and Rose are dressed very casually and Sam is in her pyjamas which can also show that Sam is tired and possibly weak.
  • 5. Mise en Scene
    • Sam’s two brothers are sitting outside the door, and it is quite a dark scene, which can show it is maybe late at night when it is quiet and when people are usually asleep.
    • Finn is shown lying down in his room still awake, holding a necklace and then he looks up as if he is thinking. The scenes before and after this shot are about Sam, which suggests the necklace he is wearing is linked to Sam.
    • The scene from Sam to her brothers and then to Finn, are blended together so they gradually go from one to the other. This links all the scenes together as this is what is happening whilst Sam is falling asleep. After Finns shot, it automatically cuts back to Sam’s bedroom where it shows she has died. This quick change of scene could be a representation of Sam’s death as she died in her sleep, so it would have been a quick death and she would not have been in pain.
  • 6. Sound
    • During the scenes there is very few background noises and no sound effects included. However when it comes to Sam’s last few words before she dies, there is a tune playing in the background. It is just played on a piano with no lyrics, it is played in quite a high pitch but is very quiet and soft, giving a light, calming feeling to the scenes. The music plays through the scenes with Sam’s two brothers and Finn, and then back onto the scene showing she has died. The tune finishes at the end of the episode which fits in perfectly with her final scene because as she has died the tune finishes as if that had died too.
  • 7. Industry
    • The BBC broadcast the show on Wednesday nights. It is usually advertised on BBC channels, on the BBC website and in TV magazines. The show is broadcasted for an average of 10 weeks, as part of one series. Each part/series is shown every few months. The TV drama has a different storyline each week. At the end of every episode there is a short clip of what to expect the next week, which will encourage the audience to watch it again, which can attract the same audience and more people each week.
  • 8. Audience
    • I think the programme is aimed at both genders, aged 13+. As it is based around a ‘troublesome’ school it is likely to attract students to see that side to a school. Each week there is a new storyline which will keep the audience engaged with the programme as the storyline will not be dragged out over a period of time and will not get boring. Waterloo Road can also attract an older audience to get an insight of what school life can be like sometimes and how teenagers cope with different problems. This TV drama can show people how teenagers may respond to a certain topic. However this can be a negative portrayal of teenagers if it shows them dealing with a situation in a bad way. The clip I chose was showing how a family was dealing with the loss of a young school girl and how she dealt/coped with with her illness.