Channel 4 Renews ‘Ackley Bridge’ For Season 4, Switching To 30 Minute Format

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05 Dec 19

Channel 4 Renews ‘Ackley Bridge’ For Season 4, Switching To 30 Minute Format

Channel 4 has renewed Award-winning drama Ackley Bridge for a 4th Season, however, they have revised the format, switching from an hour-long series to 10×30-minute episodes for the new season.

Inspired by real-life Lancashire and Yorkshire schools established to integrate the white and Asian communities in some of the most divided towns in the country, ‘Ackley Bridge’ has won praise across its previous three series for tackling real-life situations and issues in an irreverent, insightful way, with humour and punchy, big-hearted stories.

“Refreshing the format to half hours not only reflects the viewing habits of our young audience, but gives the show a new look and feel as we welcome a brand new cast of characters to our screens,” comments Rebecca Holdsworth, Channel 4 Commissioning Executive.

Returning cast includes Sunetra Sarker, Rob James Collier, Jo Joyner, Charlie Hardwick, Tony Jayawardeena, Fern Deacon, Phoebe Tuffs-Berry, Cody Ryan, Nazmeen Kauser and Zara Salim.

Ackley Bridge series four will be produced by The Forge and will film in Halifax from March 2020. Previous series of the show have been supported by Screen Yorkshire. Executive Producers are George Ormond (‘National Treasure’, ‘Kiri’), George Faber (‘National Treasure’, ‘Shameless’), and Ayub Khan Din (‘East is East’). For Channel 4, Commissioning Executive is Rebecca Holdsworth. All3media International are handling international distribution.

“We are thrilled to be starting this new chapter in the Ackley Bridge story and we can’t wait to introduce our new characters to the audience,” adds George Ormond, Executive Producer, The Forge.

Ackley Bridge‘ Season 4 will premiere in September 2020.