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post Feb 23 2017, 02:51 PM
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Details about a new primetime show from Channel 4 based in a school have been announced today, set to air later this year.

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Filming has begun on “The ABC” (W/T), heralding Channel 4’s return to 8pm week night drama. The 6x60’ series which is centred on a vibrant and multicultural Yorkshire comprehensive school, began filming on location in Yorkshire earlier this month. Created by Ayub Khan Din (East is East), Kevin Erlis (Shameless) and Malcolm Campbell (Shameless, What Richard Did) it will be directed by Penny Woolcock (Tina Goes Shopping, Mischief Night, The Death of Klinghoffer, 1 Day) and written by Malcolm Campbell, Anya Reiss, Ishy Din, Suhayla el-Bushra and Ayub Khan Din for TX later this year.


http://www.channel4.com/info/press/news/ca...ama-the-abc-w-t

Decent cast list Jo Joyner (EastEnders), Sunetra Sarkar (Casualty), Paul Nicholls (The C Word, EastEnders), Amy-Leigh Hickman (The Dumping Ground, EastEnders) and Arshar Ali (The Missing) are all recognisable names involved.

I wonder how similar to Waterloo Road it will be? It seems far more about cultural divide, so hopefully should be more fresh.
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post Feb 23 2017, 03:04 PM
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I would be interesting in this good cast too
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post Feb 23 2017, 07:37 PM
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Read about this today, definitely looks interesting and hopefully it can be more like the early series of Waterloo Road!

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What makes you say that? Bit full of yourself ohmy.gif
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post Feb 23 2017, 07:43 PM
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The cast looks great and I loved Waterloo Road so I'll have to keep an eye out for this and check it out!
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post Feb 23 2017, 10:56 PM
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LMAO Harry is such grammar goals x laugh.gif
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post Feb 26 2017, 06:40 PM
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Sounds interesting. I was a big Waterloo Road fan.
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post May 17 2017, 08:19 PM
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The working title has gone, it's now called Ackley Bridge and the first trailer is out!



This is SO Waterloo Road but it kinda looks good! laugh.gif
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post May 18 2017, 07:57 AM
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A mixture of Shameless and Waterloo Road from seeing the trailer. Looking forward to it.
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post May 25 2017, 10:30 AM
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Will be starting on 7th June!

The first episode apparently featured a hoax bomb threat and so is being re-edited. Will be inyeresting to see how that changes the whole nature/pace of the first episode.
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post Jun 7 2017, 09:25 PM
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The amount of times Channel 4 promoted this like it was the second coming. It was a bit shit for me just a bad version of Waterloo Road. Sorry.
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post Jun 7 2017, 09:26 PM
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Yeah it wasn't great! The actress who also played Linzi in Eastenders is fantastic, she deserves so much better than this show.
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It was OK but there is plenty of room for improvement. I just hope they avoid some of the cliched Waterloo Road stories. For example, in WL, Jordan would get a Muslim art teacher. They would clash initially but end up getting on really well and Jordan would win a competition of some sort.
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Really really enjoyed this, interesting twist on Waterloo Road which I arrived late to so only saw the last couple of seasons. Agreed that Amy-Leigh Hickman is fantastic, I remember first seeing her in The Dumping Ground and thought EastEnders made a mistake of only having her short-term. I hope she gets some gritty storylines in this so she can fully showcase her potential.

Shame there is only six episodes, it feels like it's going to be over before it has begun! Hope it is a ratings success as I can already see so many potential storylines.
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post Jun 8 2017, 07:41 AM
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Agreed. Abandoned it about 8.20pm.
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post Jun 8 2017, 08:17 AM
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I rather enjoyed it to be honest. Its not waterloo road but it was fun
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post Jun 8 2017, 11:38 AM
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This looks utter shoite, just like Waterloo Road.

Who watches this melodramatic crap?

Even Tanya Turner frm Eastenders can't save this
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post Jun 11 2017, 07:58 PM
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I wasn't impressed on Wednesday but I've just watched it again and I can see some promising storylines starting to emerge. I feel like I shouldn't have to watch an episode more than once to follow a programme but I'm hoping it's just a case of a poor opener and the constant niggling of Waterloo Road comparisons in my mind. Will try and stick with it and give it a shot though.
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post Jun 17 2017, 09:48 AM
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Did anyone see the second episode at all if any did?
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post Jun 18 2017, 01:22 PM
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I did! I preferred it to episode 1 but I feel like they're holding back too much on drama and grit. Compared to the grittiness of early Waterloo Road, it's really bad.
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post Jun 30 2017, 11:17 AM
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Confirmed to be returning for a longer 12 episode run next year! ohmy.gif

They're obviously playing the long game and hope it builds its audience. I think they're also very keen to have more statement 8pm shows.
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