The cast of BBC One’s The A Word are keen to reprise their roles in a second season.
Adapted by Occupation writer Peter Bowker from the Israeli series by Prisoners of War creator Keren Margalit, the six-part autism drama launched on BBC One last month.
The 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.
Asked about the chance of Season 2, Christopher Eccleston commented: “Obviously, the central story of this is a young boy living with the fact that he’s on the autistic spectrum, and as the boy ages, the challenges for him as an individual, and the challenges for his family and those around him are going to change and become different challenges, when he hits puberty, for instance. So 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, who plays mum Alison, 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.”
She explained: “…I think the idea of coming back to a family a year and a half later and seeing the kids looking older, and the parents looking older, and I think that’s an amazing, fascinating, wonderful thing. But watching how this develops, how the parents’ relationship to it develops, I think would be great. But also just from a purely selfish point of view, I’ve loved it. I love it. So I really want to come back and do more.”
Season 1 concludes on BBC One tomorrow night.
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