Channel 4 has handed out a fourth season renewal to Ackley Bridge. As part of the renewal, the series’ format is being tweaked and going forward it will be a half-hour show. Ackley Bridge‘s first three seasons were produced in an hour-long format. Ten episodes have been ordered for the show’s fourth season, which is expected to air in September 2020.
Ackley Bridge is set in a Yorkshire mill town which is home to largely divided white and Asian populations. Like the communities, the school systems have also become segregated. However as two formerly isolated comprehensives are merged into a brand new academy, Ackley Bridge College, the lives and cultures of each are set to collide.
Season four will feature a slew of new cast members. 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. The drama series – which was created by Ayub Khan Din, Kevin Erlis, and Malcolm Campbell – is produced by The Forge. Production on season four will get underway in Halifax next March.
“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”, said Channel 4 Commissioning Executive Rebecca Holdsworth.
While The Forge’s George Ormond, who serves as an executive producer on the series alongside George Faber and Ayub Khan Din, added: “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.”