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

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

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

As the school year begins, a peaceful protest turns into a riot, and “the events of the day will have huge ramifications for everyone involved”.

In the images, we see students holding placards and headteacher Kim Campbell (played by Waterloo Road alumni Angela Griffin) with a megaphone.

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A statement from the show reveals: “Across the term, Waterloo Road‘s teachers and parents are going to 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 facing young teens today .

“Amongst the chaos, the students, faculty and parents still make time for friendships, fun, and a few romances. The pupils have a lot to contend with this term, but they will learn to lean on one another to survive the year and try to stay out of detention as much as possible.

“Riots, scandals, fractured families and challenging kids – for Headteacher Kim Campbell and her team, fire-fighting is a way of life. Who said education was easy?”

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

New cast members include Coronation Street‘s Kym Marsh (who’ll play canteen worker Nicky Walters), Rachel Leskovac (Coral Walker) and Sonia Ibrahim (Jamilah Omar), Emmerdale‘s James 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 look forward to seeing what the reboot brings.

Waterloo Road will return to BBC One and iPlayer in January.

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