Ackley Bridge series 4 confirmed by Channel 4 with a new format

Ackley Bridge series 4

Ackley Bridge will return to Channel 4 for a fourth series in 2020.

Inspired by real-life Lancashire and Yorkshire schools established to integrate the white and Asian communities in some of the most divided towns in the country, Ackley Bridge has won praise across its previous three series for tackling real-life situations and issues in an irreverent, insightful way, with humour and punchy, big hearted stories.


The award-winning show will return with a revised format, airing across ten, 30-minute long episodes rather than the previous hour-long instalments.

Channel 4 say that series 4 is set to return to screens in September 2020.

Confirmed to be returning to the cast are Sunetra Sarker, Rob James Collier, Jo Joyner, Charlie Hardwick, Tony Jayawardeena, Fern Deacon, Phoebe Tuffs-Berry, Cody Ryan, Nazmeen Kauser and Zara Salim.

Rebecca Holdsworth, Channel 4 Commissioning Executive said: “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.”

George Ormond, Executive Producer at programme makers The Forge, 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.”

Ackley Bridge series four will film in Halifax from March 2020.

You can catch up on past episodes online via the All4 Player.