Philip Martin Brown plays Grantly Budgen
What happened to Grantly at the end of last series?
"Grantly was surprised that, against all odds, Waterloo Road stayed open – and even more surprised that he retained his job!"
How do you think Grantly has changed?
"He's definitely a little more careful where, when and to whom he grumbles, as he's not popular with senior management and they're looking for any excuse to sack him."
How would you describe him?
"Grantly is Head of English at Waterloo Road and looking forward to retirement. He doesn't have a degree and is suspicious of the new teaching methods implemented by the new deputy, Andrew Treneman. Grantly has an old-school approach: you run the classroom through fear. Nothing will get him to adopt any new-fangled, wish-washy liberal approaches.
"Basically, he's an educational dinosaur who cares little for his pupils but he's hanging onto his job by a thread. If I had to describe him in three words, I'd go for: cynical, disillusioned and sarcastic."
Waterloo Road has a new investor this series – how does Grantly get along with him?
"He can not abide 'Roger the Bodger', who is a former pupil of his. The boy who couldn't string a sentence together is now flashing his cash around and Grantly believes he should leave education to the educationalists. But Roger wants revenge for the way Grantly treated him as a child at the school. Both he and Treneman want Grantly out: one for revenge and the other for altruistic idealism."
Do you think you would make a good teacher?
"I have done supply teaching before and I've been told that I am a good teacher."
What goes through your mind when you think of your own school days?
"The pain from the cane remains mainly in my brain."
Which aspect of school did you enjoy the most?
"I went to Barrow-In-Furness Grammar School for Boys, which was then austere and quite repressive but my favourite subject was English – in that class I was able to express myself."
What were your school reports like?
"Shocking! I was asked to leave the school at the end of the fifth year – I was a dreadful troublemaker."
How did you do at school?
"I got three O-levels and then I went to a college of further education to take further exams which enabled me to go to teacher training college."