Waterloo Road return: Everything you need to know as BBC series returns

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Waterloo Road was axed six years ago after being on BBC One for nine years. The series was about a troubled comprehensive school set in Rochdale, Lancashire, focusing on the lives of both the students and their teachers. Now in a major U-turn, the BBC has announced a new series will be on its way.

Waterloo Road introduced viewers to some talented young actors who went on to star in the country’s best-loved soaps.

Some of the memorable actors included Hollyoaks’ Chelsee Healey, Coronation Street’s Katie McGlynn and Emmerdale’s Adam Thomas.

There were a few recognisable faces when it came to the staff as well with the likes of Neil Morrissey, Denise Welch and Jill Halfpenny.

But probably two of the biggest stars to come from the show were Bridgerton’s Phoebe Dynevor and Victoria’s Jenna Coleman. 

Despite the drama coming to an end in 2015, it has still proven to be a must-watch among young viewers.

According to the BBC, Waterloo Road has continued to attract audiences after it was released as a boxset on its streaming service BBC iPlayer in September 2019.

Since then, the show has been among the top five most-watched for young audiences on the streamer.

This is most likely part of the reason why the BBC has decided to renew the show.

However, there are going to be some major changes when it does return.

Waterloo Road was originally set and filmed in Rochdale for seven seasons.

Then, for season eight in 2012, Waterloo Road was moved to Greenock, Scotland, and remained there until the series’ end.

This time around though, the teen drama is going to be set and filmed in Greater Manchester.

No details have yet been announced as to who is going to be starring but a spokesperson has said that “casting will be revealed in due course”.

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Another important detail that hasn’t been divulged is exactly when Waterloo Road is returning to BBC One.

The announcement was made on Thursday, September 23, when the BBC press office tweeted: “BREAKING NEWS #WaterlooRoad is coming BACK for a brand new series.”

A start date hasn’t been announced but it could be a while as filming is due to start in Greater Manchester in February. 

Express.co.uk will update this article once more details have been given. 

Director of BBC Drama Piers Wenger 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.”  

Waterloo Road is available to watch on BBC iPlayer.

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