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Wednesday, 2 April 2014

Waterloo Road axed by the BBC

The BBC has confirmed plans to end long-running drama series Waterloo Road. The series, which began in 2006 will end in Autumn 2015.


Ten episodes of a new ninth series have already been filmed and will air in the autumn with a ten-part tenth series finishing the show off for good next year.

"It will go out with a bang," said a source.

BBC1 controller Charlotte Moore and BBC drama controller Ben Stephenson issued a joint statement which said: “We are incredibly proud of Waterloo Road, and would like to thank [producers] Shed Productions and all the cast and teams involved across the ten series. However, we believe it has reached the end of its lifecycle and won’t be returning after series 10 finishes in 2015.

"On BBC1 it’s important to make room for new drama and we are committed to commissioning new drama series for 8pm. There are some really exciting ideas currently in development but nothing to confirm yet.”

Donalda MacKinnon, Head of Programmes at BBC Scotland which oversees the drama added: “When we originally committed to making 50 hours of Waterloo Road in Greenock we did so for a number of reasons which included boosting drama production skills here in Scotland, as well as improving training and development opportunities for the future.

We were very pleased to significantly increase our commitment to 70 hours recently and that was partly thanks to the efforts of the Greenock community who helped make the move happen so smoothly and who made cast and crew so welcome. It’s always sad when any long-running show comes to an end and I know the Waterloo Road team will miss Greenock - as will fans of the show.

The series has been through a lot of changes in its ten years. The school has seen six different headmasters, moved to Scotland and seen stars like Amanda Burton, Robson Green, Neil Morrisery and Mark Benton join the cast.

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