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. Nas (Amy-Leigh Hickman) interviews for a place at Oxford University with her best mate Missy (Poppy Lee Friar) joining her for a hilarious road trip out of Yorkshire. However, once Nas overcomes her nerves and insecurities, Oxford starts looking like a reality and it soon becomes apparent that her life is heading in a different direction to best friend Missy’s. Will our best friends be blown apart?
Kaneez (Sunetra Sarker) has to decide whether to take things to the next level with Rashid (Tony Jayawardena) when he proposes and also meets tough challenges in inimitable Kaneez style when she starts to climb the career ladder and becomes a Student Support Officer.
The school is now part of a large multi-academy trust. 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. At least Mandy has gained Ken’s new trusted A-team of senior staff but she soon learns to her horror that they’re not an A-team at all… but rejects Ken’s trying to get rid of.
New hot-headed Deputy Head Martin (Robert James-Collier) locks horns with Sam Murgatroyd’s formidable mum just released from prison 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 whose sharp tongue rubs teachers and pupils alike up the wrong way.
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.