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Tuesday 22 August 2023

BBC Renews Hit Drama "Waterloo Road" for Two Additional Series

In a significant announcement, the BBC has unveiled its decision to recommission the beloved drama series "Waterloo Road" for not one, but two more new series. The news, revealed today, has sparked excitement among fans of the show, as it solidifies the return of this compelling narrative to screens once more. Produced by Rope Ladder Fiction and Wall to Wall North for BBC One and iPlayer, this renewed commitment to the series extends beyond the upcoming series (consisting of eight 60-minute episodes each) which has already been filmed. This means that audiences can anticipate a total of three new series of "Waterloo Road" heading their way.

The commencement of filming for the two freshly commissioned series, each comprising eight episodes of 60 minutes, is scheduled for the autumn months in Greater Manchester. While specific details regarding the forthcoming content are yet to be disclosed, anticipation is building for the continuation of this captivating story.

"Waterloo Road" initially graced the BBC's screens from 2006 to 2015, leaving an indelible mark on viewers with its engaging narrative and relatable characters. Following its resurgence in popularity on BBC iPlayer during the lockdown period, the series made a triumphant return at the beginning of 2023. The latest iteration of the show features an ensemble cast including Angela Griffin, Adam Thomas, Kym Marsh, and an exciting assembly of fresh talents portraying both school staff and pupils. With two new series already airing this year, "Waterloo Road" continues to amass an enthusiastic following on BBC iPlayer, earning a spot in the top three most-watched titles of the year so far for viewers aged 16 to 34, alongside renowned shows like "Happy Valley" and "EastEnders."

This renowned series has earned acclaim for its dedication to nurturing budding talents, both in front of and behind the camera. "Waterloo Road" will persist in casting essential roles through open auditions at schools and youth clubs, ensuring a platform for emerging stars. The series also offers workshops and production training initiatives for newcomers, bolstering the drama production landscape in the North of England. Notably, a substantial number of trainees have gained valuable industry experience through six-month placements on the show since 2022, spanning various departments such as costume, art direction, post-production, camera work, and sound. With another eight trainees set to join when filming resumes this autumn, the commitment to fostering fresh talent is unwavering.

Cameron Roach, the executive producer of "Waterloo Road" and founder of Rope Ladder Fiction, expressed their elation at the recommission: "We're beyond thrilled with the triumphant return of Waterloo Road, and so thankful to the BBC for committing to the show so fully. We love that the show has the potential not only to be a crown jewel for BBC iPlayer, but also serve as a true beacon for training, and inspiring next generation talent."

Lindsay Salt, Director of BBC Drama, echoed this sentiment, stating, "It's been a joy to see Waterloo Road return to the BBC this year, delighting new and returning fans with its fantastic ensemble of relatable characters and a winning mix of heart, humour and high drama."

As this much-loved drama extends its reach and impact, "Waterloo Road" continues to solidify its place as a cherished narrative that captivates audiences while providing a stepping stone for emerging talents in the industry. With an exciting future ahead, fans can look forward to more drama, heart, and connection in the world of "Waterloo Road."

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