BBC One orders second season of autism drama ‘The A Word’

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The A Word will return to BBC One for a second season.

The BBC announced today that six new 60-minute episodes have been commissioned.

Adapted by Occupation writer Peter Bowker from the Israeli series by Prisoners of War creator Keren Margalit, The A Word launched on BBC One in March.

Writer Peter Bowker commented: “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.”

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The autism drama’s cast includes Christopher Eccleston (Doctor Who), Lee Ingleby (Our Zoo), Morven Christie (Grantchester), Greg McHugh (Fresh Meat) and Vinette Robinson (Sherlock), alongside newcomer Max Vento.

The A Word 1 2 Joe Hughes (MAX VENTO)

Christopher Eccleston commented earlier this year: “…I think there’s obviously a great deal to explore, and hopefully give visibility to an issue which is increasingly important to all of us.”

Morven Christie added: “I think this family, the idea is that you come back and revisit them when Joe is a little bit older, you know. That’s a fascinating thing. So with his particular issues, with being on the autism spectrum, the symptoms will kind of manifest themselves more as he gets older.”

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