Sundance Picks Up Second Season Of The A Word

SundanceTV has picked up US rights to the second season of BBC drama The A Word which tells the story of a multigenerational family as they adjust to life with their young son who is diagnosed with autism.

The A Word follows 5-year-old Joe (Max Vento); Joe’s parents, Paul (Lee Ingleby) and Alison (Morven Christie), who struggle with parenting philosophies; his aunt and uncle, Nicola (Vinette Robinson) and Steve (Greg McHugh), who are working through infidelity; and his grandfather, Maurice (Christopher Eccleston), a recent widower and owner of the family brewery.

Writer Peter Bowker (Marvellous, Blackpool) says: “If the first series was about diagnosis and denial then the second series is about the journey that is undertaken when you ‘go public’ about the fact that your child is different.

“This series is both about being the family with a child that is different in a small community, as well as being a part of the wider ‘autism community’ and all that this entails.”

The A Word is based on the Israeli drama series Yellow Peppers, created and written by Keren Margalit, who is also executive producer on the UK series.