Waterloo Road fans were delighted to see the return of an iconic character last night.
Viewers were over the moon when former deputy head teacher Andrew Treneman returned to the hit BBC show – 16 years after he quit. The character, played by Jamie Glover, had been in the series' very first episode.
The long-running BBC One drama series originally began in March 2006 and concluded in March 2015. It made its much anticipated return earlier this year.
Despite excitement from viewers, the on-screen reaction to the character's return was a much more tense affair. Current head teacher Kim Campbell was angry, as she has a tumultuous history with Andrew.
Kim, played by Angela Griffin, used to work at Waterloo Road with him in the noughties.
Fans flocked to Twitter to share their thoughts on Andrew's dramatic return. One tweeted: "Oh my god Andrew Treneman! I knew he was coming back but i'm still [shocked face emoji]".
A second said: "andrew treneman is back, my life is completed". A third commented: "Actual shriek at the return of main man Andrew Treneman in Waterloo Road".
Another fan said: "Andrew thee icon Treneman ayyyyy". And another added: "Seeing Andrew Treneman back on #WaterlooRoad is making me feel old and I'm only 22 [crying laughing emojis]. Great to have him back".
Jamie Glover's Andrew was a firm feature on the series from the beginning – his character, a stickler for education who believed everyone ought to go to university – arrived at Waterloo Road after packing in his job at a swanky grammar school.
During his tenure at Waterloo Road, he began working with Kim and the two eventually developed feelings for one another. By the end of series two, Andrew and Kim left hand in hand to travel to Rwanda and teach together there – but their romance was not to last.
Kim returned to Waterloo Road in 2009 for series four with a baby in tow, but she was adamant that she'd never been anything but a friend to Andrew. Later, he made a surprise appearance at the end of term party where he asked if she'd venture back to Rwanda with him.
As Andrew made his hotly anticipated return to Waterloo Road as a Schools Against Knife Crime representative in Tuesday's show, it became apparent that he and Kim didn't reunite in Africa.
Kim said: "The last time I saw you was at the end of term party. The one with the fireworks where you were all, 'Oh, I just can't leave!' Do you remember that? And then you left anyway. Straight back to Rwanda."
Andrew replied: "I asked you to come?" But Kim snapped back: "And you knew that I couldn't come."
It then transpired that Andrew had eventually returned to the UK and had been working at a school close by to Waterloo Road.
Waterloo Road airs on BBC One.
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