Waterloo Road is returning with new series – and it’s set in Greater Manchester

BBC announce Waterloo Road is returning for a brand new series after six years

A brand new series of Waterloo Road, which will be set and made in Greater Manchester, is returning to BBC One.

Originally airing on the BBC from 2006 to 2015, Waterloo Road was one of the UK’s most popular and longest-running TV dramas, with impressive alumni of dynamic characters and award-winning storylines. Such is the show’s enduring popularity; it has drawn both loyal and new, young and diverse audiences since it dropped as a boxset in September 2019, consistently among the top five most-watched shows for young audiences on BBC iPlayer.

The spotlight on education in the UK is more intense now than ever before, with awareness of the challenges that teachers, parents and pupils face even more pronounced amidst the ongoing pandemic. Waterloo Road will use its rich history of telling entertaining and gripping human stories while tackling the day’s important issues.

Produced by Wall To Wall (The Windermere ChildrenMan In Room 301New Tricks) in co-production with Rope Ladder Fiction, the new Manchester-based label from Cameron Roach, who executive produced the previous series of Waterloo Road in both Rochdale and Greenock.

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. In addition, the series will provide a training ground for new and diverse writers, which is of significant importance to both the BBC and Cameron Roach. Roach is renowned for his passion for long-running drama series and their power to develop and encourage emerging talent.

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, says: “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.”

Waterloo Road was commissioned by Piers Wenger, Director of BBC Drama. Cameron Roach will return to executive produce for Wall to Wall/Rope Ladder Fiction, and executive producers for the BBC are Gaynor Holmes and Jo McClellan.

When is the new series of Waterloo Road on TV?

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

Who is in the new series of Waterloo Road?

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


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