Waterloo Road to return to BBC

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by Stephen Chapman

The BBC has confirmed that Waterloo Road is returning, produced by Wall To Wall in co-production with Cameron Roach’s new Manchester indie, Rope Ladder.

It will be set and made in Greater Manchester and is part of the BBC’s plans to better “reflect and represent all parts of the country.”

Roach was Executive Producer on the drama, when it originally aired between 2006 and 2015.

"I’m really thrilled to be working with the BBC and Wall To Wall, in re-igniting the iconic brand of Waterloo Road,” he said.

“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."

New and diverse writers will be working on the production.

“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,” added Piers Wenger, Director of BBC Drama.

Waterloo Road was commissioned by Wenger. 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.

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