Surprise return for Waterloo Road after it was axed

The BBC has confirmed Waterloo Road will return to screens.

The new series of Waterloo Road will be set and made in Greater Manchester.

Originally airing from 2006 – 2015, Waterloo Road is a hugely successful drama and has drawn in both loyal and new audiences since it dropped as a boxset on BBC iPlayer back in 2019.

During the Covid lockdowns, many Waterloo Road fans enjoyed re-watching the series.

The spotlight on education in the UK is more intense now than ever before.

Waterloo Road is set to use its history of telling entertaining and gripping human stories while tackling important issues.

Waterloo Road has seen the birth of many new actors who have gone onto achieve stardom.

Jenna Coleman – who played Lindsay James – has gone on to appear in shows such as Doctor Who and ITV’s Victoria, Katie McGlynn played Sinead Tinker in Coronation Street and is now part of this year’s Strictly Come Dancing, and Adam Thomas played Adam Barton in ITV’s Emmerdale.

Past Waterloo Road storylines include: fires, explosions, murders, births, alcoholism, mental health illnesses and cancer.

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. 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.’

Many Holby City fans are curious as to whether Waterloo Road will return as the medical drama’s replacement, following the announcement of its cancellation back in June.

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