Julie Hesmondhalgh (Broadchurch, Coronation Street), Sarah Gordy (Call The Midwife, Holby City) and David Gyasi (Troy: Fall of a City, Man in an Orange Shirt) have joined the cast of BBC One’s drama series The A Word for its upcoming third season. They join returning cast members Max Vento, Morven Christie, Lee Ingleby, Molly Wright, Pooky Quesnel, Leon Harrop and Christopher Eccleston. Filming on season three is now underway in the Lake District and Manchester
The A Word follows the Hughes family who work and love and fight like every other family. Then their youngest son, Joe, is diagnosed with autism and they don’t feel like every other family anymore. The drama series, which is based on the Israeli series Yellow Peppers, is produced by Fifty Fathoms Productions and Keshet Productions UK, with Lucy Richer, Patrick Spence, Peter Bowker, Marcus Wilson, Howard Burch, Avi Nir and Keren Margalit serving as executive producers. Clare Shepherd is the series producer, while Fergus O’Brien is attached to direct.
In season three, two years have passed and things have changed for our A Word family. Joe is 10 and living in two places at once, processing the seismic change in his life through the filter of his autism. Alison and Paul are divorced and live 100 miles apart. Nicola has moved to London. Eddie lives with his dad. Rebecca has just realised she’s pregnant. Only Maurice is holding it together. And if Maurice is the one holding it together, you know you are in trouble. A family is always a puzzle and this one needs piecing back together, albeit in a different shape.
“It is a joy to be revisiting the world of the A Word, to move the story of the Hughes family on, and to have the opportunity to expand our celebration and examination of diversity and humanity in all its myriad forms”, series scribe Peter Bowker said in a statement. “The BBC has been incredibly supportive of this show and deserve our thanks and support at a time when it continues to be attacked on behalf of the ignorant by those who should know better.”
While Piers Wenger, the BBC’s Controller of Drama, added: “The A Word has become a firm favourite with the BBC One audience telling a unique and poignant story in an original and entertaining way. We are excited filming has now begun on a third series and look forward to picking up with Joe and the family two years on and seeing what challenges and adventures lay ahead for them.”