Ackley Bridge (2017– )
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English teacher Emma gets a shock when she discovers that she will be working with he ex, Sami. Tensions arise between two friends from different ethnic backgrounds. Mandy puts her husband in charge of a problem pupil.



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Episode credited cast:
Samir Qureshi
Esa Ashraf ...
Saleem Paracha
Samuel Bottomley ...
Jordan Wilson
Kainatt Butt ...
Shireen Siddiqui
Lorraine Cheshire ...
Lorraine Bird
Alex Hamilton
Chloe Voyle
Jamie Dorrington ...
Missy Booth
Nathan Green ...
Neil Sykes
Amy-Leigh Hickman ...
Nasreen Paracha
Alya Nawaz
Steve Jackson ...
Kevin Wilson
Mandy Carter
Nazmeen Kauser ...
Razia Paracha


Two segregated schools, one for whites, the other Asian, combine to form Ackley Bridge college, under headmistress Mandy Carter, with her partner Steve Bell the games master and local businessman Sadiq Nawan its sponsor. Disruptive pupil Jordan Wilson causes trouble with racist jibes whilst the lack of integration is obvious when the boys choose from their own ethnic groups for the football sides. Unconventional English teacher Emma Keane is pleased to re-encounter old flame Sami Quereshi, the liaison officer but less so when her daughter Chloe arrives after falling out with Emma's ex-husband and a row between them leads to Chloe posting topless pictures of her mother online. Student Missy Booth falls out with best friend Nas after Missy's drunken mother Simone turns up at the school and Steve, taunted by Jordan over his suspicion that Mandy and Sadiq are having an affair, hits him. All in all an eventful first day - for the wrong reasons. Written by don @ minifie-1

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Following the suicide bombing at the Manchester Arena on 22nd May 2017, a decision was taken to heavily-edit this episode due to the story-line of a disgruntled pupil strapping a fake bomb to himself. See more »

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Episode 1
11 June 2017 | by See all my reviews

After watching the opening episode of Ackley Bridge. It is basically Waterloo Road redux, before they moved to Scotland.

School drama Ackley Bridge is set in a small Yorkshire town with the the merger of two schools, one predominantly Asian the other mainly white.

It is a new term in the new school and head teacher Miss Carter wants a amiably integrated school but it is not happening. Her husband Mr Bell the PE teacher thinks she might be having an affair with Mr Nawaz the school's main sponsor. Miss Keane a teacher just makes it back to school on time after returning from holiday, she also ends up looking after her estranged daughter who posts topless picture of her mum after an argument. Cynical class clown Jordan claims to be a revert and starts being offensive to everyone.

It was certainly zippy and lively but we have seen it all before a decade ago. Just hope this school also does not relocate north of the border.

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