BBC One has announced that Waterloo Road, the contemporary school drama series, is returning to the channel after a six year hiatus.
The new series will be set and made in Greater Manchester and co-produced by Wall To Wall and Rope Ladder Fiction.
Waterloo Road originally aired on the BBC from 2006 to 2015, during which time it became one of the UK’s most popular and longest-running TV dramas.
With the pandemic came greater awareness of the challenges teachers, parents and pupils face that have become even more pronounced due to lockdown restrictions. The new series will explore these important issues and more.
The revival is also part of the BBC’s mission to boost production skills in the North of England and help reshape its drama slate to better serve all parts of the country.
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.”