Acorn’s ‘Ackley Bridge’

The fictional small town of Ackley Bridge must deal with long-time prejudices when its school system is forced to desegregate.

That may sound like the American South in the 1950s, but Ackley Bridge is located in current-day Yorkshire, England, and the formerly segregated students are not black, but Muslim.

The Telegraph newspaper praised Ackley Bridge for its “clear contemporary resonance and relevance” when it premiered on Channel 4 in the UK last summer.

Now, the series is coming to subscription streamer Acorn TV, with all six hour-long episodes debuting this Monday, February 26.

“This character-driven drama combines sharp wit with emotional storylines, big characters and a contemporary view of multi-cultural teenage life that promises smiles, laughs and tears,” says Acorn TV. If you get hooked, rest assured that Channel 4 has already renewed the series for a second season, this time with 12 episodes.

The series stars Jo Joyner (EastEnders, No Angels), Anneika Rose (Line of Duty), Poppy Lee Friar (Eve, The Syndicate, Dead Gorgeous, Mr Selfridge), Liz White (Call the Midwife, The Halcyon, Life on Mars, The Woman in Black), Sunetra Sarker (Casualty, Broadchurch), Adil Ray (Citizen Khan), Tom Varey (No Offence) and Amy Leigh Hickman (EastEnders).

Acorn TV costs $4.99 monthly or $49.99 for a year, starting with a seven-day free trial. You can stream the service online, and on Apple TV, Roku, iOS, Android or Chromecast. For more info or to subscribe, visit


About Les Luchter

Les Luchter is a former managing editor of Multichannel News, editor-in-chief of Cable Marketing, and news editor of Broadcast Week.

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