Waterloo Road confirms return date and offers first look at new series

Waterloo Road confirms return date and offers first look at new series

Last year it was announced that the BBC was taking back Waterloo Road. It has now been confirmed that the school drama will premiere on BBC One and iPlayer in January.

New photos have also been released showing the cast in action – and it looks like we’re in for a lively time.

As the school year begins, a peaceful protest turns into a riot, and “today’s events will have major consequences for all involved”.

In the photos, we see students holding posters and principal Kim Campbell (played by Waterloo Road alumni Angela Griffin) with a megaphone.

Angela Griffin holds a megaphone in Waterloo Road, embargo 0001 on Friday 25  November

David GennardBBC

kelly jo rafferty shouting with a placard in waterloo road, embargo 001 friday 25  November

David GennardBBC

A statement from the show reveals: “Across the term, Waterloo Roadthe teachers and parents have to learn on their feet as they try to navigate the ever-changing social landscape – from teen homelessness to the cost of living, being LGBTQ+, racism, sexism, mental health and everything else young teens face today.

“Amidst the chaos, the students, faculty and parents still make time for friendship, fun and some romance. The students have a lot to contend with this semester, but they will learn to lean on each other to survive the year and try to stay out of detention as much as possible.

“Riots, scandals, broken families and challenging kids – for principal Kim Campbell and her team, firefighting is a way of life. Who said education was easy?”

chlo, izzy, tommy and donte pose as a young family in Waterloo Road, embarho 0001 on Friday 25  November

David GennardBBC

dean weaver and noel mcmanus standing on a wall laughing in waterloo road embargo 0001 friday 25  September

David GennardBBC

adam abbou as danny lewis and adam ali as khalil sharif walk in a school playground on waterloo road embargo 0001 friday 25  November

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Former cast members Adam Thomas and Katie Griffiths, who played Donte and Chlo Charles, are also returning to the series along with their daughter Izzy, who will be played by Adam’s niece Scarlett Thomas, and their son Tommy, played by his real-life son Teddy.

New cast members include Coronation Street‘s Kym Marsh (who will play canteen worker Nicky Walters), Rachel Leskovac (Coral Walker) and Sonia Ibrahim (Jamilah Omar), EmmerdaleJames Baxter (Joe Casey) and EastEnders star Jo Coffey (Wendy Whitwell).

The drama first aired in 2006 and followed a troubled comprehensive school set in Rochdale. We can’t wait to see what the reboot brings.

Waterloo Road returns to BBC One and iPlayer in January.

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