Waterloo Road, the BBC One school-based drama, is to return for a fifth series, the BBC confirmed yesterday.
The new 20 part series will see Headteacher Rachel pushed to the limit as she deals with a merger between Waterloo Road and a local school.
Both staffroom and playground become the scene of clashes of culture as the two very different sets of teachers and pupils struggle to adjust to change.
Ben Stephenson, BBC Drama Controller, commented: “Waterloo Road consistently delivers an entertaining mix of bold characters, powerful issues and compelling stories to a mainstream audience and plays a vital role delivering younger, more diverse audiences to the BBC, I look forward to it returning for a fifth series later this year.”
Returning cast members include Angela Griffin, Denise Welch, Jason Done and Philip Martin Brown.
Executive Producer Sharon Hughff said: “We’re delighted with the recommission. Waterloo Road is an excellent show and I am looking forward to working with the team to produce another exciting 20 episodes.”