The BBC have announced that Waterloo Road is returning for a brand new series, six years after its’ final episode aired.
The original show, which ran for ten seasons from 2006 until 2015, is about a troubled comprehensive school set in Rochdale, Lancashire, England.
Sharing the exciting news about the new series via Twitter today, the BBC press office wrote: “BREAKING NEWS #WaterlooRoad is coming BACK for a brand new series!”
🚨 BREAKING NEWS 🚨
🎒 #WaterlooRoad is coming BACK for a brand new series!
— BBC Press Office (@bbcpress) September 23, 2021
Speaking on the return of the show Piers Wenger, Director of BBC Drama, says: “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, added: “I’m really thrilled to be working with the BBC and Wall To Wall, in re-igniting the iconic brand of Waterloo Road.”
Psst. We’ve heard a rumour going around school 🤩
— Waterloo Road (@WaterlooRoad) September 23, 2021
“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,” he said.
Bridgerton stars Rege-Jean Page and Phoebe Dynevor, as well as Victoria’s Jenna Coleman and Emmerdale’s Adam Thomas all starred in the original series.
The revival plans to shine a spotlight on the challenges that teachers, parents and pupils face within the education system in the UK, which have become even more pronounced amidst the ongoing coronavirus pandemic.
Further information on casting and release dates will be revealed at a later date.