Waterloo Road is finally set to make a return to screens after a six-year break, the BBC has confirmed.
The new series of the show, which originally ran from 2006 to 2015, will be set and made in Greater Manchester.
The school drama was one of the UK’s most popular and longest running shows and it covered some huge storylines and topics.
It found a new fanbase when it dropped as a boxset on BBC iPlayer in 2019, with young audiences often keeping it in the top five most-watched shows.
The new series will be set and made in Greater Manchester and the makers of New Tricks, Wall to Wall, will produce it alongside a Manchester-based label who worked on previous series of the show, Rope Ladder Fiction.
With there being an intense spotlight on education in the UK right now, with schooling even more under the microscope because of the pandemic, the new series couldn’t be coming at a better time.
The revival of Waterloo Road is set to boost drama production skills in the North of England and help to reflect all parts of the country.
The BBC has said the show will serve as a training ground for up-and-coming writers, something executive producer Cameron Roach is passionate about.
The cast of the revival series is set to be revealed in due course.
Piers Wenger, Director of BBC Drama, said: “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.
“We are thrilled to be returning to this brilliant format – its thrills and spills, unmissable characters and high drama – at a time when audiences across Britain need it most – and to be collaborating with the brilliant Cameron Roach and Wall To Wall on its return.”
Cameron Roach, Executive Producer, said: “I’m really thrilled to be working with the BBC and Wall To Wall, in re-igniting the iconic brand of Waterloo Road.
“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.”
The original run of the show featured a number of stars who would go on to become familiar faces on television.
The likes of Adam Thomas, Katie McGlynn, Chelsee Healey, Denise Welch, Jenna-Louise Coleman, Phoebe Dynevor and Neil Morrissey all had starring roles.
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