BBC1 is moving production of its Rochdale-set school drama, Waterloo Road, to Scotland – and the school will move there in the story, too.
The seventh series, currently filming, will culminate in what the BBC
describes as “a dramatic and explosive storyline which will see a number
of current teachers and pupils setting up a new independent school in
Scotland.” It will also introduce a new Scottish headmaster played by
Glasgow-born Alec Newman.
“Waterloo Road has had an incredibly happy six years in Rochdale,” says Eileen Gallagher from makers Shed Productions. “But now we have outgrown our present site and we couldn’t resist the BBC offer to take the show to Scotland. The inspiration for Waterloo Road came from its creator, Ann McManus, who spent several years teaching in Glasgow secondary schools.”
Shed Productions has a production base in Scotland and Ben Stephenson, Controller, BBC Drama Commissioning, says: “As part of our ongoing commitment to establishing a drama base in Scotland, I asked Shed whether they would be interested in relocating future series of Waterloo Road to their home country. I am sure fans will love what Shed have planned – it will remain the show our audience love.”
The final Rochdale series will air this autumn and spring, and production is due to start in an as-yet unspecified location in Scotland from April next year.