The A Word To Return To BBC One For Second Series

BBC One drama The A Word, based on the Israeli drama series Yellow Peppers, has been commissioned for a second six part series to continue the story of a multigenerational family as they adjust to life as their young son 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: “I am delighted that the show has resonated with a wide audience and am thrilled to have the opportunity to take the family and Joe further along their journey.”

“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 will premiere on SundanceTV in the US on Wednesday, July 13th at 10/9c.