Waterloo Road has given fans a first look at the upcoming third season in a series of newly released pictures.
The series, which recently confirmed it'll return on January 2, will introduce a group of new students. Set to threaten the school's balance, the newcomers will struggle to fit in with the current students. The episodes will also follow the professional and personal lives of the teaching staff.
Judging by the new pictures, there will be some tension between new student Stace Neville (Tillie Armartey) and Samia Choudhry (Priyasasha Kumari), while the romance between Preston Walters (Noah Valentine) and Kai Sharif (Adam Ali) continues.
Alongside returning stars Angela Griffin, Adam Thomas and Kym Marsh, the cast of the new season includes new pupils Libby Guthrie (Hattie Dynevor), Lee Schumacher 'Schuey' Weever (Zak Sutcliffe), Portia Weever (Maisie Robinson) and Mollie 'Mog' Robinson (Aabay Noor Ali).
The new season will also see Griffin, who plays Headteacher Kim Campbell, step behind the camera to helm two episodes in her directorial debut.
As for the storylines, Waterloo Road will continue tackling real-life, hard-hitting topics with its blend of humour and warmth.
"Waterloo Road arrives back on our screen in the New Year, with a screech of burning rubber, and we don't let our foot off the gas," Waterloo Road executive producer and founder of Rope Ladder Fiction Cameron Roach said in a statement.
"We're incredibly proud of the energy and passion this show delivers on and offscreen, Waterloo Road not only delivers phenomenal numbers on BBC iPlayer, specifically for a young audience, but we really value the number of trainees that have now worked on, and graduated from the show, across all craft disciplines."
"The writing and directing teams have also been buoyed by new talent to the show, including the brilliant Angela Griffin who directs episodes 5 and 6," he continued.
"We're so grateful to all cast and crew for their continued commitment to this landmark BBC brand."
Waterloo Road season 3 airs its first episode on BBC One on January 2, with more episodes following weekly. The entire eight-episode series becomes available to stream on BBC iPlayer on January 2.
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