8 x 1 hr
Ackley Bridge returns for another run of eight laugh-out-loud, irreverent and highly emotional episodes set in and around a school designed to unite the divided white and Asian communities of a small Yorkshire mill town.
As Ackley’s Year 13 pupils enter their final year they all face questions about their future, who will reach for the stars and who will be left behind? The school is now part of a large multi-academy trust, and Mandy (Jo Joyner) has a new nightmare boss Ken (George Potts) who has dumped a load of unmanageable kids from the trust’s other schools on to her. New hotheaded Deputy Head Martin (Robert James-Collier) locks horns with Sam Murgatroyd’s formidable mum and new Year 10 bad girl Rukhsana (Phoebe Tuffs-Berry) runs rings around Sue (Charlie Hardwick), the disenchanted and distinctly un PC newly appointed Director of Behaviour. Cory’s (Sam Retford) promiscuity lands him in hot water – at home, at school and with best mate Naveed (Gurjeet Singh). Sam Murgatroyd (Megan Parkinson) is made up when her mum gets out of prison only to find that she’s encouraging her into criminal behaviour and Alya (Maariah Hussain) and Riz (Nohail Mohammed) discover devastating news about their father Sadiq (Adil Ray).
Created by Ayub Khan Din, Kevin Erlis and Malcolm Campbell, Ackley Bridge is produced by Jo Johnson for The Forge Entertainment and Executive Produced by Alexander Lamb, George Ormond, George Faber and Ayub Khan Din.
The Forge for Channel 4, UK in association with all3media international
Nas: Amy-Leigh Hickman (Eastenders, Safe)
Missy: Poppy Lee Friar (Mr Selfridge. Torvill & Dean)
Kaneez: Sunetra Sarker (Informer, Broadchurch)
Rashid: Tony Jayawardena (Holby City, The Tunnel)
Mandy: Jo Joyner (Eastenders, Ordinary Lies)
Martin: Robert James-Collier (Coronation Street, Downton Abbey)
Ayub Khan Din, Kevin Erlis, Malcolm Campbell
Executive Producers: Alexander Lamb, George Ormond, George Faber, Ayub Khan Din
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