Waterloo Road (TV series)

British television drama series

Waterloo Road is a British television drama series set in a comprehensive school of the same name, broadcast on BBC One and later on BBC Three. The show is set in the Northern English town of Rochdale, Greater Manchester from series one until the end of series seven, and the Scottish town of Greenock from the beginning of series eight until the end of the show in series ten. The first episode was broadcast on BBC One on 9 March 2006 and the final episode on BBC Three on 9 March 2015.

Waterloo Road
GenreDrama
Created byAnn McManus
Maureen Chadwick
Written byVarious writers
Directed byVarious directors
StarringCast
Country of originUnited Kingdom
No. of series13
No. of episodes222 (list of episodes)
Production
Production location(s)Rochdale, Greater Manchester, England (1–7)
Greenock, Scotland (8–10)
Salford, Greater Manchester, England (11–present)
Running time60 minutes
90 minutes (1 episode)
10–12 minutes (Reunited)
Production company(s)Shed Productions (series 1–10)
BBC Scotland (series 8–10)[1]
Wall to Wall (series 11–present)
Rope Ladder Fiction (series 11–present)
Release
Original networkBBC One (2006–2014, 2022–present)
BBC Three (2015)
BBC Online (Waterloo Road Reunited; 2011)
Picture formatHDTV 1080i
Original release
  • Original series:
    9 March 2006 (2006-03-09) – 9 March 2015 (2015-03-09)
  • Revival series:
    3 January 2023 (2023-01-03) – present (present)
Other websites
Website
The setting for the first seven series was the former Hill Top Community Primary School in Kirkholt, Rochdale.
From series 8 to 10 the series setting was the former Greenock Academy, Madeira Street, Greenock.

Waterloo Road ran for 200 episodes and exactly nine years. In September 2019, the series was made available on BBC iPlayer. In September 2021, the BBC recommissioned the show for an eleventh series, with production returning to the Greater Manchester area.[2][3]

The revival series started airing on 3 January 2023.

Synopsis change

Set in a failing comprehensive school in Rochdale, the series focuses on the life's of the teachers and pupils who are at the school.

Characters change

Series overview change

Season Episodes Dates shown
First shown Last shown
1 8 9 March 2006 27 April 2006
2 12 18 January 2007 26 April 2007
3 20 11 October 2007 13 March 2008
4 20 7 January 2009 20 May 2009
5 20 28 October 2009 15 July 2010
6 20 1 September 2010 6 April 2011
Waterloo Road Reunited 6 2 March 2011 6 April 2011
7 30 4 May 2011 25 April 2012
8 30 23 August 2012 4 July 2013
9 20 5 September 2013 12 March 2014
10 20 15 October 2014 9 March 2015
11 7 3 January 2023 14 February 2023
12 7 16 May 2023 27 June 2023
13 8 2 January 2024 20 February 2024

References change

  1. "Information". Official Waterloo Road Website. Archived from the original on 24 January 2008.
  2. "Waterloo Road: High school drama to be revived after six years". BBC News. 23 September 2021. Retrieved 2 August 2022.
  3. Lewis, Isobel (23 September 2021). "BBC revives Waterloo Road six years after cancellation". The Independent. Retrieved 2 August 2022.

Other websites change