BBC One’s The A Word gets second series

Autism drama returning

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Peter Bowker‘s BBC One drama The A Word, has been renewed for a six-part second series.

Set in the Lakes, The A Word focuses on the family of Joe, an autistic boy trying to understand the world around him as his family struggle with the diagnosis and how to cope day to day.

The series stars Morven Christie, Lee Ingleby, Christopher Eccleston, Greg McHugh, Molly Wright, Vinette Robinson, Pooky Quesnel and Max Vento as Joe.

Writer Peter Bowker says: “I am delighted that the show has resonated with a wide audience and am thrilled to have the opportunity to take the family and Joe further along their journey. Also delighted to be rifling through my musical history and calling it work.

“If the first series was about diagnosis and denial then the second series is about the journey that is undertaken when you ‘go public’ about the fact that your child is different. This series is both about being the family with a child that is different in a small community, as well as being a part of the wider ‘autism community’ and all that this entails.”

The A Word is a co-production between Fifty Fathoms and Keshet UK.