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In this drama series, the staff and students at school in a working-class British town must learn how to deal with the new multi-cultural environment in which they live. Tensions increase when two local schools merge, bringing together previously segregated communities. The series debuted in 2017 on Channel 4 and returned for a second series in 2018.

Monday on Acorn TV
2 Seasons, 19 Episodes
June 7, 2017
Cast: Amy-Leigh Hickman, Sunetra Sarker, Lorraine Cheshire, Zain Khan
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Ackley Bridge Full Episode Guide

  • With the school finances a wreck, Mandy meets with an academy trust that wants to take over sponsorship of Ackley Bridge. Jordan worries his grades will keep him from getting into the art school he wants to attend, and the students await their GCSE results.

  • Missy wants to have a family with Aaron instead of continuing her studies, while Nasreen feels frightened by all the possibilities her future holds. Emma clashes with Tony at a school function, and Chloe tries to take the next step in her relationship.

  • Naveed is struggling with his comedy routine, and his problems only get worse when his mother finds out that he is gay. Rashid wants Kaneez to commit to a relationship with him, and Emma is horrified to discover that her daughter is having an affair with an older man.

  • While Alya lives a life of privilege, Cory's family have fallen apart and he has to visit a food bank. Nas gets caught in the crossfire of a fight between Sam and Razia, leaving her to choose between her secret girlfriend and her sister.

  • Mandy is hit with a series of emotional crises, as she deals with the news that she is pregnant and then her abusive father turns up at school, suffering from dementia. Razia takes drastic measures because of Riz, and Hayley’s attempt to support her friend is similarly misguided.

  • Nas falls for the feisty Sam Murgatroyd, but discovers their families and backgrounds put them completely at odds. Meanwhile, Missy and Hayley are heartbroken when Simone relapses, and Mandy is forced to suspend Steve.

  • Missy has never had a real relationship, so when Aaron tells her he loves her, she reacts badly. Her worst views of men are confirmed when a message stream circulates around school revealing Riz and Hayley's sexual relationship. Meanwhile, Mandy is embarrassed by having to call Sadiq and his wife in to discuss Riz's behaviour.

  • Desperate to find a girlfriend, Nas downloads a dating app and, after fending off a series of unsuitable women, falls for a beautiful young girl called Sameera - only for Missy to discover it is Kaneez catfishing Nas as a way of reconnecting with her daughter. Meanwhile, Mandy persuades Steve to interview for the Deputy Head role and Emma and the students are still reeling from tragic events.

  • Sami is riddled with guilt over his affair, so when he discovers Jordan is working for Khadim, he seeks redemption by getting him off the streets and into boxing. However, when Khadim refuses to let Jordan go, Sami is forced to confront his vengeful childhood friend. Meanwhile, Nas is encouraged by Missy to go on a date with a girl, but when she comes on too strong, Nas freaks out and calls for backup from Missy and Aaron. Elsewhere, Alya is furious when she learns that Will is covering her A-level biology classes.

  • Still reeling from the revelation of Iqbal's secret family, Kaneez confronts the other woman and decides she wants to take her life back. When Rashid asks her out on a date, Kaneez realises she needs to put her happiness first for once. Meanwhile, Sadiq and Mandy want more diversity in the school play, and Emma and Sami's affair is galvanised when he helps her convince the Asian pupils to audition for the new production.

  • It is the day of baby Jamie's christening, and ashamed of Cory's lack of interest, Jordan promises to pay for half. However, when the Murgatroyds splash out, Jordan can't deliver his side of the cash. Meanwhile, Mandy gets jealous over Steve when his ex Claire turns up at the school, but is it too late for their relationship?

  • Nas agrees to a sham engagement with Naveed, but emotions run high when she discovers a family secret

  • The cast and crew of Ackley Bridge talk about the relationships between the characters, the theme of shared communities, working with a young cast, and more.

  • The final episode of the schools drama series. Mandy's professional life collides with her personal life when Alya outs her and Sadiq's affair at the school's first Open Day. As Mandy fights for her job, but chooses to put her pupils before her career, Steve comes to her rescue, but will it be enough to repair their relationship? Meanwhile, Candice reveals the true identity of Jamie's father, leading Jordan to spiral. Feeling neglected by Emma, Chloe gets caught up in Jordan's plans to leave Ackley Bridge, only for them to fall foul of the police.

  • Kaneez is furious to discover that Nas is considering the arranged marriage. But the pressure of it all leads Nas to break down to her mum and confess that she is gay.

  • Missy suffers a traumatic discovery regarding Nana Booth and fearing that social services will take Haley into care, she keeps everything secret until forced to ask Emma for money. Nas is heartbroken when her relationship with Lila hits rocky ground, and Kaneez realises she has to alert Mandy about the Booth girls when she gets caught in a fight between Simone and Missy.

  • Missy convinces Nas to make a play for her teacher Lila, but Nas is served a curveball when her dad announces that he has other plans for her. Confused and emotional, Nas appeals to Lila for help but Lila draws a line under their friendship. Elsewhere a guilt-stricken Mandy ends things with Sadiq and throws herself back into her marriage. Emma discovers that the object of her affection, Samir, is engaged. Cory's attempts to help Riz with the opposite sex understandably backfire.

  • Jordan finds himself in charge of a baby that he has to sneak into school. It's harder to conceal than he anticipated, and he blackmails PE teacher Steve into helping him out. Unable to return it to its mother a stumped Steve ends up taking Jordan and baby back to his house which causes further issues to his already strained marriage to Mandy, leading her to fall into the ready arms of her boss, Sadiq.

  • It's the first day at the brand new academy school, and best friends Missy and Nas are now attending the same school for the very first time

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