Channel 4 has greenlit a fifth series of Ackley Bridge for 2022, with 10×30 new episodes commissioned from The Forge.
Actor Ashley Walters (Top Boy, Bulletproof) will make his directing debut for five episodes of the comedy-drama series set in a Yorkshire multicultural academy school, with Reza Moradi (Teachers, Hetty Feather) directing the other five episodes.
Ackley Bridge series five will film in Halifax from this month.
Rebecca Holdsworth, Channel 4 Commissioning Editor said: “I’m thrilled to be revisiting Ackley Bridge to see what is in store for our pupils and teachers. Series five promises the same trademark mix of funny, heartfelt and hard-hitting stories.”
George Ormond, executive producer, The Forge, added: “We’re delighted to be back for another series in our rowdy school and our left-behind town. It’s been a lot of fun coming up with series five and we can’t wait to share it.”
The Executive Producers are George Ormond (National Treasure, Kiri), George Faber (Help, National Treasure, Shameless) with lead writers and Executive Producers Suhayla El Bushra (Hollyoaks, Becoming Elizabeth) and Kim Revill (Eastenders, Holby City).
The new series is also written by Damian Mullen (River City, Holby City), Alexander Stewart (Tin Star, The Last Kingdom) and Emteaz Hussain (The Break, Blood).
Jade Taylor is the Producer.
All3media International are handling international distribution.
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