BBC to Bring Back ‘Waterloo Road’ After Six Years Off-air

Source: BBC/Express

It’s finally back. Waterloo Road is returning to our screens once again to provide us with all the trials and tribulations of the teachers and students at the state comprehensive school

In 2015 we said our final goodbyes to the characters of the beloved television show Waterloo Road after ten dramatic (and riveting) series.

The show finished its final series in Greenock, Scotland, with students battling and succeeding to keep Waterloo Road’s doors open. The show was famous for tackling many relatable teen issues such as young pregnancy, drug addiction, and gang crime.

Cameron Roach, Executive Producer, added: “The vital and urgent stories that are playing out in schools across the UK provide incredible and emotionally powerful themes that we’re excited to bring to a new generation of fans”.

Waterloo Road will continue its reputation for kickstarting, supporting, and enabling careers both in front of and behind the camera, in a truly inclusive way, from our base in Greater Manchester.”

Source: BBC

Many popular actors of today had their breakthrough roles on the show, including Jenna Coleman, Adam Thomas, and Katie McGlynn.

The series introduced many beloved characters over its nine-year run, including fan-favourites Tom Clarkson (Jason Done), Grantly Budgen (Philip Martin Brown), Rachel Mason (Eva Pope), and Steph Haydock (Denise Welch).

In September 2019, the ‘Waterloo Road box set’ was uploaded to iPlayer for audiences to binge. Although it has been off-air since 2015, the BBC say the show is “consistently among the top five most-watched shows for young audiences”.

Piers Wenger, Director of BBC Drama stated: “Waterloo Road is the perfect lens through which to explore post-Covid Britain, from the perspective of those who have arguably been affected most: young people in education.”

Words by Alex O’Leary

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