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Grimsby pupils film episode of BBC drama Waterloo Road

Whitgift School's Waterloo Road mini episode: First Day Back

Teenagers at a secondary school in Grimsby were given the chance to shoot their own mini-episode of a popular BBC drama.

Pupils from Whitgift School were working with professionals from the series Waterloo Road as part of a BBC scheme.

The BBC's Outreach bus visited the school for a day of workshops where youngsters had the chance to write, star in and film their own five minute episode of the drama.

"We had to give up a week of our holidays to come and do this project and it was definitely worth it," said one of the pupils.

Pupils from Whitgift School with Waterloo Road cast members
Pupils Megan, Ebony and Deon with two Waterloo Road cast members

The project offers students an opportunity to get practical experience working in television production.

"The script that the kids came up with was absolutely incredible and unfortunately, it was slightly too long so we were working on tweaking it and cutting it down to the five minutes," said David Jones, one of the scriptwriters on Waterloo Road.

"But what they've produced and the dialogue - that hasn't been changed - has been absolutely incredible and I've been really, really impressed."

Waterloo Road is filmed in Rochdale and based on a challenging comprehensive school in the north of England.

Four schools in regions across the north took part in the project, which culminated in a screening of each school's mini episode at a cinema in Manchester to an audience that included some members of the cast of Waterloo Road.

Whitgift School's Waterloo Road episode
14 Oct 10 |  People & Places




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