Waterloo Road fans were excited to discover that all 10 series of the Rochdale-based school drama are now available to view on BBC iPlayer.
Since the hit TV show ended in 2015 there have been calls for it to make a comeback, and when fans saw the programme trending on Twitter they thought at first that their wish had been granted.
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However, they quickly realised it’s because all 200 episodes are being streamed by the catchup service.
“You’re not the only ones going back to school this September…” announced BBC iPlayer.
Waterloo Road fans excited all 10 series are now available on iPlayer
“EVERY EPISODE OF WATERLOO ROAD IS ON IPLAYER CANT EVEN TELL YOU HOW LONG IVE BEEN WAITING FOR THIS THANKYOU,” shouted one fan on Twitter.
“All the seasons of Waterloo road going on BBC iPlayer has made my year,” said another.
The series was based in Rochdale , and filmed at the former Hill Top Primary School, from 2006 until the school was relocated to Scotland in 2012 for another three series.
Here’s the lowdown on what happened to some of the popular cast members after the final bell.
Chelsee Healey (Janeece Bryant)
Chelsee , from Eccles, played mouthy but kind-hearted pupil Janeece who couldn’t keep away from Waterloo Road after finishing her education.
She later returned as as a secretary after falling pregnant with daughter Cheryl.
Chelsee, who welcomed a baby daughter Coco in 2017, competed in Strictly Come Dancing in 2011 and was a finalist on the BBC dance show.
She now plays gobby Goldie McQueen in the Channel Four soap Hollyoaks.
Katie McGlynn (Scout Allen)
These days Rochdale actress Katie plays one of Coronation Street’s best loved characters Sinead Osbourne, but many will remember her for her role as tearaway pupil Scout Allen in Waterloo Road, who lived with her mother and three year old brother Liam in a squalid flat.
After Waterloo Road Katie joined Corrie in 2013 as Underworld machinist Sinead who found love with Chesney Brown and is now married to Daniel Osbourne with a baby boy Bertie.
Katie has received high praise for her heartbreaking portrayal of plucky Sinead who has been told she only has months to live after her cancer returned.
Jason Done (Tom Clarkson)
English teacher Tom, who went on to become head of English and then deputy head, was a stepdad to pupils Chlo and Mika Grainger and his son Josh joined the school in 2009.
Fans of the show were shocked when the much-loved character, who starred on the show from series one until 2013 and endured the move from Rochdale to Scotland, died.
He fell from the roof of the school trying to stop troubled student Kyle Stack played by George Sampson from committing suicide.
Salford-born actor Jason has since starred in Casualty, the ITV1 drama Lewis, Vera and the Netflix crime series Paranoid.
Tom Payne (Brett Aspinall)
After playing charming sixth former Brett, who romanced sisters Chlo and Mika, Essex-born Tom made the transition from Rochdale to Hollywood in the AMC drama The Walking Dead.
Tom, who was 24 at the time of playing a 17-year-old on Waterloo Road, plays Paul ‘Jesus’ Monroe in the post-apocalyptic horror series.
In 2009 he played Manchester United legend George Best in the BBC2 film Best:His Mother’s Son and this year Tom was cast as a serial killer’s son in Fox TV series Prodigal Son.
Adam Thomas (Donte Charles)
Adam played bad boy Donte Charles and doting husband to fellow pupil Chlo.
Manchester actor Adam went on to play Adam Barton in rural soap Emmerdale from 2009 to 2018 and he came third on I’m A Celebrity…Get Me Out Of Here! in 2016.
His twin brother Scott was a finalist on the ITV2 dating show Love Island in 2016 and older brother Ryan played Jason Grimshaw in Coronation Street.
Chris Geere (Matt Wilding)
Chris played the ambitious music and drama teacher Matt.
He currently stars in the hit American comedy series You’re The Worst, which airs on the channel FXX, as lead character Jimmy Shive-Overly.
The show follows self-involved writer Jimmy and PR executive Gretchen Cutler as they attempt a relationship.
The show returned for a fifth and final season which premiered on January 9.
