6 x 1 hour
Ackley Bridge is a Yorkshire mill town, home to largely divided white and Asian populations. Like the communities, the school systems have also become segregated. However as two formerly isolated comprehensives are merged into a brand new academy, Ackley Bridge College, the lives and cultures of each are set to collide. Lessons are about to be learnt in and out of the classroom, even if education isn’t the first thing on the agenda…
Starring Jo Joyner, Paul Nicholls, Arsher Ali, Liz White, Sunetra Sarker, Adil Ray and Poppy Lee Friar with Amy Leigh Hickman. Created by Ayub Khan Din (East is East), Kevin Erlis (Shameless) and Malcolm Campbell (Shameless, What Richard Did) it’s directed by Penny Woolcock (Tina Goes Shopping, Mischief Night, The Death of Klinghoffer, 1 Day) and written by Malcolm Campbell, Anya Reiss, Ishy Din, Suhayla el-Bushra and Ayub Khan Din.
Episode 1 outperforms Channel 4's slot average by 66%, and tops the channels ratings for the day
“a timely school-set drama about unity in society” – iNews
“Ackley Bridge had an intriguing premise, sharp plot lines and showed promise.” - The Telegraph
“Waterloo Road meets Shameless…It’s pleasingly loud and mischievous.” – the Guardian
“Show of the week” - TBI
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Jo Joyner, Paul Nicholls, Arsher Ali, Liz White, Sunetra Sarker, Adil Ray and Poppy Lee Friar with Amy Leigh Hickman.
Created by Ayub Khan Din, Kevin Erlis and Malcolm Campbell and written by Malcolm Campbell, Anya Reiss, Ishy Din, Suhayla el-Bushra and Ayub Khan Din.
Executive Producers: George Ormond, George Faber Malcolm Campbell, Ayub Khan Din
Producer: Alex Lamb
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