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Channel 4 has renewed school drama Ackley Bridge for a second series

Show will be back in 2018 with twelve more episodes

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The pupils of Ackley Bridge will return for another term in 2018 after Channel 4 ordered a second series of the school drama.

Starring former EastEnders actors Jo Joyner and Paul Nicholls, Ackley Bridge is set in a fictional Yorkshire town with divided white and Asian populations.

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Both sides are brought together when two previously isolated comprehensive schools are merged in to a single college.

The show, which has been compared to the BBC's Waterloo Road, is a hit with viewers - achieving average ratings 2.2million.

Although it's only halfway through its debut year, C4 bosses are so pleased that they've already commissioned another series - and doubled the episode count from six to twelve.

Executive producer George Ormond, of makers The Forge, said: "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."

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Beth Willis, head of Channel 4 Drama, added: "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. I'm bagging a seat at the front of the class!"

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Ackley Bridge is a significant show for C4, as it is the first drama the broadcaster has commissioned for the 8pm timeslot since Brookside thirteen years ago.

The second series will air in 2018 as two separate six-part runs, with a break in between.

For now, series one continues on Wednesdays at 8pm on C4.

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