Channel 4 Goes To School With Return Of 8pm Drama

Channel 4 has announced its return to 8pm week night drama as filming begins on six-part drama Ackley Bridge, about a vibrant and multicultural Yorkshire comprehensive school, starring Jo Joyner (Ordinary Lies) and Paul Nicholls (Law and Order).

Ackley Bridge is a Yorkshire mill town, where the school systems have become segregated like their communties. However as two comprehensives are merged into a brand new academy, Ackley Bridge College, the lives and cultures of each are set to collide.

Spearheading the new academy is head teacher Mandy Carter (Jo Joyner) who is determined to make it a success, even at a cost to her marriage to P.E teacher Steve Bell (Paul Nicholls). However, the discovery that ex-boyfriend, and ex-offender, Sami (Arsher Ali) is now a fellow teacher means life at Ackley Bridge College is about to get a whole lot more complicated.

Ackley Bridge explores the chaos and camaraderie of the school experience whilst exploring the challenges of integration in traditionally divided communities and will air on Channel 4 later this year.