See Kym Marsh, Adam Thomas and Angela Griffin in photos from the new season

Waterloo Road returns with Angela Griffin's head teacher, Kim Campbell, struggling to control a riot.  (BBC)

Waterloo Road returns with Angela Griffin’s head teacher, Kim Campbell, struggling to control a riot. (BBC)

The Waterloo Road comeback series has been announced for a return in January 2023, with some first images hinting at things to come.

The BBC One school drama has been off the air since 2015, but will return to screens early next year with returning cast members Adam Thomas and Angela Griffin, and welcoming Kym Marsh in a new role.

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Recently released photos show the character of the cast and also share an important storyline – a school riot that will influence the rest of the series.

Adam Thomas returns to his role in Waterloo Road.  (BBC)

Adam Thomas returns to his role in Waterloo Road. (BBC)

Program information on the new series teases, “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.”

Griffin’s headteacher Kim Campbell tries to regain control of the students with a loud hailer as students wave placards with the slogans “stronger together” and “peace learning”.

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Other first-look photos show Thomas as Donte Charles looking concerned, while Marsh, dressed as school dinner Nicky Walters, looks tense as she makes a phone call from the school hallways.

Kym Marsh as table lady Nicky Walters.  (BBC)

Kym Marsh as table lady Nicky Walters. (BBC)

Fans also have the chance to see a family photo of the Charles clan, with Katie Griffiths returning as Donte’s wife Chlo, and Thomas’ real-life niece Scarlett Thomas as his daughter Izzy.

The young actor is the daughter of Adam’s brother Ryan Thomas and his ex Tina O’Brien, who met in their days starring in Coronation Street.

O’Brien also previously played in Waterloo Road.

Katie Griffiths, Scarlett Thomas, Elijah Blue Slater and Adam Thomas as the Charles family.  (BBC)

Katie Griffiths, Scarlett Thomas, Elijah Blue Slater and Adam Thomas as the Charles family. (BBC)

The series about life at an all-encompassing series originally ran for 10 seasons from 2006 to 2015 and was a huge hit.

It was announced last year that the drama would be brought back and it was later revealed that former cast members Adam Thomas and Angela Griffin would be returning, following which the casting of Marsh was announced.

Marsh is currently competing on Strictly Come Dancing, but she and partner Graziano Di Prima have pulled out of this weekend’s show because she has had a positive COVID test.

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