BBC One has set the cast for The A Word.
Christopher Eccleston (Fortitude), Morven Christie (Grantchester) Lee Ingleby (Our Zoo), Greg McHugh (Fresh Meat), Vinette Robinson (Sherlock) and newcomer Max Vento have been set as series regulars in the six episode drama series from Marvellous and From There To Here scribe Peter Bowker, TVWise has learned.
The A Word follows the Hughes family who work and love and fight like every other family. Then their youngest son is diagnosed with autism and 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.
“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”, said Poly Hill, the BBC’s Controller of Drama Commissioning. “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 based on the Israeli drama format which was created by Keren Margalit. The BBC series is being penned by Peter Bowker, who said he “loved the original series and wanted to honour its spirit while writing something new”. Fifty Fathoms Productions, Tiger Aspect Productions and Keshet Productions UK are producing the series, which is now being shot on location in The Lake District. Marcus Wilson is the series producer, while Peter Cattaneo is attached to direct. The executive producers are Patrick Spence, Peter Bowker, Jenny Frayn, Sara Johnson, Avi Nir and Lucy Richer.
“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”, added series scribe and executive producer Peter Bowker. “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”.