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Ackley Bridge: Series 1
After years of racial segregation in a small Yorkshire town, two high schools integrate white and Pakistani students by combining into Ackley Bridge College. But the transition is far from easy for teachers and students alike. Headmistress Mandy (Jo Joyner, EastEnders) clashes with her husband, PE teacher Steve (Paul Nicholls, Law & Order: UK), and free-spirited English teacher Emma (Liz White, Life on Mars) deals with her daughter showing up drunk to class. Troublemaker Jordan (Samuel Bottomley, Wolf Hall) creates enemies by disparaging the school, while best friends Missy (Poppy Lee Friar, Mr Selfridge) and Nasreen (Amy-Leigh Hickman, EastEnders) quarrel when vivacious Missy doesn’t fit in with Nasreen’s conservative Muslim friends. Will Ackley Bridge unite the community—or tear it apart?
Tackling complex issues like racism, homophobia, and religious discrimination with clarity and compassion, this timely drama also provides a “very funny insight into modern Britain” (The Australian). The excellent ensemble cast features Adil Ray (Citizen Khan), Anneika Rose (Line of Duty), Arsher Ali (The Missing), and Sunetra Sarker (Broadchurch).
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SDH SUBTITLES for all 6 episodes and the bonus stuff.
1 == Ending local school segregation comes with a head butt. Meet teen instigator Jordan. Mandy has issues with hubby Steve (PE). Neighborhood teen friends Missy and Nas now attend the same school. Lit teacher Emma gets reacquainted with old friend Sami.
2 == A student dad blackmails PE guy to help with a baby issue. Missy plot boomerangs at school.
3 == Nas flirts with biology teacher Lila. Headmistress more than flirts with school sponsor Sadiq. School rugby was intended to unite the races but…! Nas’s dad returns from Pakistan with wedding match plans.
4 == Death in a teen’s family involves cover-up. A closet-coming-out among staff shocks some. A tear-jerker cremation. Teen Hayley fostered away from sister. DNA?
5 == A teen goes truant. Asian family in conflict over marriage. School’s rugby game #1 overshadowed by the coach’s personal issue, rightly so. Headmistress daughter Chleo acts out.
6 == Open Day, enrollment promotion for next term and school survival, gets student interruptions. New revelations, affairs settled, more entanglements revealed. It all leads to a second season.
I had a couple of doubts early; but by the end I wished for more.
Pay no heed to reviewers who admittedly didn’t watch the entire series. It’s a 6-episode mini-series, needed to be viewed in its entirety.