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FIRST LOOK Waterloo Road

The hit drama returns to BBC One this January for the first time since 2015.

The BBC has confirmed that the highly-anticipated new seven-part series of Waterloo Road will launch on BBC One in January and have released a number of first look images, offering an insight into what's to come.

As a new school year begins, a peaceful protest turns into a school riot and the events of the day will have huge ramifications for everyone involved.

Across the term, Waterloo Road’s teachers and parents are going to 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 LGBTQ+, racism, sexism, mental health and everything else facing young teens today.

Amongst the chaos, the students, faculty and parents still make time for friendships, fun, and a few romances. The pupils have a lot to contend with this term, but they will learn to lean on one another to survive the year and try to stay out of detention as much as possible.

Riots, scandals, fractured families and challenging kids, for Headteacher Kim Campbell, played by returning cast member Angela Griffin, and her team, fire-fighting is a way of life. Who said education was easy?

Returning alongside Angela Griffin are Adam Thomas as Donte Charles and Katie Griffiths as Chlo Charles who will be joined by Scarlett Thomas as their daughter Izzy and Elijah Blue Slater as their son Tommy.

The rest of the cast also includes Kym Marsh as the school canteen worker and mother of two pupils, Nicky Walters, Vincent Jerome and James Baxter as joint Deputy Heads Lindon King and Joe Casey as well as Sonia Ibrahim as the school's social worker Jamilah Omar, Shauna Shim as music teacher Valerie Chambers, Neil Fitzmaurice as the school’s history teacher Neil Guthrie, Katherine Pearce as early-career teacher Amy Spratt and Rachel Leskovac as Head of English Coral Walker.

And the young actors playing the pupils in the school are Adam Abbou as Danny Lewis, Priyasasha Kumari as Samia Choudhry, Noah Valentine as Preston Walters, Adam Ali as Kai Sharif, Alicia Forde as Kelly-Jo Rafferty, Dean Weaver as Francesco Piacentini-Smith, Liam Scholes as Noel McManus and Lucy Eleanor Begg as Caz Williams.

Who'll join junior students Summer Violet Bird as Tonya Walters, Ava Flannery as Verity King, Thapelo Ray as Dwanye Jackson, Inathi Rozani as Zayne Jackson, Chiamaka (ChiChi) Ulebor as Shola Aku and Sahil Ismailkhil as Norrulah Ashimi.

Waterloo Road returns in January on BBC One


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