Waterloo Road is coming back to BBC One after six years

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BBC One's award-winning drama Waterloo Road is coming back after six years.

Originally airing on the BBC from 2006-2015, the drama chronicled life in schools in Rochdale for seven series, and then Greenock. The new series will be set in a comprehensive school in Manchester and focus on the challenges that teachers, parents and pupils face amidst the ongoing pandemic.

Waterloo Road was one of the UK's most popular and longest-running TV dramas, which launched the careers of Jenna Coleman and Bridgerton's Rege-Jean Page and Phoebe Dyvenor.

Despite having ended in 2016, it has drawn young audiences after it launched as boxset on BBC iPlayer in September 2019, consistently among the top five most-watched shows for young audiences on BBC iPlayer.

Photo credit: LIAM DANIEL - Netflix
Photo credit: LIAM DANIEL - Netflix

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.'

BBC adds that 'the revival of Waterloo Road will boost drama production skills in the North of England and help to reshape the BBC's drama slate to better reflect, represent and serve all parts of the country'.

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.'

Further information about the series including casting will be revealed in due course.

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