This is not a drill, we repeat this is not a drill. Waterloo Road is coming back to our TV and we've got the photos to prove it. That's right, not only is the show definitely returning but the first official pictures have finally been released and have confirmed the return of some familiar faces.
Back in 2021, six years after the the show's final episode aired, it was confirmed that Waterloo Road would be making a much-anticipated comeback to our screens.
The news was announced on the official Waterloo Road Instagram account as they shared a photo which read, “Brand new Waterloo Road coming soon!”
The account teased, “Psst. We’ve heard a rumour going around school 🤩.”
The full cast is yet to be announced, although it's already been confirmed that Angela Griffin, Adam Thomas and Katie Griffiths will be reprising their roles as Waterloo Road icons Miss Kim Campbell, Donte Charles and Chloe Grainger.
Not only that but Chelsee Healey, who played the iconic Janeece Bryant is rumoured to be returning to the show too with a source revealing, "Chelsee rose to fame on Waterloo Road so it holds a huge place in her heart. She’s chatting to them about what she can do to be part of the reboot, but she won’t be quitting Hollyoaks"
They went on to tell The Sun, "She's a well-loved character so bosses are keen to give her the time off she needs so she can film the BBC show."
Adam - aka Donte Charles - recently posted a photo on his Instagram about filming for the reboot and revealed that his niece Scarlett Thomas will be starring on the show too.
Plus, he's been documenting his return and keeping fans keen for the show's big comeback saying, "This still doesn’t feel real!!
"Reading through the first ep of @waterlooroad again and again and again!!
"To all the new and old Waterloo road fans you are all in for a treat! Finally got to meet all of the cast and what a talented and friendly bunch they are!!
"Something so special about this series already and we haven’t even started…"
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Chelsee Healey (Janeece Bryant) then
Troublemaker Janeece was a firm favourite on the show and a big personality at the school. She was often causing all kinds of mischief with her bbf Maxine Barlow, and pals Chlo Grainger and Dante Charles. She clearly couldn't keep away from Waterloo Road after finishing her education, as she returned as a secretary after falling pregnant. She later left to take some time out in Ibiza after struggling to cope with daughter Cheryl.
And we're not the only ones buzzing about the return as Jordan Banjo commented, "Right, I’m actually going to cry🔥".
Love Island's Amber Davies said, "This is epic".
Fellow Emmerdale star Kelvin Fletcher also added, "Iconic! ❤️".
The new series will be set and filmed in Greater Manchester and is expected to hit our screens sometime this year.
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Piers Wenger, Director of BBC Drama, has spoke about the show returning and said, "Waterloo Road is the perfect lens through which to explore post-Covid Britain, from the perspective of those who have arguably been affected most: young people in education.
"We are thrilled to be returning to this brilliant format - its thrills and spills, unmissable characters and high drama - at a time when audiences across Britain need it most."
Executive producer Cameron Roach added, "I’m really thrilled to be working with the BBC and Wall To Wall, in re-igniting the iconic brand of Waterloo Road. 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."
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Waterloo Road originally aired on the BBC from 2006 to 2015 and launched the careers of household names like Adam Thomas, Chelsee Healey, Jodie Comer and Katie McGlynn.
The drama was originally set in Rochdale for the first seven series, before production moved to Scotland for the final three series before it was axed in 2015.
If you want to catch up on Waterloo Road before the new series begins, then all ten series are currently available on BBC iPlayer.