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 images have also been released showing the cast in action – and it looks like we’re in for a lively time.
At the start of the school year, a peaceful protest turns into a riot and “the day’s events will have huge ramifications for everyone involved”.
In the footage, students are seen holding signs and principal Kim Campbell (played by Waterloo Road former students Angela Griffin) with a megaphone.
A statement from the show reveals: “Throughout the run, Waterloo RoadTeachers and parents are going to have to learn on their feet as they try to navigate the ever-changing social landscape – from teenage homelessness to the cost of living, to being LGBTQ+, the racism, sexism, mental health and all that affects young teenagers today.
“Amid the chaos, students, teachers and parents are still making time for friendships, fun and some romance. Students have a lot to do with this term, 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 difficult children – for director Kim Campbell and her team, firefighting is a way of life. Who said education was easy?”
Former cast members Adam Thomas and Katie Griffiths, who played Donte and Chlo Charles, also return to the series alongside their daughter Izzy, who will be played by Adam’s niece Scarlett Thomas and son Tommy. played by his real son Teddy. .
New cast members include Coronation StreetKym Marsh (who will play Nicky Walters, canteen worker), Rachel Leskovac (Coral Walker) and Sonia Ibrahim (Jamilah Omar), Emmerdaleby James Baxter (Joe Casey) and EastEnders Jo Coffey (Wendy Whitwell).
The drama first aired in 2006 and followed a struggling comprehensive school in Rochdale. We can’t wait to see what the reboot brings.
Waterloo Road will return to BBC One and iPlayer in January.