Season two of English drama Ackley Bridge started on Channel 4 this week.
Episode one kicked off on Tuesday and the series is set to air every Tuesday night at 8pm.
This season contains 12 episodes, which is great news for fans as season one contained just six.
Ackley Bridge follows a Yorkshire town where two schools, one predominantly Asian, one predominately white, merge due to cuts.
Season one premiered this time last year to a warm reception from viewers.
Who is in the cast of Ackley Bridge on Channel 4?
Mandy Carter – Jo Joyner
Returning for season two of Ackley Bridge us Eastenders actress Jo Joyner.
Joyner plays the school’s headteacher Mandy Carter.
“Mandy is really driven,” Joyner says of her character.
“She believes passionately in the ethos of the school and the whole idea of bringing the community together and understanding each other’s cultures.”
This season will see Mandy separated from Steve (Paul Nicholls) but missing him a lot.
Kaneez Paracha – Sunetra Sarker
School dinner lady and Nas’ (Amy Leigh Hickman) mum, Kaneez is played by Broadchurch actress Sunetra Sarker.
Parker describes her characters as a “force of nature”.
“A woman I haven’t seen on television before; full of personality and opinion. A good mother with a sense of humour but also a strict mother with a protective streak,” Sarker said.
“She is a voice in the community and is fair to both white and Asian views.”
Sadiq Nawaz – Adil Ray
School sponsor Sadiq is played by Citizen Khan actor Adil Ray.
Last season Sadiq had an affair with Many and this season will see a lot of tension between the two.
“He’s a pillar of the community and there’s certain expectations of him. But he has a personal life too,” Ray said.
“We don’t go into his background but I think his marriage to Farida wasn’t perhaps entirely of his own personal choosing.”
Emma Keane – Liz White
English teacher Emma Keane is played by Liz White of Call of Duty fame.
Speaking about her character this season, White said: “In the last series Chloe (Fern Deacon), Emma’s daughter, turns up at the school unexpectedly, and moves back in with Emma.
“So Emma finds herself having to be a full-time mum. In this series, you see that even though they’re living together, they lead really quite separate lives.”
Missy Booth – Poppy Lee Friar
Bubbly student at Ackley Bridge is played by Dead Gorgeous actress Poppy Lee Friar.
“Missy has a complicated life,” Friar said.
“She has to play mum to her sister and even her own mum Simone, who struggles with addiction. Having lost Nana, seen in episode four last series, she could quite easily crumble.”
This season will see her find love.
Nas Paracha – Amy Leigh Hickman
Poppy’s best friend Nas is played by Tracy Beaker star Amy Leigh Hickman.
Hickman describes Nas as a “brave soul”.
“She may come across a bit shy and timid at times but she is strong,” she said.
“At just 17 she knows exactly who she is and knows exactly what she wants. She is super intelligent, academically and as a person.
“You see Nas face things so early on in life that a lot of people never face and she always handles them in such a mature way.”
Girls Aloud star Kimberly Walsh is also starring in this season.
Ackley Bridge series 2 airs on Channel 4 on Tuesday nights at 8pm