Thursday 27 Nov 2014
Newly married Waterloo Road teachers Jez and Sian Diamond plan a dinner party to get to know their colleagues, but the unexpected arrival of Jez's estranged children, Madi and Zack, rocks their world, and Sian's shocked to learn that Jez has been blanking them for weeks, as the drama continues.
Meanwhile, Michael's A-level recruitment drive brings him to loggerheads with Grantly, who's determined to sabotage the process. Matt is touched by Scout's enthusiasm for the guitar and Vicki is inspired to retake her A-level sciences, but when Ronan hosts a surprise house-warming party it only serves to highlight the differences in their relationship. And Michael's effort to reunite the Taylor boys with their father looks scuppered when Phoenix sets out to prove that Nelson's still a good-for-nothing alcoholic.
Michael Byrne is played by Alec Newman, Sian Diamond by Jaye Jacobs, Jez Diamond by Alex Walkinshaw, Grantly Budgen by Philip Martin Brown, Matt Wilding by Chris Geere, Madi Diamond by Georgia Henshaw, Zack Diamond by Lee Abbate, Vicki Macdonald by Rebecca Ryan, Ronan Burley by Ben Ryan Davies, Phoenix Taylor by Kaya Moore, Harley Taylor by Kane Tomlinson-Weaver and Nelson Taylor by John Thomson.
The second episode of the stunning series examines new, bizarre and extraordinary feathered dinosaurs – many of which have only just been discovered. These feathered beasts are revolutionising our understanding of life on Earth as they blur the boundaries between what we know of dinosaurs and birds.
China sits at the heart of the feathered dinosaur discoveries and is the home of one of the most unusual discoveries on Earth: the Epidexipteryx. Only the size of a pigeon, this predator was most bird-like of any dinosaur and is the first known case of ornamental feathers.
But feathers weren't just confined to the small. From Caudipteryx to Sinosauropteryx and the eight-metre long Gigantoraptor, feathers may have been used for flight, for insulation or even to intimate and attract. These dinosaurs not only hint at how animals might have developed flight but also suggest that dinosaurs may still live among us today ... as birds.
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