And in 2018 he played teacher Dr Arvin Fennerman in the Golden Globe Award-winning mockumentary family sitcom Modern Family, which ran for five seasons from 2014 to 2019.
Holliday Grainger (Stacey Appleyard)
Holliday, from Disbury, played pupil Stacey Appleyard who lived with her father, Terry, after her mother abandoned her.
In 2011 the stage and screen actress appeared in the TV series The Borgias playing Lucrezia Borgia alongside Jeremy Irons in the role of Pope Alexander V.
She also played Kate Beckett in the BAFTA Award-winning children’s series Roger and the Rottentrolls and Estella in Mike Newall’s adaptation of Great Expectations.
And she played Robin Ellacott in the TV series Strike based on the novels by J.K. Rowling.
Grainger plays one of the two lead female roles in the film Animals, based on the novel by Emma Jane Unsworth, about two best friends who face conflict when one reveals she’s getting married.
Neil Morrissey (Eddie Lawson)
Seasoned actor Neil played deputy head Eddie from 2007 to 2009.
Neil has a long list of acting credits, both before and after his stint on Waterloo Road. He was in Boon Men Behaving Badly, Line of Duty, The Night Manager and Skins, as well as beloved children’s classic, Bob The Builder.
In 2007 he made a guest appearance in the long-running soap Neighbours as a priest, remarrying long term characters Karl and Susan Kennedy.
Lucien Laviscount (Jonah Kirby)
In 2009 he was in Coronation Street as Ben, a friend of Sophie Webster, before playing pupil Jonah on Waterloo Road.
Jonah caused controversy by falling for and marrying his Spanish teacher Miss Montoya, played by Karen David.
Lucien was on Celebrity Big Brother in 2011 and got involved in a love triangle with TOWIE star Amy Childs and Kerry Katona and in 2015 he went Stateside to star in the comedy horror television series Scream Queens.
He now stars alongside Rupert Grint in the American TV series Snatch, a remake of the hit Guy Ritchie movie, as boxer Billy Ayres.
Denise Welch (Steph Haydock)
Former Coronation Street actress Denise, who played motherly French teacher Steph in Waterloo Road, is a much-loved panellist on the ITV1 chat show Loose Women, she appeared on Dancing On Ice in 2011 partnered with Matt Evers and she won Celebrity Big Brother in 2012.
Denise, who is married to artist Lincoln Townley, played Celia in the UK touring production of Calendar Girls: The Musical, written by Tim Firth and Gary Barlow, and she’s the proud mum of Matty, the frontman for Manchester band the 1975 and Louis, who has just joined the rural soap Emmerdale as sinister Danny.
Ben Ryan Davies (Ronan Burley)
Ben, from Rochdale, played pupil Ronan Burley from 2010.
In 2016, Davies joined Hollyoaks as Nick Savage and he left the show the following year when his character was jailed as part of a thought-provoking storyline about consent.
His character raped newly-single Ellie Nightingale, played by Sophie Porley, after a night out.
In December 2018 he appeared in the Christmas episode of Casualty and he played the role of Peter Pan in the 2018/19 pantomime at Billingham Forum.
George Sampson (Kyle Stack)
George, from Warrington, shot to fame when he won Britain’s Got Talent with his Singin’ in the Rain dance routine in 2008 and he returns to the BGT stage on Saturday for BGT: The Champions, a showcase of past favourites and winners.
George, who opened his own dance school after his success on BGT, played troubled pupil Kyle Stack in Waterloo Road from 2011 and he returned in 2013 for dramatic scenes which saw his character threaten to jump from a roof.
In 2012 George joined the cast of Sky One comedy drama Mount Pleasant in its second series and he starred in the feature film StreetDance 2 as Eddie.
He played Ryan Harred in Emmerdale in 2016 and the following year George revealed he was preparing to go under the knife for a hair transplant surgery at the age of just 23, putting his hair loss down to a mixture of genetics, alopecia and spinning on his head.
In December 2018 he performed in Jack and the Beanstalk at Crewe with Cannon and Ball.