"Channel 4 is so thrilled to be working again with the brilliant producing and writing team at The Forge"
Have you been captivated by Channel 4’s latest weekly drama, Ackley Bridge? Here is some fantastic news; a second series has become confirmed for the popular show.
The new series, which follows the lives of students and teachers at a fictional, Yorkshire school, will return to screens in 2018. It will feature 12 episodes, each lasting for one hour.
Filming for the second outing will begin in Halifax later this year. As the show grows from strength to strength, Ackley Bridge has become one of British TV’s popular weekly dramas.
Head of Channel 4 Drama, Beth Willis revealed her excitement for the second series. She said:
“Roll on the next term at Ackley Bridge! Channel 4 is so thrilled to be working again with the brilliant producing and writing team at The Forge and the super talented cast on this funny, thoughtful, incredibly special show.”
Ackley Bridge currently is halfway through its first run, a six-part series. But it has quickly gained popularity and an average of 2.2 million viewers per episode tune into the show. With such a high viewership, it has gained an 11% share and has outperformed previous Channel 4 shows on the 8pm slot.
The show has also caught the attention of many youngsters. Ackley Bridge has picked up a share of 18.5% for 16-34-year-old viewers, also including a massive 22.3% share for 10-15-year-olds.
Set in the fictional Yorkshire town of Ackley Bridge, it explores two schools merge into one academy, bringing its white and British Asian communities closer together. Current episodes have explored hard-hitting issues such as bullying, arranged marriage and cultural stereotypes.
Tackling controversial topics and portraying an honest representation of UK secondary schools, no wonder it will now return with a second series.
Executive Producer of the show, George Ormond, also spoke about the team’s delight with the show’s growing success. He explained:
“We’re over the moon that Ackley Bridge has connected so well with the audience, and our writing team is already brimming with stories for 12 more punchy, funny, surprising episodes.”
Set to release in 2018, keep your eyes peeled for future information about the show’s second series.
And make sure you tune into Ackley Bridge, Wednesdays at 8pm on Channel 4.