Here's a shocker (not): Tony is alive. Hurrah! The new series is set six months after the conclusion of the last - and Tony is a changed man, in fact a shadow of the man his best mate Sid always looked up to.
As for Sid, he finally got together with Cassie in the missing six months, only for her parents to whisk her away to Scotland. All Cassie can dream of is one day returning to Sid and for them to live happily ever after.... aww! Hang on, there's a whole series to fill! Let's assume it isn't as simple as that.
Michelle has family troubles of her own. Her mother has married another man (bye bye, Danny Dyer), in the process bestowing her with a randy step-sister who keeps trying it on with all of her mates.
Another shock now - Maxxie actually has a family! His dad's giving him grief over his ambitions to follow his dreams and be a dancer. Best friend Anwar has bagged himself a secret girlfriend...
Jal is also a changed character. She's decided to ditch the good girl image and let her hair down for a change. Finally, poor Chris. Having been expelled, he's now resolved to step out on his own and make his way in the big wide world.
Can February come soon enough?