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Waterloo Road confirms return date and offers first look at new series

Last year, it was announced that the BBC would return Waterloo Road. It has now been confirmed that the school drama will premiere on BBC One and iPlayer in January.

New photos have also been released that show the actors in action — and it looks like we’re in for a steamy time.

As the school year begins, peaceful protest turns into a riot, “and today’s events will have massive repercussions for everyone involved.”

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In the photos, we see the students holding signs and Headmaster Kim Campbell (played by Waterloo Road Alumni Angela Griffin) with a megaphone.

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Kelly Jo Rafferty screams as she holds a sign in Waterloo Road, Ban 001 Friday, November 25

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A statement from the show reveals: “Across the term, Waterloo RoadEducators and parents will have to learn on their feet as they try to navigate the ever-changing social landscape–from teen homelessness to the cost of living, being gay+, racism, sexism, mental health and everything else facing today’s young teens.

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“In this chaos, students, faculty and parents still make time for friendships, fun and some romance. Pupils have a lot to deal with this term, but they will learn to rely on each other to survive the year and try to stay out of detention as much as possible.

“Riots, scandals, family breakups, children’s challenges—for headteacher Kim Campbell and her team, fighting fires is a way of life. Who said education was easy?”

Chloe, Izzy, Tommy and Donte pose as a young family in Waterloo Road, May 0001 Friday 25th November

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Dean Weaver and Noel McManus Standing Against the Wall Laughing at Waterloo Road, Ban 0001 Fri Sept 25

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Adam Abu as Danny Lewis and Adam Ali as Khalil Sharif in School Playground on Waterloo Road, Ban 0001 Friday November 25

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Former cast members Adam Thomas and Katie Griffiths, who played Donte and Chloe Charles, are also returning to the series along with their daughter Izzie, who will be played by Adam’s niece Scarlett Thomas, and son Tommy, who is played by his real-life son Teddy. .

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New cast members include Coronation StreetKim Marsh (who will play canteen worker Nikki Walters), Rachel Leskovac (Coral Walker) and Sonia Ibrahim (Jamila Omar), EmmerdaleJames Baxter (Joe Casey) w EastEnders Joe Coffey (Wendy Whitwell) stars.

The drama was first broadcast in 2006 and followed a troubled comprehensive school in Rochdale. We look forward to seeing what the reboot brings.

Waterloo Road It will return to BBC One and iPlayer in January.

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