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Angus Deayton to star in Waterloo Road

Angus Deayton
Image caption The series won most popular drama at the 2011 National Television Awards

Angus Deayton has been given a role in the next series of the long-running BBC television programme Waterloo Road.

The former presenter of Have I Got News For You will join the cast as a world-weary language teacher, George Windsor.

Deayton's TV credits include appearances in Nighty Night and One Foot In The Grave.

Waterloo Road, first broadcast in 2006, is set in a school and is now filmed in Greenock, central Scotland, after moving from Rochdale this year.

The move after seven series was explained in the storyline for series eight, which saw teachers and pupils relocate to Scotland where they set up an independent school following the demolition of the Hill Top Primary School, where the TV series was filmed.

Deayton's character George Windsor is described as some one who "works to live, is sanguine, sardonic and deeply selfish".

In recent years the comedian presented BBC Radio 4's It's Your Round last year and starred in BBC Three series Pramface this year.

He joins the show from episode 27 of series 8, which will air next year.

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