Six years after the original series was cancelled, Waterloo Road is making a comeback! The BBC announced this week that a new series of the hit show is on its way to our screens. There will be some big changes afoot as filming and the show’s setting will be moved back to Manchester after the last three series were filmed and set in Scotland.
The show will be executive produced by Cameron Roach, who 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.
Why was Waterloo Road axed?
Waterloo Road was axed by the BBC in 2015 amid falling ratings. The show had been on air for nine years, but had already been moved from BBC One to BBC Three as viewing figures dropped off. It’s been popular on streaming since it was added to iPlayer in 2019 though.
Who will be in the new series of Waterloo Road?
There’s no word yet whether any of Waterloo Road’s former cast members will be returning to the show, or whether we’ll be seeing an entirely new cast. The original Waterloo Road featured a number of young actors who have gone on to become big names—including Bridgerton’s Phoebe Dynevor, Corrie and Strictly's Katie McGlynn and Doctor Who’s Jenna Coleman.
Of course, any actors who played students will probably be too old now to resume their roles as schoolkids—but maybe we could see some fan favourites come back as staff members—like Chelsee Healey who returned as Janeece Bryant. And we’d love to see some iconic staff back—like Loose Women's Denise Welch as Steph Haydock.