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Ackley Bridge Series Five | Episode Synopses

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Episode 1

Marina pulls a pulse-racing stunt at school designed to send her social media sky-high. It causes outrage amongst parents and puts Martin firmly under Ken’s boot. But Marina’s high is short-lived when she discovers that Jules has racked up debt and they’ve been evicted. And new teacher Asma arrives with firebrand ideals that capture the heart of Fizza – and Hassan.

Episode 2

Kayla and Johnny are planning their first time. But Kayla’s inexperience sends her into a wormhole of anxiety before the big night. Meanwhile, Kaneez is given a bone-rattling task of heading up the year 11 sex-ed class, whilst Asma is unwillingly partnered with Hassan to revive the girl’s rugby team. And Jules’ new job lands Kayla with some devastating news.

Episode 3

Johnny spirals down a dangerous path to try to make Kayla stay in Ackley. Martin risks all to help get Johnny out of trouble. And Marina’s brother Kyle lands at school causing chaos for Kaneez and persuading Marina to stay with him on the estate.

Episode 4

Pressure mounts for Fizza as she’s made captain of the debate team in an upcoming competition against St Marks. Struggling to balance school with managing her dad’s deteriorating mental health, she finds herself unexpectedly bonding with debate partner Chloe. And there are very worrying times for Marina. Meanwhile, Asma and Hassan have a tense exchange at a Muslim speed dating night.

Episode 5

Kaneez is unexpectedly caught up in a puppy heist when trying to manage tearaway Kyle Dobson and study for her GCSE’s. Meanwhile Fizza, unable to cope with Asif on her own, reaches out to Asma for help and discovers she’s an alcoholic.

Episode 6

Asma appeals to Fizza, desperate to keep her alcoholism from coming out. But her problems only intensify when her dad unexpectedly arrives at school hoping to meet her new boyfriend. Hassan is delighted by Asma’s lie and plays along, agreeing to dinner. Meanwhile, Marina intervenes in Fizza and Chloe’s blossoming romance.

Episode 7

It’s the day of the girls’ rugby tournament. Marina tries to bottle it after facing abuse online from the St Marks Captain but still manages to catch the eye of a boy in the crowd. At an afterparty, the pair get close, but things take a disturbing turn when he starts to push things too far. Meanwhile, Asma and Hassan go on their first date.

Episode 8

Marina, with the support of Fizza, Hayley and Chloe, finds the strength and courage to understand her sexual assault. Everything comes to head when St Marks arrive back at Ackley for the boy’s rugby match.

Episode 9

It’s exam day. Fizza receives a distressing call from Asif that makes her drop everything. Meanwhile Kyle steals an exam paper for Kaneez and Asma finally realises that she needs to get professional help.

Episode 10

It’s the day of the leavers ball. Johnny decides to quit the audition after having a crisis of confidence, but Rashid is determined to change his mind. And Fizza struggles to cope after her dad being hospitalised. Martin’s head is on the block at the school governors meeting but Marina has a plan to help.

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