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Whilst shopping, Kaneez spots Nasreen shopping for wedding dresses with Iqbal. Nas has a vision of herself in the wedding dress and doesn't like what she sees.


The next morning, Emma arrives at Missy's house and she ignores the door. Kaneez says she hasn't seen her for a few days. Iqbal is caught looking for Nasreen's documents so that he can obtain her a passport for an arranged marriage. Kaneez escorts him out the house citing that she never has and never will need his support, throwing his suitcase out the window. Nasreen arrives home and confronts Kaneez about why she threw her dad out the house - admitting that she wanted the arranged marriage to go ahead.


At school, it's Chloe's birthday and she's devastated when her dad Nik cancels their plans. Chloe is less than impressed with Emma's presents, which she'd took inspiration from Missy for. Samir introduces his fianceĆ© to Emma. Steve and Mandy row about their marriage and Sadiq's impact on it. Emma is still concerned for Missy's wellbeing. During the English lesson, Emma assigns Chloe the role of Juliet in Missy's abscense, and when she starts to read the play she mocks Hayley and Nana Booth. In the canteen, Kaneez admits that her one bit of freedom was when Nasreen was born. Meanwhile, Sadiq is unaware that Steve knows about his affair with Mandy, and Steve finds it hard to control his anger.


On the rugby pitch, Riz suspects he knows why tensions are running high between Steve and Sadiq. Mandy watches from afar as Riz tackles Sadiq to the ground. The boys plot to win the rugby match and the two cultures unite under the name of Ackley Bridge. Razia notes Nas looking distant and thinks it's because she's missing Missy and Hayley, when in fact she's daydreaming about Lila. Over at Missy's house, Kaneez helps Emma climb up a ladder and through the upstairs window. Missy is hostile when she finds her in the hallway, blaming her for splitting the family apart. The only way she can get Hayley back is if her mum stops taking drugs.


Next door, Nas hears her mum singing, and walks into the living room to see her laying out jewellery that she'd been saving for her wedding day. Looking in the mirror, she breaks down admitting that she can't get married - because she's a lesbian. Kaneez walks off as Nas begs for her forgiveness.


The next morning, Nasreen finds Kaneez locking herself away in the living room and runs next door to tell Missy. She encourages her to stop crying and go to school. At school, Emma makes peace with Chloe by saying that she can have a party. Missy skips school to make Kaneez breakfast, and to win her round into supporting Nas. 


Steve tries to make peace with Mandy, and move forward from their marital troubles. The two hug eachother. Back at the Paracha house, Kaneez searches for 'Yorkshire Lesbians' online in order to try and understand what her daughter is going through - and ends up travelling to Hebden Bridge (named the place with the highest number of lesbians per head in the UK). Sitting in the park alone, a woman walks over to ask her if she's okay.


The rugby match gets underway and the Ackley Bridge boys start a Bollywood-esque dance in front of their rivals St. Mark's. Candice brings Jamie to the match to see Jordan. Steve admits to Sadiq that he knows about the affair. Back at Hebden Bridge, Kaneez meets Maryam, a pakistani woman who is also a lesbian, and tries to understand what Nasreen is going through. She's shocked to hear about the hostality towards lesbians in their community. The lady explains that she got married to a gay man and had a child so that her family wouldn't find out - yet she has a female partner that her family don't know about. 


Steve returns the DNA results to Jordan - he isn't Jamie's father, but lies to Steve saying that he is. Mandy and Sadiq argue in her office and she admits that she's only ever loved Steve. Saleem, Razia and Nasreen arrive home and find Kaneez making food. She squeezes Nas's hand and smiles, admitting that she was wrong, and that she'll do anything for her. No matter what, she's her daughter. 


Later in the evening, Kaneez turns her attentions to Missy who hasn't been looking after herself since her Nana died. As Missy tucks into the food she's made, Kaneez asks whether she's going to ask Simone for help with getting Hayley back. In the Nawaz household, Riz tells Alya about their dad's affair. Missy telephones Emma to ask for help with looking for her mum, and Chloe is annoyed when she runs off to help her. Missy runs after Simone down into a grotty subway tunnel and begs her for help with Hayley - but she's too drugged up to understand. Samir and Emma wonder whether Missy will be okay. 


Meanwhile, Chloe hosts predrinks at her house as the fellow pupils dive into Emma's alcohol cupboard, before heading into town. Kaneez arranges to take Missy and Nasreen iceskating - where they meet Naveed, a boy she's spoken to online who is gay and wants an arranged relationship. Missy and Kaneez leave the two alone on the ice, and Nas considers the relationship with him.


Emma arrives at the nightclub to find Chloe passed out with Jordan. She admits to Samir that she thinks she's failing her. But she also wants answers about her relationship with Sami. Steve arrives home to Mandy but things just aren't the same between them so he walks out. Mandy breaks down.


Missy watches Kaneez and Nasreen wishing her relationship with her own mum was the same. As she arrives home, she finds Simone on the sofa and the two reunite. Kaneez watches Nasreen as she sleeps and puts the bracelets that she had prepared for her marriage onto her arm. 

Missy, Hayley and Nana Booth enjoy their final days together in Ackley Bridge. Actress Rita May plays Julie Booth.

Series One, Episode Five

Originally aired: Wednesday 5th July 2017, 8pm

Writer: Ayub Khan-Din

Director: Jon East

Viewers (m): 1.87

Notes: A post-credits sequence shows Lorraine raving about the rugby match to Steve and Samir in the staff room.

Regular cast

Sunetra Sarker as Kaneez Paracha

Amy-Leigh Hickman as Nasreen Paracha

Poppy Lee Friar as Missy Booth

Liz White as Emma Keane

Nazmeen Kauser as Razia Paracha

Esa Ashraf as Saleem Paracha

Fern Deacon as Chloe Voyle

Arsher Ali as Samir Qureshi

Jo Joyner as Mandy Carter

Paul Nicholls as Steve Bell

Samuel Bottomley as Jordan Wilson

Adil Ray as Sadiq Nawaz

Sam Retford as Cory Wilson

Nohail Mohanmed as Riz Nawaz

Tom Varey as Will Simpson

Anneika Rose as Lila Shariff

Maariah Hussain as Alya Nawaz

Lorraine Cheshire as Lorraine Bird

Samantha Power as Simone Booth


Recurring cast

Narinda Samra as Iqbal Paracha

Arbaz Rashid as Waqar Abdelrahman 

Zain Khan as Zain Younis

Abdullah Shahid as Mo Ahktar

India Parsan as Tahira Abad

Harry Myers as Dan Fairfax

Hassan Mahmood as Amin Abad

Nathan Green as Neil Sykes

Surinder Kaur as Granny Paracha

Kainat Butt as Shireen Siddiqui

Emily Pyzer as Candice Murgatroyd

Chloe Lumb as Shannon Burns

Guest cast

Jag Sanghere as Karim

Kiran Landa as Maryam

Anastasia Ryan as Lady at Hebden Bridge

Julian Kay as Gary Williams

Alexandra D'Sa as Sita Kapoor

Gurjeet Singh as Naveed Haider



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