Ackley Bridge

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  • Not Rated
  • 2017
  • 4 Seasons
  • 7.1  (2,112)

Ackley Bridge is a popular British drama television series that premiered on Channel 4 in 2017 and was later aired on Acorn TV. The show presents an exciting mix of drama, comedy, and romance in a multi-cultural setting. Ackley Bridge is set in the fictional town of Ackley Bridge in Yorkshire, England, and follows the lives of students, teachers, and parents who are all connected to the newly-formed, and struggling, merging of two local schools, Ackley Bridge College and the predominantly white, Bridge College.

The series offers a fresh and unique perspective on the struggles of growing up with the added complexities of attempting to merge diverse cultures. The show addresses several social issues such as racism, religion, homophobia, teenage pregnancy, mental illness and gang affiliation. The characters in the show are diverse, and they come from different backgrounds, ethnic groups, and religions, making the show's cast inclusive.

Underpinned by strong performances from a talented ensemble cast, the series covers numerous experiences of British youth and explores how culture, race, and identity impact their lives. Ackley Bridge College is a fusion of two former schools that closed down due to declining student populations, and not everyone is happy with the merger. The kids in the town can't seem to move past their old rivalries and resentments, and the merging of the schools only seems to amplify this tension.

Paul Nicholls plays the role of Steve Bell, who is the headteacher of the predominantly white Bridge College. Steve is a charismatic and affable headteacher who is genuinely committed to doing his best for his students; however, his character has his own prejudices that are constantly challenged by the culture-clash at the school. Adil Ray portrays the character of Sadiq Nawaz, who is the CEO of Ackley Bridge College. He is a ruthless businessman whose primary focus is on funding and making the merger of the schools successful— regardless of the collateral damage. Sadiq is also a loving father who wants the best life for his daughters but is often at odds with his traditional cultural background.

Jo Joyner plays Mandy Carter, the newly appointed headteacher of Ackley Bridge College. She struggles in her new role due to a recent divorce, her teenage son's inappropriate behavior, and her constant conflict with Sadiq's political agenda. Despite her difficulties, Mandy is a determined woman who is committed to fostering a safe environment for her school's pupils while navigating her own life choices.

The show features a diverse cast of students who navigate the complex social dynamics of being a teenager, with all the addition of cultural differences of their peers. The students come from various ethnic backgrounds, and each character has its own unique, relatable storylines. Nasreen Paracha, played by Amy-Leigh Hickman, stands out as one student in the crowd. She is the daughter of a Muslim family and feels caught between her traditional Muslim roots and what she wants to do with her life. Nasreen is an exceptional student who dreams of becoming a doctor and will stop at nothing to achieve her ambitions. However, making her life more complicated, Nasreen falls in love with another girl, which challenges her cultural and religious identity.

Overall, Ackley Bridge is a well-written drama that offers an honest and unique perspective on the challenges of living in a multi-cultural society. The show is well acted and has an ensemble cast of characters that help ensure that any viewer can find someone to relate to. The show offers enlightening moments even while examining sensitive societal issues. Ackley Bridge is definitely worth watching.

Ackley Bridge is a series that is currently running and has 4 seasons (37 episodes). The series first aired on June 7, 2017.

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Episode 10
10. Episode 10
April 4, 2021
It's the day before the wedding. Jules worries about Kayla, while Fizza tries to make amends, and Johnny's determined to do the right thing.
Episode 9
9. Episode 9
April 4, 2021
Tahir's world is turned upside down. Fizza and Kayla confront Johnny, but the backlash causes a rift between the girls, and Johnny is torn.
Episode 8
8. Episode 8
April 4, 2021
Fizza learns the shocking truth about her mum's attack. Martin enlists the help of 'Jane' from the dating app to stop the sale of the school field.
Episode 7
7. Episode 7
April 4, 2021
Johnny takes part in a boxing match to pay off a debt, while Martin tries to persuade him not to leave school. And can Kayla work out where she stands?
Episode 6
6. Episode 6
April 4, 2021
Kayla's world implodes when she hears where Fizza was on Friday. Johnny tries to cheer Kayla up on the school trip, but he gets some news of his own.
Episode 5
5. Episode 5
April 4, 2021
Sparks fly between Fizza and Kayla when the truth comes out about the deleted text. Tahir grabs an opportunity at the talent show. Zainab reveals her true agenda to Kaneez.
Episode 4
4. Episode 4
April 4, 2021
Tahir's tall stories catch up with him when his plan to help Sam backfires. Kayla keeps a secret from Fizza. Martin learns that Johnny has a talent.
Episode 3
3. Episode 3
April 4, 2021
Fizza goes off the rails when her mother protests against sex education at the school. Kayla and Johnny get closer.
Episode 2
2. Episode 2
April 4, 2021
The Romany Gypsies are wrongly blamed for robbing the school and an offended Johnny walks out. Kayla inadvertently enters into a pact.
Episode 1
1. Episode 1
April 4, 2021
New boy Johnny ruffles feathers throughout the school. Martin experiences a baptism of fire as acting head teacher.
Where to Watch Ackley Bridge
Ackley Bridge is available for streaming on the Acorn TV website, both individual episodes and full seasons. You can also watch Ackley Bridge on demand at Netflix, Amazon, Google Play, Hoopla and Apple TV.
  • Premiere Date
    June 7, 2017
  • IMDB Rating
    7.1  (2,112)