Episode one of ‘The A Word’ featuring Christoper Eccleston (Doctor Who), Morven Christie (Grantchester) and Lee Inglby (Our Zoo) premieres tonight on BBC One at 9 pm.
Eccleston plays grandad Maurice Scott, part of the troubled Hughes family in Peter Bowker’s adaptation of Keren Margalit’s award-winning Israeli drama. The story of an aspirational family that is like many others until six-year-old Joe is diagnosed with autism.
Paul and Alison Hughes are building a life for themselves and their children; Rebecca (Alison’s teenage daughter) and five-year-old Joe. Joining the family are Paul’s brother Eddie and his wife Nicola, who have moved from London to save their troubled marriage.
The A Word is executive produced for Fifty Fathoms by Patrick Spence, Peter Bowker and Jenny Frayn, and by Sara Johnson and Avi Nir for Keshet. Lucy Richer will executive produce for BBC One. It is being directed by the twice Academy-nominated director Peter Cattaneo (The Full Monty, Rev) and produced by Marcus Wilson (Doctor Who, Life On Mars).
Written by Peter Bowker, Director Peter Cattaneo, Producer Marcus Wilson