The hit noughties drama Waterloo Road is officially coming back as a long-running drama series, the BBC has confirmed today.
The series, which made its debut on BBC One in 2006, became a staple week night watch for millions of people across the UK, but sadly came to an end in 2015 when producers announced it had ‘reached the end of its lifecycle’.
But evidently, they’ve had a change of heart because it has been announced today that the show will be making its long awaited comeback.
The official Waterloo Road Twitter page shared a cryptic post this morning, writing: “Psst. We’ve heard a rumour going around school” alongside a snap of a piece of paper with the words “Brand new Waterloo Road coming soon!”.
Piers Wenger, Director of BBC Drama, then confirmed the news, saying: “Waterloo Road is the perfect lens through which to explore post-Covid Britain, from the perspective of those who have arguably been affected most: young people in education.
“We are thrilled to be returning to this brilliant format – its thrills and spills, unmissable characters and high drama – at a time when audiences across Britain need it most – and to be collaborating with the brilliant Cameron Roach and Wall To Wall on its return.”
The BBC say that the revival of the series will be filmed here in Greater Manchester, and will boost drama production skills in the North of England and help to reshape the BBC’s drama slate to better reflect, represent and serve all parts of the country.
Further information about the series including casting and release dates are yet to be revealed.
Happy Mondays’ Bez made Dancing on Ice debut wearing melon helmet and fans were loving it
The maraca shaker gave it his all on the ice
Happy Mondays star Bez blew viewers away last night with his melon crash helmet-clad debut performance on ITV’s Dancing on Ice.
It was the first time in the show’s history that a contestant has been forced to take to the ice wearing a crash helmet, following a nasty fall during rehearsals.
But regardless of the helmet, the fifty-seven-year-old ‘freaky dancer’ put his all into the performance, which began with him being lowered down onto the ice aloft a giant pair of maracas in ode to his Happy Mondays days.
Bez and his professional partner Angela Egan – who was seen practically holding him up through some parts of the performance – were then surrounded by giant watermelons as they skated along to the band’s ‘Step On’, all of which contrasted perfectly with his melon pattered crash helmet.
And, much to the delight of viewers at home, bandmate Shaun Ryder was spotted cheering his friend on in the audience like a proud dad, while also singing along to his own song.
Despite the support from the audience and TV viewers, however, Bez received a below-average score of 12.5 out of 40 from the four judges – Jayne Torvill, Christopher Dean, Oti Mabuse and Ashley Banjo.
But this didn’t deter the maraca-shaker’s spirits, who admitted to hosts Holly Willoughby and Phillip Schofield in his post-performance interview that he thought it would be ‘much lower than that’.
He explained: “I’ve been doing some spectacular falls, crashing into the ice. But I wear a helmet so nothing too serious… I’ve actually got a little bit better this week. I only fell over once yesterday, so I am improving.”
And while his skating skills were nothing to write home about, viewers at home were quick to take to social media to applaud his performance, noting it as ‘TV gold’.
One Twitter user wrote, “Bez is a legend! That was brilliant entertainment. What Dancing on Ice is all about!” while another noted, “Give Bez the trophy now, best thing I’ve ever seen on Dancing on ice! Didn’t stop laughing.”
A third wrote simply, “Oh my god, Bez you absolute LEGEND.”
Dancing On Ice will be airing weekly every Sunday evening for ten weeks at 6.30pm on ITV.
Love Island is looking for single people from Manchester to star in new series
A former Love Island contestant has given some advice on how to get onto the show…
Calling all Mancunian singletons: Love Island is on the hunt for people willing to appear on TV in their swimwear all in the name of love.
The ITV reality show is casting for its upcoming 2022 season and applications are open right now. But don’t think you’ll just sail into the villa, because there are a number of requirements and rules you need to be aware of first.
Firstly, candidates must be at least eighteen years old at the date of their application, and those applying can’t be employed by ITV or another company connected to the programme.
People wishing to sun it up in the villa all summer must also be exclusively available for a minimum of ten consecutive weeks… Obviously.
And if you’re still feeling a bit lost with the application process, fear not! Because former Love Island contestant Liberty Poole has recently given some advice to those thinking of applying for the 2022 series.
After getting messages from her Instagram followers, Liberty decided to answer some questions about applying, with her main bit of advice being for people to ‘be themselves’ and to not take the process ‘too seriously’.
In a video on Instagram, she said: “I think just be yourself. I’m an absolute nutter and they liked it.
“I was like ‘glamour queen by night, marketing student by day’ – and I switched outfits. I was just myself. I think the key thing is to be yourself and just have fun with it.”
She also gave an insight into the interview process, revealing that in her first fifteen-minute audition she was asked if she had a party trick, to which she responded by enlarging her nostrils – Liberty believes this is what got her a second interview.
She wrote on her video: “The fact that my nostrils are like black holes in space helped my cause.”
So, if you think your nostrils are bigger than Liberty’s, or you just fancy soaking up some sun and finding love this summer, you can apply to appear on the show here.
Fans praise Stephen Graham for ‘incredible’ performance in new one-take film Boiling Point
The whole film was shot in just one continuous take
Stephen Graham has been applauded for his ‘incredible’ performance as head chef in new film Boiling Point.
The ninety-six minute long film, which was shot in one continuous take, sees theThis Is England star take on the role as head chef Andy Jones, who is struggling to cope with the pressure during a shift on the last Friday before Christmas, hospitality’s busiest night of the year.
The character is already battling mounting debts, addiction and a crumbling personal life when health and safety services show up for a surprise inspection, ultimately tipping him over the edge.
An official synopsis reads: “On the busiest night of the year at one of the hottest restaurants in London, charismatic and commanding head chef Andy Jones balances along a knife’s edge as multiple personal and professional crises threaten to destroy everything he’s worked for.
“A surprise visit from a health and safety inspector sets the staff on edge as the overbooked hot spot fills with guests. Jones tries his best to diffuse tensions between management and crew while catering to the ridiculous demands of customers.”
The film, written and directed by Phillip Barantini and James Cummings, was shot just days before the first national lockdown in 2020, with Graham’s co-star Ray Panthaki explaining that filming it in just one take added an extra level of pressure to the overall film.
He said: “Stephen takes the whole weight of the movie on his shoulders. And he was completely on it the whole way through… He’s got this amazing awareness of everything that was going on.”
And now, just days after Boiling Point was released across all UK cinemas, fans have been taking to social media to praise Graham’s performance, with many hailing him as ‘incredible’.
One person wrote: “Went to see Stephen Graham’s new film “Boiling Point” last night. An extraordinary piece of film and one of the best British Films I’ve seen in years. Some actor.”
Another commented: “Boiling Point is an incredible piece of cinema and Stephen Graham has just reaffirmed why he’s the best actor in the country.”
Boiling Point is available to watch now in cinemas and on digital platforms such as Amazon Prime, Apple TV and Sky Cinema.