Cast announced for new BBC1 drama The A Word, as filming begins

Christopher Eccleston, Morven Christie join Autism drama.

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BBC One has announced the cast for Peter Bowker‘s (Marvellous, Occupation) new drama The A Word, as filming begins.

The six-part drama about a young boy diagnosed with Autism, stars Christopher Eccleston (The Leftovers), Lee Ingleby (Our Zoo), Morven Christie (Grantchester), Greg McHugh (Fresh Meat), Vinette Robinson (Sherlock) and newcomer, six-year-old Max Vento.

The story follows the Hughes family, who work and love and fight like every other family. When their youngest son is diagnosed with autism, they don’t feel like every other family anymore. They realise that if their son is ever going to communicate, they are going to have to learn how to communicate themselves. It’s a funny and thought-provoking series about parenthood and childhood.

Christopher Eccleston says: “I’m very proud to be reunited with writer Peter Bowker on The A Word. This is a special job for us all. We hope the audience take us to their hearts.”

Peter Bowker adds: “We have the opportunity here to make something funny, tough, realistic and inventive about contemporary family life and autism. In a society where imperfection increasingly comes with blame attached, it seems timely to look at how autism is regarded both within a family and the wider community – and to give some insight into how that experience might be for the child on the autism spectrum. It’s a drama full of ideas – about parenthood, about disability, about communication, about community – and will emphatically engage an audience whatever their experience of the subject.”

Polly Hill, BBC Controller of Drama, says: “The A Word tackles parts of life that aren’t always easy and Peter has drawn on the absolute highs, lows and challenges so many families face when a child is different to other children, in a beautiful way. With Peter’s award-winning track record and history of drama tackling tough subjects, The A Word is set to be a rollercoaster of a series which is ultimately an uplifting, honest and human drama for BBC One.”

The A Word is produced by Fifty Fathoms and directed by Peter Cattaneo (The Full Monty, Rev). The series is based on a Keshet International/July August Productions’ series which was written and created by Keren Margalit, who will be an executive producer on the UK series.

The A Word will be shot on location in The Lake District and also at Manchester’s Space Project, continuing until early 2016. Broadcast is expected to be late spring.