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Waterloo Road gets all accessibility options on BBC iPlayer

May 17, 2024

Waterloo Road fans with sight or hearing loss will now be able to enjoy all 13 seasons of the show, as every episode has had subtitles, audio description, and sign language added on BBC iPlayer.

Waterloo Road initially ran on the BBC between 2006 and 2015, and was a hit on BBC iPlayer when the series was added during lockdown – prompting the commission of a new series. It returned with new episodes at the start of 2023 with a cast including Angela Griffin, Adam Thomas and Kym Marsh among the school staff, and an ensemble of newcomers and rising stars as pupils. The latest series aired earlier this year, and a new one is in the works.

Waterloo Road is still especially popular on BBC iPlayer, where it is currently the third most-watched title of 2024 so far among accounts aged under-35 years, only behind EastEnders and The Traitors.

Dan McGolpin, director of BBC iPlayer and TV Channels, said: “Waterloo Road is one of our biggest and best-loved titles on BBC iPlayer and we want everyone to be able to enjoy it. That’s why we’ve made it as accessible as possible, with subtitles, audio description and sign language all now available for viewers on every episode.”

This follows every episode of the entire back catalogue of Doctor Who being added to BBC iPlayer with all accessibility options, as well as live sign language at Glastonbury, live audio description for Strictly Come Dancing. BBC iPlayer has also made it easy to find audio described and signed programmes in dedicated categories with drama, comedy, documentaries, children’s programmes and more.

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