‘The A Word’ review: Episode 4 is both funny and frank

If you have not yet warmed to Alison, the fierce mother brought to life by Morven Christie (Grantchester), we defy you not to feel some empathy for her in this week’s The A Word ep. Settled on keeping Joe in mainstream education, his parents discover they will have to ‘play the game’ to secure the … >

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‘The A Word’ Episode 3 review: Christopher Eccleston continues to shine

With the decision made to seek outside help for Joe, the third episode of Peter Bowker’s family drama found the family under close scrutiny from the start. From dad Paul, who uses humour as a defence in classic Chandler Bing style, to Maurice’s awkwardness, Eddie and Nicola’s obvious “unresolved tensions” and sister Becca’s detachment; no … >

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‘The A Word’ Episode 1 review: New autism drama is heart-rending

BBC One’s new Tuesday night drama focuses on communication, as it tells the tale of a family who learn their youngest member, five year old Joe, is on the autistic spectrum. Through this first episode, we meet the combined Scott and Hughes clan. Its patriarch Maurice (Christopher Eccleston) is a sprightly, newly retired widower. As … >

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Christopher Eccleston leads cast of BBC One’s new autism drama

Filming has commenced on The A Word, BBC One’s new drama about a family whose youngest son is diagnosed with autism. Adapted by Occupation writer Peter Bowker from the Israeli series by Prisoners of War creator Keren Margalit, the six-part drama was commissioned last year and is described as “a funny and thought-provoking series about … >

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BBC One orders autism drama ‘The A Word’

Occupation writer Peter Bowker will return to BBC One with a new drama series about a family whose youngest son is diagnosed with autism. Based on the Israeli series by Prisoners of War creator Keren Margalit, the six-part drama is described as “a funny and thought-provoking series about parenthood and childhood and what it’s like … >

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Toby Jones to star in BBC Two true life drama ‘Marvellous’

BBC Two has ordered a one-off drama about a man once labelled with ‘learning difficulties’ whose life defies limitations. Written by Peter Bowker (Occupation, Eric and Ernie), Marvellous tells the story of Neil Baldwin, who Bowker learned of in a 2010 article in The Guardian and immediately felt he had to meet. Bowker revealed: “I … >

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‘Monroe’: Series 1 DVD review

Doctor Gabriel Monroe (James Nesbitt), the titular and principal character in Peter Bowker’s entertaining ITV1 drama series, is a neurosurgeon at St Matthew’s Hospital in Leeds. His wit is as incisive as his scalpel and his private life is as messily traumatic as the injuries of the people upon whom he operates.

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